Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ .
Time flies! I have written a few times in the past to say that “Time Flies!” Indeed, time flies. As expected by this time, we would know who would be the next Dean of St. Thomas’ Cathedral. As has been announced the Rev’d Kho Thong Meng of the Cathedral Chinese Speaking Congregation has been appointed the next Dean. We congratulate him for his appointment. May our gracious God continue to guide and lead him in his new appointment. We also uphold his family as they have to make necessary adjustment too. In the meantime, we have to make necessary preparation before he begins his ministry as the Dean of the Cathedral. We surely want to make him feel most welcomed.
I have been invited to attend Christian Leaders’ Course in Rome. I will be away from November 2-13, 2017. This means that I will not be able to join our celebration of the Commemoration of the faithful departed on All Souls’ Day. This will be the only time I miss such a meaningful commemoration in my thirty-seven years in the ministry. Until the time of writing this message the organizers have been sending Course materials for me to go through as part of the preparation for the Course. Their correspondence shows that there will be delegates from various countries joining the Course. I am looking forward to the Course with a degree of expectation and excitement.
We are ‘walking’ through the final chapter of the Gospel according to John. If you have been reading all the previous messages you would have a good grasp of what of what John the Evangelist was trying to share in his gospel. In the last two verses of Chapter 20 John very clearly explained the reason for writing his gospel. It is “written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.”
In chapter 21, which is the last chapter, John tells us about the appearance of Jesus by the Sea of Tiberias when Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James and John, and “two others of his disciples” went out fishing all night and caught nothing. In the morning Jesus appeared to them on the beach but the disciples did not recognise him. Jesus asked them to cast the net again. Obediently they did so and caught “so many fish.” The “disciple whom Jesus loved” recognised Jesus and said to Peter, ” It is the Lord.” “When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea” while the others pulled the net full of fish, a hundred fifty-three in all. On the beach they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” This invitation always amazed me! I could never visualize a glorified body of Jesus having breakfast of fish with his his disciples, taking the bread and giving it to them. Nevertheless, I believe what John said, for he was a witness to the appearance. After the breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter a series of three questions that would surely leave a profound impression on him: “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”, and “Simon son of John, do you love me?” In three consecutive manner, Simon responded affirmatively saying, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you”, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” and “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Then came three consecutive commands, “Feed my lambs”, “Tend my sheep”, and “Feed my sheep.” Then Jesus indicated how Simon Peter would glorify God, after which Jesus said to Peter, “Follow me.”
Peter then “saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them”, the one who reclined next to Jesus at the supper. He is the disciple who is writing the gospel. He testified that there were many things that Jesus did but if everything were to be written “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
In our effort to walk through the Gospel according to St. John it is not my intention to include every little detail. However, it is surely my hope and prayer that you have sufficiently grasped what John the Evangelist, the writer of the Gospel, has written as a testimony “that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” So be it.
The Very Rev’d Michael Buma Galami
DEAN OF KUCHING
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