One of the great joys of my job is getting to teach the Religion and Society Units 3 and 4 course. In the first Area of Study, students are challenged to understand the human search for meaning; what common questions we all have and what informs our understandings of the answers provided by the Catholic Christian tradition. One of the existential questions identified by the Study Design is `What is the nature and purpose of human life?’ What an interesting question for us all to reflect on in our current context, as we listen to the news and hear more tales of people putting themselves first than we do stories of people protecting those in need. The boys in my class study the idea that Jesus’ example reminds us that we are all equal in the eyes of a loving God; that not one of us is entitled to more than any other one of us. Their study enables them to see that Jesus’ example challenges us to be people of service - people who share Jesus’ love, his humanity, and his compassion in our world.
As we pray this Lent, may we continue to seek the courage and the strength to be other-centred in our approach to daily life. May we take time to give thanks for all those in our world who follow Jesus’ example and teach us how to serve the lonely, the poor, the marginalized and the different. Let us also take time to remember the death of love that pervades our world when we fail to seek justice for all; when we, consciously or unconsciously, fail to help those in need. As we prepare to reflect on Jesus’ death this Easter, let us remember that death in our Christian context is not simply an end of life as we know it - it is a failure to share God’s love in our lives. As we navigate the uncertainty of what lies ahead for our communities, may we do what we can to help others and be `Good News’ in the world today.