Israel believed that the temple was built over the navel of the universe, the axis mundi, that spot where the world above and the world below met the world of history, thus enabling the three worlds to communicate. When Jesus called himself the new temple, he was claiming to be the centre of the universe, the spot where three-way cosmic communication occurs, the presence of God in the midst of the community. When we accept him in faith, we are accepting these claims. We may profess this belief, but do our lives reflect it?
Although some consider the law a rigid set of precepts, it is really more a collection of directives that have grown out of the experience of life. To say that Jesus is the wisdom of God means that God’s wisdom is made known in him and that he is the way that points to God. While laws often embody distinctive cultural values or customs, as wisdom of God, Jesus crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down cultural distinctions. As the wisdom of God, Jesus fulfils the expectations of any and all codes of law.
Both the law and the temple witness to the power of God in the lives of believers. However, both institutions pale in the light of Jesus who is identified as the power of God. This divine power is not revealed in lofty precepts or in magnificent stones, but rather in the broken and pierced body of Jesus Christ. How willing are we to accept him?
© Dianne Bergant CSA
During the week I received a lovely email from one of our Prep parents who shared an action of one of our Grade 6’s during the week which displayed our school rules in action. Be Respectful – ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’- Jesus Christ and Be Responsible - ‘Never see a need without doing something about it’ - St Mary Mackillop of the Cross. What our G6 student did was offer to help the child’s mother by taking her son, who was feeling a little anxious, to help him with the flag and then promised her that he would personally take her son to his class. This particular response from our STM children is not an uncommon act, and something staff here witness on a daily basis with all our students. I would personally like to thank the students involved, the parent who shared the story and our whole community who daily enact out our rules in a loving and generous way.
On Monday we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day where we celebrate the achievements of women around the world. Primary Education is a vocation that has a large number of women working in it, all who do a marvellous job supporting the growth and development of our children. I would like to acknowledge all the women who tirelessly give of themselves to ensure our children receive the best start in their lives, our teachers, our support staff and all our mothers. Thank you for all you do, you do make a positive difference for our world.
A reminder that Monday is a public holiday, I trust you will enjoy the day with your family.
A couple of weeks ago our students were invited to send in a photo of them for Andrew Chinn's video clip of his updated National Anthem. Thank you Mrs Kidd for coordinating this, the teachers who helped her, our students in the photo and our families who took them to the Gorge for the photo.
This week’s Parent TV link is for Parenting on the Same Page as Your Partner.
Congratulations to Sophie, Michala, Lillian and Addison who have received 25 stickers in their Student Acknowledgement booklets! These stickers are given to students displaying positive and respectful behaviour in the playground. They are a great role model for others. Well done!
Attached you will find our Launceston Parish bulletin for the 2nd Sunday in Lent Year B (27/28 February 2021). You will find lots of opportunities to deepen your spiritual life and prayer during Lent. In particular, please note the Reflection Day for Men on Saturday, 20 March. Let’s remember to pray for each other during this very special time of repentance and renewal. Every best wish and blessing,
Fr Mark Freeman