"THE HARVEST IS RICH BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW"
I When I was 16 years old, a young priest came to me and said "George, I think one day you will be a priest . I was shocked to hear that as no one has said that to me before. But I just ignored and went away. Since then I always avoided that priest and run away from the sight of him. The following year I had an opportunity to attend an ordination at Our Lady of Lourdes, Klang. It was the first time in my life to witness an ordination. It was the first time seeing so many priests walking in procession to the altar. It was awesome, wonderful to see and be there at that time (like 'transfiguration' experience). But this Mt. Tabor experience didn't last long me.
One day sitting at mass at Sacred Heart Church, Peel Road! heard the priest reaching on the great harvest, but laborers are few". It was the text from Luke 10: 2ff, and the words of the priest was sharp as though it was directed to me. I kept saying, this is impossible", surely not for me . I wonder what is vocation all about? What is 'a call'? I was not sure, and I thought to myself that it's still very early for me.
Two years later, I saw a poster in my parish announcing the priestly ordination of 4 deacons and the theme was "The harvest is rich, but the laborers are few..." "Though 4 priests it's still very few, can you be one?" Again I was hit badly, and this time I took it seriously and began to discern. I told my parish priest, who then sent me for a vocation camp at College General, Penang. The theme was "Come and See" Jnl:39; I went and I saw everything. The last day of
the camp I decided to leave everything and follow the master Jesus for a great labor in His vineyard.
Eight years of serious and beautiful formation at College General, was truly a humbling and rich experience for me. I had to learn Tamil language well to serve the flock. Pastoral exposures in the parishes showed me of the great need for Mandarin speaking priests for the flock. I saw the harvest was rich, and so I offered myself to learn Mandarin in Taiwan. With the blessing of Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, I completed 2 years of Mandarin studies in Taiwan. Now at present, I am happily serving His flock in English, Tamil, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia at the Church of the Holy Family, Kajang for the last 3 years. This is a great and rich harvest.
I am very happy to share my story with you young people who are considering a vocation to the priesthood. Hey there, do you know the world today gives us great technologies, fast moving gadgets, professionals, solutions etc, but not priests. Only God can call and give us priests. So pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send us laborers. When God calls you, give yourself wholeheartedly. Do not be afraid of anything, just GO with an open mind and an open heart. May St. Anthony, the Patron of the Parish of Nibong Tebal, Mary our Mother, the Patron of Parit Buntar and St. Joseph, the Patron of Bagan Serai pray for more priests for His labor. May God bless all our beloved Priests!
Fr George Harrison
Church Of The Holy Family