Judgment – Fr Harold Parilla

Luke 6:39-45; 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time It is not possible to live in this world without making judgments. Judging is a function of the intellect as it determines whether or not an idea is compatible with another. Whenever we choose, we judge. A mother, for instance, leaves the house, goes to the grocery store,…

Words – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 6:39-45, 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Shake up the sieve and the rubbish soon appears.” You would think that this saying from Ecclesiasticus (our first reading today) is all about shaking things up to sort out the bad from the good. It may be so but the shaking that is referred to here is…

Spots – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 6:39-45, 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time I heard a sad story recently. This person’s mom in the province died a few months ago. But when the family approached the parish to arrange for her funeral mass, the parish said it was constrained from accepting her body into the church. The rule was if someone died without having been sacramentally married, mass would not be allowed for his/her mortal remains in the church. Mass could be celebrated wherever…

Thou Shalt Not – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Mark 9:38-40, Wednesday of Week 7 in Ordinary Time The Gospel today reminds me of one time, when I sat with Fr. Bill Kreutz, S.J., over coffee and he asked me, “Arnel, why are our students going to Victory Chapel across the street?” I think Fr. Bill knew the answers to his own question. But,…