Thanks – John Foley, SJ

Mark 6:7-13, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time I was out for a drive in the beautiful weather. The city had its usual non-country and somewhat ruined appearance, and I was merely doing shopping chores. Suddenly, unexpectedly, simple gratitude came upon me. Not earth-shaking, not the result of complicated reasoning, just a modest, gentle joy. I…

Shake the Dust off your Feet – Br Valentinus Bayuhadi Ruseno, OP

Mark 6:7-13, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them. (Mk. 6:11) Our Gospel today speaks of the mission of the Twelve. They are sent to perform the threefold task: to exorcise the evil spirits,…

Cramping the Lord’s Style – Johnny Go, SJ

Mark 6:1-6, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Do we ever cramp the Lord’s style? I suspect that’s what happens in the scene we have in the Gospel today.  Jesus goes back to his hometown and preaches at the village synagogue.  Not an easy thing to do since he’s surrounded by people he’s grown up with,…

Koum – Jett Villarin, SJ

Mark 5:21-43, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time “God did not make death.” A reminder, not even gentle, with a terrible eeriness about it, is what we get from the very first line of Wisdom today. Death is not dealt by God. God is the maker of life. And he does not rejoice over the ruin…

Lectio Divina – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Mark 5:21-43, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectio divina, or literally, “holy reading,” is a Benedictine method of prayer. You read a Bible passage slowly. A word/phrase will soon stir feelings or trigger thoughts. When that happens, you stay on that word/phrase, and gently allow yourself to engage the thoughts and feelings it evokes, whether…

What Are Your Blessings For? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

Luke 1:57-66, 80, Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist Oscar Wilde tells the parable of a supercilious rocket so enamored with his pedigree and potential that he shed copious tears while talking about himself. Alas, his tears dampened his gunpowder. When his time came to be lit, he was too wet and…

Living the Truth – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 1:57-66, 80, Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist   Sina Fr Zacarias Agatep at Fr Roberto Salac ng mga diosesano, sina Fr Nilo Valerio ng mga SVD, Fr Tulio Favali ng mga PIME, Fr Rosaleo Romano ng mga Redemptorist, at Fr Godofredo Alingal ng mga Heswita, sila noong nakaraang regimen ng…

Grow Unobserved – John Foley, SJ

Mark 4:26-34, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time The farmer sows seeds in the earth and then waits. He will use a scythe (“blade”) to reap the crop when it is ready. Then he and his neighbors with him will gather it into piles, or “pooks” as they were called in England, so that the farmer…

Possessed – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Mark 3:20-35, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time How do we tell if someone is possessed by the devil or having a psychotic breakdown? Dr Steven Waterhouse gives us a simple triage so we could begin to discern the difference. Dr Waterhouse is a pastor, a counselor, and a systematic theologian from Michigan. He works mainly…

Divide and Conquer – Joel Liwanag, SJ

Mark 3:20-35, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Niccolò Machiavelli, in Book VI of The Art of War, presents one of the most effective strategies in warfare. His advice: divide and conquer. If you are a military leader who wants to attack your enemy, then begin by sowing division. Find a way for your opponents to…

His Simple Language – Rodney Hart, SJ

John 19:31-37, Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus My dear friends, our readings remind us of the heart of God and his love for every single man, woman and child. He is the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 to find one lost sheep. The church today, and throughout this month of June,…

Christify – Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

Mark 14:12-16. 22-26, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ The Jesuit composer of liturgical music, Fr Manoling Francisco, SJ, has written a song entitled Christify. It is an invented word, no doubt; but so is “transubstantiation”! In Tagalog, I would translate Christify to “gawing si Kristo” or “tulutang maging si Kristo”. Here is…