Principal Weekly Letter
Message from the Principal - October 27, 2021
Effective communication involves listening and speaking, hearing and responding in written or spoken words. From the moment we wake to the time we rest at the day’s end, we listen and respond to sounds, words, news and communications that make up our daily existence. The same holds true for our relationship with God.
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” These words of Moses to the people of Israel form the heart of Jewish prayer, also known as the Shema Israel. To address God with these words is the most important part of Jewish daily prayer and is taught to children from a young age.
In the Gospel, Jesus speaks with a teacher of the law, who asks a fundamental question, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus responds by recalling Moses’ words that sum up the double commandment to love God and neighbor. This is the heart of discipleship. Then Jesus praises the scribe for understanding that the essence of faith is love.
As we hear the daily voices of the world around us, God’s word invites us to pause and to listen to God’s voice in his holy word, in the Eucharist and in our neighbor. The first act of faith is to listen to God who speaks a word of love and mercy into our lives. Today may we renew our desire to listen attentively to God as we pray with confident faith?
God Bless you
Mother Elaine, Principal