Advent 2013

First Tuesday of Advent - December 3rd

Is 11: 1-10 / Ps 19: 8-11 / Lk 10: 21-24

God has showered us with many wonderful blessings: our families, homes, Villanova and nature among others. However, many times, we take these precious gifts for granted. Something in particular that is often overlooked is our ability to see. So many people are dragged down by the negatives that seem to be controlling their lives, but God has put a beautiful Earth in front of us and all we have to do to appreciate it and start living is open our eyes. Some things cloud our sight: stress, schoolwork, problems at home and our relationships with other people. However, if we cleared the fog out of our vision and started actually seeing what God intended, we would be living much happier and simpler lives.

In addition, Jesus is no longer able to walk through the Quad or run around on Austin field for a game of flag football, so now we have the eyes through which he sees the world. He left us, his brothers and sisters, to see what and who needs His help. Not only do we have His eyes, but also His hands. The power to do God’s work and give the people the ability to prosper is not only a gift but our responsibility as God’s disciples. God has blessed us with the light and ability to see and work only because He knows that we are capable of doing great things with them.

Even though we cannot possibly see and know everything, we can see enough to not only just get by but live the life that God has always wanted. As much as we would enjoy the ability to see all and look into our future, we need to accept what God has given us the ability to see and trust He will always take care of us.

Alyssa Sbarra
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – Class of 2016