Friday 21 September 2018

Transitions of Traditions

This week has been about the transitions of traditions here at the College. We finished last week by putting our mark on the long and storied history of the Jesuit Mission Indian Bazaar. A huge thank you to all of you who helped with the Bazaar, whether by volunteering or attending, you make a huge difference for the people that Jesuit Mission serves. It’s a tradition of service that goes back 67 years. Rides have changed, the food has changed, the wheel of electronics has changed, the wheel of ham… is exactly as it’s always been. Only the men manning the wheel of ham who were boys years ago have changed there. The point is that there’s a spirit to the Bazaar that transcends time and brings our community closer together. And it’s those sorts of ideals that really make up a community.

The other tradition of transition has begun as our current men of Year 12 prepare for the rituals of leaving that are both joyous and sad all at once. Excitement at the prospect of finishing at the College and nervous anticipation of what life holds after our community converge. These rituals too have changed and evolved over the years, but the joy of the celebration and the tradition of young men moving out to change the world for the better are as old as the College itself. It’s just that it is now our moment to celebrate and own these things. What happens next is up to the men of Year 12 as they live out the College’s call to do all that they were created to do; it may be the end of their years at the College, but it’s only the beginning of daring to do all they are capable of doing.


Up in the Blue Mountains, there are paths that are easily seen and known, and others that take a little time to find and navigate. Travelling in to the uncertain future is something we all have to do. Just make sure you’ve packed for the conditions and you have a good companion, and you can handle whatever comes. What do you need to face an uncertain path right now? Who is it you need to help you down that path? Can you be grateful for them?

Fr Jack McLain SJ