The theme of the junior campus ministry experience, Emmaus, is centered on encountering the “others” in our society. Encouraging our students to not only welcome these members of the community, but to work with these often over looked members of our community and walk together on our faith journey. Building upon the gifts discovered during their freshman year, then strengthened and shared through their sophomore Lumos experiences. Students are now being challenged to journeying out and encounter those on the margins of our society. Similar to those apostles on the road to Emmaus, who encounter Jesus but did not recognize him until the breaking of bread, until a community was formed. Our Catholic-Marianist identity challenges us to “uncomfortable hospitality”, where we must enter into relationships, projects, and possibilities where we risk welcoming or being welcomed beyond our comfort zones (John Vogt). When considering an act of service during the junior year reflect on the words of Blsd. Oscar Romero and on how you can not only encounter but minister to those on the margins of our society.
A Reflection for Junior Service Discernment
Blsd. Archbishop Oscar Romero: A Step Along the Way
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.Amen