KUALA LUMPUR:-Visiting priest, Fr Rayappan Kasi celebrated Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on March 14, 2017 at 7pm. Parishioners numbering some 55 were present.In his homily, Fr Rayappan said we need to maintain a relationship with God , our neighbour and with nature. He clarifies that everything is interconnected.
"Jesus emptied Himself to be a slave, He was crucified on the Cross for us. We need to make and maintaining this relationship". Further, he said, don't stop with humans, but do more. Fr Rayappan elaborated that the ecosystem services us, by taking in carbon dioxide and giving us oxygen. "Water on the roads or wastage, for example; but land purifies the water, the soil recycles water".
Fr Rayappan added that these services the nature, does free of choice. Jesus is telling us don't destroy nature, for it is doing something good for you and your future generations. The priest emphasized that Jesus maintains a good relationship with nature.
Quoting from the Scripture about Jesus who said.."The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head". Fr Rayappan added that Jesus lived 33 years at the service of nature. He tells us if I love nature, nature is going to love you. Or if you destroy nature, nature will destroy you. "Your choice: You can create hell or heaven".
We need to have and keep the three relationships; namely with God, human and nature.
Pope Francis written the "Laudato Si" (the Encyclical Letter On Care For Our Common Home), in 2015 and Fr Rayappan said among the Encyclical Letters, Pontiffs written todate, Laudato Si is gaining wide interest around the world.
After Mass, the parishioners adjourned to Bangunan Dominic Vendargon ( the Parish Community Centre), after a light dinner, for further talk and explanation by Fr Rayappan, where the Encyclical Letter (reprinted locally in 152 pages in book form and sold for RM5/-) were used in Fr Rayappan's talk. The talk created interests for the parishioners to take a more concerted efforts to do more to care for the our common world, to save water, to care for the environment, to plant more trees and to go green.
Many parishioners have purchased the book where Fr Rayappan suggested the 246 paragraphs, we can read the Bible first; then read one paragraph of Laudato Si per day and reflect upon. Then after that examine your own activity.
The Laudato Si or in English " Praise Be To You"), is the 2nd Encyclical of Pope Francis. In it, the Pontiff critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take 'swift and unified global action'.
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