This week we begin the season of Advent, when the days grow short and darkness closes in. We are preparing to celebrate at Christmas the Birth of Jesus who is the light of the world. Advent means “arrival”. In the season of Advent, the church prepares to celebrate the coming of Jesus. We recall the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future with hope. We prepare to celebrate not only the Birth of Jesus but also his presence in our family. We wait for the return of The Lord at the end of time when all hopes will be fulfilled. We await the coming of the light that will shine in the darkness, shining light on our path.