Message from the chaplain - 18 January 2019

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the
mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been
invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus
said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what
concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His
mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now standing
there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each
holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with
water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now
draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 When
the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know
where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water
knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone
serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests
have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11
Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his
glory; and his disciples believed in him.
– John 2:1-11

We welcome our girls and staff back to school, and pray that 2019 may be blessed year for all in our community.

We return to school in the liturgical season of the Epiphany – a season in which we celebrate Jesus’ identity as God’s Son. Epiphany runs from the last day of the Christmas season through to Ash Wednesday, and in this season, the Gospel readings highlight Christ’s miracles and the instances in Jesus’ life by which Christ’s deity is revealed – such as Christ’s turning water into wine, in John 2. During the Epiphany, we are also reminded that God dwells among us in the here-and-now, in each moment and in every situation.

There is a profundity to beginning our school year during Epiphany. As we begin the term, let us remember to expect, and therefore to look for, signs of God present with us, in both the ordinary and the extraordinary. Let us also ask God to work within us, to be conscious of allowing Christ within us to be revealed to each person with whom we interact.

Revd Claudia Coustas