Power of Words

Matthew 8:5-13 There is a saying that “A pen is mightier that a sword.” Throughout history, words have influenced people and not violence. A person who grew up with affirmation, is confident. Compare this to a person who grew up with criticism, as often criticism also comes out of the mouth. In St. Matthew’s Gospel,…

Ascension Day

Once I was mentored by an elderly priest and he would always say, “May misyon pa” (there still is a mission). A woman was able to recover from a chronic disease, he would say, “May misyon pa.” A man was able to recover from a motorcycle accident, “May misyon pa.” People in their 90s celebrating…

Fear of Death

Mention the word, “Death” and many people are not comfortable. Someone offers a “memorial plan” or an insurance policy in case we pass away, and we become uncomfortable. One family member mentions fixing the estate, and we become uncomfortable. Once, as seminarians, we were asked to write our own Eulogy. Initially, it drew uneasy laughter….

Mothers and Goodbyes

Editor’s Note: This homily was from a 40th-day Mass last year. As it pertains to the importance of mothers in our lives, we are sharing it as part of a Mother’s Day reflection. — This weekend will be Mother’s day and on social media, there are already so many tributes to mothers. Two things I…

Thirst

John 19: 28 A past advertisement would tell us to “Obey your thirst.” This is part of our humanity. We need to eat and we need to drink as well. However, between eating and drinking, science says we will last longer without eating than without drinking. It is harder to deal with thirst. The fifth…

Gratitude

Luke 17: 11-19 One of the first lessons in life that we learn is to say thank you. When we receive candy or a treat, our parents would always remind us, “What do you say?”. If we received a toy for our birthday, our parents would always remind us, “What will you say?” In school…

Contentment

John 6: 30-35 There is a saying that we human beings have what is called, “unlimited wants”. After one house, there is the desire for the next house; after a new cell phone, the desire for the next model; after taking advantage of a sale, one waits for the next sale. Eventually, we have to…

Lack of Faith

“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” By the time the Pharisees spoke these words, they must have heard that Jesus had brought back people from the dead to life, cured many people who were sick, and fed thousands of people with 5 pieces of bread and 2 fishes. Yet the Pharisees and…

Signs of God

Mark 8: 11-13 Once I had the chance to visit the Underground River in Puerto Princesa in Palawan. In the 1.5 km trip of God’s marvelous creation, the guide made a comment that perhaps describes one of the mysteries of life. “Even in the deepest recesses of the world, animal and marine life are still…

Poison

John 11: 45-56 One of the surest ways to loneliness in life is to compare yourself with others. You observe one’s house, you observe one’s car. Where does the person work? You observe the friends that they hang out with, and eventually, you look at their talent. In other words, a person counts the blessings…