Deeds – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 21:28-32, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Pictures are cheap nowadays. You see this when photographers just click away with abandon. It is no longer enough to just have one photo; there has to be a “safety” one as well. This inflation is easily explained by the law of supply and demand. Lots of supply…

Riddle – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 16:21-27, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Riddle: the more you hold on to it, the more you drop it. The more you keep it, the more you lose it. Answer: life. That seems to be the gist of God’s word to us today. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but…

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…

Guest – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 10:37-42, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time God’s word to us today is simple and clear: we are to be hospitable to those God sends to our life. From the old French, the word “hospitable” itself means “to receive a guest”, to play host to someone who comes to us from outside. It is of…

Spirited – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 20:19-23, Pentecost Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. Lord, send your Spirit now more than ever, during this time when the earth stands to be disfigured by our indifference, by our willful disregard for the ancient rhythms of replenishment and renewal of our land. Renew the earth that…

Voice – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 10:1-10, Fourth Sunday of Easter It is harder to listen nowadays. The plethora of channels out there adds to the difficulty. Ironically, instead of being more connected in a wired and flatter world, we find all kinds of disconnection. Nowhere is this seen more readily than in the proliferation of the echo chamber, which…

Surplus – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 28:1-10, Easter Vigil Fasten your seatbelts. I have some particle physics stuff to tell you. I know physics can be difficult but don’t worry. One graduate physics professor advised us once: if you don’t know the answer to the question, just say “energy”. Let’s try this. What keeps the sun shining? (Energy) Why is…

Origin – Jett Villarin, SJ

Homily for the Senior High School Graduation Mass, Ateneo de Manila University, 31st  Mar 2017 So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you…

Anti-Power – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 4:1-11, First Sunday of Lent The temptations in the desert reveal to us three very big powers at play in our lives and in the world today. As with many things diabolical, their pull to the dark side is quite subtle and surreptitious. On the surface, the promises offered by these temptations are not…

Light – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 5:13-16, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your…

Eastworld – Jett Villarin, SJ

Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord The TV series Westworld is all about androids, lifelike robots that have been programmed to entertain human guests in an American western theme park. These androids are coded with specific storylines and behaviors designed to delight human guests with the most realistic western adventure of their lives. Equipped…

Addiction – Jett Villarin, SJ

  Matthew 3:1-12, Second Sunday of Advent What might God be telling us these days? Perhaps he is saying something to us through the populism that we see on the rise, the popular disenchantment with the established order, and the growing disconnection between the powerless and those who have been known to wield economic and…