Basilica Newsletter 11th July

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I hope you are all travelling well with this present situation of COVID-19. I continue to share with you prayers and hopes for a speedy recovery for the world so that we can return to normal soon.

This week the Liturgy of the Word talks about the richness of God’s Word and its impacts on everyone who trusts in Him.

I want to share with you this story, which gives us an insight into how when we share the good in us and the richness of God’s saving Word with others, the entire life of the others also continues to be nourished.

There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbours.  How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbours when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.  “Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn.”

Let us make a strong decision today that we shall always Trust in God’s Word and share it with others, through our words and deeds.

It also challenges us to reflect on how deeply the Word of God has taken root in our lives, how central God is to the very fabric of our day-to-day life as we endure this painful situation.

Keep your faith high and continue to hold on to God, who has the power over everything in the world.

Thank you and God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI