Sep 26

Homily for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

If someone had to ask you the question, “What is at your core?” or, if your children or your parents or your friend had to ask you, “What are the hallmarks of your character?” or if God had to ask you, “Who are you? Or “Who are you becoming?” what would your answer be?

Sep 19

Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 10 - Fr. Satish Joseph

In its latest report, the US Census Bureau has announced that in 2009 one in seven Americans was living in poverty. The bureau defines poverty as any family of four living on less than $21,954 a year. Officials said that the number of people in poverty increased by nearly 4 million between 2008 and 2009. But again, what does a sermon in the Church have anything to do with these issues?

Sep 12

Homily for the 24th Sunday  in Ordinary Time, Year C 10 - Fr. Satish Joseph.

A scandal is serious business. It hurts the people involved, it destroys relationships, and most of all, it leads people away from God. However, what if I said to you that there is a good and positive way of being scandalizing?

Sep 05

Homily for 23rd Week in Oridniary Time, Year C 10 - Fr. Satish Joseph

I remember this incident very clearly. I was in my moral theology class in the Seminary. The professor began his class by asking all of us to write our epitaph. I wanted mine to be the best and the most impressive. I remember thinking hard for a minute and finally wrote down the words: “Here lies a man who lived his life to the full.” I was so convinced that everyone in the room would want to copy my epitaph. When I shared my epitaph with the class, I did not hear the ooohs and the aaahhs I was expecting. The professor passed on to my friend sitting next to me. He had merely written, “Here lies a disciple.” Not only was I highly embarrassed at my own epitaph, but that was the single most life changing moment of my life. It is 20 years since then. Disciple – this word haunts me today as it did that day.

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