Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Love, Justice, and Housework In the Gospel Reading, Martha is trying to feed Jesus and his disciples. If Jesus had come with only his twelve apostles, that still makes lunch for 13—or 16 if Martha and her family are going to have lunch too. Even with a modern kitchen, lunch for so many is not easy to prepare. I have no idea ...

 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

15th in Ord. (C-5) We are human mezuzahs. A friend of mine, who married a Jew, invited me years ago to Shabat, their Friday night ritual dinner, which all practicing Jewish families hold special. It’s an honor to be invited. She gave me a Mezuzah, which I have on my doorpost of my bedroom. It can be made of wood, ...

 

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Following a series of great feasts, we return now to ordinary time represented by our liturgical color, green.  Just last week we celebrated Corpus Cristi, the solemnity of the most holy body and blood of Jesus.  The week before we celebrated the Holy Trinity, the source and fountain of life and perfect communion of love that birthed us to life ...

 

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Corpus Cristi – The body of Christ.  This is day of gratitude, praise and worship to God the Father for the incredible gift of Jesus, the second Person of the trinity, who came in the flesh.   When we say the body of Christ, the primary referent is the mystery of the Incarnation.    We celebrate Corpus Cristi because through the power ...

 

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

Trinity Sunday (C-4) What’s in Christ’s medicine bag for us? Franciscan Sr. Jose Hobday tells a beautiful story about a tradition in her family. Listen to this story: There is no greater mystery in Catholicism than that of the Trinity. It baffles all preachers and teachers, and it can only be preached or taught through analogies or metaphors. The Bible ...

 

Pentecost Sunday

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

Pentecost (C-8) Are we Christian by custom or by way of life? Norman Cousins once wrote an editorial in the Saturday Review regarding a conversation with a Hindu priest named: Satis Prasad. Satis said he had come to the US to be a missionary. Norman thought he had come to convert the citizens to Hinduism. He was mistaken, however. Satis ...

 

The Ascension of the Lord

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”   The Ascension is about Jesus preparing his partners to take up his mission of proclaiming good news to the poor, and setting captives free.  He is preparing them to be witnesses.  Even though ...