Jesus in the Gospel this Friday, calls John the Baptist a BRIGHT lamp that brought true witness to the coming of the Lord. As disciples of the Lord, we are sent out in a dark world to be the BRIGHT lamps, and BRIGHT candles bearing the light of Christ. It is beautiful to see the lights in our Christmas trees and our homes shine BRIGHT. As these lights illuminate the dark, may we also be a BRIGHT light for people who experience darkness in their lives, through our kindness, generosity, and service. May we shine BRIGHT with the love of God as we continue our Advent journey.