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,…

Burning Question – John Foley, SJ

John 20:19-23, Penteccost This is the last Sunday of Easter season. Its Mass is vivid. Suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each…

Ours – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 20:19-23, Pentecost One time, I visited with some sisters doing a conference in one of the retreat houses in the city. The retreat house was run by another group of very kind nuns and they welcomed all their clients to join them at their daily morning masses. Over supper, my sister-friends said, “Arnel, the…

Gone for Good – John Foley, SJ

John 15:9-17, Sixth Sunday in Easter Imagine the emotional turmoil inside the disciples. • First he was here then he was gone. They had lived with Jesus in his public life and they had loved it. Surely they thought it would last forever. But abruptly he was gone. They were not at all prepared for…

We Do – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 15:9-17, Sixth Sunday in Easter Last year, when I was at the airport, there was this very rowdy kid, maybe 9 or 10 years old. He was running around, getting up and stepping on the seats. He even mindlessly stepped over a seated lady as he jumped from one seat to the next. Beside…

Ubi – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 15:9-17, Sixth Sunday of Easter That’s Latin for “where” as ubique is Latin for “everywhere”. I must confess that there are times when the evening sky makes me wonder about the where-ness of us and the where-ness of God. The universe seems to be everywhere and we, well, nowhere. Even on my lap, in…

Branches – Johnny Go, SJ

John 15:1-8, Fifth Sunday of Lent Branches have stories to tell and lots of lessons to teach. The one year I lived in London, there was a tree outside my room window that I got to know pretty well. I used to sit before that tree, prayer book or coffee mug in hand. In the…

Connecting Home – Jonjee Sumpaico, SJ

John 15:1-8, Fifth Sunday of Easter It has been nearly a year since I have been assigned to further studies in San Francisco. And there has not been a day that I am not reminded of home. I remember friends and family. I pray for my country. And even during this moment in time when…

Cutting Back – John Foley, SJ

John 15:1-8, Fifth Sunday of Easter The Gospel for this coming Sunday of Easter has a familiar story. Jesus, the vine, is rooted and stable and will always bring us all the nourishment we need. We are the dependent branches. Maybe you would like to stop there and contemplate such a rich image. Do so…

Putol – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 10:11-18, Fourth Sunday of Easter Have you ever been to our novitiate in Novaliches? We have a small flock of sheep over there. They’re let out in the morning then herded back into the pen after lunch. Sacred Heart Novitiate doubles up as a retreat facility, so you can imagine how a small flock…

Handles – John Foley, SJ

John 10:11-18, Fourth Sunday of Easter In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus makes a wonderful comparison, of the good shepherd to the mere hired hand. The good shepherd cares about the sheep. The hired one is mainly interested in getting paid. When wolves come, he simply runs away. To discern the difference, take a poetic example.* First,…

See – Pope Francis

John 20:19-31, Divine Mercy Sunday In today’s Gospel, we hear, over and over, the word “see”. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord (Jn 20:20). They tell Thomas: “We have seen the Lord” (v. 25). But the Gospel does not describe how they saw him; it does not describe the risen Jesus. It simply…