“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

Memories get embedded in songs. For me, Michael Buble’s Everything reminds me of existential MSN conversations that my secondary school friends and I had while waiting for DOTA to begin. Hillsong’s Sinking Deep recalls my struggle to immerse myself in God’s presence as I walked from Bras Basah MRT to Fortune Centre before the deluge […]

5th Sunday of Lent 18 March 2018 Jer 31:31-34 Hebr 5:7-9 Jn 12:20-33 Like the old covenant, the new covenant that this Sunday’s First Reading speaks of impels the same obedience to the law. In other words, the content of both covenants is similar. The newness then, as The New Jerome Biblical Commentary holds, lies […]

1st Sunday of Lent 18 February 2018 Gen 9:8-15 1 Pt 3:18-22 Mk 1:12-15 Our gospel text this Sunday follows straight after Jesus’ Baptism. In other words, right after the Spirit descends upon Jesus and He is affirmed as God’s Son (Mk 1:11), the Spirit leads Jesus to the desert to be tempted by the […]

I watched The Freedom Writers (2007) last night at Caritas’ Faith on Film event. It evoked powerful emotions in me; I found myself tearing at multiple points. But amidst all the sentimentality, the emotion that struck me the most was resentment. For a good first half or even two-thirds of the film, I felt bitter. […]

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 28 January 2018 Deut 18:15-20 1 Cor 7:32-35 Mk 1:21-28 To assert authority is to raise the question: where does that authority come from? Our readings this Sunday present us with various answers. In today’s Gospel, the first answer is that Jesus’ authority comes from what he does—”he gives orders […]

The Epiphany of the Lord 7 January 2018 Is 60:1-6 Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6 Mt 2:1-12 The word epiphany comes from the Greek word epiphaneia, meaning manifestation or appearance. In this sense, we celebrate the manifestation of Christ to the whole world in the Feast of the Epiphany. To whom exactly is Christ revealed to? Who […]

Exactly five months have passed since I returned from my TSB trip (and my escapade to Bali) and I find the wanderlust stirring again. Strange lands are calling out to me. These are pictures of Mongolia, my second favourite place in the world (for now). My favourite is Iceland. I have promised myself to revisit both. […]