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“Young people, what are you looking for in this SYD-5? What are you looking forward to?” asked Archbishop John Wong during the opening Mass of the Virtual Sabah Youth Day-5 (VSYD-5) on July 19.

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“Young people, what are you looking for in this SYD-5? What are you looking forward to?” asked Archbishop John Wong during the opening Mass of the Virtual Sabah Youth Day-5 (VSYD-5) on July 19.

SYD-5, which was delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is a celebration of Catholic youth in Sabah, and happens every four years.

The first day of Virtual SYD-5 began with video clips, introductions from MC Ojoe and MC Gotong and Praise and Worship.

Archbishop John Wong was the main presider at the Opening Mass, with Fr Isidore Gilbert, spiritual advisor for the Kota Kinabalu Archdiocesan Youth Commission, and Fr Ronnie Luni, spiritual advisor for the Keningau Diocesan Youth Commission, concelebrating.

Referring to the Gospel reading, the archbishop quoted from Matthew 12, which describes the scribes and the pharisees wanting to see a sign from Jesus.

“Why do they ask for a sign from Jesus when they have seen Jesus performing many miracles? Although Jesus had performed many miracles, the pharisees and scribes did not open their hearts to accept Him as a Saviour.”

“So,” said Archbishop Wong, “SYD-5 participants, what about you?

Do you believe that Jesus is God? Are you also like the scribes and pharisees who are still asking and waiting for a sign?”

The prelate also shared that when he was young, he always joined prayer groups to experience the miracle of Jesus.

“But, after a few years, I didn’t get from it what I expected. Then one day, I heard a whisper, ‘What miracle are you waiting for? Reflect on your personal life. That’s the miracle God gives you every day!”

Archbishop Wong also called on the youth to focus their attention on Jesus whom the Father has sent.

At the end of his homily, Archbishop Wong led the youth to reflect on the seven phrases of the Virgin Mary in the Gospels, namely when Mary answered the angel Gabriel, while visiting her cousin Elizabeth and during the wedding in Cana.

He also hoped that they would be able to respond like Mary, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.”

More than 2,000 people watched the opening Mass of SYD-5 but the actual number may have exceeded 5,000, as many followed along with their family and friends using a single device.

The online Mass was broadcast live via Facebook Sabah Youth Day 5 Papar and the Sabah Catholic Youth website.

The same evening, more than 2,500 participants and other viewers were privileged to witness each parish contingent contributing their talent worshipping the Lord in the online Welcoming V-SYD5 Concert.

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