Chaplain's Chat


Term 1 Week 6

This week we came together at our Ash Wednesday Chapel to mark the beginning of the Church’s season of Lent. ‘Lent’ simply means Spring, which might seem a strange term to call the six weeks of preparation that Christians experience in the lead up to Easter. However, it refers to the season in the northern Hemisphere when there is new life in nature, and to the time of the Passover when Jesus’ death and resurrection made new spiritual life possible for all people.

Ash Wednesday is a fitting start to our personal and communal preparation for Easter, as it invites us to pause, and reflect on our human shortcomings and sins with honesty and humility. We then have the opportunity to ask God to graciously forgive us, and to give us the strength and determination to change our ways and to live God’s way of life  which is all about love.

Ash Wednesday also challenges us to join with Christians, past and present, and to go without something for the following six weeks. The old term is ‘to fast’ - usually by giving up certain foods such as meat and treats. This is still practised by millions of Christians around the world. These days ‘fasting’ can also include going without the Internet for a certain length of time each day, or only checking the phone three times a day, or giving up video games during the week. And the latest suggestion to young people is to fast by ‘giving up’ leaving your bedroom in a mess, or not helping mum with the dishes, or leaving your homework until the last minute. Of course these may be flipped and worded positively, but the outcome remains the same - some self-discipline is imposed and      experienced.

On Wednesday, it was my privilege to place the ashes of humility and blessing on many members of our College community.

Reverend Elroy Mee
College Chaplain