Last Thursday evening, the students of Saint Paul’s Outreach crowded the first floor of the Ohio Union with a lot of excited talk about that night’s One Gospel. Since the Fan into Flame Retreat in February, an enthusiasm for living and sharing the faith of Jesus Christ has spilled over into the students’ everyday lives. One Gospel is a place where that intensity of love for Jesus is able to be expressed, witnessed, and lived. This particular evening, Ohio State and SPO Alumna, Megan Thompson, testified to Christ working mightily in her own life through His grace of virtue, specifically in patience. Reflecting on Mark 6:45-52, when Jesus walked on water and calmed the storm, she proclaimed that just as the disciples were stretched in patience while waiting in the boat, so does the Lord help us to grow in patience as we wait for Him to come through in difficult situations in our own lives. Megan’s encouragement to surrender more fully to God’s timing couldn’t have been more appropriate for the students, many of whom are making large decisions about life, major, career, and vocation.
This growth of patience, though, is not meant only for now – it is preparing us for something greater in our future. If it was preparing the disciples to wait for the resurrection after the crucifixion, then what is our current waiting preparing us for? Perhaps we shouldn’t even try to imagine, but to trust that however the Lord rescues us, it will be beyond our wildest dreams. Megan noted that “not one of the disciples sitting in that boat thought, ‘I bet he comes and walks on water and looks like a ghost’. No one could guess that he would do that.” After she concluded, the students stood and joined together in worship. Singing with one common voice, and invoking God’s strength, the room was magnificently filled with songs of praise to Jesus Christ. We are excited for the next One Gospel on March 31, 2011, where seminarian Brian Seiler will speak on the virtue of generosity. In the mean time, may the Lord bless us with an abundance of patience while we enter into Lent and trust in the unimaginable glory of His resurrection!
-Submitted by Dominic DeMatte, Assistant Program Director