Crisis of Faith During a Pandemic

“How can a merciful and loving God exist when there is so much evil and suffering around?” Most of us are familiar with the story of the apostle Thomas also called Didymus who doubted the accounts of the other disciples about their encounter with the Risen Lord. The story, which is the Gospel tomorrow, the …

Good Friday and Easter Sunday

“We need a God that gives us hope even in times of defeat.” One can only wonder if there is reason for us to celebrate Easter in a world that is more like a Good Friday. Gripped with fear and uncertainties, we ask what lesson this blessed feast could have in these tragic days. Apparently, …

Paschal Triduum in the Pandemic

“It is only when we allow our Savior to accompany us in this difficult journey that the cross becomes life-giving and not an instrument of suffering and death.” The raging global pandemic is causing a very heavy toll on the well-being of billions worldwide. The pandemic is not only making people sick but is also …

Entering Jerusalem as the Pandemic Worsens

“When will this suffering end? Where is this heading? Is there hope?” The sudden serious surge of COVID-19 infections has caught us all unaware. Most of us can hardly wrap our minds around the record-setting numbers of new infections the country is now facing. It is a punch in the gut considering that we have …

Standing with Bishops Pabillo and David

Co-authored with Christian Laluna ‘All [the Church] asks for is the ability to worship within reasonable boundaries and restrictions, for the sake of those who need a light when the darkness descends’ One would think that, by Christian standards, Manila Archdiocese Bishop Broderick Pabillo’s riposte to the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) ban on religious congregational …

500 Years of Burdens and Gifts

“We can move on from the burdens of history and to use the gift of the indigenous wellspring to renew a universal and truly Filipino faith.” In the mass celebrated in Rome by Pope Francis last Sunday, Cardinal Chito Tagle spoke eloquently about the coming of the Christian faith to our land as God’s gift. …

The Light of Our World

“We are sanctified in Christ Jesus.” The Gospel of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, from John the Apostle, contains a promise: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world …

Three Moments of Conversion

“A different kind of conversion is provided for in each season of life. We are called to discern and identify the one that suits us right now.” The gospel this Third Sunday of Lent recalls the story of Jesus in the temple, upset that the House of the Father has become a marketplace. In his …

The Promise of the Transfiguration

“There will be light again.” The gospel this Second Sunday of Lent recalls a story familiar to all Christians – the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ in Mount Tabor. Mark writes sparingly about the event: “After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all …

Out of the Pandemic Desert

“Humanity is being tested: Families are separated, communities are in havoc, lives are in turmoil because of the pandemic.” The Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent, taken from the Gospel of Mark, speaks of the time when Christ, as he is about to start his ministry, is brought by the Spirit out into …