The Big Feast – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 22:1-14, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Gospel today describes God as generous, loving and caring. He is a laboring God who thinks not of himself, but of us. Then he even prepares a big banquet for us – to feed us with plenty and nourish us with his heavenly feast! When we think…

Grumbling or Grateful – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 10:1-16, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Sunday Gospel today brings us to the reality that God is looking for us. He wants us to work for Him. The reading is divided in to two major parts: Responding to the call and purifying my selfish desire. RESPONDING TO THE CALL. He wants us to…

Only Our Hearts can Answer – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 16:13-20, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time In our Gospel reading today, Jesus suddenly asked the disciples two questions. The first one was easy, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered with ease, “‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” But the second question…

God is Fair – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 20:1-16, Wednesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time It’s Unfair! We cried out, “It’s not fair” when we are at the disadvantage. But we are silent when we enjoy all the blessings while others are not. Envy is one of the root of our unhappiness. Sometimes, we are unhappy not because we lack…

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…