Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
I hope you had a beautiful Easter with your family and friends. At this time special time, it is important to reflect on the significance of Jesus’ resurrection, in our lives. I recall the story of the 'Road to Emmaus', and the way Jesus’ disciples were feeling after Jesus’ body had disappeared from his tomb.
“Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him... When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’”
Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that Jesus died for our sins to be forgiven and to demonstrate his unwavering love for us. Our sins died along with Jesus so that with his resurrection, we too are resurrected to new life. Out of the darkness came great light and hope. It is now up to us to learn from the disciples along the road to Emmaus and to look for and find the light in our world and in fact to be the light we so yearn for. The disciples were so consumed by the darkness which surrounded them, that they were unable to see the light that walked beside them. It is up to us to be open to and accept God’s love and see it in everything and everyone around us. Of course our challenge is to then share this love with others, not only in good times when the light shines brightly, but even when we are tested and find it difficult to do so, when the darkness surrounds us - Jesus was able to make the ultimate sacrifice, he not only faced the darkness but surrendered to it, in order to find the light again.
My prayer for you all, is that unlike the disciples on the road to Emmaus, that you are open to seeing Jesus wherever you look, being it in the light or darkness and in the faces of all you meet along your journey. May the joy of Jesus’ resurrection stay with you and help you to find the light of Jesus’ love always!
Let us celebrate and cherish the wonderful community in which we all play a vital role in creating an environment where our children are engaged, determined, enthused, committed and happy!