Last weekend we had the well-known parable of the “Good Samaritan” given to us by Luke as our Gospel reading. As I was speaking to our staff at our Monday morning briefing, I made mention of the fact that we have all heard this beautiful parable before in many and varied contexts. We have often used it in some of our school Masses- quite purposefully. I did say to the staff that our familiarity with this story must always be set aside with how the parable can speak to us in the here and now. A rather inquisitive question from a lawyer to Jesus on “what must I do to inherit internal life?” leads Jesus and the lawyer on a profound personal exchange that is unmistakable in its intent – love God with all your heart, all your being, all your strength, all your mind and the crux- love your neighbor as you love yourself.
But this leads to the question of the lawyer to Jesus on “who is my neighbor?” and the quick and emphatic reply from Jesus in the form of the Good Samaritan parable.
There are many layers to consider in this Gospel narrative, and as I have often spoken about to our staff on some Monday mornings, you can muse over these for a long time and ponder the greater implications that such stories like the Good Samaritan have for our own lives.
And here is the real richness of the text. It is not necessarily about doing a lengthy lectio divina or academic exegesis to reveal the text to us, but how the text actually speaks to us in the present, in the here and now, and the real application of purposeful meaning to us.
The parable speaks about the practice of charity, respect and love. These values and virtues that should not be far removed from our day to day existence. We can ask ourselves today- who is my neighbor? Am I willing to go to the aid of someone in their time of need? How do I show compassion and understanding to others?
Jesus’ words call us to extend charity and love to those we fear or those who may not necessarily be close to us- and to understand that we have these gifts to freely offer. And in a world that can sometimes be insular and self-interested, here lies our challenge to be the example of true discipleship to others.
It is Jesus emphatic words to the lawyer which are unmistakable- “go and do likewise.” We are called to listen and act with our hearts towards those around us, even in such times that may be inconvenient to us, and perhaps it is precisely in these moments that we do in fact love God with all our hearts, all our being, all our strength, all our mind.
We know if we were to live more kindly in charity, respect and love for others the world would be a different place. Simple acts of kindness- such as smiling, asking if someone is ok, lending a helping hand, initiating a conversation with someone we might not necessarily talk to and other such examples where we go out of our way- are powerful acts that restore our faith in life and each other.
We are called to be the “good Samaritans” in our own contexts and circumstances, and to be aware of the opportunities that present themselves to us to act accordingly. But it requires us to freely give of ourselves and to understand that we can make a difference in someone’s day or even someone’s life, and in doing so we respond to Jesus’ call to love our neighbour.
It is with much excitement that we announce that the College collected 8,400 stickers (140 tally sheets) for this recent promotion for school equipment. The College was committed to sending any equipment gained from this initiative to our Salesian school in Cambodia- Don Bosco Technical College, Phnom Penh. Because of our generous families, staff and students, the sticker collection has yielded much needed sporting goods for the Don Bosco Technical College.
I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to our College community for filling the collection boxes at Woolworths here in Sunbury and at the new Rosenthal Estate store, as well as the collections that were handed into me directly here at the college.
I know that Don Bosco Technical College will be thrilled when the equipment reaches them later in the year.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast