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. …

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

20th in Ord. (C-5) Jesus models for us how to be a prophet How did Jesus grow into his role as a prophet? Let’s see! Jesus is 12 years old. His town went to Jerusalem for a big feast. On the return trip, Jesus was not with them. He stayed behind. Mary and Joseph were frantic parents. I’m sure you …

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Eddie Samaniego, SJ

19th in Ord. (C-9) Time shows what we treasure! In the movie, Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino defends a youth who is about to be punished for not ratting on his classmates. He said: I believe we all know the right path to take, the journey that leads to God, to peace. But, I believe most of us fail …

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Who cares? Everything is vanity, the reading from Ecclesiastes says. The writer of Ecclesiastes means that everything is in vain. You toil in the day; you’re anxious in the night. And it’s all for nothing, the writer thinks. Who cares about it? No wonder many people think Ecclesiastes is a depressing book! Work done for love of the Lord lasts. But notice …

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, …

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

  Isaiah declares that the Lord’s power shall be known to his servants.  St. Paul speaks of a new creation, and the disciples of Jesus see a manifestation of the kingdom of God through their agency.  All the readings are brewing with such hope and life that we all sang in exaltation, “Let all the earth cry out to God …