Choose Well – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 10:27-30; Fourth Sunday of Easter On the same week, just days apart, I watched the movie “Avengers Endgame” and episode 3 of Game of Thrones. That’s like asking for a heart attack. That’s two major battles that take your breath away. Producers these days really know how to get into your head. They don’t…

Unless – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 21:15-19, Third Sunday of Easter In ancient Greek, three words for love are commonly used. Eros means a physical, carnal kind of love, hence the word “erotic”. It’s the lowest kind of love. Secondly, philia, is most frequently used. Philia means warmth, affection. It implies deep friendship that goes beyond the merely physical. An English counterpart for philia would be “to cherish”, “affectionate tenderness,” “virtuous loving,” the love between best friends. Agape is a third word for love. It is…

Mysteries – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 21:15-19, Third Sunday of Easter  At the heart of a happy Easter is the Resurrection, which is a glorious mystery. What is glorious is not always obvious or readily recognizable. Yes, the shining white of angels or the transfigured face of Jesus on the mountain can be a glorious sight to behold. For most…

Lost then Found – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 20:1-9, Easter Sunday I grew up hearing many superstitions about Good Friday, all from my maternal lola. I will always remember her two most bizarre warnings. First: “Huwag kayong maglalaro sa labas ng bahay at kukunin kayo ng mga Hudyo.” I asked mom what a hudyo was. She said, “Sila ang pumatay kay Hesus!” I had watched black-and-white tv shows about the passion. So, I thought hudyo were the spear-toting, helmet-wearing, shield-protected soldiers who captured Jesus. Mali. Romans pala ‘yon. Incidentally, we weren’t spared on ordinary days either when lola would say, “Huwag kayong magulo! Sige, kukunin kayo ng Muslim!” Funny how…

The Lingering Easter Moon – Johnny Go, SJ

John 20:1-9; Easter Sunday I love Easter mornings. I find it a very consoling time after the frenzy of retreat-giving during Holy Week every year. I’ve been giving a Lenten retreat every year for the past twelve years–both face-to-face and online–because, among other reasons, I need it, and it’s good for my soul. This morning I caught…

Looking at Love – Ernald Andal, SJ

John 18:1-19;42, Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion There was a multitude of people who had gathered at the Place of the Skull. Some were mere onlookers, others were those who despised Jesus—jeered and mocked him as they passed by. The Roman soldiers could not have cared less; they were more interested in casting lots…

Will You Come to My Stoning – Johnny Go, SJ

John 8:1-11; Fifth Sunday of Lent Today’s Gospel recounts the story of the woman accused of adultery. She would have been stoned to death had our Lord not confronted her accusers about their sins. The story invites us to put ourselves in her place and appreciate God’s boundless mercy. Given the digital world today, however, it should…

Questions – Mon Bautista, SJ

John 8:1-11, Fifth Sunday of Lent Today’s Gospel reminds me of Fr-Dr James McTavish and his radical conversion story. Some years ago (when he was not yet a priest), McTavish was a full-time medical doctor. He had graduated from Cambridge school of medicine and was a first-class surgeon engaged in reconstructive plastic surgery. Once while…

Sinner – Jett Villarin, SJ

John 8:1-11, Fifth Sunday of Lent To say that a person is an animal and therefore deserves to be slaughtered is not to play God. Not even God sees us that way. Let me unravel those words and rewind. There is an adulteress in the Gospel story today. She is dragged by religious men for…

Dead Wrong – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 8:1-11, Fifth Sunday of Lent A month ago, a friend of mine was coming home from a wake of his friend’s dad. The man committed suicide, which was tragic in itself. But I don’t know which was more tragic: that a father committed suicide, or that none of the priests in the nearby parish…

Memory – Mark Aloysius, SJ

John 6:60-69, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time There is this urban legend which states that goldfish have a memory span of about three seconds. If one were forced to live in such a small glass bubble, perhaps amnesia might be the only means of coping. These days I wonder if our collective memory span would…

Avatar – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 6:63-68, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time I was watching a talk show the other night. The host did his usual stand-up comedy routine to open the show. He started out, making jokes about Trump and his addiction to Twitter. Then he joked about people who made the stupid mistake of posting pictures on Facebook…