Cross and Anchors statue in foreground with snow covered campus

December 14, 2021

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent
By Errien Williams, Student

“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

During the Season of Advent, we are granted the ability to come together as one and reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. We center our thoughts on one entity, united together as a community, in a state of gratitude. We rejoice for what the Lord has given us and find joy in experiencing His love.

What better way to experience God’s love than through the people around us? We are called to love one another as He loves us. As we spread His love, we find community in those who are willing to accept and receive this love.

I find community in my different environments by loving those around me, and accepting the love I receive from others. I find community on campus upon encountering friends and staff that know how to put a smile on my face and make me laugh. I find community while singing to God in choir, and embracing the familiar voices I hear around me.

In community we find hope, encouragement, joy, love, and most importantly, in community we find God. We are glimpses of God made in His image, in His likeness. We encounter Him through the people around us, and once we are able to recognize this, we can find true joy in community.

His love is enough, yet He exceeds our needs and grants us a community to further enhance the love we are given. We accept this gift by spreading His love with the intent of helping others find the joy they search for in the world.

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” -John 13:34-35

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