Reflections at Mid-Semester : Gratitude, Patience, and Hope

“When he was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it them.  Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him…They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the Scriptures to us?’

– From The Gospel of Luke’s Account of the ‘Road to Emmaus’ (Lk 24:30-32)

Seasons are changing and mid-semester is upon the Boston College community.  For many of us, the energy appropriated to the new academic year has run its course and we find ourselves in the thick of the semester.  Busy with projects, initiatives, and other collaborative efforts, many of the goals we set may now be aimed at the ‘day-to-day’ – or in other more blunt words, just getting through the day!

What does this have to do with anything – particularly with respect to the mission of this blog?  Perhaps looking at (and not surprisingly so) the life of Christ might help answer the question.

The accounts of the Gospels, the usual well-documented, miraculous, and public works of his 3 year ministry are the stories and efforts we most readily associate with the life of Jesus Christ – and rightfully so.  Yet, so often are his 30 earlier years glossed over too quickly.  It seems, considering where our worked is placed, at a Jesuit, Catholic-Christian university, we ought reflect on the fruits and merits of the private and not as well-documented components of the life of Christ – especially how it influences our understanding of our place and our work.

Jesus Christ, Word made flesh, for how monumentally public this person’s work would become, had what some might call ‘humble’ beginnings.  The son of an ordinary carpenter, Jesus’ preparation for his public ministry, we can only imagine, was rooted in the simple ‘day in, day out’ obedience to his parents.  In this way, it seems we’re presented with the person of Jesus as obviously human: enduring the slow and not always exciting work and responsibility of an ordinary son, no matter how great of expectations He had of Himself, or others had of Him.  It’s a not often examined component of Jesus’ life – but it’s one that provides a medium for Christian disciples to reflect in gratitude for what has been had, with patience for what is present, and with hope for what is to come.

On Tuesday, October 25th at 4:30 in the Murray Function Room in the Yawkey Center (located on Lower Campus), Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., will speak on ‘The Eucharist: The Center of Catholic Life’.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear Boston’s Archbishop speak on this essential component of our institution and any Catholic-Christian life!

Also on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30, the Emmaus group, composed of students, faculty, and staff, will meet in the Gasson Commons (the old Honors Library). The description of the event is below.

“Do you wish you knew more about the Catholic faith? If so, join us on the road to Emmaus. We invite everyone to learn more about the story of Jesus, to engage in conversation about Catholic teaching, and to consider the role of the Church in the contemporary world.”

Indeed, it seems finding time to be grateful, patient, and hopeful for the ‘day-to-day’ is a component to our ‘life in Christ’.

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