Director's Christmas Message

Director's Christmas Message

We are in the season of Advent, which is meant to be a time for the preparation of Jesus’ arrival. It is about His coming into the world as a newborn, an infant like we all begin our journey on earth. The Gospel of Matthew refers to Jesus as ‘Immanuel’ meaning ‘God is with us’. The Gospel of Luke points to Jesus as “a saviour…who is Messiah and Lord”. He will be “great, holy, full of wisdom and grace”.
 
The four weeks of Advent are broken into the themes of hope, preparation, joy and love. These themes reflect the story of Jesus’ birth. The theme of hope or promise, from prophets like Isaiah, foretells the coming of Jesus, who was sent down as a first step in the redemption of humanity. The book of Isaiah states, “nations shall come to your light…and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” With Jesus among us, we will find the way.
 
The second theme asks us to prepare for Jesus to come into our lives. What does that mean? Who are we to be? Do we act just? Are we honest? Do we care? Do we help the most vulnerable among us? The theme of joy and peace refer to the joy of His parents Mary and Joseph hearing of His coming, and the shepherd’s reaction to the news of His birth. Today we must recognize the simple joys in our daily lives such as the joy of a walking through fresh snow, watching children play, and looking at the stars on a clear night. We must open our eyes to small things around us so we don’t miss what God has created. The theme of love and adoration lets us contemplate that we are loved, but more importantly, that we should love and care for others through our everyday actions. Love is why we exist.
 
What the Christmas story narrates about Jesus is really about us. We are born to continue Jesus’ mission on earth, to build relationships, learn, grow, discern, spread kindness and make a positive difference. As a Catholic school-system we are truly bound to advance our graduate students in becoming discerning believers, critical thinkers, responsible and caring citizens.
 
The Superior North Catholic District School Board wishes our staff, students, volunteers, and parent community a blessed and peaceful Christmas.
 

Maria Vasanelli