Second Sunday of Advent

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

2nd in Advent (A-8) Do we see the forest, or just the trees? Pope Francis’ Exhortation: Christ is Alive, Christus Vivit, says: “He (Christ) is in you, he is with you, and he never abandons you. However far you may wander, he is always there, the Risen One. He calls you and waits for you to return to him and …

First Sunday of Advent

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Happy New Liturgical Year!  We are in the season of Advent and we thank God for offering us new beginnings, a time of reflection and preparation of our hearts so that our coming Lord may find a place to dwell.  The Lord has already come in history, he will come in glory at the end of time, but he always …

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Jesus our Lord, King of the Universe Source and ground of all existence Word made flesh you traversed the distance King of Kings becomes next of kin Word of God, comes to dwell within   So much does he love us That in order not to lose us He lay down his life for us   This is my body …

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

What are we willing to live for?  What are we willing to die for?  We may not be constrained to witness in such a radical way to our values and our faith as the seven brothers and their mother we hear about in the book of Maccabees, but their story triggered my reflection on what underlies or motivates such willing …

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

31st in Ord. (C-5) God forgives to show us how We just heard in Wisdom: “you overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.” Why is it that Paul recognized that all things that God created are good, and yet …

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

30th in Ord. (C-5) Is our heart calm or agitated? Have you ever taken a walk around a small mountain lake? Don’t you just love seeing the reflections of the mountains, the trees, the houses on the surface of the waters when they are calm, and there is no breeze or wind to make the waters agitated or troubled? It …

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Why do you let me see ruin?  Why must I look at misery?  Destruction and violence are before me.  Lord! I cry out for help, why do you not intervene? Those words of the prophet Habakkuk millennia ago could be words on our lips today.  In fact, the problem of suffering and pain is one of primary things the new …

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

There’s something final and disturbing in Luke. At the end of our lives, we’ll be taken to either side of a huge chasm. Let’s call it our spiritual Grand Canyon. There is no crossing over in either direction once we are where we are supposed to be. One side is heaven. The other is Hell. If you died right now, …

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

The scriptures today are concerned with stewardship.  In the ancient world the “steward” was entrusted with the household of a master to manage the goods and finances.  More often than not it was the task of a freed slave.  And Jesus suggests that the sons of this age are more prudent and wiser with the things that they put their …

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. The Pharisees and Scribes have a problem with that. God would want nothing to do with sinners and tax collectors, much less actively welcome and receive those who have completely missed the mark? Would he? We may find ourselves agreeing with the Pharisees and Scribes and with the older brother in the parable. …