First Saturday of Advent

December 5, 2020

First Reading Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Gospel Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5A, 5-8

Artwork by Samuel H. | Class of 2023

Through the scripture, I have been able to realize that with hardships, God also rewards us. Though we walk in pain and affliction, through difficult journeys, He is always guiding us. Like many others, I have personally struggled to hold hope, walk in His path and seek out light in the darkest of times.

Advent has always been the time of year when I take a moment to work on strengthening my faith and bettering myself.

By reflecting on the hardships I have faced, and the pain I have felt, I have found moments where God was my light. My struggles have led to times of light and happiness which I would not trade for anything.

But, as of late, with the pandemic and multiple deaths in my family, I have lost sight of how I can find light being wrapped up in all the events that happened during this year. In mid-February, I lost my great grandmother who was a big part of my life, and her death hit me hard, as did the process of grieving. Along with trying to prosses the death of Mr. Behrends, it was a difficult time for me to try and see the light at the end of this hardship.

While we walk through dark mornings into darker nights in this winter season, it is important to remember that when the season is at its darkest, we begin a new year and move into that new year’s light. We must go through the times as they get darker before we start a new chapter in life. This Advent, I am making sure to truly take the time to come home to my shepherd in Jesus. I know I must wait for this light to come to me at the end of this year’s trials and tribulations; not only for me, but for others in my life as well.

By Cathleen T.
Student, Class of 2021