We are always growing and learning
In the Church calendar on 6 August we celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord. The word “transfiguration” comes from the Latin roots trans- (“across”) and figura (“form, shape”). So it literally means to change your appearance or ‘form’, as happened to Jesus. The interesting thing is that in the Gospel of Luke, just before Jesus changes before the eyes of his disciples, he says, “There are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:27) So, Jesus gives them a glimpse of what glory is to come. The lesson for us is that Jesus is always inviting us to be changed, ourselves, so that we can build the conditions of the kingdom of God ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’ The mystery of faith is that we need to spend time in contemplation to really discover how God is inviting each of us to be transformed so that we more resemble Jesus.
Mary Mackillop was one person who responded wholeheartedly to this call, transforming her life so that more people could experience ‘life to the full’ (John 10:10). On Monday, 8 August, some of our students will accompany Mrs Knowles to the celebration of the Feast of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop, as we recognise the importance of her witness to the Gospel and to the transforming power of God.
Likewise, we join with former student Ben Gandy and his family as they joyfully celebrate his ordination to the priesthood in Sydney on Saturday, August 6, an auspicious day to be ordained! You can read more about those being ordained here. Brothers in arms from formation to ordination | The Catholic Weekly
If you are interested to watch the ordination, there is a livestream: Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Priestly Ordinations – 10:30am on Saturday 6 August 2022
All of these significant events in the life of our church help us to see that we are always growing, transforming into the beautiful creations that God intends us to be. Just like plants and trees, we need nourishment, sunshine and water; sometimes we need pruning and we always need love. The hope of a liberating education is that we recognise the hand of God in our lives.
Director of Identity