Way of the Cross

April 4, 2023 | Brent Harris

On Tuesday, the 7th grade class led the school in “The Way of the Cross” celebration. This celebration took place at Our Lady of Grace next door, and the 7th graders were each tasked with a role of ensuring that each class was led through Christ’s experiences from bearing the cross to his burial.

Each celebration at Mustard Seed School bears a distinct emotion. Mardi Gras is energy-filled; Las Posadas is packed with hopefulness; MLK Day celebration taps into the combination of gratitude and solemnity. To call “The Way of the Cross” a celebration is a veiled description. While it is a celebration of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, it is melancholy. Students sing “Adoramus Te, Christe” as they process from one station to the next, and the timbre of the song mirrors the emotions of Christ’s moments on his crucifixion day.

The 7th graders each had a role to play. Some students were ushers; others led students through two stations; others led students through one station. Their main role, though, was to force each student at MSS to slow down and recognize Jesus’ plight on his crucifixion day. Sacrifices are inherently heroic, but recognizing the magnitude of Jesus’ sacrifice is even more apparent when one slows down and considers each painful and overburdened step along the way.

I am thankful for the 7th graders’ patience during their long morning filled with much more quiet than is usually present in a 7th grade morning. Because of their diligence, our students spent their mornings thinking about Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Brent Harris

Teacher, Grade 7; Language Arts, Seventh and Eighth Grades

Brent Harris has been teaching Middle School students since 2015. He loves teaching students how to understand the world through literature and writing. He teaches English Language Arts, but he likes to teach other things too! Both of Mr. Harris' parents are educators, and despite trying his hardest to avoid following in his parents’ footsteps, he graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English Education and a Minor in Physical Education; as a result, Brent is a great argument piece for any “Nature versus Nurture” debate.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Harris enjoys playing guitar and drums, listening to music, spending time outside, playing sports, and hanging out with his kind and loving wife, Lauren. A native of Ontario, Canada, Mr. Harris stays true to all the Canadian stereotypes by being extremely kind and perpetually sorry. He has been a director and counselor at multiple children’s camps in Canada and Michigan, and he appreciates the idea of teaching students and campers in a place where there is freedom to entertain new ideas and try out new things. Mr. Harris has enjoyed coaching volleyball, soccer, and baseball, and while he loves nature, he is being slowly converted into a city boy.

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