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

Vicar's Message! - February 2020

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

As we move into the second month of the new year and closer to Lent, we are to ponder on Christ’s relationship with us and our relationship to each other. In accordance with our meditation, the Bible passages are Luke 5:1-9 and John 21:15-18.


Jesus wants all of us to be part of the people and shepherd human-beings and the creation, which are crying and bleeding.


In Luke 5, Jesus comes amongst the people who need him and he sits in Simon Peter’s boat and preaches to the people. After preaching, he wanted to put his sermons into practice and he tells Simon Peter (verse 4): ‘Put your nets deep into the water and let them down’. Peter was very negative because he and his people had been fishing the whole night and did not catch anything. Yet, Peter also had the courage to try again at the word of the Lord and they had a big catch of fish. So much so, they had to get the help of other boats to come and help them to get the catch across to the shore. Peter felt his sinfulness and humanness simmering up and said to the Lord: ‘I am a sinful man, allow me to be what I am and kindly move away from us’. However, the God of Life, Jesus Christ, not only called him and his friends, but transformed them into disciples.

Jesus categorically tells Simon: ‘I have taken away all your sinfulness and hereafter you will be a part of my ministry—from now onward, you will be fishers of men’.

From John 21:15 onwards, the apostle talks about Jesus Christ reinstating Peter and all humankind to do his service. On behalf of the whole world, Jesus Christ makes Peter confirm and affirm his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The words that make this poignant are: ‘Simon, son of John, do you truly love me? Take care of my sheep’. As Peter was hurt and feeling guilty about his actions in the pre-crucifixion dialogue, he very vehemently tells Jesus Christ: ‘You know all things’. In other words, when Jesus said: ‘Take care of my sheep,’ he wanted to know genuinely that Peter had repented and that he would take care of the mission of Christ in this world.

As the human Church, sometimes we try to be very shallow in our thinking and in our attitude towards service to God and man. Christ reiterates that we have to go into the depth of life of people to serve. In John 21, as much as he wanted Peter’s transformation and assurance that he would be the Chief Shepherd, Jesus wants all of us to be part of the people and shepherd human-beings and the creation, which are crying and bleeding.

May God bless us as we go through the period of Lent and sing ‘Hallelujah Christ!’ at Easter.

I take this opportunity to thank Aruldas, Shanthi, their boys Kenny and John Paul, and their daughter-in-law Dharshika for their life and service to this church community for the last 32 years. Their sincerity, humility, and honesty cannot be replaced easily but the God of change will always continue to give us the best. We wish them God’s choicest blessings.

I, also, take this opportunity to welcome Curtis, his wife Janet, his children Jacob and Tabitha on behalf of all of us and look forward to work with them as a family of this church for many years to come, and pray for God’s guidance upon them.


With prayers and blessings
Fr Jayanth


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