We celebrated Ash Wednesday during this week. This marks the beginning of our Lenten journey, a significant season for our Church. It is customary that the first Gospel reading to begin lent is the story of Jesus going into the desert alone for 40 days and nights to face Satan and his temptations. This reading can certainly resonate with all of us in what happens in our own lives. Jesus’s journey to the desert was one where he chose to wrestle with the powers of evil alone before he returned to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom to...
We celebrated Ash Wednesday during this week. This marks the beginning of our Lenten journey, a significant season for our Church. It is customary that the first Gospel reading to begin lent is the story of Jesus going into the desert alone for 40 days and nights to face Satan and his temptations. This reading can certainly resonate with all of us in what happens in our own lives. Jesus’s journey to the desert was one where he chose to wrestle with the powers of evil alone before he returned to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom to all. I am sure that there have been occasions when each of us has had to wrestle with our own “demons” before, hopefully, coming to contentment after winning “the battle”. In terms of the Gospel story, Jesus going into the location of a desert to face Satan is significant.
Deserts are, by nature, lonely and wild places. One would feel isolated, vulnerable, unsafe and afraid in such an environment. The same feelings can be true when we spend time truly confronting our own temptations and obstacles in life. Very often, they can be so overwhelming that we might feel that we cannot overcome them alone. That is very much the point of this Gospel reading, Jesus confronted the demons through prayer. We are invited to turn to God to help us meet these challenges through prayer and reflection. In our Church, Lent is also very much connected to our baptism story. At our baptism we are invited into a relationship with Christ. This relationship promises us a means of salvation and way of living. We are not alone in meeting our obstacles.
The season of Lent is also a season of Joy for our Church because it is also a season of promise. It can be a turning point in our own lives where we reflect upon the obstacles that we face and work to overcome them and in doing so develop a deeper relationship with our God. Last week we spoke of looking to what we might need to change or add to make our own life better and fuller. Our Catholic faith calls us to develop a deeper relationship with Christ to help us overcome the obstacles and challenges that we may meet through our own temptations.
Lent is also a time when we may choose to abstain and fast. This is done in remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made when he died on the cross. It is a 40-day time of preparation before Easter, the memorial of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Abstinence is the act of “doing without” or avoiding something. In contemporary times, we are all called to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Some of us may remember when we were called to abstain from meat on every Friday during lent. Some may also choose to abstain from other things that they enjoy within their lives such as sugar, chocolates or other habits or activities. Fasting is the act of doing with less food, particularly foods that are a luxury and we enjoy.
The time of Lent, through fasting and abstaining, is an important reminder of what it means to suffer through sacrifice. Whilst this may sound quite harsh and draconian, it is not meant to be such a sacrifice that it causes great misery. But rather a form of sacrifice that brings us joy afterwards as we have used discipline to conquer our own temptations and this gives us a little better understanding and recognition of the incredible sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for humanity.
During yesterday’s Spirit Assembly, we recognised the College Swim Team selected for the AIC Swimming Championships to be held at Chandler next Monday. The young men have trained hard for these championships and we wish each of them the very best in their events.
During Tuesday’s assembly, we held a chess “play-off” between O’Rourke House and Coffey House for the overall winners of the Inter-House Chess competition. Congratulations to the O’Rourke House who won two of the three games.
Also, congratulations to our Year 12 students who had 100% attendance at their QCS practice last Wednesday afternoon. Their efforts were appreciated by the teaching team and we expect to see continuous improvement within the group throughout the months leading up to the real tests.
Next Friday, we will also celebrate our St Patrick’s Day Mass. After the Mass we will also make a special presentation to Br Ryan. Br Ryan was the College Principal from 1972 to 1977. The Ryan House was named in his honor. Our presentation is to mark his 60th anniversary as a Christian Brother. As usual, the Great Morven Race will follow the Mass. It will also be a Green and Gold day to raise money for our College charities.
Next Saturday, we will also be a part of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Brisbane city. The Paddy’s van and students and drummers will be a part of the parade. I am looking forward to our involvement.
We have started our Year 7 interviews (2021). If you are aware of any young men and their families who would like to attend the College and have not yet enrolled, please remind them that it is most important that they contact Mrs Stacey Bishop at our Enrolment Office as soon as possible.
This weekend, we compete against Padua College in our Annual Swimming Challenge at the Centenary Pool and in AFL, Volleyball and Cricket. Our younger grades are playing at home, whilst the older grades will be playing in away fixtures.
Live Jesus in our Hearts!