Monday of the Second Week

Readings

IS 35:1-10

LK 5:17-26

Reflection

This year has certainly left many of us asking why did things come to this, or how will we carry on. It has not been easy to find joy and hold on to faith in the midst of the isolation of quarantine, the unfamiliar anxiety of online learning or unemployment, the disheartening confusion of the political world, and the heartbreaking loss of loved ones passing. All of these obstacles can be likened to the crowd blocking the paralytic and his companions in their search for a way to Jesus and His healing.

The Gospel writer Luke suggests that the crowd was so large and compact that there seemed to be no way to get through. How many of us would be left defeated in this moment as our eyes tell us that there is no way through? These men did not allow themselves to be tempted into despair, but rather were strengthened by their great faith to creatively find a way through the roof and into Jesus’ presence.

This year has been an exceptionally tough year for all of our faith journeys. Not having Masses in person for many weeks and not having the same opportunities for faith formation through UM and our hometown faith communities have led myself and others to be creative in finding a way to Jesus.

We may not have been able to enter the House of the Lord for some time, but we have had many online Mass resources and even outdoor Masses in the beauty of nature offered by USD and our local parishes. We may feel paralyzed by the isolation of quarantine, but we have many friends and Zoom communities at USD and at home who are there to offer prayers and encouragement so that together we may find a way around the crowd and through the roof into Jesus’ presence.

Having entered the season of Advent, fittingly, we are called to persevere and wait for the glory and power of Jesus’ coming, both at our commemoration of the very first Christmas and at the end of time. This year and this Advent season have challenged me to seek a deeper understanding of the heart of God and all His Love has to offer. We must allow God to be our closest and most loving friend, especially when we are physically apart from others and faced with discouragement. We must remember that God gifted us with the faith we need to freely choose Him and His Love in the midst of all fear and uncertainty.

Brandon Ferruzza, ’23
Sophomore, Psychology and Theology Major
University of San Diego