As believers, it is comforting to know that we can always take our concerns to God and cast our cares upon Him. However, the tone and tenor of our approach is just as important as the act itself. In today’s readings, God emphasizes what needs to be done in order to please Him and gain His favor. In particular, He instructs us to care for each other and, more importantly, the oppressed and marginalized. Only then can we be in right relationship with God and receive the healing, protection, and blessings that He has promised.
Living for ourselves can be both fun and satisfying. Living for God means doing His work for the betterment of others, in particular, those most in need—the impoverished, the imprisoned, the hungry, those experiencing homelessness, and others. This, then, requires us to develop and maintain an awareness of those in need, as well as the systems in our society that have failed them and are, therefore, broken. Developing this sense of awareness can often be uncomfortable, particularly for those who have never experienced these conditions. However, it is when we are uncomfortable that we experience the most growth.
Ask yourself the question: In living for God, who am I best suited to serve?
Your answer to this question may guide you to do work that truly pleases God and leads you to a greater level of fulfillment. It may also be the first step toward rebuilding that which has been broken.
Dr. Nathan Sessoms is the Director of Black Student Services at Loyola Marymount University. He comes from a non-profit background and possesses a wide range of practical experiences in the field of Youth Development within both the non-profit and academic realms.
During the past seventeen years, he has developed, managed, and evaluated academic enrichment programs, socio-behavioral trainings, and workforce development programs for youth and college students of diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
Dr. Sessoms earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Southern California. He earned his M.A. in Geography and Urban Planning from the University of Toledo, Ohio. His B.A. is in Marketing from Ohio University. He is a member of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA).