Reflect Emmanuel

December 03

Reflect Emmanuel is a series of Advent meditations on Emmanuel, our God with us

December 3, 2013

Frank Pustorino, Class of 2014

"Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, 'I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, 
for although you have hidden these things 
from the wise and the learned 
you have revealed them to the childlike. 
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 
No one knows who the Son is except the Father, 
and who the Father is except the Son 
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.' 
Turning to the disciples in private he said, 
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 
For I say to you, 
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, 
but did not see it, 
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.'"
Luke 10:21-24

In this wonderful time of Advent, we are blessed with the opportunity to truly feel and see God’s grace and just how much He loves us. The Gospel of Luke on this day is truly special to me and reminds me that I do not run the show. Life gets so full sometimes and it is easy for us to take our will back and do as we want to do. However, I have learned that as soon as I become “childlike” and willing in mind, God reveals things to me. My heart becomes open and soft for molding. There is a short saying that I practice when I feel like I am becoming too consumed with self and not remaining open…

I can’t…He can…So I think I’ll let him.

The Advent season and Christmas spirit are not all about the material things, but rather the spiritual and holy gifts that God blesses us with. We remember the birth of Jesus and become “childlike” and open to the spirit. The holidays allow us to be with our families and loved ones and handle all that life has in store for us through the grace of God. It is especially amazing during Advent to truly see with our eyes this grace of God working through other people and realizing the important things in life.

I took this picture of the sunset while driving home from a very crazy busy day at school. I was all in my head and stressed out because of papers due, assignments coming up, and final exams. When I looked out my window and saw this sun set, it reminded me that God works in the most creative ways and it was as if he painted a picture on the sky for all of us. The sunset represents Gods grace for me and how truly captivating and revealing it can be.