Tawau : In conjunction with Mother's Day, the Catholic Women's Apostolate ( CWA ) of Holy Trinity Parish Tawau held a dinner fellowship on Saturday, 10th May at the Parish Hall after Sunset Mass, presided by Rev. Fr. David A. Garaman. It was also Good Shepherd Sunday otherwise known as Vocation Sunday, dedicated as a day of prayer for priestly, religious and missionary vocations.
Reflecting from the Gospel of God (John 10 : 1 - 10), in his homily he encouraged all parents to listen and discern deeply on their children's vocation to the priesthood and religious life. We are to listen and respond to the voice of the Good Shepherd. As first teachers of our children, we are to sow the seed of love. We become their model in life and that's where lessons are taught. We need to create that space for our children to listen and to respond. Let us not be the barrier but a link to the call.
Some 300 parishioners gathered to show their gratitude and love to all mothers. Fr. David in his opening speech for the function said, 'Let's treasure the presence of our mother in our life for whoever they are, God has chosen them for you and me. They can bear anything; disappointment, hurts and even rejection, for God has gifted them the strength to face trials with patient.' He encouraged every mother to continue to sustain their dignity as mother imitating the role of Mother Mary in everything they do.
Mothers are symbolized as a shepherd in their home or family. Their responsibility or task will never end. Though it is a very difficult task but God has poured a pure love in their heart towards their children. Being a mother is yet another wonderful vocation that need to be treasured and valued. Denying the strong negative impact of the world surrounding the family and the only key to overcome it, is to listen and do the will of God.
In between dinner, the attendees were entertained to some presentations from the CWA members and the parish youth. Today's celebration is an honor to all mothers. Happy and Blessed Mother's Day to each and every mother.