The New Year and the beginning of a new semester is a time of both reflection and action. We can reflect on our current situation, consider what aspects of our lives we need to modify, and plan to take action throughout the year.
Many of us resolve to deepen our relationship with Christ. With that in mind, I would like to share with you a question my pastor at St. Timothy Catholic Church posed to our community last Sunday, "Where do we find Jesus in our lives?"
At the time of our Lord’s birth, the Magi followed a star in search of the Messiah, the New King. The search led them to a small town named Bethlehem. The Magi did not expect to find the New King in such a small town, much less in a stable. Just like the Magi, we too must look for Jesus in all places. We must search for Him in our loved ones, in our colleagues, and throughout our community. We must seek Him in times of celebration and in times of tragedy. We must get out of our comfort zones to truly see Jesus everywhere that He is present in our lives.
As the star led the Magi to Christ, we are called to work diligently to bring forth Jesus' light to everyone we meet. Part of our responsibility as a member of a Catholic community is to share Jesus’ message. We must not be afraid nor remain silent nor fall to societal pressures. Our words and actions must be consistent with our beliefs. Only with our example as parents and teachers, will we best support our sons and students to develop into the young Christian leaders we know they can become. Let us make every effort to discover Jesus in our everyday lives this year and to show our best selves to the world in 2017.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.