Oi tobpinai ngaavi ku id di Tuhan Otumbazaan zou do…
Msgr Nicholas began his homily with an encouraging note, “Your attendance today at this Thanksgiving Mass indicates that you have a priority in your life’s journey. Having a thankful heart is always a blessing because you know how to thank the Lord, who is the Giver of Life and Love during this gracious moment. You will receive wonderful and meaningful graces by thanking and glorifying the Lord for all the blessings and goodness you have received for the past year.”
He added, “God knows all of your needs. The riches of the world can never satisfy your desires. But we must first seek the Kingdom of God for the rest will be added according to your needs. In this Extraordinary Year of Mercy we must pray for those poor and unfortunate people living in the periphery of society. Extend a hand, and reach out to them in corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Be satisfied with what you have and never cease to thank God.”
Msgr Nicholas called on the parishioners to build and nurture a strong relationship with the Lord, which would give them the strength to share and to spread the Good News among their family members and friends.
In conclusion, he said, “May the Good Lord continue to shower His blessings upon us always not only this year but till the day when He comes down for us. Once again, I wish you all a blessed, happy and prosperous New Year.”
After the Mass, Msgr Nicholas and Fr Johnny blessed the mandarin oranges and distributed them to the parishioners as a symbol of sharing the blessing of God.
Msgr Nicholas, accompanied by the religious sisters, chairmen of the Pastoral Council and the Chinese Pastoral Community (CPC) visited several Chinese families to foster relationships, and to instill a sense of belonging within the community. – Julita Kantod