Probably my favorite bit of the wreath is the green circular motion of the foliage. It speaks to us of eternity and freshness and life. Now admittedly, I fear the greenery around the parish wreath is probably fake so please use your imagination. Hopefully the wreath you have at home is real!
During Advent, we celebrate that which will never fade or disappear. We wait for the one who will return physically and in the meantime we celebrate His presence in faith and sacrament. I’m talking about Jesus, the one who walks with us, who died for us, who was born for us and who will come again.
If you like, Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving. Endless love, endless life, endless joy. Life in Jesus is endless, it is circular, if you like, the same as the wreath for Advent. And the color of the wreath is green: evergreen. His life is real, fresh and it does not fade.
There is so much about our life that fades, tires, sags and wilts. Jesus does not. Want to freshen yourself up this Advent? Then spend some time with Him.
Celebrate Advent this year! Be real about it!
By the way, I promise real greenery at CHS for next year!
Father Jeremy Thomas, Pastor