When we think of characteristics of Christ that seem to provide a stark contrast to what we find in society, one that immediately comes to mind is compassion. By definition, compassion is a strong feeling of concern for the hardships or sufferings of others.
This could be in response to someone who is lacking food, health, safety, friendships, or more. It can also be in response to someone who has suffered the loss of something or someone dear to them. Regardless of which area of need that we may have identified, compassion is what should move us and in turn lead us to action.
The Apostle Paul takes this a step further in that he equates compassion to a robe that we choose to put on. Colossians 3:12 says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Much like the brands that we choose to wear on our clothing, the trademarks of Godly clothing should be evident in our attire by the compassion we demonstrate.
During our chapel time this morning, Mrs. McGregor also equated this to the fragrant offering that Mary made when she showed compassion to Jesus by anointing his feet with costly perfume, as a way to honour Jesus prior to his burial. Jesus knew the suffering he was about to go through and it’s as if Mary, inspired by the Holy Spirit, could foresee the hardship that was coming and demonstrated her love for Jesus in this way.
The alabaster jar also needed to be broken for the fragrance to come out. One of the questions that we asked our students is, “What breaks our hearts?” and leads us to show compassion. It is this same posture of compassion that brought Jesus to die for us and heal broken hearts. Now, we desire to reflect Jesus and instil a heart of compassion in our students, staff, and community. May we take notice of the brokenness around us and be there to reach out and make a difference.
J-D Lussier, Principal