A message from Father Frederick Zagone, S.J.,
chaplain of the Marquette University National Alumni Association.
Someone recently pointed out that December 21 isn’t the shortest day of the year. It is still 24 hours. Rather, it is the day with the least amount of light. Advent is a time we go seeking the light.
This is the Season of Light, the Season of Hope. Whether from the glow of the Advent Wreath candles, the lights of the Christmas Tree, the flame of the Menorah, or perhaps simply the blue sky on a rare day of sunshine in a Milwaukee December. Let there be light! And light reminds us of the presence of God and the promise of hope that is fulfilled in this holy season through the birth of our Savior.
The winter solstice is celebrated by many people because of the happy coincidence of the celebration of the birth of Jesus with the significant change of the seasons. Just as the light of the sun begins once more to grow stronger, so too our Advent prayers strengthen as we greet the new light of Christ at his birth and ask for that light to increase in our lives.
Remember that behind the lights is the radiance that is our God. See the hope in the faces of the people around you. See it in the faces of your family and friends and coworkers. See it in your own face when you look in the mirror. Doing this will allow each of us to welcome that little baby on Christmas, the way that Mary and Joseph so willingly welcomed him into their lives. And know that God so lovingly welcomes us into His.
May the peace of God rule in your dreams. May your joys be fulfilled and your prayers answered. May you have healing, health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year.
Have a graced Advent and a Merry Christmas from all of us at Marquette University.