My Dear Marist Brothers and Sisters,
I come to you from the throws of a busy Level 1 Trauma Center Emergency Department on a cold Lenten evening. As I sit and reflect on the purpose in lent, I am reminded that our ultimate vocation is to be a humble and grateful servant to the lord. As an avid fan of Les Miserables, Valjean’s “Who am I” illustrates a servant's heart and God’s lasting covenant… “My soul belongs to God I know, I made that bargain long ago; He gave me hope when hope was gone, he gave me strength to carry on.”
By living a generous and faith-centered life, we might one day stand in front of the creator and embraced with “Good and Faithful Servant, Come Share your Master’s Joy.” During my time as a Marist Doctor I have witnessed God’s grace and encountered people starving not for food or medication but rather seeking the ultimate treatment -- to no longer be invisible. Taking instruction from St. Marcellin Champagnat, might I suggest you and I seek to share the light in our own lantern in an ever-growing dark world? The socially distant student in your class that would benefit from your verbal embrace, the colleague whose loved one is enduring an illness, or a family member struggling with addiction or self-harm. Whether comforting a homeless man seeking shelter from the cold, embracing a newly widowed spouse, or bringing God’s next daughter or son into this world, I am reminded yet again that God rewards a warm heart and a willing hand.
As we make our way farther on the road to Calvary (both in Lent and in our own lives), might I suggest we re-dedicate ourselves to introducing a good and just God to the people we encounter? Until that time, in the words of Valjean, “Tomorrow We’ll Discover What Our God in Heaven Has In Store.”
Let Us Always Remember, To Pray For Each Other
This Monday Minute is from Nicholas Cozzi, MD MBA, Marist High School Class of 2008