Between Two Miracles – Mark Aloysius, SJ

Luke 1:39-56, Feast of the Visitation Among all the Marian feasts, today is the most ordinary, the least miraculous. There are no angels intruding into quiet spaces; no bodies ascending from earth to heaven. What we see is just two women coming to meet, to talk, to share their joy. Yet, the church chooses to…

Communion – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 28:16-20, Solemnity of the Ascension When I was in graduate studies, I lived with an American Jesuit who was a former US Navy soldier. He had been deployed to missions in Syria and Afghanistan, and was even briefly missioned in Subic. While fixing some lunch one day, he asked, “So, Arnel, how’s the interfaith dialogue with…

Can Worship be Mixed with Doubt? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

Matthew 28:16-20, Solemnity of the Ascension In our Gospel today, the eleven disciples climb a mountain to meet the risen Jesus, and we read, “When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted” (Matthew 28:17). There was Jesus, flesh and blood proof of the resurrection, showing them that his promises had been fulfilled and that…

Right-Hand Man – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 28:16-20, Solemnity of the Ascencion The celebration of the Ascension leaves many a bit flat. It is clear what Good Friday does for us. And Easter Sunday’s benefits are indisputable. But as for the Ascension – “What’s in it for me?”, many ask. Yes, what is the meaning of the “ascension” to heaven of the risen Christ? Is it a…

What Happens when We Lose God – Mark Aloysius, SJ

John 14:15-21, Sixth Sunday of Easter Have you ever had the experience of having something stolen from you? Recently I had the unfortunate experience of being robbed at a place where I have always felt safe. While I was in the changing room of our gym, someone stole a belt from my trousers. Talk about…

Love and Kindness – Jason Dy, SJ

John 14:15-21, Sixth Sunday of Easter Our Gospel today reminds us to keep Christ’s commandment to love each other (John 14:14). To love one another is not only a command to be obeyed. It is rather a way of life that characterizes the existence of those who profess their faith in God’s self-giving love through…

At Home 2 – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 14:21-26, Monday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide In my life as a Jesuit, people who peek into my room gasp and say, “Yikes, ‘oc-oc’ ka (obsessive-compulsive)! Abnormal!” I don’t have much stuff in my room. I can’t think straight when there’s “stuff” I don’t really need. So there’s a very short shelf-life of…

At Home – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 14:21-26, Monday of the Fifth Week of Eastertide Many years ago, when a small group of Jesuit batchmates gathered in a cheerful, informal reunion, one said thoughtfully: “Ngayong tumatanda na tayo, hindi naman talaga tayo nagbago. We’ve just become more at home with ourselves.” I found that interesting. I guess you could say, “Well,…

Coming Home – Joel Liwanag, SJ

John 14:1-12, Fifth Sunday of Easter Among the many emotional needs of human beings, one of the most fundamental is the need to belong. As persons, we inherently desire to be part of something larger than ourselves. We first experience this in the womb of our mothers, our home for nine months. There we have…

Living Stones – Rudolf Horst, SVD

John 14:1-12, Fifth Sunday of Easter On this Fifth Sunday of Easter Jesus reminds that that we are called to continue his work and to achieve even greater things than he accomplished during his earthly ministry. He built his Church with growth in mind, generation after generation, founded on him and the Apostles. In today’s…

Think Sky – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Acts 11:1-18, John 10:11-18, Monday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide When we went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, there was a Saturday, a Sabbath, when we were out visiting places. I forget now where we were exactly but the tour guide warned us not to make the mistake of venturing into a particular part of…

Try a Little Tenderness – Tony Moreno, SJ

John 10:1-10, Fourth Sunday of Easter Sheep are interesting animals. They are neither predators nor aggressive. Sheep are simply prey species and therefore vulnerable. They easily flock together, unless some stray away. They are very sociable. They are not individualistic. Anyone of them can just lead a pack of sheep and all the rest will…