On Sunday, we will celebrate Palm Sunday. In Sunday’s readings, we are reminded that the crowd turns and calls for Jesus to be crucified. And, Peter loses his courage and denies Jesus three times. Each year on Palm Sunday, I am reminded of the many times when I have fallen in with the crowd, even when it did not feel right.
Can you think of a time in life when you have fallen in with the crowd, even though it didn’t feel right? Or a time when you knew you should have stood up for someone or something, but like Peter, you just weren’t courageous enough?
We all have moments when we don’t manage to live up to our ideals. When we fall short of what God is asking of us, and of our own expectations. Comfort can be found in the example of Peter; he denied Jesus but went on to become the rock on which the Church was built.
Just as we are called on Palm Sunday to think of a time in life when we have fallen in with the crowd, even though it didn’t feel right, we are called to do the same. The SUA faculty and staff have been challenged through this school year to reflect upon our own experiences and review, not just through our own lens, but through the array of equity lenses. We have become better equipped with powerful questions to ensure equitable decisions:
By asking ourselves these questions, we work towards creating a space where all students feel welcome and supported.
None of us is perfect, but this Holy Week, let’s try to be more like the joyful crowd on the way into Jerusalem. Let us be brave and lift our voices to ensure that every person is treated with dignity and respect in accordance with our Catholic and Ursuline values.
Over the next week, we are encouraging everyone in our community to stay vigilant with our mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand washing. Governor Mike DeWine has announced that Ohioans 16 and older will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 2D of Ohio’s vaccination program beginning Monday, March 29, 2021. Below are the specifics:
Phase 2D: As vaccine supply is becoming more widely available, COVID-19 vaccinations will be open to people 16 and older beginning Monday, March 29, 2021. With parental or legal guardian consent, individuals ages 16 and 17 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for use under age 18.
Staying vigilant to our COVID-19 practices and protocols will help to ensure that our students who want the vaccine will be healthy at the time when the young adult vaccines are available.