Happy New (School) Year! The new school year brings us a new school theme: "Jesus, Call Me to Be..." For this brief month of August, Jesus is calling all of us to be "Welcoming."
Jesus is constantly calling each of us to welcome others, learn their stories, and share our faith. Matthew 25:35 Jesus states, " I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." We welcome others when we offer to help and show interest in them.
Here is one simple strategy to welcome someone else: Ask them about a defining moment in their life. You are sure to make a connection with them.
I am currently reading one of the best books I have ever read, The Spiritual Child, by Lisa Miller. It's so good that I am sure this probably won't be the last time I refer to the book. My only problem is that I find myself reflecting on each sentence so much that it's taking me awhile to get through the book. There was one sentence that I read recently that stuck with me when it came to the topic of "being welcoming":
Judging, weighing, and measuring versus embracing, accepting, and appreciating - family helps us grow, evolve, and deal with other people in the world; it is where we practice human kindness and acceptance.
Embrace. Accept. Appreciate. Wow! If we do those things, we're answering Jesus' call to be "welcoming."
Including our new Kindergarten students, we have 73 students new to Saint Agnes this year. That is almost 20 percent of our student body! Welcome to each one of you. We are glad your children are at Saint Agnes!
And "welcome back" to everyone else! God Bless and Go Cats!