I never knew the significance of the pink candle in the Advent wreath. So this year I decided to find out.
The third Sunday in Advent is called Gaudete Sunday by some churches. Gaudete is a Latin word I had never heard before. According to Wikipedia, It means “rejoice.”
I don’t feel much like rejoicing this year. My relationship is over, and I’m having trouble connecting with people. Most of my days are spent in front of the computer instead of in the middle of life. I tried several different things to recapture that spirit. I bought an Advent calendar in hopes that focusing every day on why Christmas is would help me feel it again. I’ve been watching Christmas movies. We had a big snow last weekend, but now the snow has melted, the weather has gotten slightly warmer, and it still doesn’t FEEL like Christmas. I guess I have the Christmas blues, which feels like a contradiction. How can I be blue at Christmas?
Then I think of that pink candle. I think of the bright shadows that have come with this holiday, and I remember, “Gaudete.” Rejoice. Even if I don’t feel it, I know it’s there. Christ is coming. He will bring the Light with him. One day those bright shadows will fade into joy.
I hope if you’re feeling blue this year, you can remember a simple word, “Gaudete."