Choosing Joy – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 11:2-11, Third Sunday of Advent I don’t know if you noticed it, but that’s a pretty strange exchange of messages between our Lord and John the Baptist. First of all, John the Baptist requests his disciples to ask our Lord a bizarre question. Thrown into prison for denouncing the sins of Herod Antipas, John…

Of Waiting, Doubting…and Rejoicing! – Bros Flores, SJ

Matthew 11:2-11, Third Sunday of Advent The late Fr. Donelan, SJ writes… “Waiting is a mystery – a natural sacrament of life – there is a meaning hidden in all the times we have to wait. It must be an important mystery because there is so much waiting in our lives.” Waiting is such a…

Look and Listen – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 11:2-11, Third Sunday of Advent We just heard the word “joy”, in one form or another, six times. Isn’t this a naive, childish thing to do in today’s world? After all, the world is still flooded with evil, pain and tears.  Every day the news reports about death in Iraq and Syria, violence in…

The World in your Suitcase – Johnny Go, SJ

Luke 1:26-38, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Just when I thought I had seen the best and last of J.K. Rowling, she surprises us with a wonderful prequel to the Harry Potter series called “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Its protagonist, Newt (played by Eddie Redmayne in the film),…

A Shoot Springs – Mark Aloysius, SJ

Matthew 3:1-12, Second Sunday of Advent I. I wonder if some of you have made it to the Caravaggio exhibition here at the National Gallery. There is a painting there, on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland, that has an interesting Jesuit connection. The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio hung for many years in…

Wake-Up Call – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 3:1-12, Second Sunday of Advent Oh my God – what a Gospel! Like a lion roaring in the wilderness, so John the Baptist castigates those who came to him, especially the religious leaders. Are we not looking forward to Christmas, sing Christmas songs, put up a Belen with a cute Baby Jesus? And then…

Addiction – Jett Villarin, SJ

  Matthew 3:1-12, Second Sunday of Advent What might God be telling us these days? Perhaps he is saying something to us through the populism that we see on the rise, the popular disenchantment with the established order, and the growing disconnection between the powerless and those who have been known to wield economic and…

Prayer, and then silence…- Mark Aloysius, SJ

John 17:11B-21, Feast of St Edmund Campion Perhaps the most well known piece of writing by Edmund Campion is a letter he wrote to the Privy Council in 1580, often referred to as Campion’s Brag. Allow me to read to you a well-known part of it: And touching our Society, be it known to you…