“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” —John 3:16
The tradition of the Fourth Week of Advent is to focus on the purpose of Christ’s birth. As we are in our final days of preparation before Christmas, we are reminded to ask Christ to forgive us for our sins and, through His grace, to create us anew when He comes. This week of Advent is also a time to recollect, to reflect on our Advent journey we have had over the past four weeks. Every aspect of the biblical story points towards the Good News. The news was foretold by the prophet Isaiah, announced by the Angels, and alive in the flesh of the baby Jesus. This baby in the lowest of entrances in the world to be the Messiah, Savior of the world. Indeed, He gave his life so that we can know eternal life. This is the message of the Christmas holiday. As we celebrate the fourth week of advent, may we remember this purpose and share it with those who do not know the good news.
If you are like me and have let the hustle and bustle of the season get in the way of our spiritual preparations for Christmas, then we have one last chance to refocus. Thus, if you have an advent wreath, light the candles on the Advent wreath that symbolizes our focus, as well as a symbol of the light of Christ. May God’s good news, found in Jesus Christ be the symbol we show to our families, friends, and neighbors.[/caption]