The Advent wreath is decorated with blood-red holly berries. And the one and only reason they are there is to represent the droplets of the blood Jesus Christ shed on the cross.
It is a helpful reminder that the people who first told
the story of the birth of Jesus Christ knew the whole story. They knew what was
to happen to him: that he was to be betrayed by one of his closest companions
and that the others would run away. They knew that he was to be arrested on trumped-up
charges of blasphemy and sedition. They knew that he would be beaten, crucified
and that he would die on the cross.
Everything about the nativity story of Jesus Christ is
designed to remind us who he is to be as an adult, as the incarnate Word and
wisdom of the Divine, of God, our creator. His family tree; visits from angels;
fleeing to Bethlehem and then Egypt; strange gifts from strange visitors from
Consequently, the decorations we use at Advent and
Christmas remind us of the whole story, even his extremely cruel death. So
remember, every red berry you see decorating a door, a table, a tree, or a
sweet treat is representative of the innocent blood Jesus shed on the cross.
But that shouldn’t cause any of us to turn away from the decoration because the
day Jesus died is known as Good Friday.
I can only think of one reason to call that dark day
“Good,” and that’s because it is a logical and necessary step towards the
resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a powerful event that tells
us that not even death can extinguish the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.