Time is moving along quite quickly because as well as being prepared spiritually for Christmas, there are also the practical preparations such as Christmas presents, food and cards to organise.
We are only at the 3rd Sunday of Advent.. but we also know that Christmas is only 8 days away.
This third candle is lit to remind us of John the Baptist. He was Jesus’ cousin and we read about his birth in the first chapter of Saint Luke’s Gospel. He was a very spiritual man, living almost like a hermit by himself in the desert. He was the Herald, the one that would announce Jesus to the world.
“God said, ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you
to open the way for you.’
Someone is shouting in the desert,
‘Get the road ready for the Lord;
make a straight path for him to travel!’” (Mark 1:2-3)