Power – Joel Liwanag, SJ

Matthew 22:15-21, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Have you ever been asked a trick question? Have you ever been pushed into a difficult situation wherein, as they say, you were damned if you do, damned if you don’t? How did you manage to escape from such trap? In today’s Gospel, Jesus is pushed into such…

Coming Home – Joel Liwanag, SJ

John 14:1-12, Fifth Sunday of Easter Among the many emotional needs of human beings, one of the most fundamental is the need to belong. As persons, we inherently desire to be part of something larger than ourselves. We first experience this in the womb of our mothers, our home for nine months. There we have…

A Messy Christmas – Joel Liwanag, SJ

John 1:1-18, Solemnity of the Birth of our Lord As a way of preparing myself for Christmas, I once tried to contemplate the nativity scene following the prayer method proposed by St. Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Using the power of my imagination, I began by trying to feel the cool gentle breeze…