God’s Freebies – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 9:1-41, Fourth Sunday of Lent Fr Joe Roche was our professor in the theology of Grace, oh some 500 years ago. Most of you are familiar with the teaching method back then. Straight lecture, exposition of concepts and terms, arguments, counter-arguments. Very informative, if anything, but pretty much cut and dried. But there was…

Where is your Siloam – Johnny Go, SJ

John 9:1-41, Fourth Sunday of Lent This healing miracle, unlike others, did not happen instantaneously. While the other healing of our Lord was achieved with almost just one word or a single touch, this one involved several steps–including the use of the bizarre mixture of saliva and spittle. But what struck me the most about…

Blinded – Rudolf Horst, SVD

John 9:1-41, Fourth Sunday of Lent For the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we recall Jesus’ healing of a blind man that brought many more things to light than just one man’s eyesight. It teaches us how blind we can be to what’s going on. The Lord wants to cure us of the worst blindness: a…

Is Your Belief Based only on Blessing? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

John 9:1-41, Fourth Sunday of Lent When Jesus heard that [the Jews] had thrown [the man who had been blind] out, he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (John 9:35) If I were Jesus, I would have asked that question earlier in the story – just after the man…

Spending Time with the Lord this Lent

If you’re looking for a retreat or recollection this coming Holy Week, here are some options for you: For the non-traditionalists or those who don’t want to venture out of the house, you may want to try this online version: Whichever one you choose, just make sure you spend some time with the Lord!

Evangelize – Rudolf Horst, SVD

John 4:5-42, Third Sunday of Lent We are so used to hearing this beautiful story that we don’t realize how shocking it actually is. So, let us use our imaginations to picture this scene. Jesus was tired after his journey. He sat down by the well, thirsty, hungry, worn out. The Well, Jacob’s Well, still…

Thirsting – Rogel Abais, SJ




John 4:5-42, Third Sunday of Lent Our readings for today give us interesting perspectives and insights into thirsting and quenching one’s thirst. In the first reading, we encounter the Israelites who are wandering in the desert where there is no water and everyone is complaining to Moses about their thirst. In many of the translations,…

Skin Deep – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 7:1-9, Second Sunday of Lent Many things can be said about the event of the Transfiguration of our Lord. It is literally Jesus’ “brief shining moment”–when his divinity, just for that moment, shines through. It astonishes his select disciples, but before they knew it, the moment was gone. In his letter to the Philippians,…

A Glimpse of our Glory – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 7:1-9, Second Sunday of Lent When Jesus brought Peter, James and John to Mount Tabor, one of his intentions was to give them a glimpse of His divine glory. Jesus saw the necessity of giving his disciples something to hold on – a hope in the dark, something to give them strength when darkness…

Up the Mountain- Rudolf Horst, SVD

Since my childhood I liked mountain climbing. No, actually I didn’t like the climbing because it can be hard, tiring, and exhausting. I liked the moment when after the tiring climbing I reach the top and can enjoy the breathtaking view. One of the great experiences I had was when I climbed with a pilgrim…

Look Forward – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 7:1-9, Second Sunday of Lent We have a really nice chapel in the recently completed infirmary at Loyola House. The 6pm daily mass over there is open to anyone who wishes to attend mass with our Lolo Jesuits, as we call them. It can be quite a moving experience. We see the old Jesuits…

Struggling with Temptation – Rogel Abais, SJ

Matthew 4:1-11: First Sunday of Lent A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. – C.S. Lewis,…