Aloha SJES Family,
I begin by extending my best wishes and gratitude to our SJES Drama Club as “curtain call” is tonight at 7:30pm and tomorrow at both 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Many thanks to Co-Directors Christy Betts and Sierra Dominguez and a boatload of so many wonderful volunteers who put service above self! We are moving right along in this the 3rd and final Trimester of the school year and your children continue to put forth solid effort. Thank you for your support in this endeavor and please continue to encourage 20 additional minutes of nightly reading. Today at Town Hall I gave my final talk on our Lenten Journey.
During Town Hall today I shared my thoughts and feelings on the topic of “Jesus the Leader.” I began by asking the kids have you ever felt like a champion or a true winner? Even in their youth many offered memories of feeling “on top of the world.” The analogy was Jesus coming into Jerusalem on a donkey hailed with palms as a King and then 5 days later he was nailed to a cross. Jesus wore many hats and was often referred to as the Son of God, Teacher, Rabbi, Master, Prince of Peace, and brother. I have always found, however, Jesus as the “leader” a great inspiration. Imagine Jesus as the leader knowing full well what was going to happen to him in a week while he was be lauded as a King and graced with palms? He knew he was walking into a hornets nest and continued to head straight for it. NO doubt that the leader in Jesus displayed incredible courage which is a defining attribute for any good leader especially knowing he would face the cross, a horrific method of slow death and torture by the Romans who were ruthless;
As one digs deeper, Jesus the “leader” showed many other attributes indicative of a true leader: he showed wisdom and the competence of getting to that point of being lauded as a King; he was obedient and displayed the ability to follow his Father’s will, a quality indicative of good leaders; he showed compassion and forgiveness especially to his dearest friends who would betray and deny him as well as those who would crucify him; he showed great humility in accepting his cross as he travelled the way of the cross amidst jeers and persecution by the Sanhedrin and the Romans and the mob; he showed vision by appointing Peter the “Rock” upon which the church would be built and even on the road to Calvary while he proclaimed his mother as our mother of all time;
In closing, as this will be the last Newsletter prior to Easter, on behalf of our dedicated Team of servant educators at SJES, I wish you and your respective families a blessed upcoming Holy Week and Easter celebration when we can sing to the mountains once again that he has risen! Jesus was born for his suffering and his rising so that we may live forever in his love. How blessed are we that our God chose the Prince of Peace to be our Savior? Next week we begin our Easter break at noon on Wednesday, April 12th and return on Monday, April 24th. I wish every family safe and enjoyable memories together and thank you for the gift of your wonderful children and teens whom we love like our own! Please feel free to reach out the appropriate adults with any questions or concerns and have a great weekend!
With Much Aloha and God’s Blessings Always,
Dr. Jacky Rizzo