Advent 2015 // The Light in the Darkness

Matthew 4: 16 John 1:5 1 John 1:7

Growing up in Southern California, I don’t quite remember Daylight Savings Time affecting me as much as it does here in Pennsylvania. When Daylight Savings Time is coming closer a few things happen- the days start becoming shorter, the leaves start to fall, and it. gets. colder. I never really knew the meaning of ‘the four seasons’ because for the most part it was beautiful and warm 95% of the time, and that other 5% everyone was miserable. But, I now experience Autumn or Fall. A beautiful season, and dare I say one of my absolute favorites! The trees begin to change to vibrant bold colors and then shed their leaves as winter approaches with each day.

This time of year, beautifully corresponds with Advent as well. The thing I want you to focus on though is not the trees changing colors and losing their leaves, but I want you to keep in mind Daylight Savings Time. As the days get darker, we wait anxiously for the light.

In Advent, the darker days send us searching for the Light.

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

John 1:5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness does not overcome it.

You see our preparation, is for the Light of the World. The preparation we do then leads us to the light, which is Christ which then allows us to bring that light to our homes as well.

But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

During this season it is so easy to lose track of the light we are preparing and waiting in hope for. It is easy for us to get caught up in the holiday craze, the decorating, the gift buying and wrapping, and the baking. But Advent is such an important season of our faith for us to really embrace and prepare for the year of our Catholic faith.

So are you ready to prepare for the light? Are you ready to let the Light of Christ shine through you?

Even though our days are getting shorter, and the light in the sky is very limited, don’t let that damper your days, but let it serve as a reminder that the Light of Christ is coming and it is our chance and time to prepare for that Light.

  1. What is the darkness in your life that is holding you from seeing the light?

  2. What can you do differently this Advent season to let the light of Christ shine through you?

This year's study journal is broken into 4 parts. 

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