Five years ago, I was baptised into the Catholic Church at Church of Christ the King. Jesus picked me up during the darkest moment of my life and lovingly, He led me to a new life of hope, joy, peace and healing. Today, as I contemplate on Jesus’ love for me on this spiritual journey after my Baptism, I realise how He is working so evidently in my life.

Megan and her Godma at the Sacrament of Baptism at Church of Christ the King, five years ago

Focus

Not long after my Baptism, I encountered a great turmoil in my family, which overwhelmed me with fear. The incident brought about many uncertainties and challenges which seemed impossible for me to overcome. I saw myself in the image of Peter sinking into the water, when he felt the force of the wind and took fright.

Realising that I was allowing fear to take control of my life, I consciously turned my eyes back to Jesus again.

I immediately took a piece of paper and listed down all my fears on one side of it, and on the other, what Jesus has done for me personally and His promises written in the Bible. I realised that He is on my side and I am on His. I have a Heavenly Father who has conquered even death. Why should I fear? After the exercise, I felt a strong a sense of peace upon me.

As I continued to live out my faith in my daily life, I was reminded by Mary who sat at the feet of Jesus, to always fix my eyes on my Lord. No matter how much life demands of me or what I am facing, all I need to do is to turn to my Lord, spend time with Him in prayer and to listen to Him. As long as I have Jesus with me, I will always have the joy and strength to carry out what is asked of me. He gives me joy till overflowing, so that I can serve with joy, give with joy, carry my crosses with joy and to endure with joy.

I have come to understand that my encounter with Jesus is not merely for my own good and salvation. It is to inspire and strengthen me to help others encounter the great love that Jesus has for them.

Go Forth

Having encountered Jesus several times, I am deeply touched by these experiences. It is beautiful beyond words and how I wish I could remain there with Him in His presence. I can identify with Mary Magdala when she met the Risen Lord at the tomb and wanted to cling onto Him. I too did not want to leave that space, I did not want to leave Jesus’ side.

But I have come to understand that my encounter with Jesus is not merely for my own good and salvation. It is to inspire and strengthen me to help others encounter the great love that Jesus has for them. As much as I want to stay with Him, I now understand and willingly accept my mission to be sent out as a witness of His love and mercy, to spread the Good News, to do His Holy will in whichever way He asks of me. I am called to be the salt and light of the world so that through my conversion, others can see the true light in Jesus.

I pray to remain in His merciful love, to persevere in the midst of trials and to be a witness of His love and mercy to those I meet. May I grow in obedience and fidelity to do whatever He asks of me as my little way of thanking Him for the precious gift of faith and life He has given to me.

Megan Pham
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