Welcome to the new School Year 2021-2022. The Chapel Theme that we will be learning to live together this School Year (SY) 2021-2022 is ”ABOUND IN HOPE”.
Our Chapel theme, “Abound in Hope” is taken from the letter of Paul to the Romans,”May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13). The Bible verse is a powerful call and prayer of putting our full trust and hope in God.
The world is filled with unrest amidst the global pandemic. While leaders are fighting, economies and businesses are struggling, people are getting sick, and many are dying. Even as vaccines make their way into our communities and population, everyone is praying and searching for healing, hope, joy, and peace.
The apostle Paul was acquainted with suffering and political unrest as he taught the gospel of Christ. He had been abandoned, flogged, beaten, and imprisoned. In this backdrop, he taught these powerful words: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with the hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” – Romans 15:13.
Hope is not some kind of wishful thinking. Rather, hope is expectant, confident assurance. Regardless of our circumstances, we as believers can be confident of our future in Christ. In life, with all our limitations, trials and strength, God answers, guides, encourages and blesses us in hope.
Joy is not merely happiness, which comes from the same root word as happen, meaning “for the moment.” Joy is an internal fulfillment of the heart when we put our whole trust in Christ. Joy emanates from an understanding that our heavenly Father’s plan is to use every event in our lives to shape us to be more like Christ.
Peace and reconciliation comes from the same word in Greek, “eirene”, which means two becoming one. When we commit our lives to Christ, He reconciles us with the Father and with one another. The ‘cross’ is a living testimony of God’s selfless love and desire to bring us healing and peace.
The key is in Paul’s words, “as you trust in him.” Believing in Jesus unlocks hope, joy, and peace in our lives. When we place our trust and faith in Christ, we overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit and draws others to the hope, joy, and peace discovered only in Him.
St. Paul doesn’t pray for intermittent joy and peace in our lives. Instead of a weak and unpredictable connection, St. Paul prays for joy and peace at full strength and coverage so that we may abound in hope through God. He piles up these superlatives to show us what God can – and wants – to give us.
Finally, we can start each day by spending a few minutes alone with God. Reading the Bible and praying, asking our heavenly Father what He wants us to know, or do. And by God’s grace, be that messenger of hope, joy, and peace.
In this difficult and uncertain time, we ask God to fill our hearts and minds with His joy, peace and hope.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13
Have a wonderful, safe and productive School Year 2021-2022.
Fr. Benjamin A. Jance III
School Chaplain/Community Relations Officer