Feast days in the Catholic churches around the globe are done to commemorate the sacrifices of a cannonized saint. Such feast days are celebrated in various different traditions in grandeur to mark an important day in the Catholic Calendar year. The Archbishop of Malaysia, Rev Julian Low in commemoration to celebrate the mass, usually adorns such feast days. The Feast of the Good Shepherd was a 4-day celebration which welcomed many walks of life, from the 4th of May to the 7th of May 2017. The wonderful occasion was celebrated at The Good Shepherd Church, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
On the 4th of May, the day was themed as “Vocations take seed and begins in the family”. This was the first day of novena and mass, which began with holy hour. The mass was clebrated by Father Lucas Ng. This was the inauguration of the Good Shepherd Feast, where Father Lucas mentioned the importance of how Jesus calls himself the shepherd, and his followers, his sheep. Father Lucas highlighted the vers efrom Matthew 18: 12-14;
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”
The parable was introduced at the beginning of the homily, where the priest futher elaborated on the strength of God’s love and how we, his followers are rest assured to be secure in his warmth. The homily was comforting and heartening for the congregation who attended.
The following day, the 5th of May, Friday, was themed as “Vocations: Nurture and Growth thru Family”. There was a mass in the morning and the evening, which graced those who attended with holy hour, and healing of the sick. Father Vincent Thomas and Father Albert Arokiasamy celebrated the masses respectively.
The 6th of May, Saturday was the pinnacle of the occasion. The Good Shepherd church community, headed by Father Christopher Soosaipillai, celebrated a multi-lingual sunset mass. It was the grand feast day of the parish, attended by many indidviduals both near and afar alike. The homily had a beautiful message sent out to the congregation.
Father Christopher emphasized on the importance of growing in one relationship with God. We should grow intellectually, spiritually and learn to love one another. He brought up a qustion; how come we always complain of depression or stress? Some people say it is dealing psychological conflicts. Instead, we should turn to God in prayer to get rid and break those shackles.
Jesus, the son of a carpenter, said that Satan cant touch him as he is the son of god. From 12 to 30 years he learned; and after 3 years of teaching us, he took the cross. How did he do it? This is because God becomes our strength.
Let us pray for each other, to learn and grow with one another. Let us pray for our young boys and girls. We shouldnt let the selfishness strip us. Let us pray for the church, that anyone who's a thief will not enter, yet the voice of the shepherd welcomes all. Where is the call of love when there are people around the world who suffer?As we walk, we walk in Christ's image.
“Yesus sebagai cahaya kepada semua lapisan masyarakat”.
After mass, a procession was held around the church, walking approximately 3 kilometres around the church’s vicinity. The procession was about the walk with Jesus. It was the walk of peace. The procession was a solemn and peaceful walk. The Blessed Sacrament led the congregation around the small area of Setapak.
The procession was escorted by police officers who guided traffic and alerted incoming vehicles. The congregation involved many individuals from all walks of life. The procession also had an audience of a Malaysian based culture, as the Blessed Sacrament was carried throughout a journey which involved onlookers from various other beliefs.
Upon arriving in church again, Father Chris conducted the last blessing. He thanked each and every person who joined in to make the feast day a success. He ended mass by saying, as the Good Shepherd, let us lead others into a good lively faith.