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?”…

A Glimpse of our Glory – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 7:1-9, Second Sunday of Lent When Jesus brought Peter, James and John to Mount Tabor, one of his intentions was to give them a glimpse of His divine glory. Jesus saw the necessity of giving his disciples something to hold on – a hope in the dark, something to give them strength when darkness…

My Private Room – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 6:1-6; 16-18, Ash Wednesday A confused disciple went to his master and begged for enlightenment. And the master said, “Go and sit in your room, and your room will teach you everything.” Today we officially begin the Season of Lent. For most of us, Lent is a time TO REMEMBER how Jesus, the Son…

Stay Salty – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 5:13-16, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Gospel today speaks of discipleship. As baptized Christians, we are called to become the salt of the earth and light of the world. But what’s in the salt and light that Jesus decided to use these things as metaphors of discipleship? Salt has many practical uses. It…

Don’t Surrender – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 4:12-23, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time For many years, a giant ruled the Kingdom of Himosh. Every day, the giant went up to the hill and challenged the villagers; but no one dared to accept because of the giant’s enormous size. One day, a little boy accepted the challenge and started walking towards the giant. To everyone’s…

Wearing the Right Attire – Willy Samson, SJ

Luke 18:9-14a, 30th Sunday In Ordinary Time Our Gospel today is a continuation of last Sunday’s Gospel where Jesus gave us some basic instructions on prayer. Last Sunday, we were reminded on the importance of praying always and not losing our hearts (Luke 18:1-8). But today, Jesus wants us to recognize the necessity of having…