Dear College Community听

We are etching closer to听Christmas.听Last听Friday, our Year 12s celebrated听the end of their exams and assessments with a听Liturgy and Graduation Function. Next Sunday, we will begin the season of Advent. This is a听time of hope for a better world and听a time听of preparation and invitation to听reflect on the relationship that we have with听Jesus in听our lives.听

Sunday听was听the Feast of Christ the King.听We hear in the Gospel that Pilate听challenges Jesus.听Pilate must have been confused. He had asked Jesus point-blank, 鈥淎re you the King of the Jews?鈥 (John 18:33). Jesus didn鈥檛 answer him directly, but he made it clear that his kingdom wasn鈥檛 what Pilate had been envisioning. Instead, he said this kingdom 鈥渋s not here鈥 and 鈥渄oes not belong to this world鈥 (18:36).

So,听where is Jesus鈥 kingdom, and听what is听it like?听This week we are challenged听to reflect听on God鈥檚 kingdom and how it compares with the kingdom of the world.

The kingdom of the world values power, wealth,听honour, and pleasure. These things are not bad in themselves, but we can easily听be distracted by materialism. We can even fool ourselves into thinking that we are not going after them. But if they are the primary reason we get out of bed in the morning, and we spend most of our time seeking them out, then we听too听are听probably听immersed听in the kingdom of the world.

The kingdom of God, on the other hand, values sacrificial love, forgiveness, humility, and service. Such things are not always attractive听because听they come with a cost. Yet the reward is always greater听–听not only in this life, as we experience Jesus鈥 abundant love and mercy, but also in the next, when we will see him face-to-face and live in his joyful embrace forever.

For听all听our community, particularly听our听graduates,听may we听think听about what听we听most value and what听we听are most anxious to achieve.听We can then assess whether we听see these things as听more in line with God鈥檚 kingdom or with the kingdom of the world.听

We are all tempted at times to straddle both kingdoms at the same time. But听repeatedly, we are faced with choices to serve one or the other. May we always choose to serve听one another. This is what our maker wants from us.听

In partnership

Gregg Sharman