The First of Many Firsts

This week marked the symbolic, yet very real, first week of school: photos of newly uniformed children in front of their front door, difficult goodbyes for young ones going to a new school, and hours of classroom preparation by dedicated teachers.

I am reminded by the privilege that comes with being first (despite the fact I am the third of four boys): to be first in line and first to be served, for example. As I wrote in my last post, we find in the Gospel of John how St. Mary Magdalen was the first witness to Jesus’ Resurrection:

But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him. Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her.

(John 20:11-18)

The good news that Jesus proclaims is a continual reminder about our way of proceeding to challenge students, support their needs, and continue to make SMM a school that teaches the whole student. May this school year be one of many firsts and milestones for you and your family!

It’s a Great Day to be a Bulldog!

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