Last weekend, July 15 and 16, we had two inspiring formations presented by Mr. Derek Chong from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The first formation on ‘A Sense of Being Called’ was organised for the various leaders and BEC members. About 54 of them attended this formation starting from morning till afternoon. God is indeed calling everyone to be a part of the entire parish community. This six-hour session had brought an awareness to participants about their calling and response in participating in the life of the Church. The participants also reflected on how their calling allows them to transform their lives.
The sense of being called is also committing and engaging ourselves in a particular ministry and developing our talents and sharing with one another in the parish community. When it comes to work with the community I am sure we face a lot of pressure, fun, heart-break, adventure and excitement. It is all right to go through all of these emotions. In the midst of all these feelings we should know what path to take, what bridge to cross and how to go about in ministering in a more purposeful and fruitful manner. When we endure to persevere in our ministry we will find proper direction in the ministry. Ultimately, it brings a sense of peace in us.
Despite our struggles and challenges, let’s not get tired of doing right things for God and utilise our talents, gifts and experience in serving others meaningfully. The important characteristics of being called includes listening to God, being consistent in our prayer life and having order in our lives accordingly. The awesome part is that God is with you every step of the way. We shall find happiness and be ‘alive’. Do ask yourselves how God is calling you to be involved in the life of the Church and to identify God’s purpose for your life.
The second formation was targeted for the youth of our parish. They consisted of students in Form 3 and 4, post-confirmands, college students and working single adults. Surprisingly, about a hundred participants attended the four-hour session on “Living Our True Identity” which started in the afternoon and ended in the evening. The formation was mainly to help the young people find their identities and allow themselves to grow in Christ. This formation was aimed at helping the youngsters embrace their identity in relationship with God and be free from hurts in the past.
My dear youths, we know today’s culture constantly gives you the freedom to become anyone that you want to be. No matter how much hard work you generate, you may end up frustrated and confused. The one and only way you discover who you really are, is by seeking a true and deep relationship with Jesus. When you find your identity in Him, you will find that it is better than any other choice in your life. As you grow from one stage to another stage in your life, do “focus on discovering more about what God’s image looks like in you and how you can express it more in your life.”
When you allow Jesus to take control of every area of your life and trust in Him then you will have the power to live with integrity and grow into a truly wonderful person. You only have one identity and it is found only in Christ Jesus, only in Him where your true identity resides.
“Do not love the world or what is in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father finds no place in him,” (1 John 2:15)
Fr. George Packiasamy