Week 3, with its emphasis on Joy, is upon us. This week, we light the only pink candle on the advent wreath. The purple candles represent the penitential focus of Advent. This penitential focus is usually associated with the season of Lent, but we are also called to repent and re-focus our lives during the Advent season. Week 3 comes along, though, as a sort of 'light at the end of the tunnel' - reminding us that the birth of Jesus is near.
When meditating on what it means to be Joyful this week, the bible verse that first came to me is from the book of John:
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." (John 15: 9-11)
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Advent Season!