Reflection and more
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. 'Peace be with you,' he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.' Thomas replied, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him: You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.
There were many other signs that Jesus worked in the sight of the disciples, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name. Jn 20:26-31
Yesterday the Church finished the Easter Octave or eight days after the Resurrection of Jesus. During these eight days there were a number of appearances of Jesus to the disciples. This appearance is to the apostles who are locked in a room, fearful.
Some of the Apostles have seen Jesus and some have not. Thomas is noted as being one who has not seen Jesus. He expresses these doubts for all of us but later, after seeing the risen Christ, Thomas claims him as My Lord and My God. He does this also for all of us.
These are critical passages in the bible for our Christianity. We believe in a risen Christ through whom we see the significance of our lives.
On Friday evening a good crowd of the Marist Community gathered to enjoy a meal and to hear about Immersion. The guest speaker was Jack Garay from the HSC of 2014. Jack told of his trip to Wadeye in the Northern Territory. Jack spoke of his fears before the Immersion and of his confidence following the experience.
Jack spoke of Immersion as an experience of meeting others who are on the edge of society and of building simple relationships with these people.
I sat on a table with Br Michael, Br Peter and six ex-students. It was wonderful hearing of their experiences following school but also of their fond memories of school. It is surprising to hear of the number of immersion type experiences that these men have undertaken in these few years since school.
The dinner was organised by Gabriel Rulewski, our Solidarity Coordinator and the other Immersion Leaders which includes; Tony McDonnell, Anthony Munro and Greg Angelou. We are thankful to Rochelle Eggins for her work in organising the meal.
Newman Gifted Selective Education Testing
The first Newman Selective Education Testing took place today. We have approximately 40 bright students who will undertake this testing for the first time. Our Newman Gifted Education classes are now in Years 7 and 8. Our Director of Diverse Learning, Carolyn O’Brien, has lead the development of this work at the school.