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…

Unseen – Jett Villarin, SJ

Easter Vigil 2019 One of these nights you just might see a green beam shooting up from the Manila Observatory here on campus. Actually, light beams are invisible. We only get to see these beamswhen particles scatter the radiation toward our eyes. On a clean and clear evening, you won’t see much green. But it is there.  …

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…

Between this Goodbye and the Next Hello – Johnny Go, SJ

Mark 16:15-20, Solemnity of the Ascension of The Lord This parting with the disciples as the Lord is taken up to heaven–that makes two goodbyes in a row. A little over a month earlier, they’ve just been through that long, emotional goodbye at the Last Supper, the night of the Lord’s arrest and the eve…

Rise and Fall – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Mark 16:15-20, Solemnity of The Ascension of The Lord What goes up must come down. What rises must fall. That’s the law of gravity. But, what comes down must go up? Now that’s the “law” of the Ascension. In fact, that’s the whole Paschal Mystery, motion-wise: what descends eventually rises. For scientists who don’t believe…

Elevation – Pat Nogoy, SJ

Mark 16:15-20, Solemnity of The Ascension of The Lord Ordinarily, it means going higher. It is taking it to an advanced level, sometimes in stratospheric space where very few champions reigned. I often hear it used in sports—describing the efforts and skills of athletes that dare defy our ideas of boundaries and limits. In front…

Stay Awhile – John Foley, SJ

Mark 16:15-20, Solemnity of the Ascension of The Lord At the end of each school year, in American schools such as Saint Louis University, the students, along with their networks of friends, scatter. And fly away. As a presider at a recent mass admitted with beautiful poignancy, how much we miss them when the school…