How To Care For The Sick

Luke 4: 38-44: The Healing of Peter’s Mother-In-Law The Gospel today has a particular attractiveness to it because it is relevant and relatable to many of our situation today. You get to see the scene: Jesus’ fandom followed Him everywhere, and indeed, His was a huge crowd all wanting a piece of Him to healContinue reading “How To Care For The Sick”

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The False Leader In Our Midst

John 10:11-16 on the memorial of St. Boniface, bishop and martyr. The Gospel today draws the contrast between the good and the bad, the authentic and false shepherd. The shepherd was absolutely responsible for the sheep. If anything happened to a single sheep, the shepherd had to produce some kind of proof that it wasContinue reading “The False Leader In Our Midst”

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Easter in the Eyes of Two Marys

There are two Marys who are highlighted in the celebration of Easter: Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene to whom Jesus appeared at the tomb. The former is based on tradition; the latter, is based on Scripture.  The First Appearance of the Resurrection based on Tradition. St. Ignatius of Loyola writes in theContinue reading “Easter in the Eyes of Two Marys”

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The Perspective of Zacchaeus

3 November 2013: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time; Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Psalm 145; Thess 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10 For this Sunday’s reflection, may I suggest that we take the position of Zacchaeus in the Gospel today? By identifying with Zacchaeus, we will find ourselves desiring to see Jesus personally, not just hearing about Him. And if thatContinue reading “The Perspective of Zacchaeus”

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Developing a Sense for the Other

Photo by Bok Pioquid Christian Service Involvement Program Ateneo de Manila High School 9 June 2013. 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 30; Galatians 1: 11-19; Luke 7:11-17 The story of the widow of Nain is found only in the Gospel of Luke. And just like the stories of Jesus who raisedContinue reading “Developing a Sense for the Other”

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Breaking Fences

This is me praying in Spanish. 19 May 2013. Solemnity of Pentecost Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104; 1 Cor 12:3-13; John 20:19-23 When I was missioned to the Kino Border Initiative at the US-Mexican border in 2011, I didn’t know how to speak Spanish. I could glean a few words here and there, owing to theContinue reading “Breaking Fences”

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The Time Has Come

12 May 2013 The Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus Christ.Acts 1: 1-11; Psalm 47; Heb 9:24-28; Luke 24:46-53  The Solemnity of Ascension of Jesus Christ is a celebration of the end of His earthly ministry. It is when Jesus know that the time has come for him to let go. It is the perfectContinue reading “The Time Has Come”

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How Can We Grow in Faith and Friendship

Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ, Sinulog 2013, Cebu, City 3rdSunday in Ordinary Time Nehemiah 8:2-6,8-10; Psalm 18:8-10, 15; 1 Cor 12:12-14,27; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 Filipinos seem to be fixated with the Christmas Season. The Sinulog, Dinagyang, and the Ati-Atihan Festivals are celebrations of the Child Jesus. These festivals do not just commemorate the beginnings of ChristianityContinue reading “How Can We Grow in Faith and Friendship”

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God Says 2U, "Thank You"

12 August 2012 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kgs 19:4-8; Psalm 34; Eph 4:30-5:2; John 6:41-51 We have said what the prophet Elijah uttered in the first reading, “Lord, this is enough.” On his journey to Mount Horeb, he was broken, tired, weary and dispirited. At the lowest point in his life, the Lord’s angelContinue reading “God Says 2U, "Thank You"”

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Ang Sukatan ng Tagumpay Ay Nasa Lalim ng Naratnan

Ika-18 Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon (St. John Baptist Marie Vianney Sunday) John 16, 24-35 Ano nga ba ang tagumpay? Nasusukat ba ito sa taas ng iyong pinag-aralan, o sa posisyon na iyong hinahawakan? Sino ba ang matagumpay: ang isang mayor na nangungurakot o ang isang janitor na may malasakit? Sino ang tunay na magaling: angContinue reading “Ang Sukatan ng Tagumpay Ay Nasa Lalim ng Naratnan”

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Good Leadership According to Jesus, Jeremiah and Paul

22 July 2012 The 16th Sunday in Ordinary TimeJer 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Eph 2:13-18 Jeremiah, who lived from 627-586 BC, was called at the early age of 23 to the prophetic office. He prophesied at the most critical period in the history of Judah. The ‘shepherds’ such as the kings, priests and people were moreContinue reading “Good Leadership According to Jesus, Jeremiah and Paul”

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Kailangang Lawakan ang Ating Pananaw sa Buhay

Malayo at malawak ba ang iyong pananaw sa buhay? Nakikita mo ba, hindi lamang ang gagawin mo bukas, kundi ang direksyon na iyong pupuntahan, o ang mga bagay na kailangan bago pa man makita ng iba? Sa pelikulang, Titanic ni James Cameron, malinaw ang sanhi ng pagkamatay ng higit na isang libong tao. Hindi nilaContinue reading “Kailangang Lawakan ang Ating Pananaw sa Buhay”

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Walang Maibibigay, Kung Walang Natanggap Mula sa Dios

Merong isang panalangin si San Ignacio de Loyola. Ito ang “Panalangin sa Pagiging BukasPalad.” Marahil alam ninyo ang kantang nagsisimula sa ganito: Panginoon, turuan mo akong maging bukas-palad, turuan mo akong maglingkod sa iyo…” Ano nga ba ang pagiging generous o bukas-palad?  Marahil nauunawaan natin ang generosity bilang isang pagbibigay. Ang taong may donasyon saContinue reading “Walang Maibibigay, Kung Walang Natanggap Mula sa Dios”

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Bangkang Kahoy

Meron akong kuwentong narinig ko sa isa sa mga guro sa high school. May isang batang gumawa ng bangkang kahoy. Sa labis ng pagkagusto sa bangka, inukit niya ang kanyang pangalan sa ilalim nito. Araw-araw nilalaro niya ang bangka at habang tumatagal, sobrang itong napamahal sa kanya. Isang araw, pinaanod niya ang bangka sa ilog.Continue reading “Bangkang Kahoy”

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Awe and Wonder

17 June 2012. 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 17, 22-24; Psalm 92; Corinthians 5,6-10; Mark 4, 26-34  Parables are stories taken from ordinary life to explain a truth. Jesus uses parables to explain not just a truth, but a greater reality – that of the Kingdom of God. He uses parables in order for peopleContinue reading “Awe and Wonder”

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