Save the Last Dance for Me – Vic Baltazar, SJ

Matthew 22:15-21, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time In my meditation, our readings seemed about leaders and where they stand relative to God, but somehow the playful Michael Buble appeared in my morning meditation, dancing to the tune of “But don’t forget whose taking you home and in whose arms you’re gonna be, save the last…

Who Owns You? – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 22:15-21, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Is it lawful to pay census tax to Caesar or not?” If Jesus said yes, the hierarchs would charge him with blasphemy, punishable by stoning. Only God was king! If he said no, they’d rat him out to the Romans who could charge him with treason, also punishable…

The Greatest Party that Never Happened – Pat Falguera, SJ

Matthew 22:1-14; 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time April, Spring of 2017. An event supposedly meant to stamp itself as the festival of musical festivals was about to take place. Not unlike Tomorrowland in Belgium, or the Glastonbury in the UK, the Fyre Music Festival (spelled F-Y-R-E) was to be held in the Bahamian Island of…

Three Aspects of Fratelli Tutti – Jomari Manzano, SJ

Matthew 22:1-14, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time The theme of fraternal love has been one of the most talked about topics since last Sunday, October 4, with the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (English: All brothers/sisters). This Sunday’s Gospel is about a wedding feast which is a time of loving union not only between two individuals…

Did You do God’s Will – Karel San Juan, SJ

Matthew 21:28-32, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Did you do God’s will? This is essentially the question that is asked of us in the Gospel today. The story is rather simple, and that is why the Gospel reading is short. But we will see later that the meaning of the story is rather complicated. The…

Neither of the Two Sons – Fr Harold Parilla

Matthew 21:28-32, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time If we pay closer attention to the Gospel for today, immediately we are led to a very important element of the Christian life. The Gospel tells us that what ultimately counts is not what we say. Our “yes” or our “no” is finally measured up by what we…

From No to Yes – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthwe 21:28-32, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time This confrontation between Jesus and the hierarchs happened after three critical events: First,  Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which was like falling into the trap of his enemies; Second, the cleansing of the Temple, which gave his enemies categorical grounds to pounce on him, and third, the cursing…

The Parable that Almost Got Me an F – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 20:1-16, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Many years ago I was a student in a class called “Homiletics.” Maybe you can’t tell, but people training to be priests take a class to learn how to preach. Our final examination for that class is an actual homily that we deliver before our professor. I had very…

Unfinished – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 13:54-58, Feast of St Ignatius Loyola Last day. So I’m down the wire, cramming again. There are still piles of diplomas and letters to sign. I had wanted to tie up loose ends and do a smooth turnover to Fr Bobby tomorrow. But they never really end, the loose ends and the handing over,…

Beyond Reckoning – Fr Harold Parilla

Matthew 18:21-35, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time You must have heard about the story of, or at least the name, Ingrid Betancourt. She was a prominent politician in Colombia, a former senator and anti-corruption activist. At the height of one presidential election campaign in which she was a candidate, she was kidnapped and held in…

A Time to Clear the Air – Mark Lopez, SJ

Matthew 18:15-20, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time/1st Sunday in the Season of Creation On this first weekend of the season of creation, let’s begin where many mystics of various faith traditions usually begin – by taking a long, deep breath . . . and by being mindful of how the divine is not only outside…

Zero Tolerance – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 18:15-20, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time If China came to invade us and stayed a few years outlawing any citizens’s organizations, imagine how many religious and para-religious communities would be decimated, or even killed: like the Couples for Christ, the Iglesia ni Kristo, the charismatic communities, and who knows, maybe even Catholic parishes. That…