In the second week of Advent, we light the second purple candle – representing Peace and Prophets. The gospel invites us to prepare for God during advent so we are ready for the one who comes. The term “Metanoia” describes our spiritual preparation for the great event. Metanoia literally means a change of mind and heart. Our advent preparation can be a time of letting go of our old ideas and preconceptions, cultivating an openness to God and to one another especially our poor.