Wider and Wider Circles – Arnel Aquino, SJ

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The Big Feast – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 22:1-14, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Gospel today describes God as generous, loving and caring. He is a laboring God who thinks not of himself, but of us. Then he even prepares a big banquet for us – to feed us with plenty and nourish us with his heavenly feast! When we think…

Feast or Fast – John Foley, SJ

Matthew 22:1-14, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Do you remember the movie Babette’s Feast? Maybe you saw it or at least have heard of it. The Gospel parable reminds us of that movie. Babette, an impoverished cook, made her way into a small town where the religion of the area made people hard and cold…

Don’t Shoot the Messenger – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 21:33-43, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time What I find very disturbing in today’s parable is that the landowner wasn’t even asking for his land back. He just wanted his share of the harvest from a vineyard that he himself planted and grew. So, the truth of the matter is, he didn’t have to be…

Expiry Date – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 21:33-43, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time In his monologue at a Saturday Night Live (SNL) episode, comedian Aziz Ansari warns against stereotyping the people who had voted for Trump–except for that group of people who, as soon as Trump won, told themselves: “Hey, we don’t have to pretend like we’re not racist anymore! Whoo!” “If you’re one…

A Loving Presence – Mark Lopez, SJ

Saturday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary My Dad, for a very long time, did not believe in the role of Mary in our faith as Christians. Although he was a devout Catholic, a daily mass-goer, and a very dedicated minister of the Eucharist, he had questions….

One > 99 – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 21:28-32, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time On my first week as a newly ordained priest, a man stopped by Sacred Heart School in Cebu where I was assigned, and asked if he could confess. So, I sat with this very earnest, very gentle man and listened. “Father,” he started, “there’s one thing in the…