Child of Promise, Come
Reflection by Eric V.
“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
This advent season is just beginning; a fresh start to move forward and I challenge you today: Let’s be real. Advent in many ways is a time of waiting and preparation, but let’s make this season a time of movement within ourselves to stir a storm and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us. Re-evaluate who you are and ask the question, Am I who I want to be?
We make a new commitment every advent season to be more – to be better – then who we were throughout the year. But we must also tear down who we are and what we think we know. Think of it as though you are making yourself a child and turning to God in complete dependence. Ask him to pick you up. Become like a new born with God just as our Lord and Savior came humbled in a manger.
Now, this is no easy task. I, myself, Eric Villalpando, will tell you that it is hard to commit to God, to reconsider everything you thought was right, and admit you don’t have the answers.
To depend on God fully and become dependent like a child is not something we look at and leap for joy about. We can be prideful people and having to humble ourselves is a difficult inner journey. But, do not be afraid, go for it! Be open to God, and stop putting up these walls. Tear the walls down this season with all the might God has given you. He is with you!
This season take yourself in a new direction. He sent down a promise – a promise to save and lift you up, but in order to fully be ready to receive him you have to stop trying to do it on your own. It’s hard, but remember sometimes you have to fall before you can fly.
Eric V. a Freshman, Theology and History Major involved as a Peer Minister with University Ministry, Bible Study Facilitator in Founders Hall, and Catholic Student Group Co-Coordinator.