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January 13, 2019 - Identity, Mission, Destiny

The Baptism of the Lord

Scripture Readings

(Fr. Satish is in India with his family. This homily was originally preached in  2013). 

How about I begin my homily with some Trivia Questions? 

Jesus did not baptize anyone – True or False? 

Jesus’ disciples did not baptize before Jesus resurrection – True or False? 

Jesus was baptized because before his ministry he needed his sins forgiven – True or False?

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Jan. 12, 2019 - Discerning the Lord's Will

Saturday after Epiphany

Scripture Readings

Today’s first reading offers a strange relationship between our petition and God’s providence.  Here is what John says, “We have this confidence in Him that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked Him for is ours.”  This text seems like an appropriate clarification on Jesus’ “Ask and you shall receive,” but it also adds something to our side of the equation.  I not only read this and see John calling us to rely on prayer, but I sense him pushing us to discernment, particularly in three ways.

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Jan. 11, 2019 - The Place Where God Meets Us

Friday after Epiphany

Scripture Readings

We are still celebrating the joy of Christmas until the feast of the Lord’s Baptism this Sunday.  Of course, there is much more reflection that can be done, especially while we are still in the season of Christmas.  We began Christmas by recognizing the great joy of Mary, Joseph, the angels and the shepherds at the fact that God had become human, one of us.  But very quickly, the Christmastide daily readings turned us toward the fact that God becoming human didn’t mean that all of our worries and problems had disappeared.  

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Jan. 10, 2019 - If you Love God, Love Your Brother

Thursday after Epiphany

Scripture Readings

What would you say if you were asked if you love God? It seems like a silly or at least very simple question, especially for someone reading a daily scripture reflection. I think my immediate response would be, “Yes, of course I love God.” Today’s first reading (1 John 4:19-5:4), however, can bring us to pause and consider how much we truly love God. It challenges that if we say “I love God” but then hate our brother, then we are a liar, for “whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (vs.20)  This reading is saying that our love for God is shown in our love for one another. It may seem obvious, but if that is the measure of my love for God, then I’m afraid it wouldn’t measure up as much as I would like to think or say it does.

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Jan. 9, 2019 - Right Before our Eyes

Wednesday after Epiphany

Scripture Readings

Nearsightedness is no big deal as I have a great set of glasses that helps me distance terrifically.  However, I cannot read well or work on the computer with my glasses on.  In taking off my glasses, unless I am fully attentive to putting them down, I can sometimes have a hard time being able to see them to pick them up again.  The readings strike me that something right before the disciples eyes remained unseen to them.

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