The Friday evening Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 12th January 2018 saw some 70 faithful present, with Parish priest, Fr. Edwin Peter celebrating the Eucharist with the assistance of Bro. Simon Lau, the Deacon-Elect who was ordained to the diaconate on 23rd January 2018.
The Gospel (Mark 2: 1-12) where Jesus heals and forgives a paralyzed man was proclaimed by Fr. Edwin; followed with a reflection by Bro. Simon, who drew similarities with the First Reading (1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22), as both touched on faith of the community.
God chose Moses, Joshua, to lead the people. He never said raise a king for them (the Israelites). Bro. Simon said, “Prophet Samuel was raised by God to lead the people. The people have always been attacked by 'others'. They wanted a king like other nations, in the hopes of being organized; like having an army for security. The people see security as human power. They forget God is with them all along.”
Touching on the First Reading, Bro. Simon said, “The people lost their faith as a community. We too use the secular way to do God's works. Sometimes in our families as well, when we face issues with children and other problems. What are we to do? Many of us come up with ideas as a solution; instead of seeking God's wisdom.”
In the Gospel, Jesus was preaching in Capernaum. Bro. Simon related the story of the paralyzed man. He went on to say that the faith of the community is powerful. He added, "If we are able to bring someone to Jesus, that person will have salvation".
Bro. Simon also mentioned that this morning, a lady met him saying her son has joined a gangster group. She wants him to go to Montfort, but Bro. Simon said we need to seek God's wisdom. Sometimes we forget God is there for us. He asked the assembly to pray for the son and his mother, that they may encounter love and Jesus. “With love, many things and problems can be solved. Don't seek secular solutions, but seek God first to change us, so that the world can change."