Cross and Anchors statue in foreground with snow covered campus

December 1, 2021

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent
By Rochelle Plummer, Associate Vice President for Academic Success

 Advent, the counting down to Jesus Christ our King, often entails much preparation and planning. However, the story of Christ’s birth teaches us that the unexpected is inevitable. As Mary and Joseph planned to wed, she unexpectedly, to them, became pregnant; and while they prepared for the arrival of baby Jesus, she unexpectedly had to give birth in a manger. Yet, even in the midst of their challenges, the comfort and companionship they found in each other allowed them to triumph.

As a new member of the King’s community, I, too, have found much comfort in the fellowship of those around me. Surely, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9).

This holiday season, as you plan and prepare to celebrate, I encourage you not only to find but also to be a community. The uncertainty of life, at times, can be frightening. Remember Christ, remember your neighbors, and remember kindness.

To read today's readings and all readings this Advent Season, please visit https://bible.usccb.org/.