Oct 31

Homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2010 - Fr. Satish Joseph

Put your hands up if at one time or another you have been head over heels in love. I am not asking you if it all worked out or if you are still with the person you got crazy about; I am not even asking if the other person felt the same for you. Perhaps, you only secretly adored this person and never made your love known. I am merely asking you if your heart has ever skipped a beat? I am asking if you lost your appetite or started putting make-up because love stirred your heart like never before? I am asking you, if you have been crazy in love?

Oct 23

Homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 2010 - Fr. Satish Joseph

Today’s readings continue last Sunday's theme of prayer. The best way for me to further clarify the theme would be to say that, if last Sunday’s theme was about how to pray, this week’s theme is “How NOT to pray.” For example, the gospel reading contrasts the prayer of the Pharisee with that of the tax-collector. The tables are turned in this parable. The righteous person’s prayer finds no place in God’s eyes, whereas, the sinner goes home justified. How do we explain this sudden reversal of fortune?

Oct 17

Homily for the 29th Week in Ordinary Time, Year C, 2010 - Fr. Satish Joseph

Last week, there were some distractions in my spiritual life. As I have said before, I find early mornings to be the best time for quite time in prayer. In the last few weeks, however, I have found waking up in the morning to be very difficult. I have had to drag myself to my prayer corner. The other distraction was sports. India took on Australia in cricket. When I get up at 5:30 in the morning, the game is just ending in India. Those of you who love sports, you know there is nothing like catching up the last bit of the game. If you are curious, no, I did not give up into these temptations. However, I did ask myself a few questions as I sat in prayer. Why am I doing this? Why do I spent quite time in prayer? What am I getting out of this? I will give you my answer in a few moments.

Oct 10

Homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2010 - Fr. Satish Jsoeph


Because our nation is at war, perhaps, it will be easier for us to understand today’s readings better. Here then, is a hypothetical situation. Suppose one of the Taliban commanders came to the United States to seek treatment for cancer, how would you react as ordinary citizens? Would you support the offer of health care and nursing to him? Now, let me ask you these same questions as a people of faith in Jesus Christ? Are you now at least compelled to pause and rethink your reaction? Do you now have a different answer than our initial reaction? If you are struggling for an answer, then perhaps, you will understand today’s reading really well. 

Oct 03

Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2010 - Fr. Satish Joseph.

Faith is like a teenager falling in love for the first time and realizing that he or she is capable of love.  Faith is its own reward.

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