We have entered the Season of Lent which is the period of forty days when we pray, fast and give alms. Lent commenced on Ash Wednesday and will conclude at sunset on Holy Thursday. During this time we are preparing for the three great days of the Easter Triduum, the Vigil of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday. In preparing ourselves to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection, we are called to have a true inner conversion of heart, as we strive to follow Christ more faithfully. At Easter, we will recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptised into Christ’s death and began our new life in Christ.
Pope Francis constantly reminds us of how God wants us to live. These words are taken from his latest writing, Let Us Dream, “The heart of Christianity is God’s love for all peoples and our love for our neighbours, especially those in need … the Church was born, in the margins of the Cross where so many of the crucified are found.”
People initially and today continue to follow Jesus because he gives people hope and dignity. Recently students in Stage Five have commenced studying the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s Draft New Curriculum (DNC) and have been learning about the Hermeneutical Triad. In class, Stage Five students have been studying John’s Gospel, including The Woman Caught in Adultery (Jn 8:1-11). Using the Hermeneutical Triad, we learn that while the scribes and Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus, this is not the important lesson from this Gospel passage. Pope Francis acknowledges that the real power that lies in the scene at the end is when Jesus and the woman are left alone. Jesus anoints her with dignity, and tells her: ‘Go your way, and from now on do not sin again’ (Jn 8:11).
During this Lent through prayer, fasting and almsgiving may we be like Jesus and see the dignity and value of each person.
For additional information about the DNC see this link. On this webpage you will find A Guide to Understanding the Draft New Curriculum and a link for the Draft New Curriculum. For each Learning Cycle, you will see the references to Scripture and the Church’s Tradition including the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Papal Encyclicals. We are most fortunate that our students have the opportunity to learn more about their Catholic faith in the framework of a teaching pedagogy which addresses the needs of 21st century learners.
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator