Malacca Johore Diocese News Update #93

The disciples had to go through a fearful and faith-shaking experience. You can run or ride it.

Jul 01, 2022

Greetings and Peace, dear People of God.
Scary times are ahead. Brainless national leaders! Beautiful words, great announcements, no follow-through! Prices are soaring but no price control. COVID cases are on the rise. Crowds everywhere. People are getting too carefree and careless. The call-up for the second booster has been sounded. Churches are open for worship. The congregation is back. Think safe. Keep safe. Act safe.

Stormy Times Are Here! The disciples had to go through a fearful and faith-shaking experience. You can run or ride it. Storms come in different forms. Beyond the elements of weather, some of us have to contend with the storms without, while others with storms within. But whatever forms they take, storms first shake us up. Then, the storm exposes our weaknesses — our fears, our faithlessness, our panic, our cries and our paralysis. Next, in our helplessness, we scream for God, we scream for help. What follows is, seeing ourselves as the problem. Finally, the intervention of God, the rebuking of the wind, and the storm abetting, awakens awe and faith. We begin to see the Lord in the storm.

A Thought for the Week: Never ending Complaints A wise man once faced a group of people who were complaining about the same issues over and over again. One day, instead of listening to the complaints, he told them a joke and everyone cracked up laughing.

Then, the man repeated the joke. A few people smiled. Finally, the man repeated the joke a third time–but no one reacted.

The man smiled and said, “You won’t laugh at the same joke more than once. So, what are you getting from continuing to complain about the same problem?” Something to think about: You’re getting nowhere if you keep complaining about the same problem and do nothing to fix it. Don’t waste your time complaining.

Don’t expect others to react to your complaints. Instead, take action to make a change. Do something yourself.

Announcements for this Week:

1. At the last MJD’s Mission Schools Committee held at Oasis Kluang on June 24, 2022, 51 Mission Authorities, Heads of Boards of Governors, principals and senior assistants connected, communicated and committed themselves to maintain the mission school ethos to serve the poor, to continue inculcating values and character building. The mission authorities include the Malacca Johore Diocese, the Canossians, the IJs and the La Salle Brothers.

2. The Pesta Kesyukuran Menuai 2022 organised by the BMA, the South Johore Vicariate headed by Bahasa Malaysia Apostolate Skudai, was truly a day of thanksgiving. The colours, the dressing, the music, the dances, the languages and the food reflected the theme “Mensyukuri Pelbagaian Ciptaan Nya”. It was a celebration of the Sarawakians, the Sabahans, the Orang Asals and the Indonesians.

3.The National Pre-Synod Gathering will take place in Penang on July 10 and 11, with the Nuncio and the bishops and archbishops of Malaysia.

4. The MJD BECAFT is organising a SEMINAR for BEC Coordinators and members on July 9 for North Central Johore Vicariate, July 16 for South Johore Vicariate and July 24 for Malacca Vicariate. The Church, the diocese and the parishes are called to be a communion of communities. When BECs are alive, they will fire up the parishes. New leaders, new ministers and successors emerge from the BEC. Awaken the BECs.

This week’s Question and Query:

The Q asked: Does one’s thinking change everything?

1. It is a common human experience for our mind to drift. We hear ourselves asking: How did we get here? What happened just now? Where were we? We try to retrace our thoughts.

2. What we think about is important because our thoughts precede and help shape our action — shape what we say, what we do, and how we react to situations. We have countless opportunities each day to move away from God or to move towards God.

3. The evil one leads us to despair, but the Holy Spirit leads us to peace. When disturbing and distracting thoughts come to mind, introduce a thought that leads us back to goodness. It can be the name of Jesus or a Scripture verse that gives us peace.

Like the many recent floods, storms are expected. Be alert. Expect them. Prepare for them. Overcome them. “Religion deals with doing. Spirituality has to do with the Self.” Storms are there to wake us up.

Bishop Bernard Paul
July 1, 2022

June 24, 2022

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