Adventurous Advent: Preparation for Christmas and its purpose for Catholics

Julian Gallegos, Staff Writer

As Catholics, why should we pay attention to Advent? Advent is a time for reflection and preparation which will help us understand the coming of Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis once said: “Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.” 

Advent is a time to anticipate the coming of Jesus, the third element of the Holy Trinity. Many of us have heard phrases in the past such as “waiting in silence” and “ Advent is important in the Catholic tradition because it reserves a time in the liturgical year for each of us to reawaken our spiritual lives and reflect on the past year living as Christians as well as giving families the opportunity to come together physically and emotionally.

From my own experiences, Advent is a very exciting time for me and my family. Going to Mass every Sunday and lighting a different candle on the evergreen wreath helps build unity and love within my community. Knowing that each candle lit is another week closer to the birth of Jesus, I try my greatest to be the best version of myself. 

Advent is packed full of symbols that encompass the virtues and beliefs of Catholics during the holiday season. For example, the Advent wreath is made of evergreen branches, three purple candles and one pink candle. The green evergreen branches stand for the everlasting love that God has for us. The three purple candles symbolize repentance and preparation as we get closer to Christmas. Finally, the pink candle, which is ignited on the third Sunday of Advent, represents joy because the wait is almost over.

Every aspect of Advent promotes positivity, self love, and unity within the world. Although not everyone may be Catholic or even celebrate the coming of Jesus, I encourage you to take this time to give back to others and set goals for yourself in preparation for the new year.