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Summer officially ended, and Autumn officially began, on Tuesday this week.  Today, at any Catholic Mass the first reading is from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, and it talks about changing seasons, changing times.  The reading is this:

 There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven:

Seasons

A time for giving birth,

  a time for dying;

  a time for planting,

  a time for uprooting what has been planted.

A time for killing,

  atime for healing;

  a time for knocking down,

  a time for building.

A time for tears,

  a time for laughter;

  a time for mourning,

  a time for dancing.

A time for throwing stones away,

  a time for gathering them up;

  a time for embracing,

  a time to refrain from embracing.

A time for searching,

  a time for losing;

  a time for keeping,

  a time for throwing away.

A time for tearing,

  a time for sewing;

  a time for keeping silent,

  a time for speaking.

A time for loving,

  a time for hating;

  a time for war,

  a time for peace.

 

What does a person gain for the efforts that they make? I contemplate the task that God gives mankind to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but though he has permitted a person to consider time in its wholeness, a person cannot comprehend the work of God from beginning to end.

Life is rich and varied, full of choices to be made, made up of big highs and deep lows and everything in between.    

I had the privilege of joining Year 11 for their year assembly this week.  I talked about various things, including being aspirational, being your own best friend, and practising resilience.  All of these things are very important, but my most important message was the one I finished with:

Don’t lose sight of who you are … an individual, a person, loved by God for who you are.

Whatever the ‘time’, whatever the global or local situation, whatever is happening in our own lives, God loves us – God loves me, God loves you, God is love.  Though times and situations change, God’s love is a constant; He is always inviting us to allow Him to accompany us on our journeys, travelling with us through life.  We are always loved by God with an unconditional love.

On Tuesday we had the first Parent Prayer Group meeting of the term.  We held it via Zoom and it was lovely – prayer, scripture-based discussion and fellowship.  The Parent Prayer Group is an important part of the life of the school.  Using Jesus’ teaching, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them,” we reflect on a piece of scripture and pray for the whole school community.  You are in our prayers.  All are warmly welcome to join the prayer group – please do just let me know if you would like more information.

May the God who loves us be in our hearts and homes this weekend.

God Bless,

Mr George, Chaplain