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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 2012). 

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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January 6, 2019 - What Do We Bring?

The Epiphany of the Lord

Scripture Readings

There is a small Christian population in south-eastern Turkey who speak the same language that Jesus spoke – Aramaic. Thirty years back, there were about 50,000 Christians in this area. Today, there are merely 2,500 of them. The Christians of this tradition say that, instead of three kings who came to do the child Jesus homage, there were twelve kings. They are not alone in claiming that there were more than three kings. St. Jacob and Michael the Syrian (also known as St. Michael the Great) also claim that there were either 11 or 12 kings. Matthew, whose account we rely on, mentions three gifts, but not how many kings brought these three gifts. Neither Matthew, nor the tradition of St. Jacob, St. Michael the Great or the Aramaic Christians in south-eastern Turkey name the kings as Melchior, Balthasar and Caspar. These names belong to a totally different tradition. No matter which tradition we ultimately believe in – the feast of the Epiphany has implications for us. 

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December 30, 2018 - Prayer for Families

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Scripture Readings

Instead of a typical homily, today, I felt led to pray for families. Over the year, I get numerous requests from parishioners to pray for various needs of families. Today, it is my intention to bring these needs before the entire community, so that together we can raise these needs up to God in prayer. 

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December 25, 2018 - Christmas: The Thrill, The Tragedy, The Hope

The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas

Scripture Readings

It was the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I was walking to the back of the church for the entrance procession for our school Mass. A kindergartner waived to me and said, “Hi, Jesus!” I waved back as I smiled. In my mind I said, “Girl, you are killing me!” Think about it, though. There was a time when a little child could wave and another human person and say, “Hi Jesus!” There was a time when Jesus walked as a human person and a blind man cried out, “Jesus, Son of David! Have pity on me!” There was a day, when the disciples looked at a human person and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”! There was also that fateful day, when a Roman Centurion looked up to a human person nailed to a cross, and exclaimed, “Truly, this was the Son of God!” (Mt 27:54). Christmas is the day on which humans look at a baby lying in a manger in a stable and said, “Hi, Jesus!” 

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December23, 2018 - Radical Availability and Mystic Contemplation

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Scripture Readings

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” These were Elizabeth’s words to Mary. Two days before Christmas, are there better words to reflect upon? Mary’s role in the history of salvation can never be overestimated. Even though Joseph is not part of today’s gospel reading, I would like to bring him into the picture. In my three points, I would like to reflect on both of them.

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