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

Vicar's Message! - June 2022

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

"Where God's finger points, there God's hand will make the way" –

Isaiah 6:8 – "then I heard the voice of the Lord saying whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said "Here am I, send me"

Psalm 8-:19 – "Restore us, O Lord God Almighty, make your face shine upon us that we may be saved"

Deuteronomy 33:27 – "the Eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms"


As we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ and the feast of Pentecost (Whit Sunday), we commend our countrymen and ourselves into Gods Holy keeping.


When we look at the above quotations, and the crisis in our country, the historical God in Jesus Christ confirms and affirms that He is in the centre of the crisis. The Scientists have found that when there is a cyclone, when you go to the eye of the cyclone, there is absolute serenity where a human being can sleep, slumber without any disturbance. As we look back at the situations in our country, we see, that God leads us as in Isaiah 6:8. We cannot understand the calamity that is taking place in our motherland Sri Lanka, but we can only commit her ways, her future and her governance into Gods hands.

We recently celebrated the feast of the Good Shepherd where we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of the confirmation upon our 12 children who were confirmed by the 16th Bishop of Colombo, His Lordship Rt. Rev. Dushantha Rodrigo. The situation in our country was dark and bleak but that Sunday of the Good Shepherd, was a wonderful experience, which coincided with the Bishop’s visit and the confirmation of our own children, which in itself was a witness to our church and society

As I sit here dictating my small message to Simone, I have just returned from a small drive around Colombo, which was still only half cleaned of the carnage which took place on Monday the 9th of May. We, as a church are totally against any violence, whether it is a proposition or the opposition. We were saddened not only by the carnage, but also saddened by the violence against the clergy, particularly Fr. Neroshan and Fr. Andrew and a brother Buddhist monk too. These clergy persons went to the Temple Trees to be a buffer and they were assaulted. God, who created humans to be of help to each other behaving in such manner, grieves the heart of God. At this juncture of chaos and sorrow, God calls you and me as He called Isaiah then, in a chaotic situation of history. God, who was saddened by the situation when He called Isaiah, is also sad today at the way human beings from all strata of life are behaving in such an ugly manner.

I take this opportunity to thank the historical God who called me as He called Isaiah, for saving myself and Rajitha from the clutches of death a few weeks ago. Let us continue to pray for that young man, that he will repent of his actions and come back to Christ. Who are we to judge him?

As we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ and the feast of Pentecost (Whit Sunday), we commend our countrymen and ourselves into Gods Holy keeping.

Deuteronomy 33:27 - "The Eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting Arms".

I end with a quotation by Rev. Dr. D.T. Niles, former President of the Methodist conference "Faith in God arises from the ruins of our expectations".

May God bless you as we continue to hold each other’s hands, looking for a future and helping our Nation to rise from the debris.

Fr Jayanth


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