We want to see Jesus
I can observe a baby, but the parents ‘see’ their baby very differently. They gaze with total fascination, trying to perceive what this little bundle of flesh is really all about, trying to get an insight into its personality, visualising a possible future, hoping for a response.
This Gospel passage begins with a request from some Greeks ‘to see Jesus’, surely in all the ways parents see their baby. They were trying to perceive what this Jesus was really all about, trying to get an insight into his personality, imagining a possible future, hoping for a response.
And there was a response full of allusions to the future.
Jesus was as a grain of wheat. He died and was buried in the earth and that death was fruitful for the whole of humankind. He foresaw being nailed to the cross which would be dropped upright into a hole in the ground.
Our Lord says of that scene: ‘When I am lifted up I will draw all people to myself.’ How were people drawn to this scene?
People saw the length to which Jesus was prepared to go in order to persevere in his mission to live out the message that his Heavenly Father was full of mercy and wanted all people to share in Divine Life. This led to his being lifted up on the cross, being buried in the ground like a grain of wheat, only to rise to new life.
We could take a moment to pray that we will shortly see all this with the eyes of faith as we participate in the rituals of Good Friday and Easter.
© Fr Michael Tate; firstname.lastname@example.org
I am pleased to inform you that Miss Laura Harrison has been appointed as Prep M’s Teacher from the beginning of Term 2. Miss Harrison completed her final placement at St Thomas More’s last year and has had experience as a Learning Assistant and Camp Leader for Camps Tasmania. I am sure you will join me in welcoming Miss Harrison to St Thomas More’s Catholic School.
Today is the Feast of St Joseph. St Joseph is the stepfather of Jesus, who we identify as a gentlekind man. We wish the Sisters of St Joseph, St Thomas More’s Catholic School’s founding order, a happy feast day.
Next week we expect our fort to be repaired, this will allow us to open the unburnt section. I thank our students for their patience while they wait for these repairs.
We will be commencing the NAPLAN Practice Tests next week. The purpose of the practice test is to help your children understand the structures of NAPLAN. NAPLAN is an important assessment that we as a school use to provide us with information on what your child and our teaching program. If you have any questions about NAPLAN please see your child’s teacher.
This week’s Parent TV link is for The Dangers of Speaking To Children with Commands.
The Early Payment Discount for school fees paid in full is closing soon.
Accounts paid in full by the 31st March attract a 5% discount on Fees and Levies (excluding Capital Levy). If you intend to take up this option, please ensure you do so before 31st March, 2021.
Classes have been working on creating a class prayer in their RE units recently. Plase enjoy the below prayer, based around Our Father, from Grade 3/4 Saint:
You are everywhere,
God, Your name is holy.
Thank you for our amazing world,
Help us to be like Jesus.
Give us, today and every day, everything we need.
Forgive us for any things we have done wrong,
Sorry for the times we forgot to be like Jesus,
Help us to forgive others when they forget to be like Jesus, too.
Help us to always make good choices.
Congratulations to Jonte, Logan and Lewis 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!