A Stranger in Need – Pat Nogoy, SJ

John 1:6-8, 19-28; Third Sunday of Advent It was on the second day of walking that I began to feel the heavy burden of begging. Our humble pleas for leftover food were served with polite rejections. Even harder to accept were the gentle refusals of our requests to be sheltered for a night despite the…

God’s Word and (Slow)Word – Pat Nogoy, SJ

Matthew 13:1-23, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time God’s word is life and brings about life. In the first reading, God’s word is associated with rain and snow—droplets full of life—and their efficacy in causing life through their watering of the earth. In the Gospel, Jesus uses a seed as analogy to God’s word. Seeds contain…

Rest – Pat Nogoy, SJ

Matthew 11:25-30, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time I wonder what rest means nowadays. Perhaps, the immediate thought would be relief—having that quiet time to breathe and recharge, away from the maddening ebb and flow of information, virtual meetings, and various stimuli that incite intense emotions that range from sadness to anger to frustration to tiredness….

Partnerships – Pat Nogoy, SJ

Matthew 10:26-33, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Do not be afraid.” It is easy to be afraid nowadays. Suffering and the risk of death are a mere distance or breath away. In the past few months, we have seen suffering and death swell by the numbers, forms, and scope—eating up life, work, and fellowship in…

Our Emmaus:Walks, Meals and Runs – Pat Nogoy, SJ

Luke 24:13-35, 3rd Sunday of Easter Some walks can be hard and long. Especially for those whose hopes and lives have been shattered to pieces. Robbed of life’s coherence, two disciples can only return and make their way home. Home is a familiar and comfortable place where they can somehow piece some fragments together into…

The Anatomy of Healing – Pat Nogoy, SJ

John 20:19-31, Divine Mercy Sunday Today’s readings and Gospel are about peace. Peace is not easy to come by nowadays. I am thinking of families that are suffering from hard misunderstanding, deep feuds, or have, in time, drifted far apart from each other. In my mind are couples who had relied on a relatively stable…

Our Best Prayers – Pat Nogoy, SJ

Easter Sunday 2020 The first Easter morning is the least consoling. It is welcomed with loss—those who woke up early in the morning to anoint their beloved dead with honest tears and deep grief. This loss was made worse by sudden fear—the dead is no longer there, the tomb empty. Loss and fear were compounded…