Friday 16 November 2018

A Community of Service and Love

This week, two things that make up our community as Church are the highlights for me. First, the Parents & Friends held their annual general meeting which featured their installation of their new leadership for next year. It was an opportunity for those of us who gathered to reflect back on the many things that they do that add life to our community. The small kindnesses that they do as service to the wider community that make us more than a mere school. Those many kindnesses, some big and some nearly invisible (unless you know where to look) are what make us such a special place. The second event occurs this Sunday when a number of our boarders will be confirmed in the Church. Usually, this occurs in our home parishes, but when you’re a boarder, your home is where you are right now. The same is true for the Church. Where we go, as a community of service and love, the Church is made present. That, and not sporting or academic achievement, is the reason the Jesuits started educating people nearly 500 years ago. It is in small acts of service, made present wherever we go, that make ours a community that is as needed and relevant today than ever before.


It’s not about the decor of where you dine. It’s not about what’s on the menu. It’s not even about what it takes to get there. It’s about who you share your time and the meal with that really feeds you. Good friends make for great adventures. Who are the people who feed your soul? Can you be grateful for them?

Fr Jack McLain SJ