We are blessed to have one of God’s servants to be ordained a priest to the Catholic Church. Fr Khoi Nguyen MSC has responded to God’s call to be missionary of His Heart. Khoi’s ordination to the priesthood reminds us of our own call to be God’s people and to be shepherds in our own way of life. Priesthood is only one of the ways of shepherding God’s flock. However, in the midst of our secular society, responding to the radical call to leave everything to follow Jesus is a big step. We congratulate Khoi for such a big decision.
While thanking and congratulating Khoi, we also thank God for looking after “his flock” by sending shepherds in the middle of little hope. Inspired by Prophet Jeremiah, Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Exhortation “Pastores Dabo Vobis” which means “I will give you shepherds after my own heart” (Jer. 3:15), said: “In these words from the prophet Jeremiah, God promises his people that he will never leave them without shepherds to gather them together and guide them: “I will set shepherds over them [my sheep] who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed” (Jer. 23.4)”.
Today we are witnessing that God’s promise through Prophet Jeremiah has been fulfilled. Some people may say that being a shepherd is not necessarily limited to the call of priesthood. And I agree with that since we could see so many people who are playing the role of shepherd in our families, communities, and the society at large. It doesn’t reduce the meaning of the prophet’s message: “I will send you shepherds”.
As we particularly thank God for the gift of Khoi, we pray that his priesthood will be a blessing for God’s flock. That he may be a good shepherd, a priest who is sanctifying; a prophet who is proclaiming the Good News and King who is governing God’s flock with a compassionate heart.
Congratulations Khoi…..Good on you!