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

Vicar's Message! - February 2019

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear friends of the Church and of my community,

As we move on in the pilgrimage of transformation and enter into another new month, we pray that the Trinitarian God who blesses the whole of creation will be a part of us. Every day in our lives, we should not forget the pilgrimage of life which is the transforming pilgrimage of all of us and which is founded on the covenant of God’s promise of peace to us. Jeremiah 31:27- 33 and Isaiah 43:1–7 very clearly convey that the God of covenants holds human beings, the creation, and the creatures together but will give priority to his unique creation—man and woman—because He has created them in the likeness and image of Himself. While God, who is our father and mother, makes a covenant with us, it is imperative that we in turn make a covenant with the fauna and the flora and take care of them.


Every day in our lives, we should not forget the pilgrimage of life which is the transforming pilgrimage of all of us and which is founded on the covenant of God’s promise of peace to us.


The God of transformation cares for us and He expects us to care for all those within our purview of life. In this regard, I would like to tell a small story. One day, an old man was clearing his garden and planting fruit trees. His grandson came by and saw this and asked his Seeya/Appappa: ‘Why are you doing this? You may not live to eat the fruits of what you are planting’. The grandfather replied: ‘My father handed over this land with all the lovely fruit trees which all of us are enjoying today and this cycle should not be broken. I am handing over the gift of God to the younger generation so that you in turn, when your time comes, will enjoy the fruits of this garden and plant new trees so that your children and grandchildren may enjoy it’. In a simple way, this is the concept of a covenant: God, human being and creation, involved in the whole cycle.

The challenge to us is to be kind to your own self, be kind to others, be thoughtful about others and their lives so that the transforming pilgrimage of life will be a very meaningful one to all of us, the church and the community.


God bless you all
Fr Jayanth


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