Grumbling or Grateful – Willy Samson, SJ

Matthew 10:1-16, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Sunday Gospel today brings us to the reality that God is looking for us. He wants us to work for Him. The reading is divided in to two major parts: Responding to the call and purifying my selfish desire. RESPONDING TO THE CALL. He wants us to…

Forgiving 77 Times – Manoling Francisco, SJ

Matthew 18:21-35, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our readings today invite us to be merciful toward others as God is merciful toward us. Indeed, to forgive is one of the most difficult virtues to live out. Fr. Bill McGary once shared when we were young scholastics that the mark of a genuine Christian community is…

The Art of Forgiveness – Mark Aloysius, SJ

Matthew 18:21-35, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Just a couple of days ago, I witnessed something that made me think even now of how limited our capacity to forgive is, and how much our readings today want to expand our capacity for forgiveness. Outside an apartment building, I saw a young mother screaming at security…

The Two Things We Need to Know about Forgiveness – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 18:21-35, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s Sunday Gospel is about forgiveness: Peter, on the one hand, monitoring his quota on forgiveness, and our Lord, on the other, tossing all that accounting out the window by reminding us that by the way, we all of us are recipients of the Father’s boundless mercy, remember? Forgiveness is…

We Forgive because We have been Forgiven – Fr Harold Parilla

Matthew 18:21-35, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our Readings for this Sunday center on the theme of forgiveness. This theme is ever-relevant, sometimes too relevant that it makes us all uncomfortable. We are imperfect, and we are surrounded by others who are similarly lacking in perfection. Expectedly, we offend people and people upset us. It…

Breaking the Chain – John Foley, SJ

Matthew 18:21-35, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time This Sunday is all about forgiveness. The Gospel illustrates in stark terms what this word means. First, look at the initial readings, which are preliminaries. The First Reading, from the Book of Sirach, tells how awful wrath and anger are, but how the sinner “hugs them tight,” a…

77 Times – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 18:21-35, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time From my own life and from the life of people I have accompanied through the years, I observe three reasons why we find it so difficult to forgive: (1) We don’t say “I’m sorry” enough; (2) we remember past hurts like they happened only yesterday; and (3), we…

Sinless and Sorrowful – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 19:25-27, Friday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows I had very bad attacks of asthma when I was a child. If it weren’t for dad who’d stay up all night to rub my chest and my back, I wouldn’t have slept at all. Dad never had asthma. But…

I’m Sorry – Arnel Aquino SJ

Matthew 18:15-20, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time In some of the recollections I’ve given, very good-hearted people have asked me something like this: “So, Fr Arnel, when someone wrongs us, must we really follow the process that Jesus stipulates in Matthew? Like, we talk to the person first, to point out his mistake, and if…

A Love Story – John Foley, SJ

Matthew 18:15-20, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday’s Mass will be all about love. Not the hearts and flowers type, but nitty-gritty stuff. What happens when someone misbehaves and hurts me? What should I do, “punch em out”? No. Jesus lays out a detailed plan in the Gospel about how to help someone within the…

Exorcise – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 4:31-37, Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time Did you hear of that story of a priest in Mindanao? He was exorcising a possessed man who was yelling profanities at him while he sprinkled him with holy water. “Pahawa! Pahawa dautang espiritu!” the priest said over and over again. Then at one point,…

Cold as Hell – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 16:21-27, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time You duped me, Lord, and I let myself be duped. Niloko n’yo ako, Panginoon; ako naman nagpaloko.” Imagine talking to God that way? Must’ve been one of prophet Jeremiah’s bad, bad days. Jeremiah means “Yahweh exalts.” But biblical tradition calls him “the weeping prophet”. God called him because…