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Japan joins sea patrols

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Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Thursday.

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“A FACE that only a mother can love,” so goes an old dictum. With God, that should be rephrased thus: “God loves faces that even mothers cannot love.”

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“If anyone comes to me without turning his back on his father and mother, his wife and children, he cannot be my follower.”

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Be humble

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A Japanese tourist was riding a taxi cab around Manila. He said: “This Toyota you’re driving…made in Japan. Very fast.” Seeing a car pass by, he remarked, “Ah, that’s Mitsubishi. Made in Japan. Very fast.”

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The narrow door

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Some years ago, I served as a chaplain to a group of pilgrims to the Holy Land. Among the destinations we visited was the tomb of King David in Jerusalem.

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The gospel message of this 20th Sunday is puzzling. In one part of the Scriptures, Jesus Christ promises peace: “I leave you peace, my peace I give to you.”

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