There is a terrible vacuum at Vanderbilt. The university is a wasteland when it comes to giving any sort of plan for living a good life. Looking at the campus crime report from last weekend, one sees intoxication, mixed with throwing up and passing out, over and over again until one reaches the final entry of rape.
If you want a more visual experience, go drive around Greek row tonight -- or better early tomorrow morning. Look not only at the mobs of drunken people but also in the shadows at the ones crying or trying to make themselves throw up. What are they looking for so desperately?
Is this desperation what Vanderbilt wants for its students? The truth is that Vanderbilt has nothing to offer it students to give any meaning to the grind that they put themselves through to be here.
The sealed vacuum of Vanderbilt must be punctured; it must "be opened," as Jesus commands in the Gospel for this weekend. When we are opened, we see that He "does all things well." All aspects of our lives are enriched by Him.
But it is not easy to break out of secularism's vacuum of value, meaning and purpose. We are made for more. We need to be opened to the transcendence of Jesus Christ, imminent in all things.