God our Father, God our Mother – Nemy Que, SJ

Matthew 6:24-34, Saturday of Week 11 in Ordinary Time In our first reading, God, our Father and Mother, assures us: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Let’s provide a little context for these very consoling words. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul is addressing a situation…

Disciple – Nemy Que, SJ

Matthew 10:37-42, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Gospel reading from Matthew is very clear about what it costs to be a disciple of our Lord: “…Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for…

Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us? – Nemy Que, SJ

Luke 24:13-35, 3rd Sunday of Easter Today’s Gospel reading belongs to the Easter stories that abound soon after the resurrection of Jesus. That same day Jesus rose from the dead, two disciples were making their way to a village named Emmaus. They were talking about the events that took place during the past days. Like…

Bearers of Light and Hope – Nemy Que, SJ

Easter Sunday 2020 __________ The sun shines on everyone! It shines on both the good and the bad, on the rich and the poor, on the happy and the desolate. It shines even on those who try to hide from its light. And it shines most brightly on those who reflect its light. The sun…

Truth Speaks to Power – Nemy Que, SJ

John 18:1-19;42, Good Friday 2020 Darkness. Silence. Growing up in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Good Friday meant you wouldn’t hear blaring radios, people talking rowdily, and since this was in the seventies, no booming, muffler-less motorbikes. You could, however, if you tried hard enough, hear light footsteps that led you to the only place that mattered…

To Serve, Love and Count not the Cost – Nemy Que, SJ

John 13:1-15, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper In normal times, the celebration of Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) would have churches all over the country decorating the sanctuary of the church as early as the night before, arranging flowers and assembling an altar of repose, where the blessed sacrament will be placed for a night…

Faith Heals – Nemy Que, SJ

Mark 5:21-43, Tuesday in the 4th Week of Ordinary Time The stories of Gospel reading for today are miracle stories. They are also faith stories. Jairus, a synagogue official, asks Jesus to lay his hands on her daughter, who was at the point of death, so that she may get well and live. On their…

Topsy Turvy – Nemy Que, SJ

Matthew 1:18-25, Day 4 Simbang Gabi When we hear the term “annunciation”, we usually think of the annunciation of the birth of Jesus by the angel Gabriel to Mary. This is found in Luke’s Gospel. In today’s Gospel from Matthew, we are told of another annunciation – that of an angel to Joseph. The message…