Finding your Bearings – Jody Magtoto, SJ

Matthew 6:1-6; 16-18, Ash Wednesday Having a GPS on my smartphone has saved me many a times, especially when traveling to an unfamiliar place. When I said mass for the Maria Auxiliatrice sisters near Meguro, they were surprised that I was able to navigate through the unlabeled streets and snaking alleys of their place. I…

Unselfie – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 6:1-6; 16-18, Ash Wednesday If today’s Gospel were written in 21st-century vernacular, maybe it would say: “When you do righteous deeds…when you give alms…when you pray…when you fast, please…take care not to post it on Facebook, or announce it on your blog, or humble-brag about it. Most of all, take care not to take…

Gifts and Givers – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 2:1-12, Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord On this Feast of the Epiphany, we remember the visit of the magi–those astrologers (how many they were, we don’t know) who read the stars and were among the first to lay their eyes on Jesus.  They were not exactly kings, but they were certainly wise enough to…

The Most Precious Gift – Rogel Abais, SJ

Matthew 2:1-12; Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Celebrating the Christmas season has become synonymous with gifts and gift-giving. When this season is fast approaching and as it unfolds, we all get caught up in a frenzy of thinking what to give to whom and what we will receive from whom! Gift-giving has become…

God in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time – Nono Alfonso, SJ

Matthew 2:1-12, Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Before the age of the Metro Manila Film Fest, and before the holiday releases of Star Wars or The Avengers, my favorite Christmas movie was and remains to be The Fourth Wise Man. The movie stars the great Martin Sheen and asserts that in fact there…

Into the Hands of Love – John Foley, SJ

Matthew 2:1-12, The Epiphany of the Lord On this Epiphany Sunday we hear a classic story about innocence in the midst of evil, innocence betrayed by those who should have cared. The Gospel begins by referring to the fact that a guiltless child has been born. Angels in their rapture paint the sky with song….

Star – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 2:1-12, The Epiphany of the Lord In this age of GPS (global positioning satellites), we seldom turn to the stars anymore to lead us to where we are going. Admittedly, our smartphone is enough of a locational tool to get us to where we are headed, assuming our destination is just here on earth….

So much for Christ the King – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 25:31-46, Feast of Christ the King Back in 2004, I visited the Jesuit school for the disabled in Cambodia.  From the moment I stepped out of the airport in Phnom Penh, I noticed that every major road and every other street corner displayed the picture of one man.  My companions informed me that a…

Make your Choice – John Foley, SJ

Matthew 25:31-46, Feast of the Christ the King Not only is Sunday the feast of Christ the King, it is the last Sunday of the Church year! Advent will begin in a week! We should begin getting nervous about Christmas presents, shouldn’t we? And family dinner? Or else why we will not have a family…

Nevertheless and However – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 25:31-46, Feast of Christ the King The Gospel today is not just about the “end of the world.” Although many of us priests love to jump on “end of the world” scenarios to hurry people off to confession in preparation for Advent. But the Lord’s message today is not just about the end of…

Give – Fr Harold Parilla

Matthew 25:14-30, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time We hear from the Gospel for today what is commonly known as the Parable of the Talents. It begins with a man going away on a journey, but before he leaves, he calls his servants and entrusts his property to them. To the first he gives five talents,…

Fear Factor – John Foley, SJ

Matthew 25:14-30, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time The Gospel story is pretty simple. A wealthy man gives his fortune to each of his three servants to care for while he is gone on a trip. He doesn’t give them instructions, at least that we are told of. When he returns, the owner sees that two…