Advent 2017

Feast of St. Lucy - December 13th

Is 40: 25-31 // Ps 103: 1-4, 8, 10 // Mt 11: 28-30

Each of us in our daily lives are challenged with many obstacles.  Some individuals struggle with broken relationships, loss of loved ones, physical or mental health issues, religious persecution or loss related to natural disasters or wars.  It is during these difficult times that Jesus invites us to search for him and place our burdens in his hands, because he alone is the hope and answer to our many needs.  In the first reading, we are reminded that, “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength”.  Furthermore, in the gospel, Jesus said to the crowds, “Come to me all who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest”.  

As human beings, there may be times that we may question or think that Jesus has not provided us with the answers that we were seeking or resolutions to our problems.  It is during these times that we must have faith in Jesus.   We must place our trust in him and surrender to his will.  Jesus never abandons us and he holds each of us very close to his heart.

Today is the feast day of St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr.  She is the patron saint for those who have problems with their eyesight.  She was a Christian woman with beautiful eyes and Lucy devoted her life to God.  When a pagan man proposed to her, she gifted her eyes to him and asked to be left alone.  Lucy was a true example of someone who stood strong in her faith and accepted God’s will.

In this Advent Season, as you prepare yourselves for the birth of Jesus, take time to reflect on how open you have been to accepting his will.  Only then can you truly find the peace that only he can give.  This is his “present” to each of us.

Angelina Arcamone

College of Nursing
Assistant-Dean / Director Undergraduate Program