Funny how, this simple statement will provoke different reactions. Depending on our age and personal situation, the emotions attached to this statement will be different, ranging from great relief (the kids are back in school - hurray!) to profound sadness (darn, summer holidays are over- groan!) to worried dread (the harvest is delayed with all this rain - hope there is no more). No matter how busy or carefree our summer has been, there have been many telltale signs that time has been marching on. With the first day of school occurring today (as I write this piece), there can be no denying that we have entered a new season or soon will be. Hopefully our summer-like weather will continue well near the end of October, God willing.
The start of a brand new school year is often associated with new schedules of meetings and other activities, as we get back to a more structured pattern of life. This can be good in helping us to a more disciplined to our way of life, especially when we have become more casual about our routine and now we have to make more conscious decisions about to fit everything into our daily lives. The amazing thing is that we can do it, if we put our minds to it and still not lose all our leisure time that we were afraid that we might be losing.
This is a good time also to pray for God's blessings upon our teachers and students, that this might be a fruitful year of learning and engagement in the sharing a valuable knowledge necessary for finding one's place in life. All truth and genuine knowledge is rooted in God, who has endowed us with the skills and the intelligence to appropriate the understanding and knowledge of human life, our world and the universe. No matter what subject area is being covered, from mathematics to the sciences, language arts to the refinements of the human person, all of what we learn sheds light on the mystery of God, who has created all things that exist, and has fashioned us with the special dignity of sharing in His image and likeness. Endowed with the spirit of God within us, His breath enables to share in the mystery of life with which we are blessed. Our ability to learn and acquire new skills should intensify our desire to render God our worship and thanksgiving, for without Him, we would be nowhere. We pray that humanity will put to good use that knowledge and abilities that we develop for the building up of the kingdom of God, and for the good of other people that everyone might have the opportunity to share in the goodness of the created order as designed and fashioned by God.