The name of this post has absolutely nothing to do with my day's reflection as much as it has to do with how I experienced the campus today. Today was the official start of my classes and I felt something I have never felt before. For the first time I didn't feel like I was in class so much as I felt like I had this awesome and precious opportunity to have these incredible discussions with these awesome thinkers and thought-leaders. I was where I wanted to be, not out of obligation but out of a desire to be transformed by the experience. I can only imagine that this is what it must have been like in Luke 2 when the young boy Jesus is found by his parents sitting among the teachers in the temple courts listening to them and asking them questions.
As wonderful as it is, I am still overwhelmed. I wish I could articulate fully everything I experienced today- from chapel in the morning; to the brilliant perspectives of our Old Testament instructor; to sitting in conversation with a bishop and having him not only know you by name, but actually listen and take an interest in what you are saying; to meeting the Franciscan priest who will serve as our mentor complete with his ecclesial regalia (now I have a better understanding of how it is for others who encounter me in my robe for the first time).
The day was still long and I am still beyond exhausted. I thought I would finally get some sleep since my reading for tomorrow is complete however I still have to post my class blog before I turn in for the night. Not to mention, our arrival time has now changed from 8:30 to 7:30 because of a change in schedule. Having to leave my hotel tomorrow by 7am is painful despite this wonderful experience I'm having. With that said... GOODNIGHT!