Identity

Yours are the Feet

Ms Johnston
Ms Johnston

"Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”   St. Teresa of Avila

 

The above quote launched the final leg of formal Religious Education classes for our Year 12 students. The challenge put forth was that they are now the hands, feet and eyes of Christ on earth. However, all of us can be the hands, feet and eyes of Christ which now, more than ever, seems to be so very necessary as we all manage the consequences of COVID-19. 

 

Jesus used his hands to work in a trade and to bless and heal people. We too have hands and skills we can use and share. Maybe it is sewing a face mask for a friend or bringing in a neighbour's rubbish bin. 

 

Jesus walked everywhere, reaching out to others as he travelled; talking, listening, teaching. While our travelling has been curtailed at the moment we can still be the feet of Christ. Walking an elderly neighbour's dog or taking them some staple items. 

While our travelling has been curtailed at the moment, we can still be the feet of Christ.

 

When Jesus looked at people he met he did not judge them. He looked beyond any visible sign of their circumstances and showed them love and compassion. We to can look at others without judging them. We to can have eyes of love and compassion for each person we see. Let us not be judgemental of the people we meet.  

 

Living out St Teresa’s prayer means looking for opportunities to bring love to others. We never know the enormous impact a small act of compassion can have on another person. 

This past week alone I have seen many small acts of compassion by our senior students while on campus. They just don’t realise how much love they are sharing in our community. 

 

Ms Kate Johnston | Director of Identity