Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow to it.
Many people shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.
O house of Jacob, come and let us walk
In the light of the Lord.
Advent is a season in which the Church focusses Its attention on the coming of Christ. The decor of Advent helps us in doing so, for many symbols are found within the telling decorations. Symbolism is especially seen in the Advent wreath. The shape of the wreath – a circle, as well as the evergreen from which it is made, represents the eternality of God, while the lights represent Jesus as the Light of the world. Each week of Advent, we light a new candle in the wreath, each reminding us of a particular aspect of the Advent of Christ.
Today, we light the Candle of Expectation.
The Candle of Expectation reminds us that Christ is the one for whom the whole world waited, the Redeemer of Israel who is – likewise – the Redeemer of all mankind. He is the Hope of the world and the One in whom there is rest for the weary. In Him we find the peace of God and the blessings of His promises.
Today, we remember that He came to give sight to the blind, healing to the infirm, strength to the weak, and life to the perishing. He is our hope and our peace, the One who restores and the One for whom we wait in sobering expectation.
Today, we also anticipate His glorious return. While He came once in humility and meekness, He will surely come again in strength and might. His is our sacramental Lamb, and yet He is our victorious King.
Let us celebrate, today, His first Advent as we ready ourselves for His second.
Tuesday 4 December 2012