Reflection written by Corey Trujillo ’14
Reflection written by Corey Trujillo ’14
Light From The Bluff
March 2021 - Issue 48

Scripture Reflection

“The Spirit led Jesus into the Desert.”

Luke 4:1
For nearly a year we’ve lived this pandemic Desert – some of us longer. It has frustrated and isolated and stripped and broken each of us in different ways. At first, I really enjoyed it. It was relaxing. Many of my commitments had evaporated and I got to spend more time in silence, more time in nature. It was different, quiet, and peaceful, even a little exciting. It didn’t take long for the novelty to wear out.  
I imagine the first day of Jesus’ Desert Journey was similar. Relieving. Comfortable. Maybe even exhilarating. I doubt it remained that way for the remaining 39.  
I grew up in rural Nevada: dry valleys of sagebrush for as far as you can drive in a day. And I’ve always been drawn to the Desert. Her emptiness is somehow fulfilling. I understand how the Spirit drew Him there. 
But as anyone who has lived in the Desert will tell you, She’s not to be trifled with. Her sands burn. Her winds bite. Her fruitless trees and cloudless skies mock hunger, thirst, and loneliness. And this pandemic Desert is no exception.  
But I’m reminded of a visit I made to Joshua Tree National Park about this time in March a few years ago. It rained the night I got there, and I awoke to an Eden. Purple blossoms sprung from the sands on tender stems, greenery burst from seemingly dead brush, and cacti boasted geometric towers of colorful blooms. The Desert had exploded in Life!
I’m so tired of this Desert we find ourselves in. It’s so lonely and boring and monotonous and sad. But as storm clouds gather, my spirit smirks presciently.
All things bloom in the rains of a Desert Spring.
Reflection written by Corey Trujillo ’14
Photos taken by Corey Trujillo during the described trip to Joshua Tree
Photo of visit to Joshua Tree taken by Corey Trujillo Photo of visit to Joshua Tree taken by Corey Trujillo Photo of visit to Joshua Tree taken by Corey Trujillo
Each month we feature a member of the UP community using Scripture to reflect on a time of transformation or growth in their faith. If you're interested in contributing to a future issue, please email for more information.

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Media of the Month

The Meaning of Lent by Grotto Network
Need a refresh on the basics of Lent? Notre Dame's Grotto Network offers background on the reasons for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during this season, as well as music playlists, digital wallpapers, meatless recipe ideas, and more!
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Updates from Campus Ministry

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St. Joseph Novena
As the patron of the Holy Cross brothers, St. Joseph holds a place of special significance for the Congregation of Holy Cross. In recognition of the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis, Campus Ministry invites you to join in praying a Novena to St. Joseph, beginning on March 11 and concluding on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. 
You can live-stream Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph at both 12:05 and 5 p.m. PST on Friday, March 19 from the Chapel of Christ the Teacher.
Stations of the Cross
Join Campus Ministry for two opportunities to pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent through their YouTube channel.
  • Friday, March 12 at 4 p.m. PST – ViaCrucis: La Via Dolorosa del Migrante, a bilingual (Spanish and English) set of stations connecting Jesus’ way of the cross with the experience of the migrant. 
  • Friday, March 26 at 4 p.m. PST – Grief and Loss in the Time of Covid, featuring reflections from UP students for each of the stations.

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