A Paradigm of Encounter – Mark Aloysius, SJ 

Matthew 15:21-28, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Never in my life has the question of race featured so much in public discourse as it has in the last week. Aside from the usual racist rhetoric, which reveal deep currents of prejudice within our society, what has been worrying is the normalisation of hatred directed towards…

Behind – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 15:21-28, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Allow me to briefly explain tonight’s troubling Gospel. According to the commentaries, the Matthean community had two voices: the particularist and the universalist. The particularist voice in the community taught that Jesus came to the world to save first “the children of Israel”; so Jews first, then the…

Blessed to be Blessed – Willy Samson, SJ

Luke 1:39-56, Feast of the Assumption Today is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We come to her today with great desire to imitate her in following her Son Jesus. Let me give four points for consideration in our prayer today. ASSISTANCE. Our gospel begins with Mary running in haste to…

Who’s Testing Whom? – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 14:22-33, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Have you ever drowned? I actually drowned when I was in grade 4. Our dad had bought us new diving goggles for an upcoming beach trip. So, kuya and I decided to try them out at a neighbor’s swimming pool. It was the first time I had ever…

The Art of Walking on Water – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 14:22-33, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time We’ve all heard that phrase “standing on solid ground.” Today’s Gospel is about anything but standing on solid ground. Do you remember ever feeling like you’ve run out of solid ground? One day you get out of bed, and for some reason, you feel completely unsure of your world, your life, and…

Fixer – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 17:1-9, The Transfiguration of our Lord We had a Himig Heswita concert in Tokyo over two weeks ago. Out of the six singers who were supposed to perform, only two made it. The other four didn’t get their visas on time. It wasn’t really their fault. Last May, our very well-meaning secretary volunteered to…

Only Jesus – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 17:1-9, The Transfiguration of Our Lord The Transfiguration of our Lord was–quite literally–“a brief shining moment.” It was that one fleeting moment when Jesus’ divinity–normally hidden during his earthly life–shone through, but only for one fleeting moment. One moment Jesus’ face was bright like the sun, and his clothes white as light as he…

White – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 17:1-9, The Transfiguration of Our Lord Ever wonder what the color of God might be? Judging from the Gospel today, which tells the story of the transfiguration, it is probably “white as light.” “Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured…

The Weeds in Us – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 13:36-43, Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time Today, we begin a new month. It’s August! It’s good to stop again in prayer, bend our knees and ask God to bless our new month. =) May God bless us with his overflowing graces, and continue our ministry of blessing those in need. And…

Matthew 13:44-46, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time We have two very similar mini-parables in today’s Gospel reading, and the one thing they have in common is that their characters both find something and lose something. In the first one, a person digs up a valuable treasure in some field, and what does he do? He…

Why Let The Bad Mix With The Good? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

Matthew 13:24-43, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time “…if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest…” (Matthew 13:29-30). I read our Gospel today, and I remember the spicy surprise that met a Jesuit who transplanted sprigs of basil beside some sili. After a few weeks,…