KUCHING – In the annual Chrism Mass celebrated on the morning of Holy Thursday (20 March), Archbishop John Ha witnessed the renewal of commitment by his priests and called on them to “pay attention to individuals and to families that are weighed down with problems in life.”
During the Chrism Mass, the holy oils used by the priests in four sacraments were blessed.
In his homily, the Archbishop took the opportunity to thank the priests for their dedicated service to the faithful and urged the faithful to continue praying for them.
He explained that the Liturgy of the Word focused on Jesus, the anointed One sent to bring good news to the poor and freedom to captives. Jesus in turn anointed his disciples with the same Holy Spirit and sent them to continue his mission.
“Indeed everyone baptised in the name of Jesus Christ is anointed with the Spirit and participates in the death and resurrection of Jesus. They become children of God and enjoy the freedom of the children of God,” he said.
The Archbishop reminded the faithful that through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, their families are transformed into the family of God. He also reminded the priests of their ministry to the family.
“Ordained priests are entrusted with the responsibility of deepening the faith of the baptised to enable them to appreciate the reality that their respective human families are cells of God’s family,” the Archbishop said.
“Hopefully this appreciation of the divine element of their human families will motivate them to build their families up as God’s family. It is hoped that they will take their faith seriously and live by it, that parents will pass their faith to their children,” the Archbishop added.
He highlighted helping families with problems. “It is important for priests to pay attention to individuals and to families that are weighed down with problems in life. In particular, those must be attended to whose marriages or families are on the verge of breaking up. They are entitled to enjoy the freedom Christ came to bring and must be helped to do so,” he said.
Finally, the Archbishop called on the faithful to support and pray for their priests. He also reminded the faithful of their duty to play an active part in the mission of the Church and appealed for more lay people to serve the Church.
The holy oils were presented to the rectors of the parishes at the end of the Mass.
Fr Richard Ng