Sorry for my extended hiatus from blogging. I don't have a particularly good reason for it actually. I suppose I got busy around Christmas. Since my last post, I finished my fall ministries at the jail and the warming center. Both were deeply rewarding experiences and I shall miss the people I worked with and for.
The week just prior to Christmas we went on retreat at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Fr. Leo Cachet SJ ably directed our retreat. Leo spent 40 years in Nepal and India as a missionary and added some unique perspectives on the Christmas mysteries given his experience with those cultures and religions. It was a great retreat.
I've been home since Christmas day catching up with friends and family. There's no place like home even if only for a brief time.
Tomorrow I head down to Cincinnati for a conference with other young Jesuits.
We've all experienced the awkward situation of receiving a great gift from someone at Christmas and having nothing of value to give in return. This gift might be more expensive than we can possibly reciprocate or maybe we simply weren't thoughtful enough to buy or make something in the first place. Whatever the reason, the result is the same we're embarrassed and presented with a choice--except the gift of great value in humility or decline it in pride. At Christmas we are all given a gift infinitely beyond reciprocation, to accept so great a gift we must become as small as the child given to us all 2000 years ago.