The Word Does Not Return Empty – Fr Harold Parilla

Matthew 13:1-23, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time A story is told about two Italian boys who were altar servers in their parish. Their names were Annibale della Genga and Francesco Castiglioni. In the year 1770, during a benediction, these two boys started quarreling, and the altercation escalated into a physical fight with Francisco hitting the…

God’s Word and (Slow)Word – Pat Nogoy, SJ

Matthew 13:1-23, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time God’s word is life and brings about life. In the first reading, God’s word is associated with rain and snow—droplets full of life—and their efficacy in causing life through their watering of the earth. In the Gospel, Jesus uses a seed as analogy to God’s word. Seeds contain…

The Love of the Sower – Ro Atilano, SJ

Matthew 13:1-23, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Most of us are quite familiar with this parable. We have heard it many times. We have heard that a sower went out to sow; that some seed fell on the path and birds came and ate it up; that some fell on rocky ground, sprang up at…

Rest – Pat Nogoy, SJ

Matthew 11:25-30, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time I wonder what rest means nowadays. Perhaps, the immediate thought would be relief—having that quiet time to breathe and recharge, away from the maddening ebb and flow of information, virtual meetings, and various stimuli that incite intense emotions that range from sadness to anger to frustration to tiredness….

Pamplona – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 8:28-34, Wednesday of Week 13 in Ordinary Time “Living with one foot raised” is the theme of our Ignatian Festival this year. The image suggests movement, mobility, drive, freedom. There is a statue of Ignatius Loyola on campus, on bended knee, offering his sword to heaven. It is an image of his all-night vigil…

Either-Or/Both-And – Jordy Orbe, SJ

Matthew 16:13-19, Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul, Apostles We celebrate today the feast of St Peter and St Paul, the two pillars of the Church. In our liturgical calendar, we have a separate feast for the chair of St Peter, and another for the conversion of St Paul. However, Peter and Paul are…

Partners in Mission – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 16:13-19, Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, Apostles A big difference between Saint Peter and Saint Paul was their idea of “mission,” or more technically, their “missiology.” Peter thought that the mission Jesus entrusted to them was meant only for Israel, for the Jews. Now that the promised Messiah had come, the Jews must…

Lost and Found – Ulysses Cabayao, SJ

Matthew 10:37-42, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time The poet Lord Alfred Tennyson once waxed sentimental, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Behind the often quoted verse are lessons on loss, which I learned from my pet. As a boy, I had a pet cat named Kitty. Kitty…

Disciple – Nemy Que, SJ

Matthew 10:37-42, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Gospel reading from Matthew is very clear about what it costs to be a disciple of our Lord: “…Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for…

Following Jesus – Munching de Guzman, SJ

Matthew 10:37-42, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time There was this man by the name of Clarence Jordan. He was involved in interracial work in Georgia back in the 1950s and 1960s. This work was not a popular occupation in the South then. Tension between blacks and whites was high. Protests paraded down city streets. Police…

Truth to Power – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 10:26-33, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time When I was still in school many years ago, I signed a petition. We were requesting for a change of professor. The petition was our last resort. We had already made more diplomatic requests but they all fell on deaf ears. Finally, the administration honored our petition, and…

Fiat – Mon Bautista, SJ

Luke 2:41-51, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Today’s Gospel on Mary’s fiat reminds me of this true story of Archbishop Fulton Sheen (former Archbishop of Rochester, New York). He said that one day, while on a flight from New York to Chicago, he met this very beautiful flight attendant. And he told her,…