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. …

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

To discern or not to discern? That is our question! There is a great movie: St. Ignatius Loyola! As a Jesuit, I loved how the director, a Filipino Jesuit, depicted Ignatius’s anguish in fighting temptations and his discovery, through the imagination, the difference between God’s voice and that of the devil. He describes it as if one leads to the …

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

The Word of God invites us to embrace the virtue/practice of humility.  “Conduct your affairs with humility.”  “Humble yourself the more the greater you are.”  “Go and take the lowest place.”  Humility might be a difficult virtue to understand in our culture that emphasizes “the number of likes or number of followers.”  Perhaps like St. Ignatius of Loyola, we may …

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

21st in Ord. (C-5) What does it mean to be saved? Our Protestant brothers and sisters love to ask non-believers and Catholics, “Are you saved brother/sister?” They seek the answer: “Jesus is my personal Lord and savior.” That’s their password to being saved. But, you have before you, someone, who has studied the question and the possible answers for years. …