Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Today we celebrate the gift of our Father in heaven, the gift of his Word. That Word is Jesus. That Word’s birthday we just celebrated as the Son of God and his revelation, his epiphany to shepherds, Wisemen, John the Baptist and those who lived during his ministry we recalled and are recalling.
The Gospel tells us that the Word began his ministry after his baptism and John’s arrest, by calling disciples to follow him. “As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew... and he said to them ‘follow me...’ ...Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John ... and he called them.” He called them with a clear direction, “Follow me.” Matthew tells us they followed him at once. In other words, they heard and experienced Jesus and immediately followed him.
Let us pray that we too will hear and experience that Word of God, who is Jesus and heed his calling by accepting to follow him this very moment.
Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
May the Word of God bless you.
Fr. Clement Paul. Rev. Stephen Joseph
Parish Priest. Parish Deacon.