Be the light to call others to God’s embrace

December is a very meaningful month for all Catholics throughout the world. It marks the history of the salvation of humankind, the incarnation and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dec 24, 2014

TAWAU (Herald Malaysia): December is a very meaningful month for all Catholics throughout the world. It marks the history of the salvation of humankind, the incarnation and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The appearance of the angels to the shepherds acclaims that a saviour is born, the king of peace and a wonderful counsellor.

The Holy Trinity Church (HTC) Home Carolling Committee held a one-day recollection for all carollers before carolling began on December 14 for five consecutive nights.

The carollers were commissioned by Fr Johnny Raju, the assistant rector of HTC, during the Sunset Mass on the 3rd Sunday of Advent on Dec 13. It marked the mid-point of our self preparation for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“God is a mystery. He sent Man to save humankind,” Fr Johnny began his homily with these words. John the Baptist is the witness of light, ‘the light of Christ’ and so we are called to be like him. As disciples of Christ, we are to light the way and lead others to Christ by proclaiming and sharing the joy and the love of God.

Addressing the carollers, he said, “God calls you to go and exult in the joy of Christmas, the birth of Jesus when you sing to families. Through this witnessing, they may be touched and return to God, believing in His mercy and love. Wherever and whenever we gather in the name of the Lord, He will be present in our midst....Go forth to share his love. May the blessing and grace of our Lord be with you always.”

After Mass, everyone adjourned to the Parish Hall for the Carolling by Candlelight, as part of the preparation for the next day’s home carolling. Some 800 parishioners, including carollers and the BEC teams, participated.

The event began with an Opening Prayer followed by the Proclamation of the Gospel by Fr Johnny Raju. He then proceeded to grace the ‘lighting’ ceremony, symbolizing the power of light overcoming the darkness of the world, brought about by Christ Jesus. The Nativity presented by the Taman Semarak BEC members was inspiring and brought much joy to the audience. The sketch enacted the birth of Jesus.

The choirs from the various BEC groups presented beautiful carols. When we are baptized, we are called to be Disciples of Christ. We, too, are the voice of God proclaiming His wondrous plan of salvation to all humankind. We represent God’s light, the light of peace, love and faithfulness. This year, there were 25 carol groups, 13 from the church and 12 from the various BECs.

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