The Significance of Good Friday
Watching the recent footage of two young children walking through the damage of their home village in Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai brought home the brutal reality of the trail of destruction caused by a natural hazard. The rising death toll, the vast numbers of people displaced by unprecedented flooding, and the threat of cholera due to contaminated water are impacting heavily not only in Zimbabwe but also in Mozambique and Malawi.
Many would ask: where is God in this suffering from such a human and natural disaster? But God is where He always is – in the midst of it. He suffers alongside us and He weeps with us. This is what the Good Friday experience of Christ is all about.
Good Friday is God reaching out to the world. Good Friday is the sin and grief of the world placed upon the shoulders of Christ.
God entered fully into human life, in the person of Jesus Christ. In His agonising death on the cross, He demonstrated the love of God for all humanity. Christ suffered with us, and suffers with us now, especially in the midst of despair and failure.
However, Good Friday is not the end of the story, just as it isn’t the end of the story in Zimbabwe. On Easter Day we celebrate the central Christian belief that Jesus conquered human frailty and death to bring hope. Now He lives forever.
He sends us into the world to serve Him by offering acts of kindness and love in His name. The crucified and risen Christ gives us a new awareness of the vulnerable and fragile life of many in the world.
Christ is risen from the dead; dying He destroyed sin and death; rising He restored us to God.
The Importance of Our Co-Curricular Program
Over this past week, many of us have had the joy of watching our boys play sport, participate in the Oral English Finals and be installed as Choristers.
Being involved in the many and varied co-curricular opportunities at Hereworth is so important. It opens up a whole new world of experience for the boys that further develops not only their physical co-ordination and skills but also enhances their minds, their creativity and expressive ability.
Furthermore, it is enormously important in building and consolidating character. Our boys learn about commitment, teamwork, collaboration, perseverance and courage; they learn about how to handle disappointment as well as success; they learn about fair play and sportsmanship. It allows them to develop further those skills that they know they already possess and to discover other things about themselves that they did not know previously.
It also gives them a sense of balance to their lives and means we are concentrating on the all-round development of the boy, not just the academic.
It is another avenue at Hereworth that allows the boys to form strong friendships which will endure long after they leave the School.
Participating at Hereworth in a team, a group or as part of a choir or performing cast, is a great honour and, I believe, a source of real pride. It is something to which our boys should aspire!
The End of Term 1
I wish all boys, staff and families a safe, relaxing and enjoyable Easter and holiday period – a time of hope where we can reflect on God’s infinite goodness, grace and love.
Thank you to all boys, staff and parents for the warm welcome extended to Mrs Barman and me. We have thoroughly enjoyed becoming a part of this very special Hereworth community.
We look forward to the start of next term and once again seeing the boys involved in the rich and varied educational and co-curricular life of Hereworth.