Loving God with all Our Hearts and Minds – Manoling Francisco, SJ

Mark 12:28b-34, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time The Shema, from the Hebrew word, “Hear”, is the fundamental Jewish prayer made up of three scriptural texts from the books of Deuteronomy (6:4–9, 11:13–21) and Numbers (15:37–41), which devout Jews recite upon rising in the morning and before retiring at night. The Shema is to the Jews…

God in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time – Nono Alfonso, SJ

Matthew 2:1-12, Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Before the age of the Metro Manila Film Fest, and before the holiday releases of Star Wars or The Avengers, my favorite Christmas movie was and remains to be The Fourth Wise Man. The movie stars the great Martin Sheen and asserts that in fact there…

Forgiving 77 Times – Manoling Francisco, SJ

Matthew 18:21-35, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our readings today invite us to be merciful toward others as God is merciful toward us. Indeed, to forgive is one of the most difficult virtues to live out. Fr. Bill McGary once shared when we were young scholastics that the mark of a genuine Christian community is…