Brunch Epiphanies

In my mind’s eye, I regularly attend the most fascinating brunches, where the mimosas are bottomless, and both laughter and tears surface in equal measure. Read More

Read Today’s Gospel–And This Blog Post–All the Way to the End

Perhaps it isn’t prudent to begin a scripture reflection by noting that the Gospel passage about which one is to write includes one’s least favorite bible verse. You know the one: it’s not uncommon to see it flash by on a sports broadcast where a fan – or an athlete - has it scrawled on a sign, or on their face, a la Tim Tebow.  Read More

Turning Over Tables With Jesus

“He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area.” This image from today’s gospel is not the way I like to imagine Jesus. Read More

Tests and Tents: Finding Grace in Life’s Challenges

Being a second-generation, Filipinx queer person of color that grew up in the evergreens and lush mountains of the Pacific Northwest, I felt a deep desire to go back home and give back to my community to serve and walk with the majority of students of color coming from low-income backgrounds, who live in a predominantly white city. Read More

In the Desert, With Wild Beasts and Angels

As I reflect on today’s readings, neither the desert nor Noah’s ark are speaking loudly to me as they have in years past. Rather, the mention of wild beasts and angels resonates strongly.   Read More

You Can’t Take It With You: An Ash Wednesday Reflection

This Ash Wednesday, Matthew's Gospel helps us to reflect upon the truly valuable things in our lives.  Read More

“Graciously in the Presence of Our Neighbor”: Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

How different would our church be if we read our sacred scriptures graciously and in the presence of those whom Scripture calls us to be neighbor to—the poor, the hungry, the sick, the imprisoned, and, dare I say, the Muslim or Jewish person? Read More

A Voice in the Desert Crying Out: Reflections for the Third Sunday of Advent

The nature of Advent is that it is both like the snow that glistens and the ground that does not. Like snow that falls and glistens in the quiet of night, Advent is filled with hope, joy, and familial love. Underneath the snow, however, is the ground that doesn’t glisten—the reality that waits to be faced once the snow melts. Read More

On Being a Hero: Reflections for the Second Sunday of Advent

This Sunday, we’re asked to think about John the Baptist. And before Jesus was the Jesus of Nazareth whom we know and love—the one who exorcises demons, the one who heals people, the one who walks on water—Jesus was a person like you and me. Indeed, Jesus was a disciple; Jesus was an eager sidekick. And Jesus’s hero was John. Read More

Beacons of Patience and Hope: A Queer Advent Journey with the Holy Family

Advent is often described as a time of cultivating hope, and I sometimes also see it as a time to cultivate patience. As a gay Hispanic worshiping in and working for the Church, patience and hope are virtues that I am obliged to foster. . . Read More