Author Archives: Joel Tabora, S.J.

About Joel Tabora, S.J.

Jesuit. Educator

Praying Before the Crucified Lord

[Homily. Assumption Chapel. 24 Sept 2022.] Yesterday we reflected in our first readings on the wisdom of Qoheleth;  the wisdom of being content with life in an unchanging world lived from the hand of God.  That was wisdom we said … Continue reading

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Wisdom that Calls Forth a Deeper Wisdom

[Homily.  Assumption Chapel.  Sept 23, 2022.] Yesterday and today our first readings are taken from the Book of Ecclesiastes, also known as Qoheleth.  Let us reflect on these readings today. The book opens with the introductory declaration: “The words of … Continue reading

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Celebrating Mary, Model for Evangelization, on Her Birthday

[Homily.  Assumption Chapel.  Sept. 8, 2022.] Today is the Feast of the Nativity of Mary. In our Church, the theologians say there are other more important celebrations of Mary.  The three solemnities of Mary are the Immaculate Conception, the Divine … Continue reading

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In this Season of Creation, A Cry for Conversion

[Homily. First Friday. In the Season of Creation. September 2, 2022.] We celebrate our First-Friday Mass today within the Season of Creation, that special time of the year set aside by Pope Francis from Sept 1, yesterday, to October 4, … Continue reading

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Healing Beyond Expectation

[Homily.  Assumption Chapel. 31 August 2022.] Our Gospel for today is from the 4th chapter of St. Luke.  Jesus has just made his first public appearance in a synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth.  He declared that in the Spirit … Continue reading

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Invitations to a Deeper Following of Jesus

[Homily. Assumption Chapel. 23 August 2022.] Those of us who pray for the grace to know Jesus intimately know that his public life was no bed of roses.  He had the company of his disciples.  He loved his disciples.  But … Continue reading

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Christ the King, Mary the Queen

[Homily.  ADDU Chapel of Christ the King.  For the SATMI Community.  22 Aug. 2022] I would like to welcome you all to this Eucharistic celebration here in the Chapel of Christ the King.  It is because of the persistence of … Continue reading

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Mary Assumed into Heaven

[Homily.  Feast of the Assumption.  Aug. 15, 2022.] It is a mystery that God made the history of salvation dependent on the consent of a young virgin from Nazareth, Mary, who was already betrothed to a just man, named Joseph.  … Continue reading

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Denying Oneself to Find One’s Self

[Homily.  First Friday Mass.  Assumption Chapel. Aug. 5, 2022.] Once again on this First Friday, we contemplate “the Man on the Cross.”  He is not only a man; he is God-made-man as willed by the Father as an expression of … Continue reading

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Catholic Higher Education in the Philippines: A Commitment to Quality Education in the Spirit

[ADDU University Lecture, July 29, 2022.] Our University Celebration of St. Ignatius of Loyola today is occasion for reflection on Catholic Education in the Philippines and how it is a commitment to quality education in the Holy Spirit. Catholic education … Continue reading

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