I’m Sorry – Arnel Aquino SJ

Matthew 18:15-20, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time In some of the recollections I’ve given, very good-hearted people have asked me something like this: “So, Fr Arnel, when someone wrongs us, must we really follow the process that Jesus stipulates in Matthew? Like, we talk to the person first, to point out his mistake, and if…

A Love Story – John Foley, SJ

Matthew 18:15-20, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday’s Mass will be all about love. Not the hearts and flowers type, but nitty-gritty stuff. What happens when someone misbehaves and hurts me? What should I do, “punch em out”? No. Jesus lays out a detailed plan in the Gospel about how to help someone within the…

Exorcise – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 4:31-37, Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time Did you hear of that story of a priest in Mindanao? He was exorcising a possessed man who was yelling profanities at him while he sprinkled him with holy water. “Pahawa! Pahawa dautang espiritu!” the priest said over and over again. Then at one point,…

Cold as Hell – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 16:21-27, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time You duped me, Lord, and I let myself be duped. Niloko n’yo ako, Panginoon; ako naman nagpaloko.” Imagine talking to God that way? Must’ve been one of prophet Jeremiah’s bad, bad days. Jeremiah means “Yahweh exalts.” But biblical tradition calls him “the weeping prophet”. God called him because…

Happy – Fr Harold Parilla

Matthew 16:21-27, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time What makes a person happy? This is an age-old question that has gotten the attention of philosophers and psychologists. Recently, it has been the object of research by economists who believe that data derived from the question can be used to craft public policy. One author says that…

Empty Chair – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 16:21-27, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sting sang a little-known, but heartbreaking song at the Oscars last February. The song is called “Empty Chair,” from the film, “Jim,” which is about the journalist James Foley, who had been beheaded by the Islamic State three years ago. The lines go: “And when the winter comes and…

Riddle – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 16:21-27, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Riddle: the more you hold on to it, the more you drop it. The more you keep it, the more you lose it. Answer: life. That seems to be the gist of God’s word to us today. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but…