While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
Recently, I read through the above passage several times over the course of the Easter weekend. The phrase ‘…he opened their minds so they could understand…’ stood out to me as needing some prayerful meditation. The risen Christ opened their minds to reveal the scriptures, to remind them of the things he had already told them. He illuminated their understanding and allowed them to see God’s plan far beyond their own circumstances. Oftentimes we focus on our circumstances, the troubles and trials that consume our attention, our communities, our world. In the passage above, I am reminded that it is Christ’s story and plan that matters most. As a Christian school, along with all of our brother and sister Christian schools, we seek to provide our students with the opportunity of learning in a Christ-centered context, with growing in the knowledge of their own gifts, and stepping into the calling God has for each of us. It is easy to be distracted by circumstances on this side of heaven. As the calendar season of Easter comes to a close it is our hope that the risen Christ will continue to open our minds so that we can understand his plans and his directions as we seek to educate, care and guide the next generation; by the grace of God.
Peace to each of you.
David Ward, Superintendent