Give – Fr Harold Parilla

Matthew 25:14-30, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time We hear from the Gospel for today what is commonly known as the Parable of the Talents. It begins with a man going away on a journey, but before he leaves, he calls his servants and entrusts his property to them. To the first he gives five talents,…

Fear Factor – John Foley, SJ

Matthew 25:14-30, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time The Gospel story is pretty simple. A wealthy man gives his fortune to each of his three servants to care for while he is gone on a trip. He doesn’t give them instructions, at least that we are told of. When he returns, the owner sees that two…

Talent – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 25:14-30, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Just a few days ago, I had a conversation with a young guidance counselor. He works in an exclusive school for kids from wealthy families. These families own whole industries that earn millions by the day. The young man is assigned to eight- and  nine-year-old boys in the…

What Does It Take to be Ready? – Fr Harold Parilla

Matthew 25:1-13, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The parable in the Gospel for today tells us about the ten virgins who were keeping vigil for the coming of the bridegroom. As part of a lengthy wedding ceremony, it was customary for the groom to go to the house of the bride in order to fetch…

Running on Empty – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 25:1-13, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Do you feel like you’ve been running on empty? “Running on empty” is a phrase we use to refer to people on the brink of exhaustion–be it physical or emotional. It’s a reference to automobiles running so dangerously low on fuel that it might just stop running any moment now. It basically…

The Parable of the Ten Millenials – Noel Bava, SJ

Matthew 25:1-13, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time To what shall we compare the kingdom of heaven for today’s generation? The kingdom of heaven will be like ten millennials who took their snazzy and glitzy smartphones with them and went out to meet the bridegroom at an undisclosed location. They were all agog over the possibility…

Neither a Crammer nor a Borrower be – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 25:1-13, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time In biblical times, weddings were a huge celebration in the entire village. After the wedding rite in the synagogue, the new couple is paraded back to the house. Tradition dictated that you took the longest, most roundabout route home, so that the whole town could cheer its newest…

Practice what they Preach – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 23:1-12, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time In today’s Gospel our Lord criticizes the excesses and shortcomings of the Pharisees, but virtually tells us to practice what they preach. It’s surprising advice since it’s a subversion of the usual adage that we should “practice what we preach.” It’s also surprising because this is usually our…

A Discerning Heart – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 23:1-12, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Did you read about the 83 year-old old Chinese mother, Mrs. Huang, who killed her 46 year-old disabled son, Li? Li was born prematurely, in severe mental and physical disability. He could neither walk nor talk, and his condition worsened with age. From the day he was born…

Plastic – Jett Villarin, SJ

Matthew 23:1-12, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Remember Archimedes? He was the guy who was asked to solve this problem of knowing whether a crown was made of true gold or not. (How timely indeed during this time of fake news and alternative facts. In truth, how do we know when gold is not gold?)…

Falling Short of the Greatest Commandment – Johnny Go, SJ

Matthew 22:34-40, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Singer/songwriter Howie Day has a couple of great lines in his 2003 hit, “Collide”: Even the best fall down sometimes. Even the wrong words seem to rhyme. Never mind the rest of the song–which, of course, is a love song–but I think those two lines capture something pretty…

Diyos, Bayan, Pamilya, Barkada, Sarili – Jonjee Sumpaico, SJ

Matthew 22:34-40, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Every time I have the opportunity to come home to Loyola Heights in Quezon City, I am amazed at how the activity in the area has changed so much all these years. It was just a four-lane road when I began my studies at the Ateneo in 1978….