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…

Unseen – Jett Villarin, SJ

Easter Vigil 2019 One of these nights you just might see a green beam shooting up from the Manila Observatory here on campus. Actually, light beams are invisible. We only get to see these beamswhen particles scatter the radiation toward our eyes. On a clean and clear evening, you won’t see much green. But it is there.  …

Sinner – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 8:1-11, Fifth Sunday of Lent To say that a person is an animal and therefore deserves to be slaughtered is not to play God. Not even God sees us that way. Let me unravel those words and rewind. There is an adulteress in the Gospel story today. She is dragged by religious men for…

Depth – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 4:21-30, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time The weather has been quite cool these days. Some parts of the northern half of the globe are even in deep freeze. The southern half is probably scorching. I have been asked if all this is because of climate change. The short answer is most probably yes, with a quick qualification that weather is…

Light – Jett Villarin, SJ

Christmas Eve 2018 I am happy to be here with you, here in the Gesu, in this place of light. These days it has been difficult to sleep. And I know sleep has eluded so many as well. Infants have a way of waking us up, of waking us through the night. This dark episode,…

Adventisement – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36, First Sunday of Advent Advent is the season of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. We prepare for the coming of Christ into our lives by coloring these days with penitential violet and marking our time with moments of hopeful waiting. Adventus is Latin for “coming”. Even if Christmas comes to us…

Undivided – Jett Villarin, SJ

Mark 12:28-34, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time First there were ten commandments. Then over time these multiplied to 600+ laws plus heaven knows how many more implementing rules and regulations and rituals. Just like the mess of information on the internet, these directives often took a life of their own and were confusing. If you…

Fractions – Jett Villarin, SJ

Mark 10:2-16, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Fractions are not easy to learn. In kindergarten, we begin with adding numbers that are whole like one, two, three. When we learn subtraction, we learn about negatives and that mysterious number zero. Then on to division, and life becomes complicated with fractions. Like fractions, love is not…

Externals – Jett Villarin, SJ

Mark 7:1-23, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Appearances can be deceiving. When it sets, the sun becomes a very big red balloon. So too when it rises rose-tinted on the horizon. Overhead, it is smaller and whiter. And yet it is the same sun. In the Scripture readings today, we are warned about the appearances…

Hunger – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 6:24-35, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Sir, give us this bread always.” That’s what anyone would ask when told that another sort of manna, come down from heaven, would satisfy our hunger for good. For good. For always. For good sounds too good to be true. What is for always, what never goes away…

Koum – Jett Villarin, SJ

Mark 5:21-43, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time “God did not make death.” A reminder, not even gentle, with a terrible eeriness about it, is what we get from the very first line of Wisdom today. Death is not dealt by God. God is the maker of life. And he does not rejoice over the ruin…

Hugot – Jett Villarin, SJ

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Now there’s a picturesque Filipino word. It means to draw or pull something out from some depth. Used these days, hugot suggests the drawing out of deep feelings and meanings. A song or line has hugot if it draws these affective movements…