Blessed to be Blessed – Willy Samson, SJ

Luke 1:39-56, Feast of the Assumption Today is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We come to her today with great desire to imitate her in following her Son Jesus. Let me give four points for consideration in our prayer today. ASSISTANCE. Our gospel begins with Mary running in haste to…

The Weeds in Us – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 13:36-43, Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time Today, we begin a new month. It’s August! It’s good to stop again in prayer, bend our knees and ask God to bless our new month. =) May God bless us with his overflowing graces, and continue our ministry of blessing those in need. And…

Space for God – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 11: 25-30, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Gospel today brings us closer to the heart of Jesus, especially his desire for us to develop a deeper relationship with Him and with the Father through our prayers.  I remember preacher Bo Sanchez sharing his experience of sitting in a chair and watching his children…

The Enemies of Love – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 9:1-8, Thursday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time In our Gospel today, Jesus expressed his disappointment with the Pharisees after he attempted to forgive the sins of the paralyzed man and was branded doing a blasphemous act. He said, “Why do you have such wicked thoughts in your hearts?” Think about it. Like…

Make My Heart Like Yours – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 11:25-30, Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Dear Jesus, I come to you today, with my bended knees. I recognize your Presence in my life – that without you, I’m nothing but a passing wind. O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, meek, mild and adorable. come to me now in haste, and…

We Become What We Eat – Willy Samson, SJ

John 6:51-58, Solemnity of Corpus Christi Considering the increasing number of people acquiring diabetes, heart problem and arthritis, we can easily contribute these illnesses to the quality of food we eat. Thus, many people are now conscious of the food they eat. They want to live a longer life, but a healthy one. Their motto:…

The Three in Me – Willy Samson, SJ

John 3:16-18, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Leo Buscaglia was asked to judge in a contest to find the most caring child. The winner was a four-year-old child, whose next door neighbour was an old man who had recently lost his wife. When the child saw the old man crying, he climbed into the…

Epitaph – Willy Samson, SJ

John 20:19-31, Divine Mercy Sunday   Epitaphs are words honoring the deceased, most commonly inscribed on a tombstone or plaque. Most of the epitaphs are quotes from holy texts like the Bible. In the Philippines, the most common epitaphs are R.I.P (Rest in Peace) and S.L.N. (Suma-Langit Nawa). But in Manila North Cemetery, a funny…

Fighting back with the Towel – Willy Samson, SJ

John 13:1-15, Maundy Thursday In boxing, when a trainer sees that his boxer is being badly beaten by his opponent, he throws a towel and the fight is over. Throwing in the towel then, is a sign of surrender and giving up. But in the arena of loving, it’s a different story. A towel around the…

Wearing Eight Clothes – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 26:14-27:66 Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week – the summit of Lent. On this week, we remember the greatest expression of God’s love for us – Jesus dying on the cross for us, because of our sinfulness and unfaithfulness. To meaningfully commemorate the Holy Week and gain profit from this weeklong…

Doodling with Love – Willy Samson, SJ

John 8:1-11, Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent When someone is doodling, he’s either bored to death or waiting for something or someone to come. When the Pharisees and angry crowd brought a prostitute to Jesus to be stoned to death as prescribed by the law, Jesus simply doodled something in the ground. For…

Golden Tears – Willy Samson, SJ

John 11:1-45, Fifth Sunday of Lent One day, God told his angels to gather tears on earth. After a week, they returned bringing millions of tears in containers. But much to their surprise, the tears turned into gold and stones. Gabriel asked God, “Why some of the tears turned into gold and some into stones?”…