Things We Thirst For

John 4: 5-42 According to science, an infant is 75- 78 percent water. By one year old, the infant is 65 percent water. When the infant reaches adulthood, the person is about 50 to 65 percent water. Hence, when we lack water, we get thirsty. Many ailments come from dehydration, including: In fact, a person…

The Cross

John 18: 1-19: 42 Nowadays we see the Cross all over. There are tattoo crosses; there are earrings with the cross design; many rock bands use the cross in their names; the Satanists invert the cross. During the time of Jesus, the cross meant death. Not only death but even the most humiliating form of…

The Truth Will Set You Free

John 8: 31-42 One program that is very successful in treating alcoholism is the program Alcoholics Anonymous. It is said that for a person who wants to be healed, the most basic requirement for the alcoholic is to admit that he or she needs help. No denial, no justification, no blaming. Just plain and simple,…

Don’t Lose Hope

John 11: 1-45 Once in a group conversation, we were talking about the great menace of drugs. How so much of the population is into it. Then someone in the group added, “Remember, we are only talking about illegal drugs. How many people are into prescribed drugs? How many people take prescribed drugs due to…

Service in Difficult Times

John 13:16-20 There is a quote, “Be kind. Everyone is fighting a battle.” Part of our ministry as priests is that people share with us what they are going through. Everyone has their crosses.  I remember an article that came out once on the effect of Facebook on people. You see your friends eating in…

Like Father, Like Son

John 5: 17-30 How many of us think that God is a God who is angry? “I go to Mass because otherwise, bad luck might be experienced in my personal life, in my family life, or in my professional life”. Or “if I experience misfortune, it is only because of my sins in the past….

The Lord is my Shepherd

John 10: 1-10 In the Middle East, one of the most visible people in the countryside is the Shepherd (Pastol). Being a shepherd is considered one of the oldest professions, about 5000 years old. Most shepherds were usually men and not married because they had to go from one place to the other.  When Jesus…

Public Opinion

John 7: 40-53 One of the favorite pastimes of people is talking about other people’s lives. Even Jesus was not exempted. They were always talking about him. “Is He a prophet?”, “Is He the Christ?”, “Is He from the family of David?”. Yet Jesus had only one thing in mind, which was to do the…

Mothers and Their Immortal Words

John 14: 21 -26 One day, I came across immortal words of mothers. These words were uttered when our mothers felt we were not growing up right, our values were warped, we made wrong decisions, or we were not growing up as a person with character. I chose seven of the seemingly more popular ones:…

Rough Times

John 6:16-21 For those of us who have ridden a boat and were caught by a storm in the middle of the sea, we still remember the feeling – FEAR. We were in a small boat in Antique once, and suddenly we experienced strong rains and winds. Water was getting into the boat. With a…