Come To Those Outcast Like Shepherds In The Field

Reflection by: Stefano C.

This particular time period is quite an interesting one. In a sense, we have grown impatient with laborious activities and seek only those that offer the greatest ease and utility. Now, we have access to any sort of information via the Internet. Now, automation and efficiency reign, leading many individuals (myself included) to expect an immediate solution to any problem.  Now, we are connected to each other instantaneously through many social media outlets.

What kind of a theme do social media sites portray? What kind of pictures or statuses are the most prevalent on these sites? What is seen on these websites is the image of perfection; statuses that demonstrate that the only experiences worth sharing are those that paint a portrait of a cheerful life; a life without difficulties, without struggles, and without pain (not all statuses are like this mind you but a majority are!). It seems that in today’s society we fail to ask the hard questions about certain horrid nuances of life like poverty, place them with a quick answer such as “they are lazy,” and concern ourselves more with activities that provide the most pleasure and create a sense of “happiness.” Additionally, those individuals that are blessed to live in a modest or wealthy socio-economic class in a country such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or other developed countries disassociate themselves from the harsh realities that occur on a daily basis in the world.

An example is the disastrous typhoon in the Philippines where over 4,000 lives have been lost. We all know that this event is a sad. However, we fail to understand the depth of the loss of so many lives. We fail to holistically understand how it feels to not have a home, to be the last survivor in a family, to have your way of life destroyed.

As Catholics, we are called to leave the tranquility of our lives and join our fellow brothers and sisters in their hardships. We have to “come to those outcast like shepherds in the fields” like how our Savior, Jesus Christ did during his physical time on earth by surrounding himself with beggars, tax collectors, and those suffering from leprosy. We are called to be connected and informed of the atrocities occurring in the world and take an immersive active approach in preventing and reconciling them, as missionaries and charity organizations do today. We must be like the disciples and saints and not be afraid to continually help those in need by not only donating money but time and effort to really improve an individual’s, a group’s, or a country’s situation.

We must not lose faith when our efforts do not seem enough. When one problem is solved and another one is created. No matter how hard we try there will always be inequality and injustices on this earth. However, we must take joy that our Savior, Jesus Christ has already come to Earth and completed what is impossible and out of our reach. He absolved us of our original sin!

In this Advent season, we sing and pray for our Lord to come once again and save us from the evils and hardships on Earth.

Stefano C. is a Junior majoring in Corporate Finance and Risk Management. He is a Resident Assistant on campus, President Ambassador, and part of the Entrepreneurial Scholars. He also participates in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

About I.Q.

Irene began working with St. Mary's University in August of 2008. She currently serves as the Minister for Faith Formation and Faith Enrichment with University Ministry and as adjunct faculty with the Theology Department. Irene holds a M.A. in Systematic & Philosophical Theology and Ethics & Social Theory. As well as a B.A. in Religious Studies and Philosophy.

Posted on December 11, 2013, in Advent Reflection. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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