MJD News Update #22

Greetings and Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you, dear People of God. A blessed Christmas since we are still in the season of Christmas

Jan 09, 2021

Greetings and Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you, dear People of God. A blessed Christmas since we are still in the season of Christmas. Wishing you all a blessed New Year 2021. May the peace of Christ give us the courage to face the challenging times that are before us.

1.0 A Thought For The Week:
A wise man won an expensive car in a lottery. His family and friends were very happy for him and came to celebrate. ‘Isn’t it great!’ they said. ‘You are so lucky.’ The man smiled and said ‘Maybe’. For a few weeks he enjoyed driving the car. Then one day a drunken driver crashed into his new car at an intersection and he ended up in the hospital, with multiple injuries. His family and friends came to see him and said, ‘That was really unfortunate.’ Again, the man smiled and said, ‘Maybe. ’While he was still in the hospital, one night there was a landslide and his house fell into the sea. Again, his friends came the next day and said, ‘Weren’t you lucky to have been here in the hospital.’ Again, he said, ‘Maybe.’ (Eckhart Tolle, New Earth)

Something for us to think about. Is it always a case of one is lucky or unlucky? Or having good times or bad times? Or is it what Paul meant when he said: God works for good for all those who love Him and are called in accordance to His will. Don’t be quick to judge nor be quick to label because no one knows what will happen. No one can be certain of the outcome.

2.0 Announcements For This Week:

2.1 The joint effort of the Caritas MJD and Catholics Go Live’s “Virtual Christmas Charity Concert 2020” had raised an amount of RM52,035.55. This year’s recipients are the Homeless Project of SSVP, CIC JB, which received RM22,225.57, the Montfort Youth Centre Melaka got RM18,574.40, and Care Haven’s new orphanage at Kota Tinggi raised RM11,235.58. A big thank you to the organisers of this event, to each and every one, to the many sponsors and generous benefactors. May God bless you for your generosity and for hearing the cries of the needy.

2.2 On sale since Christmas, are twoin-one set of daily reflections, entitled More Nuggets and Easter Glimpses, written by Bishop Bernard. The proceeds from the sales of the books will be donated to the Building Projects of ST Theresa Masai and Holy Family Ulu Tiram. Together, let us build their houses of prayer. Buy a set at RM20 only. Contact MAJODI Publications.

2.3 The current COVID-19 situation is considered volatile. No states in Malaysia are free of COVID. There are spikes in all states. The Christmas SOPs were for Dec 24 and 25. Masses continue in controlled environment. Masses have not been cancelled. Keep up the three Ws: wear masks, wash always, watch distance. Be safe. Keep safe.

3.0 This Week’s Questions & Answers The final model? The Prophetic Model?

a) In prophetic leadership, only God sets the agenda, while the community waits and discerns for the revealed, spirit-led vision and not the imagined. It is a corporate vision of a community that sits together with Christ. It is a communitarian vision not a personalistic one.

b) Some communities employ the Communal Discernment Model. It is a process that begins with the people gathering in Jesus Christ, followed by them listening to the Holy Spirit, and they, going forth in faith as God’s sent.

c) The focus is on LISTENING: first, they begin by listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying through personal listening to the group. Second, they move on to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying through the WORD through group listening. Finally, they work at formalising the direction. Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches. Thank you for reading. Let us continue to build God’s Kingdom together. Have a great weekend. God bless you.

Bishop Bernard Paul
January 8, 2020

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