Nor Would I – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 17:5-10b, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Fr. John Iacono is a 78-year-old Italian missionary I met in Cebu when I was assigned there for three years. He doubled up as my spiritual director and confessor. For many years before retirement, Fr. John ran a day-care center for Cebu’s poorest of the poor living in…

He Gets It – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 16:19-31, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Noong nakaraang Martes po, sumakay ako ng jeep papuntang LRT station para magpa-renew ng passport sa Cubao. Siksikan na sa jeep, pasado alas-nwebe ng umaga. “Bayad po,” I called out, stretching my arm as far as it could go, since I was seated 6 people away from the driver. Now, sitting 2 people away from the driver was this young teenage guy, Generation Z, senior-high? He was wearing a high school uniform,and. these huge, baby-blue,…

Repentance – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 7:30-33; Thursday of Week 24 in Ordinary Time Here she was, the public sinner, the prostitute, the harlot who worked nights because only darkness was her friend. But here she came, this time in broad daylight, barging into a very civilized home at a very civilized time when civilized people gathered for a meal….

The Prodigal Us – John Foley, SJ

Luke 15:1-32, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time A ridiculous story. Who would be dumb enough to adore something they have constructed with their own hands! Imagine worshipping a molten calf! (First Reading) Of course, we do have our beautiful houses, refrigerators, cars, magazines and clothes, don’t we? And our famous “bottom line” in business. And…

Gazing on the Cross – Peter Pojol, SJ

John 3:13-17, Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross I think it may be safe to say that everyone has had an experience of recoiling at something horrible, of being so distressed by something that it makes us turn away in order to, momentarily at least, block out whatever evil confronts us. It could be…

Aren’t We Blessed – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 14:25-33, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time I remember many years ago, a group of OFWs in Saudi Arabia sent us a letter at Jesuit Communications. They asked if we sold any videotape of any Mass. They said they didn’t care if the recording was clear or not. “Basta,” they said, they just wanted a…

Disfigured by Pride – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 14: 1-14, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Humble people are teachable, which means they know how to listen. They believe there’s always something to still learn from the wisdom and experiences of others. The proud, however, listen mainly to themselves and to people who agree with them. That’s why proud people in authority rarely…

Distance – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 14:2, 7-14, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Inverse-distance-squared. This pretty much describes the interaction between two objects in our physical world. This holds for gravity, electricity, and can even be extended to romantic intimacy. The strength of the interaction between objects depends on the reciprocal of the square of the distance between them. In…

Going Through – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 13:22-30; 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time In our theology classes in Loyola School of Theology, some of my brightest students are those doing their MA while also teaching theology at Ateneo. I really admire them and their work. I can only imagine how difficult it is to teach theology to college people these days,…

Scapegoat – Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Luke 12:49-53, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time GK Chesterton wrote the following words almost seventy years ago. One of the things that, for him, gave the church credibility is the fact that, invariably, it is surrounded by a halo of hatred! And there shone on them in that dark hour a light that has never…

Assumptions – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 1:39-56, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Our Gospel today has two distinct parts. Look how interesting it is. The first part, Elizabeth’s, is filled with second-person pronouns. “Blessed are you among women…and the fruit of your womb. How wonderful that (you,) the mother of my Lord should come to me! When I heard you greet me, my baby leaped in me. Blessed are you who believed what the Lord told you!” Elizabeth showers…

Life’s Key Question – Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Luke 12:32-48, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Several years ago, at retreat, an elderly monk shared with me about the ups and downs of 50 years of monastic life. At the end of this he said to me: “Give me some hints on how I should prepare to die! What should I do to make…