Today’s Gospel has a particular meaning to me. As a more introverted and quieter person, I usually have a lot to say but rarely know how to say it. Jesus commands the deaf man, and in turn us, to “Be opened.”

I can’t help but feel that Jesus’ command goes deeper than healing the deaf man. We are called to greater openness than just speaking and hearing. But, rather, openness to love and solidarity.

This year, I am working as an Alum Service Corps volunteer. The most important thing I’ve learned is (as U2 put it) “sometimes you can’t make it on your own.” I have found myself desiring an openness to God and those surrounding me at Regis Jesuit High School. I’ve experienced an honest change – a conversion of sorts – from trying to make it on my own, to desiring that God and others help me along my path.

How are you called to use your particular strengths and gifts toward a greater community and mission?

—Evan Jenkins is an Alum Service Corps mentor and teacher working in the Boys Division of Regis Jesuit High School in Denver. He is an alumnus of De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis.





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