The Parable of the Sower
|In the parable there is a clear crescendo of soil conditions for growth. So in the best soil scenario we would spontaneously expect that the yield would be always 100-fold. Yet Jesus tells us that in some cases it was indeed 100-fold, but in some other cases it was only 60-fold or even 30-fold. What can the Lord be telling us through this? I believe the Lord is teaching us a twofold lesson.|
First lesson: we cannot judge other people’s yield. It may well be that others are offering optimum soil for growth, but they have been given low-yield grain. We just have no way of knowing what the Lord has planted in their hearts and any expectation on our side lacks a basis for assessment. This means that we simply cannot judge what may appear to us to be low yield.
Second lesson: self-perfectionism does not belong in the spiritual life for the parallel reason that we do not know what type of seed the Lord has planted in our own hearts. Even if we prepare optimum soil conditions, we do not have to yield the theoretically possible maximum, nor do we have to make it to the Guinness book of records. We do have to strive to yield the best we can do. Not necessarily the absolute best, but only our best. Our yield potential is not even well known to us. We just have to be good, faithful stewards of the seed planted in us.
Fr. Edgar Celebrates Mass in Iwaki Fukushima
Fr. Edgar celebrated the mass in Fukushima Taira Iwaki Catholic Church last July 19. After some months of adjusting to his schedule, at last he was able to visit Taira, Iwaki and celebrated the mass with the Filipinos in the community. The parish priest had been asking us to do the regular mass there, we hope to do it with proper coordination and scheduling.
Fr. Garry celebrated the mass in Hirosaki
After some weeks rescheduling our monthly mass in Hirosaki, we were able to agree on a date in which Fr. Garry will be available to celebrate the mass with us here in Hirosaki. During our monthly mass, we gather together offer the rosary to our Lady and pray together our Wednesday Novena. After our Mass, we decided to go together to Goshogawa and just have some simple sharing. It was a good way to be together.
CTIC Celebrates is 25th Year
I am able to join the celebration of CTIC 25th year celebration in Meguro last July 20. I decided to join the celebration since I also have a meeting with AOS core group the day after the celebration in Yokohama. The mass was officiated by Bishop Okada of Tokyo Archdiocese and there were around 30 concelebrants who joined the bishop.
After the mass a simple party is held at the church hall. Its good to meet some good friends and people whom I worked with from the diocese of Hiroshima and people who helped us here in the diocese after the disaster of 2011.
|with Fr. Edwin of CTIC|
|with some friends from Tokyo|
Heroes for Better Award
Heroes For Better is a Global Tribute and Advocacy that aims to celebrate and recognize the efforts of Filipinos around the world who, in their own little way, have given their time, personal resources, skill or expertise to make a positive change. It also aims to showcase them as role models to inspire others to likewise take positive action to help create a better world. This is an advocacy about ordinary Filipinos who were able to achieve extraordinary things through their small acts of giving and heroism.
We are proud to have Adel as one of the chosen heroes. Congratulations Adel and keep up the good work.
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