This week is Holy Week, which marks the beginning of our holiday break, and it would be easy for us to forget its importance and significance in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. In his lifetime Jesus longed to convince people that God the Father was with them. He asked for their conversion, a change of heart and mind, that they might be able to believe in the Good News. Sadly, few people believed him.
Easter for us must celebrate not only the reality of Jesus risen over 2000 years ago, but also the Spirit given to us to carry on the work of Jesus. One way of understanding this is to imagine the Risen Jesus saying to each of us, ‘I rise, and live on in you.’ For Easter to have its proper impact in the Church and in our world we have to hear and believe gratefully and joyfully this truth about ourselves: “He is risen. Yes. But he is still here in my heart, in my life, in my living and loving.”
For Christians throughout the world, Holy Week is a time to remember and celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Major celebrations of the week usually begin with a liturgy on Holy Thursday night – the Mass of the Last Supper. The next day is Good Friday, where the Church relives the passion and death of Jesus in a solemn moving liturgy. We will celebrate with a special Stations of the Cross liturgy this Wednesday morning in the big shed. The Resurrection is then celebrated at the Easter Vigil on the Saturday evening and the triumphant liturgies of Easter Sunday.
I encourage all members of our community to attend some these Holy Week experiences. I trust we will be renewed with the spirit of hope that Jesus brings. In this season of Easter, remember why we have an Easter break. Jesus Christ died in order to give us life, and we are expected to live it to the fullest. Remember to take some time in prayer giving thanks for all that He has given to us.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all who have volunteered their time in any capacity over the term. Whether it be in reading groups, tuckshop, committees, social events etc., your assistance doesn’t go unnoticed and is valued by the teachers and myself.
Term 1 certainly has flown by. It has been a great start to the year and it has been very rewarding to see how quickly the children have settled into routine and change, while the level of school work produced by our fabulous students has been nothing but exceptional.
Have a very happy and safe Easter and I look forward to seeing you all back for the beginning of Term 2 on Tuesday 17th April.
Enjoy your children over the break. Notice the little things that they do, enjoy the moments you have with them, for they are special memories that you create together.
“Have less, do less, be more” (Anonymous)