Christmas Weekday - Tuesday

January 3, 2017 / By: Robert C. Shoemake

Welcome back!  For most of us, this is our first day back after the Christmas break.  We send our thanks to our friends in Public Safety and Facilities Management for taking such good care of the campus in our absence.

I’m sure that each of you has a list of New Year’s resolutions. Today’s reading from the First Letter of John has three observations which we might turn into resolutions for our list:

First:  The reading opens with this bold declaration: “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are” (1 John 3:1).  We are all, each one of us, beloved children of God. We can trust that the One who claims us as God’s children will care for us in this new year. Let us resolve, then, to love and care for one another as brothers and sisters.

Second:  John tells us that although “[w]e are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.” (1 Jn 3:2) We are each a work in progress.  God is at work in each of us, but we still far from perfect. Let us resolve, then, to be patient with one another, to give each other the benefit of the doubt, and to forgive each other our shortcomings.

Third:  John tells us that God is at work in the world bringing about something new and invites us to join in that work. That is what we, at St. Thomas, are about.  We participate in God’s mission as we work to fulfill our mission, educating students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good. Let us resolve, then, to be guided by that mission in everything we do here at UST.

My gift to you on this third day of the new year is these three resolutions. Let us resolve to

  • Love and care for one another.
  • Be patient with one another, give each other the benefit of the doubt, and forgive each other our shortcomings.
  • Be guided by UST’s mission in everything we do here at St. Thomas.

Happy New Year!

Bob Shoemake, Director, University of ST. Thomas Selim Center for Learning in the Later Years