“Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelations 21:5)
How fortunate we are to restart, to reset, to return. New beginnings are an extraordinary grace from God! Each academic year offers students, parents and educators the opportunity and blessing of a fresh start. At this time of year, new dreams take shape, new goals are crafted and fresh pledges are made by students, parents, coaches and teachers.
Similar to New Year’s Day, the start of school includes a fair amount of wishful thinking and a particularly optimistic brand of hopefulness and goodwill. There is a collective consciousness around making things better; around building better relationships; making better decisions; taking better care of oneself and others; of studying more and better; about being a better friend and a better self. This is good! Indeed, this is how it should be.
At SMSA, we are striving to be a better Catholic school community. As people of faith, we know that God calls us to build His Kingdom, the “City of God” – that “shining city on a hill” that we read about in the New Testament. But how? As always, Jesus offers us a way:
“Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-16
In this new year at SMSA, let’s give every effort to be a ‘shining school on the ledge:’ In other words, someplace where students are proud to let their light shine! A community that is safe, positive, loving, encouraging and inspiring. A place where God’s presence is felt in the behavior and actions of all, and where prayer and creativity accompany inquiry, reflection, learning and integrity. A place where students are dedicated to understanding their God-given gifts and where caring classmates, teachers, coaches and parents work collaboratively to help each and every student to identify and unpack their gifts. Though it may not be explicitly stated in our Curriculum Guide, this is the essence of Catholic education. At SMSA our Ledger Way points us to this higher ground!
I believe that God’s creative and loving Spirit is ever near to us, always eager to love us, shape our hearts and “make things new again” in our lives. We have so much to look forward to at SMSA this year! I look forward to being on this journey with you as a partner in the mission.
Our Lady of the Ledge, pray for us.