Author Archives: Joel Tabora, S.J.

About Joel Tabora, S.J.

Jesuit. Educator

Pakighinabi: Promised Legacy of Ending Armed Struggles with Enduring Peace (PLEASE Peace!)

[Message. Pakighinabi: Promised Legacy of Ending Armed Struggles with Enduring Peace (PLEASE Peace!)  22 July 2021] With Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmed Al Tayyeb, we at Ateneo de Davao University wholly accept “the culture of … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know How to Love Him

[Homily:  Live-streamed Mass, July 22, 2021.] Fifty years ago Frank Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar first appeared on Broadway.  Perhaps, on this Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, it’s not irrelevant to recall that production’s portrayal of Mary Magdalene’s relationship with … Continue reading

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Blessed with Every Spiritual Blessing

[Sunday Live-streamed Mass, ADDU.  11 July 2021.  Mark 6:7-13 and Eph. 1:3-14] Our Gospel today recalls Jesus sending out the disciples on their first missionary experience.    They were to take nothing with them, no food, no bag, no money in … Continue reading

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The Vulnerable Lover

[Homily.  First Friday.  Live-streamed Mass.  July 2, 2021.  Based on Matthew 9:9-13 and Hos. 6:6] Our Gospel today begins with a brief portrayal of Jesus’ compelling effect on people.  Matthew was a tax collector.  As such he was in the … Continue reading

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Embracing Online Education, We Move On

[University Address:  Academic Convocation.  June 30, 2021.] We have another year of online education.  This year as last year, it is not something we asked for.  It is not a mode of educational delivery many of us would prefer.  But … Continue reading

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Pakighinabi: On the Moro Killings in South Cotabato, 2020-2021

[Welcome Remarks, June 30, 2021] To the representatives of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Peace and Reconciliation, Sec. Carlito Galvez, to the Honorable Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr., Governor of South Cotabato, to the representatives of the BARMM, the … Continue reading

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You Cannot Serve God and Money

[ADDU Live-streamed Mass, 19 June 2021.  Based on:  Matthew 6:24-36] “No one can serve two masters.” Jesus teaches. “He will either hate one or love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God … Continue reading

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Fr. Ning Puentevella: Tongue in Cheek

[Live-streamed Requiem Mass.  ADDU.  4 June 2021] Normally, at a Mass such as this, the homilist says something about the life of the Jesuit whom God has called home.  But at this Mass for Fr. Ning, we have the privilege … Continue reading

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Life in Color

[Homily:  Live-streamed Mass, May 27, 2021. Based on Mk. 10:46-52] For those of you who enjoy Netflix as much as I do, I’d like to invite you to take a pause from the Korean dramas and action thrillers to watch … Continue reading

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The Hope of the Ascension

[Homily.  Feast of the Ascension.  Live-streamed Mass.  May 16, 2021.] We firmly believe there is a heaven.  Or, we desperately want to believe it.  There is too much suffering, too much corruption, too much war, too much painful violence, too … Continue reading

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