The Signal Birth of Jesus – Jose Mario C. Francisco, SJ

Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord On this special night, we take time to focus our attention on the belens we put up weeks ago. We bend low to gaze on beloved familiar characters usually set in an animal shed or a cave—the newborn babe, mother Mary and guardian Joseph, the adoring three kings…

Magnify – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 1:46-56, Monday of the 4th Week in Advent Napansin po ba ninyo na yung mga Joyful Mysteries na tinatawag, ‘pag sinuri nating mabuti, hindi naman sila gano’n ka-joyful. (Have you noticed that the Joyful Mysteries, upon closer inspection, are not really joyful?)At least not 100%. Annunciation? Mary must have been fully aware of the scandal…

Christ Born in Us – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 1:18-24, Fourth Sunday of Advent   The Old Testament is full of prophecies. But what exactly do they all mean? Reading the Old Testament carefully, we discover that not all prophecies were fulfilled, that many prophecies were dreams of the prophet. But one fact is certain: The Old Testament tells the history of salvation…

Life Interrupted – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 1:18-24, Fourth Sunday of Advent There’s painfully little written about Joseph in the Gospels. We know he was a carpenter, but this from a very passing comment by people who were trying to make out his son, Jesus, when he finally returned to his hometown. “Isn’t this the son of the carpenter?” they said….

His Silence Invites Us – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 1:18-24 Today we listen to the story of the silent man of the Gospel. All through the Infancy Narrative, Joseph, the chosen foster father of Jesus, speaks not a word. Even the father of John the Baptist, the priest Zechariah, who was stricken temporarily mute by the angel, at least manages to get two…

Our Family Tree – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 1:1-17, Saturday before Fourth Sunday of Advent Long, long ago, in kingdoms far, far away, a genealogy was the typical way of starting a book, especially the story of a great man. In his Gospel, Matthew shows that the Messiah was a descendant of  King David, just as the prophets had foretold. Question: Was Jesus’…

Would You Unfollow John the Baptist? – Johnny Go, SJ

Luke 7:24-30, Thursday of the Third Week of Advent Who among us doesn’t have a Facebook friend whose one mission in life seems to be to ruin our day? Yes, I’m referring to that guy who can’t stop posting all those annoying political rants. Or that heartbroken girl who has been whining about her breakup…

Choosing Joy – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 11:2-11, Third Sunday of Advent I don’t know if you noticed it, but that’s a pretty strange exchange of messages between our Lord and John the Baptist. First of all, John the Baptist requests his disciples to ask our Lord a bizarre question. Thrown into prison for denouncing the sins of Herod Antipas, John…

Of Waiting, Doubting…and Rejoicing! – Bros Flores, SJ

Matthew 11:2-11, Third Sunday of Advent The late Fr. Donelan, SJ writes… “Waiting is a mystery – a natural sacrament of life – there is a meaning hidden in all the times we have to wait. It must be an important mystery because there is so much waiting in our lives.” Waiting is such a…

Look and Listen – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 11:2-11, Third Sunday of Advent We just heard the word “joy”, in one form or another, six times. Isn’t this a naive, childish thing to do in today’s world? After all, the world is still flooded with evil, pain and tears.  Every day the news reports about death in Iraq and Syria, violence in…

The World in your Suitcase – Johnny Go, SJ

Luke 1:26-38, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Just when I thought I had seen the best and last of J.K. Rowling, she surprises us with a wonderful prequel to the Harry Potter series called “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Its protagonist, Newt (played by Eddie Redmayne in the film),…

A Shoot Springs – Mark Aloysius, SJ

Matthew 3:1-12, Second Sunday of Advent I. I wonder if some of you have made it to the Caravaggio exhibition here at the National Gallery. There is a painting there, on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland, that has an interesting Jesuit connection. The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio hung for many years in…