Wednesday, Third Week of Advent

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
-- Philippians 4:8-9

Our Excellent Joy

People frequently ask me how I’m doing. My response is almost always one word: excellent. Now, no one can be excellent every moment. In fact, Peter Rabinowitz likes to test my commitment to such a statement by telling me how I can’t always be excellent, and he’s right. Like any 20-year old, I -- like I image every student on this campus -- go through ups and downs depending, sometimes, on the minute. But the thing is, Christmas gives me tremendous perspective, so that I can’t help but say I’m excellent.

It’s so easy, at least for me, to just see the world through my own eyes: my tests, my work, my commitments, my lack of sleep. For Christmas, it's not about ourselves anymore. Our pronoun changes. It’s our traditions, our tree, our ornaments, our favorite dishes, our family. And so what I think is most important about this time, is that every December, as the height of semester comes and goes, I can always say that I’m excellent, because I know there is something more rewarding than straight A’s waiting for me at 20 Middleton Road.

God bless Hamilton. God bless you all.
Health and Happiness,
-- Gabe Mollica ‘14