John 17:22-23 says, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
At this time of year, we often talk about love in our society. Usually, it is centred around romantic or eros love between couples. While this certainly has merit within the proper context, Jesus suggests that a greater love that will be far more impactful on the world around us is agape love, which is rooted in unity. In order to truly achieve this type of love, we need God’s transformative love that works through us and becomes the link between us.
This week, I was blessed to have the opportunity to accompany our grade 8 students at Trinity on their trip to Ottawa and Montreal. It was amazing to see this type of love at work among our students, as they interacted together on the bus, in museums, and at our hotel. They laughed, learned new things, and experienced a different culture. You could tell that they genuinely enjoyed being together and even outsiders who crossed our path were impressed by the way that they behaved and treated each other.
While each of us is on a spiritual journey in which we daily run the race of faith, you can tell that these young men and women have chosen to follow Christ and are trying to live this out in their relationships. Undoubtedly, they will have moments where they need grace and support, but I’m so encouraged to see God at work in their lives. I pray that this sense of unity will be a trademark of our school among students, staff, and parents, as we live in community.
J-D Lussier, Principal