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

Vicar's Message! - August 2020

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

We have come to the eigth month of our calendar year and I would like to meditate on Genesis 22:1-14. We see that Abraham was a Father of Faith, a very special instrument in the hand of God; and, despite his human frailties, lived for his Creator and Creator alone. In this passage, God calls him to do the un-doable and he obeys God without a murmur. This whole process affirms and confirms the process in which Father Abraham became the Father of our Faith.


The lesson to all of us is that when we obey God, He will lead us at all times.


At times, as human-beings, it is very difficult for us to offer God or our fellow human-beings the first and best that we get, but Abraham was humble enough to offer that to God. Just imagine the human state of Abraham—on one side God, on the other side his wife Sarah, and yet on another side his son Isaac. The beauty of this passage is that although things were very strenuous, he did not allow anything to compromise his relationship with God and the vision of his mission. Let us look at some of the words that affirm this:

  • •  When God called Abraham, he very humbly and lovingly said: ‘Here I am’.
  • •  Later, Isaac calls his dad Abraham 'Father' and very gently he replies: 'Yes, my son'.
  • •  When the son asked Abraham: 'Where is the sacrifice?' he said: ‘The Lord will provide’.
  • •  Before the sacrifice, God’s representative Angel called out: 'Abraham, Abraham' and again very lovingly he replied: 'Here I am,' and the angel of the Lord said: 'Do not touch your son, I have sent a ram in his place.'

The lesson to all of us is that when we obey God, He will lead us at all times. The main reason for Abraham’s victory amidst feeling hollow, amidst the stress and amidst the tension is that he listened to God and he also listened to the voice of human-beings.

This whole dialogue between God and Abraham and between Abraham and Isaac, has strengthened the covenant between God and human-beings. Abraham was tested to the hilt, but he never gave up on his relationship with his Heavenly Father nor the concern he had for his son.

To conclude this meditation, I quote from a hymn ‘It is well with my Soul’ by Horatio G Spafford:

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
'It is well, it is well, it is well with my soul'


At this point, let me also kindly request all of you to act with responsibility and stay safe because things are not very rosy at present both in our country and around the world where Covid-19 is concerned. We pray earnestly for our country, which is going into polls on the 5th of August. We pray that God will give us leaders, who are sincere and righteous. Simultaneously, we pray for our Diocese, which will be nominating the 16th Bishop of Colombo on the 15th of August 2020. All that we do and say on the 15th will be witnessing to our country. May God anoint His servant who is to be the new bishop and shepherd of the flock.


With my love and prayers

Fr Jayanth


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