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Friday 28 April 2017 | Fr Ross Jones SJ
A School Under the Sign of the Cross
With the Easter season and Anzac Day bracketing the term break, I was taken by the recurring image of the cross which seemed to span both commemorations. At Easter, of course, we were carried through the Pascal Triduum from Maundy Thursday until Easter Eve with the cross ever before us. We began with it covered in purple, then bearing a broken, disfigured body, then a bare cross again, now draped with a discarded white burial cloth. This story is at the heart of our belief – the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
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Thursday 6 April 2017 | Dr Paul Hine
Rounding Off a Busy Term
The normal flurry of activity to round off a busy term of teaching and learning was exacerbated by some major events in the final week. A whole school liturgy was held in the Ramsay Hall on Monday in preparation for the Easter festival. Powerful theatrics brought the compelling story of the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection to life as students re-enacted those events that began at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday and concluded with the opening of Christ’s tomb on Easter Sunday.
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Thursday 6 April 2017 | Fr Ross Jones SJ
Be It Done Unto Me
The Parents’ and Friends’ held their annual Easter reflection. We began with an outdoor Stations of the Cross in the College grounds bursting with green. Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation followed. The feast is celebrated nine months to the day of Christmas – those liturgists in Rome assuming, of course, that Mary went full-term.
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Friday 1 April 2016 | Fr Ross Jones SJ
Meeting Christ on the Road
One of the Gospel readings for Easter Sunday recalled the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-33). They were devastated and disheartened, maybe even depressed, after the crucifixion of their Lord and hoped-for-redeemer. Their dearest expectations had not come to pass. So they had turned their backs. They were walking away. Understandably. Then the risen Jesus joins their company, but they do not recognise him. This seems very strange indeed, for they had kept his company until only a few days past. And it flies in the face of the common experience of people longing to see (and oft-times mistakenly seeing) the face in the crowd of one they have recently lost.

A conversation begins which is a classic model of pastoral care and catechesis. “What is troubling you?” “Where are you now?” “What’s going on in your life?” The mode of the listener. The starting point, really, for all good teaching and parenting. Only then are the two lost disciples ready for a response and for enlightenment. As the story unfolds, they want this mysterious companion to stay, so they invite him to join their meal. And, as the scriptures tell us, when he begins to bless the meal, “they recognise him at the breaking of the bread”. But then he vanishes from their sight.
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Thursday 24 March 2016 | Dr Paul Hine
‘There Is A Season’
We are reminded in Ecclesiastes that ‘to everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven’. Perhaps the relevance of that maxim is no more applicable than at the present time as we move into the Easter story; the theology of the passion, the crucifixion of Christ and the resurrection that signals new life beyond death. This will be symbolically celebrated on Sunday with the eggs that have become synonymous with this time of the year, those that have the potential to subjugate the Christian significance during this period of renewal and growth through the challenges and rewards that the Lenten period provides. And, there will be some days of respite and rest over the break prior to the latter stages of the term, which will no doubt be filled with its own intensity and momentum. May it be a time where families can share in the gift of each other, the joy and hope of the season and a spirit of optimism, as we move ahead into the final days of the term.
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Thursday 24 March 2016 | Fr Ross Jones SJ
Crowning to Crucifixion – the Way of the Mob
The week leading to Easter begins with the account of Palm Sunday where Jesus is caught up in that rather triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The crowd, first ecstatic with joy and hope, then has a mood swing. It is a story that has long fascinated me.

Those who are given to remark that the Gospels (or indeed the Bible) have little to say to us today – to these times and our issues – have most likely read or reflected little upon the texts. This Palm Sunday story paints an aspect of human nature that has changed little over the millennia.
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