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January 24, 2018 – It’s Inside

Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Scripture Readings

Michelangelo said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and the task of the sculpture is to discover it.  David was always there in the marble, I just took away everything that was not David.”

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January 23, 2018 - Who are my brothers and sisters?

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

We all know how important families are. For most of us, they are the primary set of relationships into which we are born, raised, come of age, and so forth. They shape us in profound ways, whether by genetic information that is shared in our very bodies or by choices parents make regarding where a family might live or children may go to school or by everyday habits of the family (eating together, talking about the day, watching sports or movies, hugging one another, doing chores together).

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January 22, 2018 - Two Kings, Two Kingdoms

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Scripture Readings

Today’s readings speak to us about two different kings: David and Jesus.  Although David in some way prefigures Jesus, the kingdoms that they rule are very different.  As disciples of Christ we are called to follow Jesus as we live guided by the Spirit of God.  It is only when we allow the Holy Spirit to be our source of power that we can bring about God’s kingdom and live heaven on earth.

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January 21, 2018 - The Kingdom of God is at Hand

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

(Fr. Satish is in India visiting his parents. This homily was preached by him three years back. The homily is still relevant for today as we reflect Christ's call in the Gospel).

Each time I leave my home in India to return back to my ministry in Dayton, the  last day, the last hours, and the last moments are even intensely emotional. Just before I leave, mom and dad always pray over me and give me their blessings. As they blessed me this time I realized how much it hurt all of us to part from each other. For some reason, my mother always surprises me with her prayers over me. She prayed something like, “Loving God, bless the people of my son’s parish whom you have called him to serve. Bless them and let them know your love through him.” This is what is surprising about my mother – she is always able to rise above the immediate situation and find the bigger meaning and purpose. She did this when I left home at 16 and she does it even now when I am 48. In her simple prayer, my mother, had lifted us all from our gloom and given meaning. We still wept as we parted but there was hope.

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January 20, 2018 - The Fence is not an Option

Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today’s gospel passage captures one third of something called Lewis’ Trilemma.  Here is how Lewis describes it: "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.  He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. … Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse" (Mere Christianity 56). This is commonly represented as “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord.”  The goal today is not to discuss all of the flaws or merits of his argument, but to draw from it the startling connection in Mark today. 

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