2019 College Scriptural Theme
This year our College scriptural theme has been inspired by World Youth Day 2019 in Panama. The verse “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38) comes from the story of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Luke’s Gospel. It is an account of the birth of Jesus being foretold to Mary by the Angel Gabriel that she would conceive and bear a son that she would call Jesus. Mary, a young women living in Nazareth said ‘Yes’ to God and placed full trust in His love and promises.
At WYD Pope Francis addressed the youth and said “Dear young people, you are not the future but the now of God. He invited the youth of our Church to echo Mary’s “yes’ in their lives and to be “influencers” in their communities. Pope Francis tells us that God’s time is now, it is in the present, and that we should not wait around like in a waiting room for the right time to treat others with service, love, compassion and charity.
Our patron Catherine McAuley (the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy) was an influencer like Mary, she was a women of strength, determination and courage who devoted her life to Jesus’ mission helping the poor, the sick and the marginalised. She was a women who was the ‘Now of God’ often telling her Sisters, that the poor need our help today not next week. This year students are called to be influencers like Mary and be the ‘Now of God’ in our College community.