|Christmas Reflection from Aunty Joan Hendriks - 23 November 2017|
MIRRAGIN MOMENTS 2017
Our History, Our Story, Our Future
Lourdes Hill College is a home away from home for all who dare to dwell in the spirit of being a Good Samaritan. A journey of being kind to others in the world around us today. Over the past 101 years, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan have continued their journey of upholding the rich, steadfast ethos of the Benedictine values.
LHC remains dedicated to the inclusion of the Benedictine values that encourage students to have a keen awareness of humanity’s search for meaning and guidance through religious belief systems and moral frameworks.
We have embraced the practical Benedictine Values of genuine community, compassion, effective listening and moral stability, valuing prayer and peace. Through faith, we build optimism and confidence and a better world for the future.
The second centenary of our home away for home has made a grand entry and 2017 will go down in history for the ongoing journey of recording the lifeline of the living waters of LHC. As we move towards the closure of the school year it is time to concentrate on the forthcoming Christmas celebrations. A time to celebrate the birthday of the greatest person to walk this Earth as being human and divine.
Look to the Star and call upon Mary
It is time to tune into the reality of the connections of the human and divine influence of the stars in the celebration of Christmas. In particular, we recognise 25 December, when the Son of the One God of whole creation was born into the world. It was the Star that led the Three Wise Kings to the stable in Bethlehem where Mary and Joseph cared for their newborn Son, Jesus the Christ. Thus we witness on 25 December this year, the 2017th anniversary of when Christ was born.
The following story brings into focus an entry into a dialogue of Christian ethos and traditions and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creation spirituality. In this instance, the focus is on the Aboriginal creation, spirituality.
A story from the sky:
This article contains the names of Aboriginal people who have passed away.
A story recounted by Aunty Mavis Malbunka, a custodian of the Western Arrernte people of the Central Desert, tells how long ago in the Dreaming, a group of women took the form of stars and danced a corroboree (ceremony) in the Milky Way. One of the women put her baby in a wooden basket (coolamon) and placed him on the edge of the Milky Way. As the women danced, the baby slipped off and came tumbling to Earth. When the baby and coolamon fell, they hit the ground, driving the rocks upward. The coolamon covered the baby, hiding him forever, and the baby’s parents – the Morning and Evening Stars – continue to search for their lost child today.
If you look at the evening winter sky, you will see the falling coolamon in the sky, below the Milky Way, as the arch of stars in the Western constellation Corona Australis – the Southern Crown. The place where the baby fell is a ring-shaped mountain range 5km wide and 150m high. The Arrernte people call it Tnorala. It is the remnant of a giant crater that formed 142 million years ago, when a comet or asteroid struck the Earth, driving the rocks upward.
(Stories from the sky: astronomy in Indigenous knowledge December 1, 2014 5.52am ADThorDuane W. Hamacher Lecturer and ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, UNSW DE140101600.Par)
THE TIMELINE TRAVELLED
nguwara ngaliya budjeje gawamba ngariba (Yesterday Our old right talk)
Wunjayi ngariba ngariba ngariba (Today we talk)
ngaliya ngali nyanga nyanbala miyinya (Tomorrow we see them stars)
Jesus Christ was a new marginal person par excellence. Countless witnesses in the Bible testify this claim. He was a stranger to his own people. According to the author of the Letter to the Hebrews, Jesus became a friend of the marginalised people – outcasts, tax collectors, Gentiles, women and the poor and the oppressed. He was not accepted by the dominant group of his day. He was accepted by marginal people because he was a marginal person. He was an outsider, one who lived in-between. He was homeless He was human and divine; therefore, he lived in both worlds. He was a Jew by birth and lineage, but also a man of whole humanity by his act of love. Thus, he was truly the new marginal person who was not only in-between but in two worlds.
Lee Marginality: The Key to Multicultural Theology Understanding the margin - “In Between”
(John Young Lee looks at the margin from the perspective of race and culture.
“The marginal person has to live in these two worlds, which are not only different but often antagonistic to each other.”)
The seeds of faith hope and love have been sowed and continue to be nurtured in the continuing journey of educating to make a difference in the world around us today.
Let your light shine.
Aunty Joan Hendriks
Elder in Residence