Author Archives: Joel Tabora, S.J.

About Joel Tabora, S.J.

Jesuit. Educator

Love One Another As I Love You

[Homily.  Live-streamed Mass.  First Friday.  May 7, 2021.  Based on John 15:12-17] Our Gospel on this First Friday of May in the fifth week of Easter is proclaimed in the context of one of the most beautiful parables in the … Continue reading

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Jesus Washing of the Feet of his Disciples

[Baccalaureate Mass.  ADDU JHS Commencement Exercises. 29 April 2021.  Based on Jn. 13.] On this happy day of your commencement exercises marking the end of your Junior High School training at the ADDU and your readiness now to move on … Continue reading

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God’s Gift of the Good Shepherd to You

[Baccalaureate Mass.  ADDU Grade School.  Live-streamed on 26 April.  Based on Psalm 23 and John 10:1-21.] I wonder what your parents are giving you on the occasion of your Grade School commencement exercises!  Whatever it is, I hope it is … Continue reading

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The Challenge of the Eucharist at Graduation

[Baccalaureate Mass.  Live-streamed Mass 11:30 am, April 24.Based on John 6, particularly 60-69.] For your baccalaureate Mass, the Church presents you with the challenge of the Eucharist: Ultimately it is a challenge to your faith in Jesus, the Son of … Continue reading

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The Glory of God: “It is I. Do Not Be Afraid!”

[Homily. Baccalaureate Mass.  Classes 2020, 2021.  Based on Rom 5:1-11 and Jn 6:16-21.  April 17, 2021.] It is a special blessing that we can gather here in the Assumption Chapel for your Baccalaureate Mass, even though because of the pandemic … Continue reading

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Mark’s Inappropriate Ending

[Homily. Mark 16:9-15. Live-streamed Mass. 10 April 2021] The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the Gospels.  It begins:  “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to which later editors have added, “the Son of God” (Mk 1:1).  … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Defense in the Downfall of Unjust Gods

[Homily.  Based on John 10:30-42.  Jesuit Community.  Mar 26, 2021.] The Jews picked up rocks to stone him” (31).  It was not the first time the Jews took up stones to kill him.  When he claimed to be before Abraham, … Continue reading

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Love, Love, Love

[Homily.  SHS Baccalaurate Mass.  Mar 26, 2021] Day after tomorrow the Holy Week begins.  Again, the Catholic Church shall commemorate and celebrate the suffering, death and resurrection of the Lord.  Your Senior High School graduation is celebrated at the threshold … Continue reading

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Jesus, Source and Judge of Human Life

[Homily.  John 5:17-20.  Live-streamed Mass. 17 March 2021] In the Gospel of John Jesus works out seven signs prior to the ultimate sign of the Resurrection.  Today’s Gospel follows on the third sign, the healing of the paralytic at the … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Love Entrusted to Us

[Homily.  First Friday.  March 5, 2021] Our proclamation today from the Gospel of St. Matthew is from the Friday of the second week in Lent.  But this is also the First Friday of the month of March, when we recall … Continue reading

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