Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

December 22, 2018 / By: Manuela Hill-Munoz

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As I reflect on this holiday season and Mary’s journey to visit Elizabeth I think about how many of us will travel this holiday season. Will you travel home? What will be your journey this season? I think of journeys as periods that lead us to the deeper exploration of ourselves, our faith, our path, our relationships, our development. Most importantly, they lead us to discover how we have come to be in the world. To me journeys are filled with choices. We want to develop meaningful relationships. We want to engage with those who are different than we are. We seek understanding, common ground, and foster a care for our world. In my current journey, I think a lot about immigrants and refugees. I think about how my journey as an immigrant has shaped my path and given me a responsibility to question how journeys lead us to the common good.

I embrace the value of diversity and inclusion in communities. I think journeys have become more and more part of our interconnected world. We can’t ignore people anymore, we can’t ignore our brothers and sisters in need. We need to truly seek the connection now more than ever. We need to practice building our community, and more importantly, we need to look within and embrace each other.

Remember that all immigrants and refugees also seek the common good, just like Mary and Joseph searched for a place for refuge and warmth for baby Jesus. 

This season, reflect on your journey, seek the connections, and act towards the common good.

Manuela Hill-Muñoz
create[space] Program Manager & Changemaker Director: Student Engagement