The Advent wreath is a circle of evergreen boughs. Traditionally, the church chooses colours because they represent something and not simply because they’re pretty. Green represents growth, and growth suggests change. Things that grow are changing.
If only our spiritual journey was so easy and simple that
we could capture faith and thereafter hold onto it. But faith isn’t a lifeless
hunk of material that can be stored away safely in a locked box. Faith is a
dynamic and living component of our life.
And faith isn’t just a set of beliefs, as the
dictionaries would have us believe. Faith is better thought of as a way of
life, or even a way of responding to life. Faith is using everything at our
disposal (knowledge, the wisdom of others and prayer) to approach the changes
and chances of the world. So that love is the main feature of my actions, a
love that brings joy.
Hopefully, the way I respond to life is better than (or
at least different from) when I was an infant, a toddler, a pre-teen, a teen, a
young adult, or even better that I would have yesterday. That’s how it is with
faith, ever green, ever growing; allowing me to be the person God is calling me
to be. It is a journey of faith.
As Jesus said in John’s Gospel, “I have said these
things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”
things can distract us from our faith-journey, which is why we need one another
to remind us when we have lost balance and need to attend the green garden of
our faith. This Advent is as good a time as any to make sure our faith is green
and growing, so that our faith reaps joy.