It Is Just Homecoming!
Written By: Robert Batch
I remember the days of high school with the beginning of the year hype, all of the pep rallies, football games, and in particular homecoming dances. For me, dances took a lot of effort, not only deciding if I wanted to go with someone, but also deciding what I was going wear etc. About ten years later, now a teacher, I realize that it is just homecoming, but there are some important points to remember this season of the year.
1) Remember Who You Are:
One of my favorite Popes would have to be now Saint John Paul II for a few reasons. One of them was his emphasis on the dignity and authenticity of the Human Person. As a teacher, it is unfortunate to see this authenticity be diminished. Rather the focus goes on what will others think of me in my dress or suite. How am I going to act during Homecoming? I believe that the key to having a successful homecoming is to remember who you are and not what others think of you. You matter. You matter, even if you do not have a date, or if you don't get asked to slow dance. You matter!
2) Make good memories
Let's be honest homecoming can be filled with great memories from the time of being asked, to getting ready, to pictures, and much much more, and they are memories that we want to remember! Homecoming nowadays is quite the ordeal, and you might as well have an event planner hired and on staff to make sure everything that needs to get done...gets done! Through all of the craziness, however, it is important to make good memories!
If we do not fill our minds with prayer, it will fill itself with anxieties, worries, temptations, resentments, and unwelcome memories - Dr. Scott Hahn
Your experience at homecoming is just one of several experiences that you will have! Enjoy! Have a good time! Remember, that this is an experience on a journey towards heaven- the ultimate homecoming!
About The Author
Robert Batch holds a degree in Communications with a Minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theology online through Franciscan. He has a passion for speaking, lecturing, and teaching about the faith. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Amanda