SOON after lockdown I spoke with a small group of Year 12 students.
I asked them what they had learnt during their interrupted year 12 activities. Without hesitation they spoke of the things that they had taken for granted.
COVID-19 has blessed us with the opportunity to consider the things that we easily lose sight of. Perhaps, for example, we realised the importance of spending more time with our families once all the “running around” was put to one side.
What have we learnt though it all?
Hopefully the riches of our faith was awakened when we could not access the Mass and sacraments as readily as we had become accustomed.
All being well, this Christmas will allow us to recall our many blessings and remember the things that we should never take for granted.
The gift of Christmas is the precious gift of a Saviour.
Many years ago I recall hearing a Christmas homily given by Archbishop Rush in the Cathedral.
He spoke of the broader impact on society that comes through having a lived faith.
He highlighted that in our often complex world, people are left with questions as they search for a way forward.
The Archbishop reminded us that without knowing it, people are searching for Christ.
That the quest for truth, and the real meaning of life is to be found in and with Christ.
He is the answer that all people need – even without knowing it.
May we all know again our own personal need for Christ and thus become a beacon of light showing others that Christ is their answer.