Wishing all our families a blessed and happy Christmas.
We have spent a lot of time this term reflecting on teachings of St Jeanne:
Keep friendship among you
Keep the flame alive
Stretch out a hand
Serve in a way that is always new
Live up to your name
So much of this is about thinking outside of ourselves, recognising and responding to the needs of others. I am so appreciative of the fact that at Christmas time, when we all have so much to do and so much to think about, we as a school community have found the time and demonstrated the goodwill to think of others.
This week we have wrapped 85 Christmas gift parcels with presents donated by the Senior School, for local recipients of Meals on Wheels. At the same time, we have wrapped a similar number of parcels with gifts donated by the Prep School, and delivered them to our friends at Ingram House, Whiteley Village. This is such tremendous generosity from students and their families – thank you. Doing things for others – St Jeanne would be very pleased.
The birth of Jesus is recounted in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The actual birth of Jesus, in a stable in Bethlehem, is the subject of two verses of Luke’s Gospel; the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary is the subject of five. In terms of verses in the bible, there is much more written about the visit of the shepherds (twelve verses), and about the visit of the three wise men (also twelve verses). The accounts of the first visits to Jesus are much longer than the account of Jesus’ actual birth.
This is a reminder that the birth of Jesus, celebrated at Christmas time, is God’s gift to us. Jesus was born for shepherds and was born for kings, and was born for us. At this time of giving and receiving wonderful gifts, God’s gift is the greatest – the gift of his Son.