MJD News Update #35

The holiest time for the Muslims, the month of Ramadan, is here. People are crossing state borders with police permits. Schools have reopened. Parliam

Apr 17, 2021

Greetings and the Peace of the Lord

Jesus Christ be with you, dear People of God. A blessed Easter season to you, all friends of Jesus. The peace of the Risen Lord be with you.

The holiest time for the Muslims, the month of Ramadan, is here. People are crossing state borders with police permits. Schools have reopened. Parliamentarians have been vaccinated, yet the Dewan Rakyat opt not to convene.

Many Malaysians, foreign residents, foreign workers and refugees are still waiting to be vaccinated.

1.0 A Thought for the Week:
A traveller was wandering in the desert when he met Fear and Plague. They said they were on their way to a large city where they were going to kill 10,000 people. The traveller asked Plague if he was going to do all the work. Plague smiled and said, “I’ll only take care of a few hundred.  I’ll let my friend Fear do the rest.”

Something to consider? What is it that you  fear? How much of your life is stolen away by fear?

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: Do that which you fear to do, and the fear will die. An Anonymous writer said: Fear enlarges as you move away from it, but shrinks as you move towards it.

The Psalmist quotes: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Ps 23:4)

2.0 Announcements for this Week:
1. On April 13, 2021, Bro William Pillai was ordained as Transitional Deacon at the Church of St Henry, Batu Pahat. He will continue to serve at the same parish, with, Fr Louis Chin, the parish priest. Pray for him and for more vocations.

2. Pauline Yeo, from St Peter’s, Melaka has joined the Carmelite Order at Seremban, after many years of working in Singapore. Thank you for saying YES to the Lord.

3. The Korean Catholic Community in Jo hor Bahru is preparing two candidates for baptism and seven others for their first Holy Communion.

4. The Mission Pastoral Institute or MPI is preparing a diocesan level prayer experience for Pentecost 2021. Let this be a time of preparation and renewal for all of us, prepare our hearts for MJD50, set for the year 2023. What is the Holy Spirit saying to the Church? The Malacca Johore Diocese’s Mission is to be a 4-E diocese, which is to promote Encounter, Enlightenment, Empowerment and Evangelisation. 

5. The CMCO for Johore and RMCO for Malacca has been extended from the April 15 to April 28, 2021.

3.0 This Week’s Questions & Queries?
The Q asks: What is happening to our Church institutions and apostolic bodies? Pope Francis commented that they are facing temptations, stress and desolation in their tribulation. God appears to be absent. But God seems to be absent:

a. when there is more debate on ideas  rather than discernment of the situation

b. when we live for too long on past glories or live in futuristic fantasies

c. when we are fixated on enemies, persecutions and exaggerated feeling of victimhood

d. when we live in a state of permanent anxiety and suspicion and e. when we see everything through a distorted lens

This means closing ourselves off from Christ and the grace of conversion He offers us; and to stare fearfully at the waves and ignore Christ calling us from outside the boat.

Thank you for reading. Let us continue to build God’s Kingdom together. God bless you. Take care. Be safe. Keep safe.

Bishop Bernard Paul
April 16, 2021

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