Do You See – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 17:11-19b, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time I love taking the electric jeep in school. The ride is always breezy and quiet, no exhaust fumes, and I get to meet friends along the way. But the best thing about the ride is hearing Ateneans say “thank you” to the driver as they get off. “Salamat…

Dots – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 17:5-10b, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time It helps to know that earth is, well, small. Not the stars, those little twinkling dots in the night sky, but the earth. The earth is the dot in the midst of countless beach balls floating on an immense ocean we call the universe. We humans are, well,…

Nor Would I – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 17:5-10b, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Fr. John Iacono is a 78-year-old Italian missionary I met in Cebu when I was assigned there for three years. He doubled up as my spiritual director and confessor. For many years before retirement, Fr. John ran a day-care center for Cebu’s poorest of the poor living in…

He Gets It – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 16:19-31, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Noong nakaraang Martes po, sumakay ako ng jeep papuntang LRT station para magpa-renew ng passport sa Cubao. Siksikan na sa jeep, pasado alas-nwebe ng umaga. “Bayad po,” I called out, stretching my arm as far as it could go, since I was seated 6 people away from the driver. Now, sitting 2 people away from the driver was this young teenage guy, Generation Z, senior-high? He was wearing a high school uniform,and. these huge, baby-blue,…

What Will You Do With Your Dishonest Wealth? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

In the parable Christ offers us today, a dishonest steward is praised. Is Jesus encouraging us to be dishonest also? But when our Lord is asked what must be done to inherit eternal life, one of the commandments he cites is “You shall not steal” (Luke 18:20). Moreover, to emphasize just how much effort we…

Repentance – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 7:30-33; Thursday of Week 24 in Ordinary Time Here she was, the public sinner, the prostitute, the harlot who worked nights because only darkness was her friend. But here she came, this time in broad daylight, barging into a very civilized home at a very civilized time when civilized people gathered for a meal….

The Prodigal Us – John Foley, SJ

Luke 15:1-32, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time A ridiculous story. Who would be dumb enough to adore something they have constructed with their own hands! Imagine worshipping a molten calf! (First Reading) Of course, we do have our beautiful houses, refrigerators, cars, magazines and clothes, don’t we? And our famous “bottom line” in business. And…

Gazing on the Cross – Peter Pojol, SJ

John 3:13-17, Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross I think it may be safe to say that everyone has had an experience of recoiling at something horrible, of being so distressed by something that it makes us turn away in order to, momentarily at least, block out whatever evil confronts us. It could be…

Aren’t We Blessed – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 14:25-33, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time I remember many years ago, a group of OFWs in Saudi Arabia sent us a letter at Jesuit Communications. They asked if we sold any videotape of any Mass. They said they didn’t care if the recording was clear or not. “Basta,” they said, they just wanted a…

Disfigured by Pride – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 14: 1-14, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Humble people are teachable, which means they know how to listen. They believe there’s always something to still learn from the wisdom and experiences of others. The proud, however, listen mainly to themselves and to people who agree with them. That’s why proud people in authority rarely…

Distance – Jett Villarin, SJ

Luke 14:2, 7-14, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Inverse-distance-squared. This pretty much describes the interaction between two objects in our physical world. This holds for gravity, electricity, and can even be extended to romantic intimacy. The strength of the interaction between objects depends on the reciprocal of the square of the distance between them. In…

Why Is Faith Hard? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

In our Gospel today, someone asks Jesus, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus answers, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” Why does the gate have to be narrow? If God’s arms are always wide open and…