The theme for this week in school is gratitude. In the Gospel account we hear about a woman, with a chequered past, who throws herself at the feet of Jesus. When Jesus recognises her, supports her and picks her up at her lowest moment He is criticised for reaching out to a “sinner” or someone they saw as not worthy of His attention.
I suppose for us today we need to take the opposite attitude to those critics. We need to reach out in Catholic communities to those rejected by society, vulnerable or under pressure. We are called by Pope Francis to ensure we become an “oasis of mercy”. This challenge lies at the heart of what we stand for as a Catholic school community and needs to inspire us to live, breath and work in the right way.
We can never forget the responsibility we have as teachers and those in education to change someone’s life. We can set the weather by bringing sunshine, life and hope or rain and despair – what a unique responsibility and honour. No pressure!
Ian Wright was a professional footballer and he remembers the man who showed belief in him for the first time.
So what can we do?
- Pause for a moment this week to be grateful to God and those around us for all that we have been blessed with in our lives.
- Pray for an end to injustice, prejudice and violence – we remember those devastated by the tragic shooting in Orlando this week.
- Let us never forget the difference we can make to change someone’s life for the better.
So in essence – let’s have an attitude of gratitude and live life guided by the love, compassion and forgiveness shown by Jesus in His life each and every day.