HOPE AMIDST DISMAY – Mario Francisco, SJ

Easter Vigil [With all the additional rituals and readings of the Easter Vigil Mass, you all wish for a short homily. Don’t worry, we share the same hope.]   Hope is the clear theme of Easter. But it is something so tied up with how we see our situation. Hope is one thing to young…

LOVE STRONGER THAN DEATH – Mario Francisco, SJ

Easter Sunday The Easter Vigil readings sweep through the epic panorama of God’s saving work toward its climax in Jesus’ self-offering. They proclaim the victory of hope over dismay with trumpet blasts. In contrast, the following readings during the Easter season give close-ups of that hope in people’s lives accompanied by tender violin strings. [For…

Staycation – Mario Francisco, SJ

John 13:1-15, Maundy Thursday All gathered here could consider the next three days as staycation. We stayed to avoid traffic at expressways and airports as well as to save time and costs. Moving through everyday life 24/7, whether at work, school and even home, is tiring and burdensome. We all need rest of body and…

The Signal Birth of Jesus – Jose Mario C. Francisco, SJ

Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord On this special night, we take time to focus our attention on the belens we put up weeks ago. We bend low to gaze on beloved familiar characters usually set in an animal shed or a cave—the newborn babe, mother Mary and guardian Joseph, the adoring three kings…