By Msgr. David Rubino
Take a look around you.
Do not just look…really look into the faces of those who daily stroll campus.
Those faces belong to a human cornucopia packed with a variety of folks: panicky students; reflective faculty; hard-working staff and lost visitors.
We see them every day. However, do we really know those faces? What’s behind them? What gives them laugh lines or deeply drawn eye bags? What are their life stories?
The one fact we know with certainty is that each one of those faces is a reflection of the God who loved them and made them. Each face, whether it is soft and bright or drawn and weathered, is a story of a life with its joys, its trials, its hopes and its crosses. Some march in the parade of life to a happy tune. Some crumble under the weight of life’s burdens. Some fall only to get up. Some have faith and some none.
This Advent, as we see those unique faces, take a moment to learn what’s behind some of those faces. My guess is your faith, as well as mine, will develop as we absorb the stories of others. How they bring our sometimes confused dialogue of faith from classrooms and church pulpits to the noise and concrete of the campus. How even in the midst of trial, they offer themselves to God, becoming for others the manifestation of the presence of God.
Msgr. Rubino is the interim director of the Walker School or Business and special assistant to President Thomas Gamble.