Principal’s Message: Week of October 11, 2015
28th Week in Ordinary Time
Dear Friends of St. Luke’s,
"So Jesus again said to them in reply, 'Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through [the] eye of [a] needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.' They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, 'Then who can be saved?' Jesus looked at them and said, 'For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.' " ~
I gaze at the palette of colors emerging from the trees at Maryknoll, New York where I once lived. A few of my clergy and religious brothers send them to me periodically. It is a veritable artist's wonderland of red, yellow, purple, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown that is impossible to duplicate. I hope to see these same colors as I visit Apple Hill and Murphy’s in a few weeks!
God's kingdom holds even more brilliant colors than these.
The Kingdom of God is a biblical truth deeply rooted in the Old Testament and grounded in the faith that there is one eternal living God. Central to Jesus' mission was the coming of the Kingdom of God. His teaching showed how we might enter this kingdom.
Through a living relationship with our living God, we are able to help build the Kingdom of God. As church we are called to contribute to building the world that God is imagining. Over the centuries members of the church have made great contributions to important discoveries and movements. The Gospel offers a personal salvation to those who believe, as it also transforms the relationships of life here and now.
In explaining the difficulty a rich man has in entering the Kingdom, Jesus wants us to understand that the love of riches tempts us to lose our perspective. The Gospel calls us to this mission, trusting in Jesus, in His death and resurrection for our salvation, and for building up the Kingdom of God on earth.
There is so much going on at St. Luke’s School this week! We celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday but we celebrate our Feast of St. Luke Scholarship Mass on Friday! We have a supervised Fire Drill with the Stockton Fire Department and an emergency earthquake drill later in the week. We begin our WCEA Accreditation Process with our Superintendent on Tuesday and meet with Fr. John Roach, SDB on Wednesday to discuss Salesian Spirituality within our school. Our School Advisory Committee meets on Wednesday evening while on Saturday we celebrate the Bishops’ Awards Supper. Finally, we have a school-wide Spelling Bee taking place on Friday afternoon with our Student Senate Halloween Dance taking place that same evening! GO ST. LUKE’S!!!!