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

Vicar's Message! - May 2020

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

I write this short message during a time when our society is facing a common threat, the corona virus, which has transcended all barriers


This period of isolation and social distancing has taught us, in no simple terms, that the meaning of CHURCH transcends all STRUCTURES.


What many a culture could not do the deadly virus has done: it has forced us to think in a unique way — that is, to think only as human-beings created in the image and likeness of God. When we look back at this time of lockdown what will this experience say to us? There are many experiences which we have gained during this period. To mention a few:

      1. Our level of understanding of God our Creator has grown to a new level.
      2. Our understanding of each other has grown.
      3. Our sharing of resources with each other has grown
      4. The frustration during this time has made us understand the mind of Job: that God has given us all good things in life and He has the authority to take it away from us.
      5. This one-month experience helps us lean on the Trinitarian God: because of God’s triune nature He becomes a God of the community.

This period of isolation and social distancing has taught us, in no simple terms, that the meaning of CHURCH transcends all STRUCTURES. This takes us to 1 Peter 2:9-10. I stress the part of verse 9, which talks of us as ‘a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God’, and verse 10, which says: ‘. . . Once, you had not received mercy, now, you have received mercy’. These two verses are selfexplanatory. They clearly say, at this time of anxiety, that we are called to be consolers and counsellors to all people. To be kind, to be gentle, and to be humble to all Sri Lankans and to the whole world.

At this time of history there are three functions, which we are called to perform:

      a. Stewards
      b. Shepherds
      c. Accountants (meaning, accountable to God for each others’ lives).

The future is unknown but for us our Shepherd holds us with His righteous right hand. Those who took part in the service of Sunday 19th April would remember the Old Testament passage — Genesis 32:26b. Jacob says: ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me’. The God of life wrestles for us. Are you prepared to wrestle and to preserve the novelty of human-beings and of creation?


With affection and prayers
Fr Jayanth


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