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

Vicar's Message! - August 2021

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

We thank God that most of us were able to be vaccinated during the past month. Let us pray for and thank God for all those belonging to the Health Sector who have been working selflessly round the clock.


"I will search for the lost, bring back the strays, I will bind the injured and strengthen the weak by feeding them in green pastures."


Our Parish has changed hands where the administration is concerned. I take this opportunity to thank the former Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary and Co-ordinator for all they have done. Amidst dangerous situations, God, the Shepherd has been with us, the Shepherdians and we thank and praise him for His protection and all that He is to us

At this moment, it is good for us to meditate upon the word "Shepherd" and what we have to add here as Shepherdians. I quote John 10:17-18 "the reason my father loves me is that I lay down my life only to take it up again. No one takes it from me but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father." John 10:15(b) "and I lay down my life for the sheep."

When you assess these words, it conveys to us the role of a shepherd in the life of the Israelites then, and in us today. Jesus Christ very clearly tells you and me that the base of Christian Shepherding is sacrifice. It also says that a shepherd while willing to lay down his life, is ready to sacrifice the entirety of his life to his sheep. For the simple reason he knows his sheep. For example - if you are a shepherd or a herdsman, you know your flock by their names, by the spots on their body etc., and because of that personal relationship, you are able to sacrifice so many things for the sake of your flock/herd.

When we read Ezekiel 34:15 ff… the shepherds were hired and they did not do their duty very well. At times their flock was injured and they died. But when the true shepherd came into the scene, he says the following :-

"I will search for the lost, bring back the strays, I will bind the injured and strengthen the weak by feeding them in green pastures." As a prophetical utterance, he talks about Jesus as coming in Davidic line which is what in says in Ezekiel 34:24 - "I the Lord, will be your God and my servant David will be the Prince among them. I the Lord have spoken"


So, as we make these words contextual, does the church witness to the Shepherdic love of Christ? Does the church care and love for its flock? Does the church see from the Prophetic eye of the shepherd about the future of the church and the flock?

Let us pray that as Shepherdians, our shepherds’ role will be humble, genuine and obedient to God and his fellow human beings.

God bless You.


Fr Jayanth


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