Hope you are all well and have a good time with the steady weather this past week. Though there had been fears of some scary weather, we were able to escape such a thing. Hope we continue to have a good time ahead.
I thank all people who came for my installation mass and prayed for me. That was really encouraging for me. I thank in a special way the PCCW for their wonderful arrangements for the refreshments after the Mass. Your presence made me feel so good and special. Thanks a lot for your love and support. I look forward to your continued sentiments of love and support throughout my stay and ministry here.
I also thank Fr. Eric Berns, our Dean to have accepted to come over here and install me as the Pastor. I look forward to working with all the priests of the Deanery with Fr. Eric’s leadership.
I remember something my teacher told us in the class a long ago. That was about the scissors and the needle. She told us, “You boys should be like the needle not like the scissors”. We were, at least I was, bewildered when the teacher said this, because I thought in my mind that both of these things were as dangerous as the other. And I even asked the teacher, “Why teacher are you saying this, because both of these are capable enough equally to hurt us? Then why can we be like the needle not like the scissors?” The teacher thus explained: The scissors cut the things and separate them. For example, when we use the scissors to cut a piece of cloth, it serves as the agent of separation and division. But when we use the needle to stich a torn piece of cloth, it serves as the agent of bond and union. That is why you need to be like the needle, not like the scissors”. Then I understood what the teacher meant.
We Christians are called to be the agents of unity and peace. That is what is our vocation as Christians. We need to carry out the mission of union and peace by following the example of Christ Himself. He came to unite the separated humanity to God the Father Himself. It is because of that we have become again the privileged children of God. That unity is to be established among us all. Despite all our differences and disagreements, we need to remain as one, one in Christ Jesus our Savior. Our mission is based on the love, love as portrayed and practiced by Christ.
We see this unity was very well practiced by the early Christians. In the book of Acts, we see this more explicitly (2:42-47). By being so they had set an example to us that the community life of Christians is not a difficult job but a doable one. So, keeping their example in our mind let us live a life of union, the union of the Trinity.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony.