KUCHING – A Lenten Seminar was organised by Holy Trinity Parish (Kenyalang Park) for all its lay ministries for three consecutive nights from 27-29 February, and for parishioners from the Archdiocese of Kuching from 1-2 March. It was a perfect ‘spring’ seminar as Martin Jalleh, the speaker for the seminar, talked about the ‘spring cleaning’ awaiting the arrival of Easter.
The evening of 27 February began with praise and worship as all those serving in the Parish ministries came forth to sing and praise the Lord in one voice, followed by a welcoming address by Parish Priest Fr Stephen Lim.
The speaker, Martin Jalleh from Ipoh (Perak), is no new face to Holy Trinity. Martin, gifted with his approach, dynamic and encouraging words as well as gift of humour, spoke on the topic of ‘A Renewed Relationship with God’. He drove home the basic requirements of those who serve with an awareness of “knowing who we ourselves are” and understanding the concepts and makeup of people and their backgrounds.
Through his unorthodox interpretation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, Martin shed light on the unimagined dimensions of the Father’s love, as well as observations of the words and feelings of the lost son and his brother and related it to the lives of those serving. He talked about ‘metanoia’ and repentance or change of mindsets in the people serving before even beginning to talk about the mindsets of others.
On the Saturday and Sunday, when he spoke to participants from the Archdiocese of Kuching, he kept all ears and hearts alive with video clips of genuine international affirmations and testimonies of the people touched and moved by God’s grace. He even brought the parishioners together in unity with hugs and signs of affirmation and love.
Martin spoke enthusiastically about the wonders of the Eucharist, again drawing light to the wonders of God’s gifts and power available to all. He stopped at very relevant points to draw attention of everyone to reflecting upon their own thoughts, feelings, lives, backgrounds, actions, and intentions.
It was truly a deep weekend of reflective teaching, nicely planned together with very moving video clips and God’s words. The evening of Sunday climaxed with the celebration of the Eucharist.
Geraldine Law- Lee