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Vicar's Message - COGSLK - Church of the Good Shepherd, Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka

Vicar's Message! - August 2019

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

n the last few weeks there has been a lot of discussion within the Church about 'Who is my neighbour?'. Coincidentally, on Sunday 14th July 2019, the theme was 'Who is my neighbour?'. Jesus Christ, in this story found in Luke 10:25-37, conveys to the whole world who 'my neighbor' is. He brings in the portrait of the Good Samaritan, which conveyed to the Church and the world that it is 'a person who keeps my commandments’ and one who will ‘love thy neighbour as thyself', and a person who transcends all barriers of caste, class, creed, and religion. He was able to identify his neighbour and his humanity because his mind was not distorted with legality as that of the priest and the Levite.


‘We too can only make it together. We can only be safe together. We can only be prosperous together. We can only survive together. We can only be human together. - Archbishop Desmond Tutu


The Samaritan respected his own humanity in whatever way he could and that is why he was not only able to identify with the humanity of the fallen man but was also able to sympathise, empathise, and care. His humanity was able to respect the humanity of the fallen man. This is the reason that the man in the story was able to get down from his animal, go down on his knees and tend to the wounds, and take the injured man carefully to the inn. The inn was where the Samaritan man’s neighbour (i.e. the wounded man) was safe. In verse 35(b), the Samaritan said to the inn-keeper: ‘Take care of him and when I come back I will repay you whatever more you will spend’. The Samaritan did not take into account his economy but cared for the humanity of the fallen man.

I quote the former Archbishop of South Africa, Desmond Tutu hereunder:

(a) ‘My humanity is bound in yours for we can only be human together’;

(b) ‘A person is a person because he recognises others as persons’.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu continues to say: ‘We too can only make it together—we can only be safe together. We can only be prosperous together. We can only survive together. We can only be human together’.

‘WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?’ in the Sri Lankan context?


With prayers and blessings
Fr Jayanth


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