A Message from Pastor Kaji

May 30th,2024 Categories: Weekly Letter
Dear Church:

Have you ever felt small or insignificant, wondering if your efforts could ever truly make a difference? This Sunday, we’re diving into the profound wisdom of Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed from Mark 4:30-34. This tiny seed, when nurtured with faith and attention, grows into a mighty plant that offers shelter and refuge to many. Just as the mustard seed transforms into a large, protective plant, so too can your faith and actions, no matter how small they seem, have a tremendous impact.

Reflect and Grow

As you reflect on this parable, consider these questions:

– What small steps of faith can you take this week?

– How can you nurture your spiritual growth and not just leave it to God alone?

– In what ways can you become a source of shelter and support for others in your community?


We invite you to join us this Sunday at 11 AM at 1010 Park Ave., at the corner of 85th and Park. Whether you attend in person or online, come ready to be inspired and challenged to see yourself as God sees you—full of potential and capable of great growth.

Let’s journey together from small beginnings to mighty, sheltering branches. We look forward to worshiping with you and growing in faith together.

Pax Christi,

Pastor Kaji


Mark 4:30–34 (Year B, p. 212):

30 Jesus also said [to the women and men around him], “With what can we represent the realm of God, or in what parable shall we put it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the earth, is smaller than all the other seeds on earth. 32 Yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes bigger than all other shrubs, and produces large branches, so that the birds of the heavens can nest in its shade.” 33 Now with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear. 34 And Jesus did not speak to them except in parables; however, privately, he explained everything to his disciples.