The theme for this week's (Advent 3) Scripture readings is joy. This the reason behind the pink candle on the Advent wreath. In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah announces joy for all the broken-earted. He says, "I am full of joy in the Lord, my God." In the second reading, Paul recommends: "Always be joyful." In this week's Gospel (John 1:6-8, 19-28) the Baptist's task is "to bear witness to the light," the light of Christ that enlightens our hearts with an inner serenity of being in God's presence. The Baptist is just a voice that witnesses the coming of the light (Christ) into the world. The Gospel invites us to let our lives be embraced by the Messiah's light. A light that creates in us a pervasive sense of well-being, a sense of peace and joy. Even in the midst of the dark times in our lives, even where there is great loss, the light of Christ produces joy in our hearts. Joy is a basic element of the inner transformation of Christ's light. "The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 14:17). God made us for joy, but without the light of Christ we settle for pleasure. Advent is a time to remember the message of the Angels at the birth of the Christ Child - "I bring you good news of great joy."