50 Days of Easter – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 20:19-31, Divine Mercy Sunday How many days is the Advent season? 23 days. How many days is the Christmas Season? 12. What about the Lenten Season? 40 days. And Easter, which, by the way, many Catholics forget is a Season, too, like Advent, Christmas, and Lent? How long is Easter? 50 days! Easter is the longest…

Social Media Envy – Johnny Go, SJ

Luke 15:1-32; Fourth Sunday of Lent The 2017 McCann study called “Truth about the Youth” surveyed over 30,000 respondents all over the world, and found that one out of two young people today feel worse about themselves when they see the posts of their friends. This rising phenomenon has been called “social media envy.” In…

How Jesus Takes Away the Sin of the World – Ron Rolheiser, OMI

NOT A HOMILY BUT DEFINITELY WORTH SHARING We should be careful not to fall into a common misunderstanding about what this means. Because of certain biblical and doctrinal ways of expressing this, the impression can be given that Jesus’ suffering and death took away the sins of the world by somehow paying off a debt…

Will We Always Have Second Chances? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

A caveat: This reflection does not guarantee warm and fuzzy feelings. To stress this warning, let me share with you this essay’s working title: “Are You Ready to Die?” In the first part of our Gospel today, we hear about “the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.” Some scholars…

Prayer Beautifies – Bishop Ambo David

Luke 9:28b-36, Second Sunday of Lent This story of Jesus transfigured before his disciples is also in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew. But only Luke tells us that he was praying when it happened. In another passage, in chapter 11, Luke tells us the disciples were spying on him as he went into solitude…

HAPPY 3rd ANNIVERSARY TO US!

We started this blog on March 12, 2016 and it’s been a wonderful journey so far!   Our flock is getting bigger but our one and only Shepherd remains the same. Here’s to more great homilies!

Why We Sacrifice for Lent – Arnel Aquino, SJ

This is a an annual repost of a bonus Lenten Special. Just want to share what my SD sent me on understanding why we sacrifice during Lent : My personal thoughts on taking on some measure of asceticism during Lent, Deb, is that all throughout the year, we protect ourselves from being vulnerable. And rightly…

Words – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 6:39-45, 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Shake up the sieve and the rubbish soon appears.” You would think that this saying from Ecclesiasticus (our first reading today) is all about shaking things up to sort out the bad from the good. It may be so but the shaking that is referred to here is…

Spots – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 6:39-45, 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time I heard a sad story recently. This person’s mom in the province died a few months ago. But when the family approached the parish to arrange for her funeral mass, the parish said it was constrained from accepting her body into the church. The rule was if someone died without having been sacramentally married, mass would not be allowed for his/her mortal remains in the church. Mass could be celebrated wherever…

Thou Shalt Not – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Mark 9:38-40, Wednesday of Week 7 in Ordinary Time The Gospel today reminds me of one time, when I sat with Fr. Bill Kreutz, S.J., over coffee and he asked me, “Arnel, why are our students going to Victory Chapel across the street?” I think Fr. Bill knew the answers to his own question. But,…

Burnout – Johnny Go, SJ

Luke 5:1-11, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time I suspect very few people knew it then, but in the last two years that I was running a school, I was also running on empty. For several reasons, I found myself precariously on the brink of a burnout. I had worked too hard and cared too little…

What Oppresses You? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

[The Spirit of the Lord] has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free… The words spoken by Jesus in our Gospel today are not just for those rotting away in jail cells and not just for those who have lost their eyesight…