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Home for Christmas

Jayson Boyers, EdD - December 20, 2021

“Let us love one another and be glad in the rich graces of this holy season of love.”
- Cornelia Connelly 

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community, 

Finals have ended and our campus is quiet as students have returned home for winter break. Coming home for the holidays is a theme that resonates with many of us at this time of year. It often means not only coming home but coming together with loved ones to celebrate the joy of the Christmas season.  

It makes sense, then, that the tradition of coming together for the holiday began on the very first Christmas. To me, the Nativity scene serves as a source of inspiration for the gift of gathering with others.  

The wise men and shepherds found their way to the holy child to celebrate and to connect with this miracle of his birth. As we sing in “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful,” we proclaim, “Come and behold him, Born the King of angels.” On this miraculous night, a group came together, and a community was formed. Perhaps you illustrate this in your own home with a Nativity scene as you carefully place the holy family, wise men, and shepherds together in the stable. 

The significance of gathering continues thousands of years later as people all over the world journey home to their communities that help them connect with God and with each other. At Christmas, for many, the holiday means “come and be together.” Just like the wise men and shepherds on that very first Christmas, we feel God’s presence when we are in community with each other. Indeed, Jesus is also called “Emmanuel,” which translates to “God with us” or “God is with us” in Hebrew. I appreciate the distinction of God with the plural “us.” God is found most often in our shared stories. 

Our sense of community often starts with our families, but it grows and shifts over time and extends to the families we’ve created. Let us remember that we also join as one, larger Rosemont College family to celebrate the richness of the Christmas season. There is so much comfort to be found in gathering around a purpose that unites us. After the last two years, the unity we experience is a reminder to us that our relationships make our communities and ourselves stronger. Especially in this milestone year of our Centennial, we come together as one Rosemont to celebrate all the blessings of our college family and all that lies ahead of us on the journey.  

As we transition into the new year, please remember that the Christmas miracle stays with us. It is a gift that can sustain us in our dark days because coming together can nourish us. My faith helps me understand that God is with me every day and that I feel His love through my relationships with my loved ones. As Cornelia Connelly said, “Let us love one another and be glad in the rich graces of this holy season of love.” The birth of the holy child provides an example of how we connect with God by staying connected with each other.  

At the same time, I think it is also important to recognize that at different phases in life the idea of 'coming home' means different things. Some of us enter the holidays missing loved ones or without a 'home' to go to. For those of you experiencing loss or hardship during this time, I hope you find comfort in knowing your Rosemont community counts you as family and is excited for you to come 'home' in the New Year. 

Wherever you may call home this Christmas season, my hope is that you are surrounded by love and joy. And when the holiday break is over, you will be welcomed back to your Rosemont home where we can continue to celebrate the gift of being together. 

Peace to you,  

Jayson Boyers, EdD