Advent Reflection

First Thursday of Advent, December 7, 2017,
Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
IS 26:1-6, PS 118, MT 7:21, 24-27.

Reflection by Dan Zoeller H’07

Today’s readings appear tailormade for us at Trinity. Here are a couple excerpts:

IS 26:1-6
Trust in the LORD forever!
For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
He humbles those in high places,
and the lofty city he brings down;
He tumbles it to the ground,
levels it with the dust.
It is trampled underfoot by the needy,
by the footsteps of the poor.

MT 7:21, 24-27
Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.

Trinity has certainly been a rock for me over the years, but it wasn’t always so. Having fallen in love, I came to Trinity as just a way to move back to Louisville from Florida. I had been teaching in the public system in Florida and looked to return to public schools in Louisville. After three years at Trinity, with a growing young family at home, I had an offer to leave for slightly more money.

I was going to take the job, but God intervened. As I was leaving one day, Father Zettel pulled me aside. He’d heard I might leave and urged me to stay. He reminded me there were more important things on which to build my house. We talked about ways to make it work. I took on a few more responsibilities and have never regretted my decision.

I know people do incredibly important work every day in the public system, but here we get an opportunity to teach young men to build their houses solidified by faith. In their lifetimes, rains will come, winds will blow, and they will be humbled. Having a life built on a rock of faith can make all the difference.

God, thank you for the opportunity each day to demonstrate to young men how to build a house built on His word.

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