The face of Jesus

@ Basilica of the Annunciation Photo: T Brennen

@ Basilica of the Annunciation
Photo: T Brennen

As I set up for assembly this morning with the school leaders I was struck by a wonderful display of Christian Studies artwork created in the Christian Studies class. As I looked closer I saw a myriad of drawings of the face of Jesus completed by students. It was fascinating.

One of the teachers remarked that you could tell which child drew the picture simply by looking at how they represented the face of Christ. What an interesting observation.

When I need a break from the administrative tasks of being a principal, I visit classrooms and observe the wonderful learning taking place. This morning I saw Mrs Francis sharing a beautiful story with her 1/2 class about the love of a parent for their children. I entered the 5/6 classroom to discover a buzz of activity as the students were using pastels to create representations of the beauty of God’s flowers. Right now I see students smiling and laughing as they play on the playground. These too are representations of the face of Jesus.

The reading we have been focussing on at school this week is “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt 5:44). It is the face of Jesus that offers a radical forgiveness to us all. It is a face that we too should wear often.

May the face of Christ bring us comfort, hope and joy as we walk through our lives.

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