The Burden (and Peace) of Jesus

“Jesus, I don’t see you like I used to. I don’t feel you as I did before. I can’t hear your voice.” Where are you!?” Often times, that is my prayer when I’m having a hard week and I have had to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders. Jesus’ response to me is always a boldly stated “I’ve been here! Where have you been? I’ve been here waiting on you!” This week, Hazel Johnson, graduate student at Boston University, takes a look at how we as the church should think about the burdens we place on ourselves. How can we be both responsible, active Christians and rest in the peace of Christ at the same time?

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Profoundly Lonely

According to recent research, about half of all Americans could be considered lonely. Young people in the United States are profoundly lonely. Yet, the loneliness that is plaguing so many young people is not temporary, not born out of a particular event, not a reflective or contemplative isolation. It is a deep, abiding, and cyclical alienation from other people. In this week’s article, Master of Divinity candidate at Boston University School of Theology and a United Methodist Director of Children and Youth Ministries in New England, Dominic J. Mejia explores ways the church as loving community can serve as a means of grace in the lives of folks who feel alienated and disconnected.

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La Posada Sin Fronteras

Image of First Lady Pat Nixon shaking hands of Mexican citizens across the border fence at the dedication of Border Field State Park in 1971. National Archives and Records Administration.

Christmas should always be a time to pause and reflect on the meaning of Jesus birth. Cristina Maria Hernandez, a guest contributor and grad student at Boston University, reflects on both the story of the birth of Jesus and its meaning as she participated in La Posada Sin Fronteras, a Christmas celebration centered on the story of Mary, Joseph, and the birth of Jesus practiced in some latina/o countries.

This post is a part of a special series of posts from students at Boston University, Boston College, and These pieces are brought to you by our past student editor and now graduate student at Boston University, Hanna Larracas.

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