Advent 2016: Second Week of Advent

Second Candle - purple

The second candle is traditionally called “the Bethlehem candle.” The idea behind this is one of preparation. For the Savior of the world would be born in Bethlehem. A town that was not prepared for his coming. There was no place for him to lay his head.

And as Jesus was beginning his earthly ministry John the Baptist was proclaiming the good news of his arrival. He was preparing the way of the Lord.

Echoing the words of Isaiah, John said: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness; prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Luke 3:4-6

Jesus stands up in the synagogue and announces his mission, his purpose for coming: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19

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