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 …

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

As a young kid growing up in Nigeria, we would have laborers in our home from time to time to do some repairs.  Inevitably, I would hear my mom call me, Ike!  “Come and set the table.”  My mom would prepare a meal and invite the laborers to come into the house for lunch around our table and have me …

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

The Scriptures today hit the nail right on the head. It gets to the root of a perennial human predicament. Wherever you see disorders and foul practices, wherever you see wars and conflicts, jealousy and selfish ambition exist, and we’ve given in to our passions that make war within us. At the root of our dysfunction, is a zeal directed …

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

Faith comes by hearing the word of Christ, the good news of his extravagant and lavish love, an encounter with God revealed in the face of Jesus. Last week we saw one such encounter when a deaf and stuttering person came to Jesus. In his gracious love Jesus took someone whose impediment made him a target for criticism and bullying, …

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Ike Udoh, SJ

  Imagine someone gives you an incredible gift beautifully wrapped up, but it sits in a corner collecting dust and you never open it up.  Then after some time, while clearing house, you discover the wrapped gift, dust it off, open it up and find that a gift you have wanted for so long has been in your possession all …

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Marty Silva, SJ

Hollywood dreams – let’s call it a catch-all phrase for some of the biggest ambitions we have for ourselves.  We know many who pursued Hollywood dreams, including you and me.  Sadly however, many who have achieved their wild ambitions are still left dry as they bang into these questions:  “Is this all there is to it?  Why am I still …