Bishop David M. O’Connell Explores “The Call to Holiness” at Georgian Court University, 1/29/13
Reflections on the opening of a new semester
By Sr. Francesca Holly ’69 ‘00
Most Reverend David M. O’Connell CM, JCD celebrated the beginning of the second semester and the Year of Faith at a Mass on January 29 at Georgian Court University.
The Bishop’s words gave us holy thoughts to consider. Bishop O’Connell commented on the beginnings of the four gospels which begin with genealogy and birth, a baptism, and a wedding. He highlighted Luke’s opening which saw Jesus, famous preacher and healer returning to his hometown for Sabbath. Invited to offer the sermon at the local synagogue, he delivers a teaching to the locals, using the prophet Isaiah’s words from the Torah.
The spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring the good news to the afflicted….liberty to captives, sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim a year of favor from the Lord. (Isaiah 61:1-2)
The Bishop points out that Jesus speaks mightily for the poor, oppressed, sick and suffering. Pope John Paul II states, “He gives us a glimpse of who he is and why he comes and how we, who listen, should behave. This good news, this Godspell is filled with glad tidings, blindness changed into seeing clearly, souls healed reaching out to all believers—not just to the poor—to show the truth of Christ’s life and its connections to our lives.”
In this Year of Faith we, on campus, can offer the world outside what Christ teaches—freedom, joy, hope, and light—from our hearts to the local campus and beyond, proclaiming by our lives these teachings to the world at large.