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

Vicar's Message! - February 2018

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear People of God,

It is my privilege to be a part of the family of the Church of the Good Shepherd Thimbirigasyaya. I, my wife Rajitha, and our two boys Stephan and Louis, thank you for the wonderful welcome you gave us. I pray that in the ups and downs of life, God, in Christ, will hold us together by His righteous right hand. I also take this opportunity to thank Father Suresh and Daphne on behalf of all of us, and convey profound gratitude for their ministry with this parish family. We pray for God's choicest blessings upon them in their future ministry.


When God calls a person and hands them a particular mission, He gives them the power to go through it.


The small thought for the month of February is from Exodus 3:4. God called Moses: "Moses, Moses,"; and he replied: "Here I am." Then the Lord said to him (verse 7): "I have observed . . . I have heard . . . I know . . . and I have come down." Here, God calls Moses, and to make him aware of the depth of his calling, He uses the four phrases: 'observe', 'heard', 'know' and 'come down'. However, Moses tells the Lord (4:10): "Oh my Lord, I have never been eloquent . . . I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.".

When God calls a person and hands them a particular mission, He gives them the power to go through it. Not only Moses, but Jeremaiah and Amos also felt very inadequate to bear the mantle which God gave them. We see in the story of little Samuel, when he is guided by the priest Eli, the fourth time he tells the Lord: "Lord speaketh, your servant hears." Age is no barrier to our calling, but we have to answer it, and the God of hope will give us the courage to do what He has called us to do

1 Corinthians 1 says: "But God Chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise and God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong . . ." This verse conveys to us that God who calls us is very faithful to us.

The universal Roman Catholic Church has declared this year as 'The Year of the Good Shepherd'. What is the task of the Good Shepherd?

John 10:11 states: 'I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." You and I have been called to be the Good Shepherds of the church, of the community, and the world. Are we doing justice to our calling? May the Prince of Peace Himself grant you His blessings as you journey with Him in this new year.

The climax of our calling is the story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. Jesus was courageous enough to go down and wash their feet. The disciples were from diverse families, diverse cultures, diverse professions; and, temperamentally too, they were fashioned differently. Yet Christ went down and washed their feet.

The depth of our calling is being informed in our relationship to God, our fellow human beings, and nature. And in that context, God will give us His grace to shepherd the alien and the fallen.

2 Corinthians 12:8 says: "My grace is sufficient for you for My power is made perfect in weakness."

May God the Chief Shepherd bless us and help us to be good shepherds.


Yours sincerely
Fr Jayanth Jeyaveerasingan
Vicar


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