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

Vicar's Message! - June 2018

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

We are walking into the sixth month of the year through the Feast of Ascension and the Feast of Pentecost (Whit Sunday). The combined message of these two feasts is Christ's words: 'My Command is this. Love one another as I have loved you' (John 15:12).


John 15:13 says: 'Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down his life for His friends';


When we go through the message, Jesus Christ talks of a relational love where He conveys to us that we have to love God, we have to love Jesus, we have to love our fellow human beings and creation. On Sunday 6th May 2018, when I was preaching on this passage, I and a few of the congregation seated in the side chapel saw two squirrels at the side chapel altar, looking at the flowers and trying to nibble them, maybe to take them to make their nest. The presence of the squirrels made me feel that as much as we love everybody and God, we have to love the creation around us, too. John 15:13 says: 'Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down his life for His friend'’; and verse 16 says: 'You did not choose me but I chose you . . .'.

I would like to relate a story which brings the meaning of love in an in-depth way. There was a mother who had a son and this mother had only one eye. The son always felt ashamed when the mother came to his university, and told her: ‘Go away as soon as you pay the fees’. Long years after the son was married, like all grandparents, the grandmother, the mother of this boy, came to see her grandchildren and was chased away by the son. She felt so let down. After a few days, the son was passing the mother’s home and everything was locked up and the son asked the neighbours: 'Where is my mother?' and they said: ‘She has passed beyond the veil’. They added: ‘But she has left a letter for you’. So the boy took the mother’s letter, read it, and howled and cried. What did the letter say? The letter said: 'When you were a small boy, you met with an accident and lost sight in one of your eyes. As your mother, I could not bear to see you like that, hence I sacrificed my eye and it was grafted to you. And that is how I became blind'. It was too late to appreciate the kindness of the mother! Hence, whatever folks do for us, we must appreciate and love their actions while they are still alive.

This is why God chooses you and me in small deeds and works. So, the basis of bearing Christ’s yoke is to love everybody whom we meet on God’s good earth.


With regards and prayers
Fr Jayanth Jeyaveerasingan


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