What If – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 20:27-38, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time What if NASA scientists spotted an asteroid 10km wide, hurtling towards Earth, at 30km/second, the average asteroid speed? And what if the scientists said it would hit us in two months, no way to slow it down or missile-blast it to smaller pieces? And what if the asteroid…

Awa – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 15:1-10, Thursday of Week 31 in Ordinary Time I think I’m quite lucky to be living in an international community over at Arrupe House. The differences between our cultures are fascinating. Like there was one supper when we just went around the table, asking each other what sound animals made in our own language….

How Are You Today – Johnny Go, SJ

Luke 19:1-10, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time The encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus has got to be one of the strangest–and funniest–scenes in the Gospel. So we’re told our Lord is, as usual, on his way somewhere, followed by the usual massive crowd. Then without any warning, he stops in his tracks, looks up–and, we…

From Where We Are – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 19:1-10, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Whenever I take a plane, I make sure that my carry-on fits under the seat in front of me. Oh, I could bring a larger carry-on and toss it into the overhead stowage bin. But the few times I did that, my bag sat a little too deep…

Comforting the Afflicted – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 11:47-54, Thursday of Week 28 in Ordinary Time Bernice Fitz-Gibbon was an American advertiser in the sixties. She is honored in her field as one of the most influential women of the twentieth century. I was reading an old copy of Reader’s Digest and I came across a quotation from her. “A good ad,”…

Do You See – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 17:11-19b, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time I love taking the electric jeep in school. The ride is always breezy and quiet, no exhaust fumes, and I get to meet friends along the way. But the best thing about the ride is hearing Ateneans say “thank you” to the driver as they get off. “Salamat…

Dots – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 17:5-10b, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time It helps to know that earth is, well, small. Not the stars, those little twinkling dots in the night sky, but the earth. The earth is the dot in the midst of countless beach balls floating on an immense ocean we call the universe. We humans are, well,…

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…

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…

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…