The Epiphany of the Lord

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

The light and glory of the Lord shines upon you; the presence of God is made manifest.  This is what we celebrate on Epiphany.  We recall the three Magi led by the radiant star to Emmanuel – God with us – the light of the world.  But this is not just a celebration of a past encounter; It is a …

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

As we stand so close to the breaking-in of the “light that enlightens everyone” coming into the world, Emmanuel – God-with-us, our readings turn our eyes towards the mother of the Lord, the woman of faith, whose Yes! to God’s word, was the beginning of a new birth, new hope, new life in our world, beyond what we can ask …

Third Sunday of Advent

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

What should we do? John the Baptist’s reputation grew so much that people came from all over to ask, “What must I do to amend my life?” His message was one of repentance, understood as re-looking at each life, and then letting oneself be changed by the re-look. John knew his people well enough to assign them things that would …

Second Sunday of Advent

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

“Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever; wrapped in the cloak of justice from God (Baruch 5:1-2).”  Something big is on the horizon.  A huge shift is about to take place.  God is about to do something new for you.  Are you ready for it?    Your life may be …

First Sunday of Advent

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Where do you go when your whole world is shaken?  What do you do when things as you know it are suddenly changed?   Sooner or later, your world as you know it will experience an earthquake.  Somebody dies, your home is destroyed, you are violated, the spouse you thought loved you can’t stand to look in your eyes anymore, the …

Christ the King

Fr. Augusto Berrio, SJ

A priest visited a parochial, elementary school. He asked the children: “What do you find good in school?” An eight-year-old boy said: “They treat us well and nobody bullies us.” Another girl said: “We feel safe because they respect us.” Children often say what they feel, when they are in a safe environment. If there are fear or threats, they …

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

The Word of God draws our attention towards the end.  We get all these rich symbols in our readings today like the sun being darkened and the moon not giving its light to symbolize the end of the times and seasons that mark our lives, images of judgment, and the coming of the Son of Man.  This is entirely fitting …

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Our first reading about Elijah and the widow of Zarephath was used as an object lesson by Jesus in his first sermon at his own hometown in Nazareth.  He spoke about his mission to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to set prisoners free.  But that word did not really find a welcome in the hearts …

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Fear the Lord your God! Keep throughout the days of your lives all the statutes and commandments I enjoin on you this day – that you may grow and prosper – and receive the promise of the Lord, to give you a land flowing with milk and honey.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart.   The book of …

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

One word encapsulates what I believe is God’s word to us for this weekend, i.e. Relentless.  Being relentless.  The first thing is that God is relentless in his pursuit of us.  He says, “I will bring them back, I will gather them, I will console and guide them, I will lead them to brooks of water, etc.  These words of …