“Manifestation of God (in our Beloved Pope and in Us)” (Mt. 2:1-12), by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM

Jesus is now the evident manifestation of the Father who wants to share His unconditional love and faithfulness with all of us. This first Sunday of the year is designated by our Church as the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. This means the manifestation of our God to us. How did this revelationContinue reading ““Manifestation of God (in our Beloved Pope and in Us)” (Mt. 2:1-12), by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM”

“The Rude Guest” (Luke 14:1, 7-14) by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM

…to enrich one’s self and not to think of others is also a crime that we should remind ourselves of every now and then. As Pope Francis said: “Mess yourself up for God!” The gospel reading this Sunday is part of the critical 14th Chapter, where the action and the setting is mostly set onContinue reading ““The Rude Guest” (Luke 14:1, 7-14) by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM”

“The Real Security” by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM

“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (v.15) The international media absorbed it right in their headlines, “The Pope Urges Us to denounce materialism!” This emotional plea by our beloved Pontiff became like a dewfall, leaving young people, especially those who wereContinue reading ““The Real Security” by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM”

“Personal Queries” by Fr. Joel

“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it.” Let’s imagine Jesus being physically present mContinue reading ““Personal Queries” by Fr. Joel”

“Habilin” by Fr. Joel

“Repentance and forgiveness in his name would be proclaimed to all the nations. You shall be witnesses to this. I will send you what my Father promised. “(v.47-49) After graduating from high school in Samar, I was determined to pursue my theological studies and readied myself to enter the diocesan seminary in our place. SinceContinue reading ““Habilin” by Fr. Joel”

“Resurrection: Heart of Faith”, John 20:1-9, by Fr. Joel

The closer we are-to Jesus, the more we can be assured of the resurrection in the afterlife that we will all experience. The Resurrection of Jesus is an event prefigured by himself in the many subtle encounters in the gospels. The apex of which happened after His unbearable suffering and cruel death. How can peopleContinue reading ““Resurrection: Heart of Faith”, John 20:1-9, by Fr. Joel”

“Palm Sunday and the Story of the Other Palms”, by Fr. Joel

Following Jesus’ example of laying down His life for his loved ones, we may attain the fullness of His love to us by doing the same example – He lived for others. Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion is a day of invitation for us, the faithful, to enter into the paschal mystery of Christ.Continue reading ““Palm Sunday and the Story of the Other Palms”, by Fr. Joel”

“The ‘Flesh’ for Others”, by Fr. Joel

My great salute to our young people in the parish and those who came to volunteer for our relief efforts. It is the spirit of Jesus, the body and blood poured out for many that was evidently felt by our young people. John 6:51-58 For these past Sundays, we have been introduced to the EucharisticContinue reading ““The ‘Flesh’ for Others”, by Fr. Joel”

“The Power of “Ouch” To The Power of Touch” by Fr. Joel

If we can only join hands and solidify our efforts, then, we can alleviate hunger, injustices, economic imbalance, and other man-made calamities that threaten human life and all other life-forms. Can we really blame God for the sufferings and miseries of people? This is the desperate dirge that Job asks of God. He felt thatContinue reading ““The Power of “Ouch” To The Power of Touch” by Fr. Joel”

“Wealth or Kingdom?(Mk 10:17-30)” by Fr. Joel

…a disciple who followed him will receive a hundredfold as much; houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children, and lands, along with persecutions, and in the age to come, life everlasting (v.30). The rewards mentioned by Jesus are a “great reversal” of the sacrifices and sufferings a disciple will endure for a moment,Continue reading ““Wealth or Kingdom?(Mk 10:17-30)” by Fr. Joel”