Of Sowers, Seeds, Weeds and Wheat...
Reflections on the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons
“Jesus told his disciples another parable, “The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field....” (Mathew 13:24-30)
Dualtech had sown good seeds that after 35 years of existence the school produced good workers, good company supervisors, good managers and good entrepreneurs who in their own right have made considerable impact in the workplace and at the industries where they settled down. Every time our alumni gather for the alumni homecoming, it is evident in their faces how their lives have evolved, survived and grew from the day to day grind.
Stories and experiences are exchanged with the familiar laughter and banter whenever one recalls the events and teachers who helped mold them to what they have become today. Yes, we are thankful! and indeed, we are truly blessed.
Fr. Nico Corvera, who recently celebrated Holy Mass in Dualtech has this in mind when he spoke of the gospel for that Saturday noon as the community of work trainees, mentors, industrial coordinators, learning facilitators, management, guests, exhibitors of the 1st Dualtech Technopreneur Summit gathered at the assembly hall. We are all sowers tasked to spread the good seed, to make sure they are watered, cared for, guarded towards bearing fruit. His message was very much in line with the message of the CBCP Pastoral Exhortation on the 2018 Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons. The lives of these people have been spent on the fields of God; that their tireless efforts have not been in vain. They saw to it that the seeds of God’s Word had been sown throughout the world; and irrigated by their own blood if needed.
“...While everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and left. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, the weeds also appeared. Then the servants of the owner came to him and said: ‘Sir was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?’
We also bear in mind that as human beings, they are as frail and sinful as anyone could be. They are subject to the temptations and deceptions of the evil one if they loose connection to the Divine Master. The laity and the clergy are companions in this earthly journey and together they build up the Church. “The Church rejuvenates in the power of the gospel and the Spirit continually renews her with hierarchical and charismatic gifts” (Iuvenescit Ecclesia, no.1) Therefore it is essential that we pray for each other always.
Fr. Nico would always relate about his student days here in Dualtech; that as a Work Trainee, he learned to imbibe the virtues necessary to perform his job well while he was in training at the partner company. Yes, he and others before and after him, sprouted to produce the ‘good grain’. God called him yet again to become sower and shepherd as well.
It is a mystery; as well as a gift, to be called and chosen among many. He recalls that like just any other ordinary student, he had struggled, toiled and learned by doing the daily task entrusted to him. He worked with fellow workers and obeyed the directives of his superiors. It was in doing this that the ‘special call’ for his priestly vocation sprung forth and made him to follow a different path. We have Fr. Manny Manggao, and Fr. Nico Corvera and there are seven more studying at various seminaries, all graduates of Dualtech.
Nowadays when following Christ’s call to be Sowers and Shepherds seems to be all but unattractive to many that call has not lost its meaning through the ages. It resonates and is ever relevant because it came from the One Who Loved Us Much. A priest is always, an ALTER CHRISTUS (Another Christ), IPSE CHRISTUS (Christ Himself)!
“...He answered them: ‘This is the work of an enemy.’ They asked him: ‘Do you want us to pull up the weeds?’ He told them: ‘No, when you pull up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat with them. Let them grow together until harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the workers: Pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn. “
And so we pray continually that the Lord will raise up more young people to his service. For it is never easy; it never will be. He will be called to teach and to propagate the good news of salvation. He will celebrate the sacraments. He will offer the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass each day in remembrance of Him who offered Himself up. He will bless, heal, and sanctify. He will be a Father, brother, and friend. He will look for the lost and bring them back to the fold. He will be present as Jesus Himself is present; for as Jesus is, he will be EMMANUEL (GOD IS WITH US!).
Let us always keep them close to our hearts and pray that they persevere and be faithful forever.