Unfinished – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 13:54-58, Feast of St Ignatius Loyola Last day. So I’m down the wire, cramming again. There are still piles of diplomas and letters to sign. I had wanted to tie up loose ends and do a smooth turnover to Fr Bobby tomorrow. But they never really end, the loose ends and the handing over,…

Correction – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 18:15-20, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time About love, 6-year old Nikka has this to say: “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.” For that matter, if you long to love God, if you desire redemption, if you want to fulfill the law, St Paul…

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…

Ascend – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 28:16-20, The Ascension of the Lord You see this in children. Give them balloons and invariably one will slip from a child’s grasp. Then you all turn skyward and look at the balloon go up into the sky. And you all stand there and watch until the balloon is no more. Many things are…

Gate – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 10:1-10; 4th Sunday of Easter These days of quarantine, we find ourselves fenced in. Fences are supposed to protect us. We are accustomed to fences. Some fences are topped with barbed wire or broken glass, some even electrified. Long before COVID19, we were already gating our communities, insulating and quarantining ourselves from the grime…

Stories and Dreams – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 28:1-10, Easter Vigil 2020 A toxic wind has been blowing into our world for several months now. This poison has kept us shuttered in our homes and hospitals. Death is in the air. We are afraid. We are anxious about the uncertainty of it all. We can only keep vigil and wait for this…

Manger – Jett Villarin, SJ

Delivered on 24 December 2019 at the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University A little poem I wrote for Christmas is the starting point of our reflections tonight. Let our asking these questions lead us more closely to the Child in the manger.   have we lost the wonder, forgotten whose we are, how love…

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,…

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…

Rich – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 12:13-21, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time In the eyes of the world, one becomes rich by getting. In the eyes of God, one gets rich by giving. The question then of our life’s richness depends on whose eye matters to us more: the world’s or God’s? If God does not matter to us, we…

Peace – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 10:1-9; 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Boomerang is supposed to be a crazy pose of you that loops your motion on camera. It’s meant to be a fun alternative to the usual static photographs we post on social media.  Boomerang is also what happens, Jesus tells us today, when you offer peace to an unpeaceable person….

Mysteries – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 21:15-19, Third Sunday of Easter  At the heart of a happy Easter is the Resurrection, which is a glorious mystery. What is glorious is not always obvious or readily recognizable. Yes, the shining white of angels or the transfigured face of Jesus on the mountain can be a glorious sight to behold. For most…