“Blindness and Power Play” by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM

“You were born a sinner and now you teach us!” This remark by the Pharisees to the man-born-blind is a very paralyzing and belittling statement. This is borne out of a certain bias against him since they believe that his physical disability is a product of a curse or a sin done by his ancestors.Continue reading ““Blindness and Power Play” by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM”

“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”

“Solemnity of Christ The King: The King Who Saves”, By Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM

The underlying spirituality here is despite our wickedness and misgivings, the love of Christ will always be overflowing in us. But like the repentant thief in the gospel, we need to recognize in faith the kingship of Jesus and His holy operations and intents. We celebrate this Sunday the Solemnity of Christ the King. TheContinue reading ““Solemnity of Christ The King: The King Who Saves”, 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”

“Pentecost Sunday”, by Fr. Joel

Pentecost is the feast of the Spirit manifesting within the people the will of God. This is a Jewish feast fifty days after Passover. St. Luke recalled in the Acts of the Apostles the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (2:4). The large crowd that was gathered during the feast were confused and amazed how theContinue reading ““Pentecost Sunday”, by Fr. Joel”