St Paul says to his followers: ‘Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things’.
In a year where we are weaving the value of ‘wonder’ through our College, St Paul’s words resonate with me as we come to the end of this semester and take a pause with the upcoming holiday break. These words to the Philippians encourage us to walk back through the last six months and find what is worthy of our reflection. He does not say they have to be the grandest, or the boldest or the loudest. There will be many small moments in the lives of our students, our staff and our families that will be called to mind – a challenge conquered, an act of kindness, a new skill learned, a success from grit and determination, a moment of forgiveness.
As we come to another holiday break where our nation is again faced with uncertainty regarding borders and lockdowns, which I know will impact on many plans for holidays and connections with families and friends, these words from St Paul also call us to turn to the simplicity of things that can bring us wonder, peace and some certainty. In that simplicity and pausing we might take the time to be aware of God’s presence:
What was something wonderful I heard today?
What was something wonderful I saw today?
What was something wonderful that was done for me today?
What was something wonderful I did for another today?
What might be something wonderful I can do tomorrow?
It will be in these moments that we see the traces of God at work in our lives.
We wish those taking leave from the start of Term 3 – Richard Jones, Josephine Ryan and Linden Young every blessing for their time away. We welcome Lolita Fierro, who will be replacing Brendan as he commences in the Library.
Blessings for a safe and peace filled holiday.