April 18, 2011

The face of Christ

The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. Luke 22:61-62

This week in which many followers of Jesus reflect upon His betrayal, death and resurrection here are a few quotes that were thought provoking to me…

We are invited to contemplate; how the Lord turned and looked upon Peter. 'Can you imagine with what a face our Lord looked upon Peter, who had thrice denied Him, after confidently affirming that he would go with Him to death? Would that that face would shine upon us with whatever reproach when we in word or deed deny Him, that so we too may remember and weep.' How the heart rises to such teaching as this––the simple presentation of Christ as He walked among men. Well did our Lord say, 'I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto Me.' The pity of it is that He, the altogether lovely, is so seldom lifted up to our adoring gaze. Perhaps, when our teachers invite us to behold the face of Christ, we shall learn the full interpretation of that profound word. He will draw all men, because it is not possible for any human soul to resist the divine loveliness once it is fairly and fully presented to his vision.                                    
-Charlotte Mason from Parents and Children page 138


We often interface with the Gospels, not beholding the face of Christ, but the behavior of humankind. This philosophy keeps us on the descending path. As teachers, we need to change our gaze. And in turn our students will see what we see, ascend and live. What might this Holy Week look like if we contemplated the Adorable One?
- Bill and Mary Ellen from Ambelside Schools International

He is lovely.


  1. I just returned from an internship with Bill and Mary Ellen. It was so encouraging! Have you been to one also?

  2. No, I haven't. I know them because I found their website a few years ago as I was researching about Charlotte Mason and at that time signed up op I get their monthly newsletter. It is short but often containing great ecnouragement. I am glad you were able to go to one of their seminars!