Good day ԰Ƶ family,

As you read this, we hope you are enjoying your long weekend and that you are connecting with friends, family, and God in some special or meaningful way.

Last week was a significant week within Australia, being Reconciliation week. Therefore, as ԰Ƶ we ask – What does reconciliation look like for us? We ask this because in scripture we are all called to be a part of the act of reconciliation.

“If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Scripture teaches us that reconciliation always begins with us being forgiven by God because of what Jesus did for us. We have all made mistakes, we have all hurt people, but through God’s forgiveness, our sins and mistakes don’t have to be the final word in our story. Instead, this gift of forgiving grace should inspire us to live out our identity as people who have embraced God’s love and now want to genuinely share God’s love with ALL people. Reconciliation is essentially the act of wanting to and learning to live differently so that we are no longer hurting individuals or communities anymore. Reconciliation is the act of embracing each other in love, so that everyone feels equally loved. Whether that be as an individual
or as a community.

Here at ԰Ƶ, there is a genuine wanting to learn how to create a school community that will allow for each person to feel equally loved. We want each person to be seen and heard for the uniqueness they bring to our community. We are learning to treat each person as a wonderful creation of God. Now we know that we will not always get this right, because the journey of reconciliation is a hard and tricky one. However, we are all called to be committed to this process and as we do so, this then becomes our hope that we can all be reconciled to each other and to God. This is not a hope we have just for our school, or just for our community, but for the whole of Australia and the world. Therefore, may we as a St
Martins family be Christ’s ambassadors of reconciliation for all people and in all places.

Faith in Grace
Wesley Olivier | Director of Ministry