Commencement Day by Anthony Esolen

Commencement Day

Anthony Esolen on Letting Our Children Go Home (A Graduation Address)

Ladies and gentlemen, parents, friends, and graduates: I am reminded tonight of the story of a young man who went on a journey with his family. It was not an unusual journey. We’re told that the family would make it every year, going to the great city to commemorate a night more than a thousand years before, when by the might of God their ancestors bid farewell to a land of bondage, but a land that had yet been their home, to wander forth into the desert, as God would lead them, to another land, one flowing with milk and honey.

Imagine that family on the road back from Jerusalem. Imagine the mules and carts, the father and the uncles . . .