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

Vicar's Message! - June 2021

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

As we go through this time of trial and tragedy, let us look up to the Lord who has called us and elected us to be His own. 2Peter 1 : 3-10 talks of our calling and election to be God’s missioners against the trials we are undergoing. Here, Peter says that God in Christ has given us a great and precious promise so that we become a part of Gods divinity and holiness. I quote from 1Peter 1 : 15-16 "but just as He who called you to be Holy, so be Holy in all you do for it is written be Holy because I am Holy".



"because you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people belonging to God…….who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light"


How are we to achieve this Holiness? We revert back to 2Peter 1 : 3-10 which talks about the following ingredients that need to be in your life. Faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness kindness and love. Because these qualities are in God, He is Holy and we become Holy because we are made in His image and likeness.

The other ingredient which makes you Holy is found in 1Peter 2 : 9-10 "because you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people belonging to God…….who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" you become Holy and make others Holy

Finally, during this time of great stress and disaster, as people called to Holiness, we have to love and call all human beings into a relationship that transcends all barriers. A relationship with Christ which not only stops with our various barriers, but goes beyond with the kiss of peace which is a sign and symbol of reconciliation. We, as human beings who belonging to the cross and the resurrection, the ascension and the Pentecost, must have the courage to break the dividing wall of discrimination and hatred.

I recently celebrated 39 years as a Priest on the 28th of May 2021. I also celebrated 40 years as a Deacon and 34 years of father to my family in the month of May. When I look back, all these experiences make me a very humble human being who was called out of nothing to be a priest and servant to the community. The many failures of life have taught me to ponder upon the calling to the priesthood. When I think of my marriage vows and the vows to become a deacon and a priest, it reminds me that all of us taking our vows are doing so not only to holiness but also taking a vow for transformation, healing and absolution.

May God help us to continue to live in His image and likeness so that "I die and He resurrects" in our lives. Amen!!


God bless all of us

Fr Jayanth


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