A Saving Love – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 21:1-11, Palm Sunday I’ve had asthma since I was born and hypertension since I was 23. So, when experts said that people with comorbidity had less chances of surviving Covid-19, that nailed me. And I felt nailed almost every day in the first two weeks of lockdown; nailed on fear, nailed on anxiety, nailed…

How can we abandon our Companion – Madz Tumbali, SJ

John 11:1-45, 5th Sunday of Lent As days and weeks progress, an experience of “resurrection” seems to be getting more elusive. From our first case of COVID 19 reported on January 30, 2020, we are now at 1,075 in the Philippines. At a global level, from the first report on November 17 last year in…

Coming Back from our Graves – Ro Atilano, SJ

John 11:1-45, 5th Sunday of Lent The world is becoming lonelier than ever. And we feel this more in the urban areas where people are more preoccupied with work and nerve-wracking “busy-ness.” Technology, social media in particular, has connected us to more people but, paradoxically, disconnected us from people near us, the ones who really…

Laetare – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 9:1-41, 4th Sunday of Lent Our Gospel today is bursting with ironies. Maybe it’s just fitting for Laetare Sunday. Because when you look at the story in a more light-hearted way, its ironies can actually bring a faint smile to your face. The man was born blind, so people presumed either he or his…

Why Is This Pandemic Happening? Francis Alvarez, SJ

“As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?’ ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered, ‘he was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in…

Miraculous Pool – Johnny Go, SJ

John 9:1-41, 4th Sunday of Lent The healing stories in the Gospel take on new meaning in times like this! Our Lord’s healing of the blind man in today’s Gospel story offers us a much-needed message. This healing miracle, unlike others, did not happen instantaneously. While the other healings of our Lord were achieved with…

Social Distancing – Ernald Andal SJ

John 4:5-42, 3rd Sunday of Lent Today’s homily is “live”. Please click on the link to access: JESUS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING (Sundays for Skeptics)

Fù bùguò sāndài (富不过三代) – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 17:1-9, 2nd Sunday of Lent A few years ago, two friends of mine took the whole family to a series of workshops about family businesses. That was new to me: families going on workshops about running the business. “It’s very important these days, Fr Arnel,” my friend said. “Because only twelve percent of family…

I Want Some More – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 4:1-11; 1st Sunday of Lent If we still think that the story of Adam and Eve literally and historically happened, then we run into many problems. First, if the whole human race came from only two parents, do we presume that their children and their grandchildren had physical relations with each other to eventually…

How Can You Be Complete? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

“Be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). In theory, this can be affirming to perfectionists. It can validate their desire to get everything right – Jesus himself commanded this, and so we must pursue it, right? But in practice, nothing can be more frustrating than seeing your efforts always falling short….

Up Close and Personal – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 5:13-16, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Kuya and I were painfuly, frustratingly shy when we were young. We couldn’t be asked to go to a store to buy something, or to ride a jeep and sit with strangers, or to help out at mom’s botica because we’d have to talk to customers. One Sunday,…

Kapangyarihan – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Mark 6:7-13, Thursday in the 4th Week of Ordinary Time A few years ago, a good friend of mine — let’s call him Mang Manny — he told me a disturbing story. At his workplace, he witnessed a priest shouting at a co-employee, really skinning him alive. I don’t remember the reason why the priest…