As you read this, we are now journeying into the second week of Advent.
I was struck last week by the inspiring yet challenging words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, from his first Sunday of Advent Homily.
Pope Francis said that the time of Advent is a time of “consolation and hope,” the beginning of “a new liturgical year, which brings with it the newness of our God, who is the ‘God of every consolation.’” The Holy Father called to mind a former Bishop, who had written, “We are inclined to new things because we are born for great things.” It’s true, Pope Francis said. “We are born to be with the Lord. When we allow God to enter, true newness arrives.”
“I hope you will live out Advent in this way,” Pope Francis said, “as a time of consoling newness and joyful expectation.” He said this world often seems full of fear – but that Advent responds to this with “the Gospel of Fearlessness,” the opposite of fear. Two words from the Gospel of the First Sunday of Advent sum up this message: “Look up,” and “raise up your heads.” If fear is holding us down, he said, “Jesus invites you to turn your gaze to heaven, from whence He will come.”
Within all of this, Pope Francis clearly sets us a challenge. To live with a sense of newness and joyful expectation. And how can we do this? This holy season of Christmas invites us all to allow Jesus Christ to enter our lives with that sense of newness and joyful expectation that a life we live where we encounter the true presence of Christ on a daily basis in the things we do, in the things we say, in the way we cultivate our relationships with others, in our acts on generosity and outreach, in our moments of silence and contemplation, in our moments of prayer, in the receiving of the Eucharist, and in recognising our own fragility and weakness, that we come to know that Christ’s presence amongst us is a true blessing.
Finally, I extend my prayers and thoughts to all our college families for a very safe, healthy and joyful festive season. May the spirit of Christ be with you.
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Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast