As we move through the season of Lent, we can use this time to reflect upon God’s love for us. Divine love is received by surrender instead of any performance principle whatsoever. Divine love is a love that operates in an unqualified way, without making distinctions between people. I once heard a priest ask the question, “What if we are already saved?” Simple question, but quite profound if you spend time thinking about it as we are so conditioned into thinking that we have to earn God’s love.
Last year, I was very fortunate to travel to Greece and Turkey on a pilgrimage following the footsteps of St Paul. It was an incredible experience. One thing that struck me over and over again, was just how much meaning we have lost through translations over the years. The very first Bibles were written in Greek before they moved into Latin, English and then all other languages. One of the first things Jesus says in the Bible is to repent. Unfortunately, the word ‘repent’ has been misinterpreted into telling our children they are naughty if the don’t clean their rooms or help Mum around the house. The word ‘repent’ actually comes from the Greek work ‘metanoia’ which means to change one’s mind or to change the way you think. Today is Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent which is the 40 days leading up to Easter where we are asked to ‘repent’ and reflect upon our relationship with God. This Lent, how can we change the way we think about God? I once read that God doesn’t love us because we are good. God loves us because he is good!
Welcome back to the start of another new year at Mary Mac! It was so wonderful seeing all our students return with big smiles on their faces (I think some parents had even bigger smiles!). I would like to extend a huge welcome to our new families. I hope you enjoy your time in our beautiful community. There are a number of new initiatives happening this year which I would like to share with you: