ADVENT REFLECTIONS: THE TREASURES OF VATICAN II
“Access to the sacred Scriptures ought to be wide open to the Christian faithful.” (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation)
By Dave Hewett
Thinking back, I still have to laugh … well, chuckle at least. Knowing that this was just part of God’s plan for me, I still have to smile thinking what it took to get through to me.
I remember sitting in Sunday morning Bible study. I don’t remember the topic of the day or even the particular passages; I just remember thinking to myself, “wow! this is good stuff!” I was so moved that when I came home, I had to tell my wife about all of the good things I had learned. The next week the same thing happened. I began to highlight text in my Bible so that I could easily find all of these particularly useful and more important Scriptures.
I was learning about sin and repentance, forgiveness, relating to authority, marriage, God’s grace and mercy, and love. I learned a lot about love. I learned about the gospels and the epistles, about the new covenant and the old, and about men of great faith, like Paul. All of these were things that I wondered about, had questions about, or just had an inner desire to know, and now it was there … right in front of me … right where God left it for me … in the Bible.
I have continued to read these sacred Scriptures with a real thirst and desire to hear what God would have to say to me through them … and what it is I am to learn next. I find that even those passages that are now very familiar to me still have new and ongoing relevance in my day-to-day life.
I am thankful that God’s plan is to use His word to teach me and to guide me and to help me know His will and purpose for me in this life.
Dave Hewett is a 1987 graduate of Mercyhurst College (Accounting/CMIS) and was the student-athlete of the year (’87). After spending 16 years in public accounting, he returned to Mercyhurst in 2002 as controller. He is the current lay leader of Koinonia of Erie County and president of the Erie District Golf Association, and is entering his 30th year as director of the Times-News Open Bowling Tournament. He and his wife, Elaine (’91), have two cocker spaniels, Putter and Chipper.