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

Vicar's Message! - November 2022


My dear people of God,

As we approach the end of the year, in my penultimate message before I leave, I want to reiterate that the month of November is a month of remembrance.

I quote:

"greater love has no one than this that He lay down His life for His friends": John 15:13

"you did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last”: John 15:16

As we take stock of our relationship with God, whatever we do, depends on how we do it and our heart posture. As we have moved into the remembrance month, what picture comes into our minds? As infants, our parents looked after us, while growing, our grandparents, parents and our personal community looked after us. We played with our siblings and neighbours’ children. Then we went into university or into the corporate world to be trained as mature women and men.

When we were children, we were taught by our grand-parents and parents to pray about everything and have a close relationship with Jesus Christ. We also remember our own beds on which we slept. Now, though our parents may not be with us anymore, when we reminisce on all the happy times, their memory and the love we shared will always console us.

Many a times even as matured people, when we think about our past, we are taken back to our childhood, to things our parents said and did, hear their words of wisdom and advice and even though it makes us sad, it makes us stronger. Many of our grandparents, parents and loved ones may have left their earthly homes but let us continue to remember them with love and commit them into God’s gracious keeping.

The prayers we were taught in our childhood helps us to love the church and the neighbourhood. It helps us to remember how those who have gone before us related to their church and the community, which keeps us striving to continue to do the same. Let us in turn, pass on that baton to our children and grandchildren so that life will become more meaningful to each generation.

The God who calls you and I for his service will send us out into the deep to carry out our mission and ministry to be with the people, those whom we love and also those who may be difficult to love. Let us always remember and act as God would want us to.

In conclusion, I quote Mother Theresa "it is not how much we do but how much love we put into the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving".

With love and prayers,

Fr Jayanth

Church of the Good Shepherd, Colombo 5
Church of the Good Shepherd, Colombo 5
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