Christ Is Risen!
Lighting a candle is a symbol of the risen Christ, the light of the world:
I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.”
So by lighting the candle we are doing two things. We have an intention for which we light the candle, somebody sick or in trouble, and we are praying for assistance. But we are also making a statement of our faith in the fact that Christ is not just a historical person who lived two thousand years ago but that he is alive and present with us today.
Christ is risen, alive and present with us in the world today!