Did you notice what happened last weekend in church? The priest was no longer wearing green vestments but was wearing purple instead. There were no flowers in church but there was a wreath in the sanctuary; an Advent wreath with three purple candles and one rose color candle.
Did you catch the main theme of last weekends’ readings and the homily as well, focusing on staying awake and to be prepared? Maybe you paid attention to these things or maybe you were not aware of these things. Well, we are still in the Advent season and you will see two purple candles lit on the Advent wreath.
The main theme of this weekend’s readings at Mass focus on the call to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand as stated by St. John the Baptist. Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord and part of that preparation is to get “our house in order”. I’m talking about our bodies which should be a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Pray to the Holy Spirit for the spiritual wisdom to comprehend the message of preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ and to use every spiritual benefits the church offers to be prepared and to get out heart, mind and soul in the state of grace so that when the Lord comes, He will find us ready!
Rev. David Edwards
Pastor, St. James Catholic Church