How can our school make another leap forward? How can we do all that we can for the children of our parish? I don’t know. But I do have some of the necessary elements.
First, I am sure that the school cannot do it on its own. I am also sure that the parish cannot do it either. The school and the parish are intimately bound because we have the same goal, we are both working tirelessly for the good of our children. The school provides a Catholic education and the parish is a source of spiritual food. But they both work together to create a Catholic Culture.
Second, I think that even if the school and parish work together it will not accomplish our goal. There needs to be at least another ingredient: the family.
The family must also realise that it is the most fundamental part of the Church and education. That is why I really do dream that our parish can become a source of renewal for your family. I dream that more and more we will be able to create a culture where the mums and dads know each other really well, and where they call each other on to holiness. Where they do not judge each other for their struggles or their issues but where they stand by each other as friends. A culture that respects the fact that everybody can’t be involved in everything but where everybody is involved in something. A style of life that respects the differences and yet realises at least these two things: first, that it takes a village to raise a child and so we are our brother’s keeper and second, that while we accept and respect our diversity of culture we fully realise that our unity comes from Jesus Christ. I dream that this may come about, I don’t know how we will get there, but I have some ideas. I know that I may have a major role in all of this, but that does not mean that you don’t have a role too. I believe that all things are possible in Christ.
How do I tie this in with this Sunday’s Gospel? It is simple, Christ was Transfigured so that we might see that He is God, we might know His Glory, right before He went to the cross.
He gave us this sign so that we might hope in Him when it is hard. So let us hope, that despite and in the midst of the evil and troubles of the world, God’s Glory will be victorious in our parish. Thus we need to have hope and trust in all His glory while we work tirelessly to make this dream a reality.