When Jesus became man, God decided he won’t look at humanity from the window of eternity. He wanted to take it and drink it all. He’s not standing by. He will walk. He will ride. On a young donkey yes. But he did ride. To tell us that he wants no barriers between us and him. No glass pane. No chasm of up there and down below. He became real. A person. A friend.
Let us start our journey with Jesus. Let us begin our path to discovery. Let us ride to encounter.
FR. JASON H. LAGUERTA
CLYDE ERICSON NOLASCO
He just wanted to see Jesus, that’s all. However, he just didn’t see the Christ but found a new life. Up on a sycamore tree, the tax collector Zacchaeus had his change of heart – his metanoia. He went down from the tree with a repenting heart willing to be generous to others and to welcome Jesus. As we continue waiting for Him, let’s take time to stay up on our sycamore tree – our religious experiences. Let it be an opportunity for us to learn more about our faith. Let’s answer questions as we journey together.
When I am not engaged in writing and chores, I love listening to live worship songs, browsing the internet, watching Marvel series and YouTube videos on faith, finance, and food.
FR. PHILLIPPE ANGELO GARCIA
The only way of loving truly is to be holy. If someone is not striving to be holy, to be like Jesus, then he is not yet loving truly. Fr. Phillippe Garcia shares his stories, tips, reflections, and pastoral insights for us to love more like Jesus.
May his sharings develop your love story with God as he inspires you to translate your love to God through action.
This column chronicles Margaux’s faith journey. How she remembers Christ everyday, following what he said on the night he was betrayed: when he took bread, and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me”; and then went for the wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
(1 Corinthians 11:24-25)
FR. KEVIN JOSHUA COSME
A fire was burning in his heart. Standing on Gentile territory – the Areopagus or the “hill of Ares” – he declared, “You Athenians, I see that in every respect you are very religious. For as I walked around looking at your shrines. I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’ What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you” (Acts 17:22-23).
Intelligence, eloquence, boldness – the virtues of St. Paul! The challenge for us modern Christians is to engage our culture with the same qualities, sympathetic to its search for the Unknown God, whom we most clearly know and proclaim. Time to head out and into the Areopagus!
FR. VIC KEVIN FERRER
I want this column to touch hearts. I want to speak about love and how it can be found in everyday life, in the Church and in the society, in culture and in all creation. Mother Teresa often said, “where there is love there is God.” To love is to have an open heart and to open one’s heart is to allow it to be wounded, to die to self. That’s the hard truth- an open heart is a wounded heart. Only an open heart can let the full extent of the love of God to enter and overflow for others. We must go on living with an open heart.