Was it only three years or so when we welcomed our new graduates
They came to us and we thanked God for new co-sojourners who bravely came our way
For some, the journey was tedious and a mystery, and we can only hope the learning will dawn upon them someday.
I believe for many we have found new prophets who will always take the side of the poor, the laborer and the farmer today.
We asked them in their first year to walk in the streets with the masses
In the next year and the next, they came on their own to listen to the oppressed
Some later took paths even we could not take.
They were braver, took sides and offered their lives to the dust of the earth
And so now we see them walk away to take another journey
We pray they will never feel alone and will find affirming and liberating companions on the way
We trust they will seek life and dignity, not just for themselves but for others
And we pray they will transform this world for it is for this reason that we teach and learn with them everyday.