Tuesday of the Third Week


JER 23: 5-8

MT 1: 18-25


After reading today’s Gospel, what stood out to me was the power of the Holy Spirit – a hugely important part of the Trinity, but sometimes taken lightly. We hear in this Gospel that it is through the powerful Holy Spirit that Mary was able to conceive and carry Jesus Christ, a gift that would change the world forever. What is so powerful in this Gospel is the courage Mary and Joseph both demonstrated when they may have been confused or scared. Despite that, Joseph accepted the call to care for Mary, the soon to be mother of the Savior of the world. What a privilege it is to have someone like Mary and Joseph as role models for all of us here on Earth.

Quickly after graduating from USD in 2017, I decided to participate in Loyola Marymount University’s PLACE Corps program. It is an intensive two year commitment to teach in under resourced schools in Los Angeles. While I was discerning if this was my call after graduation, I knew it would be a challenging commitment and was unsure if I should participate. However, on my heart I knew that this was what God was calling me to do. My passion to work and teach kids would be fulfilled by this amazing opportunity. I truly believe that it was the Holy Spirit guiding me to accept this opportunity as God knew this was where my life should go. As I near the end of my two years, I hang close to the fact that the Holy Spirit has been guiding me through all the challenges reminding me of why I accepted the call in the first place – to change the lives of children through education. 

If ever there is a time in your life when you are discerning something, I pray that you be still and listen to the Holy Spirit and have courage just like Mary and Joseph did. God will be there with you every step of the way.

Ashley Mendes
USD Class of 2017