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…

Ubi – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 15:9-17, Sixth Sunday of Easter That’s Latin for “where” as ubique is Latin for “everywhere”. I must confess that there are times when the evening sky makes me wonder about the where-ness of us and the where-ness of God. The universe seems to be everywhere and we, well, nowhere. Even on my lap, in…

Inequalities – Jett Villarin, SJ

Mark 16:1-7, Easter Sunday 2018 I propose three inequalities for our Easter reflection today. The Easter truth of Christ risen in our midst, living intimately in our lives, reinforces these inequalities. These inequalities are: True > false Light > dark Love > death True > false. We hold this inequality to be true, even if…

Egypt – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 13:1-16, Maundy Thursday It must have been a strange and solemn sight for the apostles. Here they were about to do what they had done countless times before: break bread, eat bitter herbs, drink wine, and partake of the lamb in a meal that declared their deliverance from a place of slavery called Egypt….

Market – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 2:13-25, Third Sunday of Lent Whether it is wet or dry or about stocks, a market is a place of exchange. Goods and services are traded there and the medium of exchange is usually money. When Jesus makes a scene in the Gospel story today by scourging the market, he does so for one…

Star – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 2:1-12, The Epiphany of the Lord In this age of GPS (global positioning satellites), we seldom turn to the stars anymore to lead us to where we are going. Admittedly, our smartphone is enough of a locational tool to get us to where we are headed, assuming our destination is just here on earth….

Hope – Jett Villarin, SJ

Christmas Eve In climate science, we are often asked how is it that we can predict next year or the next decade or even the next century when we cannot even forecast what will happen tomorrow? The short answer is: climate is not weather, not the day-to-day variation of hot and cold, wet and dry….

Watch – Jett Villarin, SJ

Mark 13:33-37, 1st Sunday of Advent Watch is the last word in the Gospel today. Reflecting on this, I usually let my mind wander and go wherever it leads me. There is the distraction of the Night’s Watch of Game of Thrones. And so I watch. I let YouTube deflect my thoughts for a while,…

Plastic – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 23:1-12, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Remember Archimedes? He was the guy who was asked to solve this problem of knowing whether a crown was made of true gold or not. (How timely indeed during this time of fake news and alternative facts. In truth, how do we know when gold is not gold?)…