Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

First Holy Communion Liturgy This is a very special day for you.  All of your family and friends are gathered, and you have put on the most beautiful outfits because you are about to receive the greatest guest ever into your body and into your hearts, Jesus in the Eucharist under the appearance of bread and wine. I remember being ...

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.  I’d like to focus on joy and the Holy Spirit today because I think our world and sometimes our hearts are often characterized by insecurity, marked by fears, surrounded by news of violence.  I want to get in touch with that joy that filled the disciples in the midst of ...

 

Third Sunday of Easter

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

BECOMING A WITNESS TO JESUS: FROM DENIAL, TO DEPENDENCE, TO DYNAMIC DISCIPLESHIP I had not quite experienced an ethos as powerful as that at Loyola High School here in Los Angeles.  When I spoke to some Freshmen, I realized they had dreamt about becoming cubs for years.  For some, grandparents, parents, uncles, older brothers had graduated from Loyola, and there ...

 

Easter Sunday The Resurrection of the Lord

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

Easter (C-7) Do we believe enough to show peace and joy?   Writer, J. B. Phillips wrote there are 3 distinctive characteristics of a true Christian: a tranquil mind; unquenchable joy, and out-going love. (Adapted from “If we had known you were going to win…,” Dynamic Preaching, Vol. XVI, No. 2, April-June, 2001 pg. 21) When we pray as if ...

 

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

We entered praising God aloud with joy with our palm branches.  However, the highest praise given to God our Father is the ready and willing offering of Jesus’ body and blood on the cross, in total obedience to the Father.  The innocent one is condemned, love is crushed by suspicion and hatred, the Christ is criminalized, and all this just ...

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Caught and Shamed In the Gospel Reading, the scribes and Pharisees bring to Jesus a woman caught in adultery. They make her stand in the middle of the crowd, and they announce that she was caught in the very act of adultery. The law of Moses prescribes stoning as the punishment for adultery. But it does not permit your doing ...

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Today as we explore the parable of the prodigal son, the question for our reflection is How am I living the gift of life I have received from the Father? Jesus starts this beautiful parable about the prodigal son because the scribes and pharisees noticed something about him.  Jesus was welcoming the chief sinners of that time (the tax collectors) ...