My reflections on lighting the Third Advent Candle.
Last Sunday in Churches and households throughout the world we lit the candle of PEACE. We light it and the candle of HOPE again as we remember that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, will come again to judge the world and bring it everlasting peace.
The third candle of Advent is the Candle of JOY When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with JOY. She sang a song that began with the words: "My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Just as the birth of Jesus gave great JOY to his mother, so his presence in the world gave JOY to those who had none before. He healed them and gave them HOPE and PEACE when they believed in him. From HOPE, PEACE, and LOVE grows JOY.
We light the candle of JOY to remind us that when Jesus is born in us we have JOY and that through him there will be everlasting JOY on earth.
JOY is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the JOY we find in Jesus Christ.