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

Vicar's Message! - December 2018

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

We stand at the portals of the celebration of the birth of our dear Lord Jesus Christ, and also a new year — 2019.


At Christmas and the New Year, let us not forget the mission of Christ, very specially to be an example to the younger generation of our country.


The last few weeks have been very anxious ones for all Sri Lankans given the instability that has arisen with varied standards of interpreting the constitution flying here and there rather than the upholding of the spirit of the constitution and translating it for the context of our country. We, as the Church, as well as all religions belonging to our country have to stand up for justice and truth and guide our leaders. As a church, we take this opportunity to thank the three judges who gave the verdict upholding justice by giving an interim order for the Parliament not to be dissolved till 7th December 2018. We thank His Excellency the Chief Justice and also the two Lordships who were with him on the bench and gave the order. We thank them for their courage and for the neutrality with which they acted amidst much pressure. We continue to pray for God’s protection upon them and their families.

At this point, I feel, we must transcend party politics and pray for His Excellency the President, the Prime Minister, and the Cabinet. We pray that their quality of thinking and acting will be elevated to a level where our own countrymen and the international arena will appreciate them.

Two days ago, I saw in a whatsapp message sent to me, an anecdote about two brothers. The younger one was being taught by the elder one to ride a bike, and half way down the lane, the older brother’s shorts were falling down. As young as he was, he never allowed his brother to fall off the bike. By this time, his shorts had fallen down completely but he made sure that his brother was safe and anchored to a tree close by and only then did he lift his shorts up! I think this is a role model for us as we stand disillusioned. The time has come when we must transcend the barriers of religion, cast, language, and culture and help each other to stand firm in life.

At Christmas and the New Year, let us not forget the mission of Christ, very specially to be an example to the younger generation of our country. Let God in His spirit, guard and protect every verdant village, and may He reign in us as the Royal Prophet, Priest, and King.

I take this opportunity, along with Rajitha, Stephan and Louis, to bless all of you for being a part of our family this whole year. As a family, we came with many questions but we feel at home with all of you. We pray that the new year, despite anticipated failings, will carry us over the hill and through the dale. We, also, pray that whatever projects we take up, the Spirit of God will take us through.


With peace, prayers, and blessings
Yours affectionately
Fr Jayanth


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