The Lingering Easter Moon – Johnny Go, SJ

John 20:1-9; Easter Sunday I love Easter mornings. I find it a very consoling time after the frenzy of retreat-giving during Holy Week every year. I’ve been giving a Lenten retreat every year for the past twelve years–both face-to-face and online–because, among other reasons, I need it, and it’s good for my soul. This morning I caught…

Will You Come to My Stoning – Johnny Go, SJ

John 8:1-11; Fifth Sunday of Lent Today’s Gospel recounts the story of the woman accused of adultery. She would have been stoned to death had our Lord not confronted her accusers about their sins. The story invites us to put ourselves in her place and appreciate God’s boundless mercy. Given the digital world today, however, it should…

Social Media Envy – Johnny Go, SJ

Luke 15:1-32; Fourth Sunday of Lent The 2017 McCann study called “Truth about the Youth” surveyed over 30,000 respondents all over the world, and found that one out of two young people today feel worse about themselves when they see the posts of their friends. This rising phenomenon has been called “social media envy.” In…

A Dose of Astonishment – Johnny Go, SJ

Luke 9:28-36, Second Sunday of Lent It’s not every day during his earthly life that you see our Lord bathed in heavenly light. In fact, such displays of divinity are quite few and far between. Unless my memory fails me, this so-called Transfiguration of the Lord is probably the only recorded one aside from the…

That I May Smile All My Life – Johnny Go, SJ

Mark 8:38-48, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time This reflection was written in 2015. I am reposting this because Pope Francis needs our prayers as he faces vicious attacks even from within the Church. I’m reading the new book from Filipino priest-poet, Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ, Nabighani. It’s a lovely book of religious poetry translated into Filipino and guaranteed to…

Turning the Tables on God – Johnny Go, SJ

Mark 7:31-37, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time I’ve been thinking about Cristy these days.  I don’t think I will ever forget what I saw when I last visited her in the hospital.  I had been warned about her, but I was shocked anyway.  She wasn’t at all the Cristy I knew.  Her cancer had ravaged…

Hook, Line and Sinker – Johnny Go, SJ

John 6:51-58, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Last night someone who had gone to an anticipated Sunday Mass bumped into me and surprised me with his reaction.  He said:  “The Bread of Life?!  Again?!” He’s right.  This is the third Sunday that the Gospel reading has been about the Bread of Life–and what he doesn’t know yet…

Hunger in a Time of Abundance – Johnny Go, SJ

John 6:24-35, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Gospel today is literally good news. Our Lord makes us an important promise: “Whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jesus is not talking about physical hunger or physical thirst, obviously. Rather, he is referring to an existential hunger…

Gather the Crumbs – Johnny Go, SJ

John 6:1-15, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time What a nightmare scenario:  Five loaves, two fish–and five thousand hungry people!  But trust the Lord to turn every event organizer’s worst nightmare into an unforgettable affair! What struck me most this time around, however, was not what happens during the miracle, but after it:  As the people sit on the…

Cramping the Lord’s Style – Johnny Go, SJ

Mark 6:1-6, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Do we ever cramp the Lord’s style? I suspect that’s what happens in the scene we have in the Gospel today.  Jesus goes back to his hometown and preaches at the village synagogue.  Not an easy thing to do since he’s surrounded by people he’s grown up with,…

Between this Goodbye and the Next Hello – Johnny Go, SJ

Mark 16:15-20, Solemnity of the Ascension of The Lord This parting with the disciples as the Lord is taken up to heaven–that makes two goodbyes in a row. A little over a month earlier, they’ve just been through that long, emotional goodbye at the Last Supper, the night of the Lord’s arrest and the eve…

I was Ten when I met Jesus – Johnny Go, SJ

John 15:9-17, Sixth Sunday in Easter I was ten when I met Jesus, but I was too young to know. We were on our way to Baguio for the summer, and we had left the house right before sunrise. My parents would take us children there every year to escape the sweltering heat of Manila, and…