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May 11, 2008: Babel Unplugged - Fr. Satish

Pentecost Sunday

Today's Mass Readings

Last Tuesday evening I was invited to a banquet organized by the National Youth Advocate Program, where I was to speak to foster parents of children who need critical care. There was a small group of wonderful people who in an act of overwhelming generosity take into their homes children who otherwise no one would want. They take in juvenile sex-offenders, critically ill children, and even children with serious psychological problems. While my talk was addressed to the foster parents I was totally unaware of who I was actually reaching. Two days later, I received a phone call that one of the staff at the Program was returning to mass after fifteen years. The Holy Spirit of God is still alive and working in our midst. The Holy Spirit works in ways we can never imagine. On this the feast of the Pentecost I believe the Spirit is truly alive in our midst.


May 4, 2008: I Am With You Always... - Fr. Satish

Feast of the Ascension of Jesus

Today's Mass Readings

I studied in the seminary twelve years before I was ordained in the year 1994. About half way through the studies, I confronted a situation with the seminary’s rector which disillusioned me. It will take me too long to explain the situation but it will suffice to say that I realized that the rector’s stand on the matter was dishonest and unjust. I wanted to be a priest but was also aware that if I opposed the rector I would probably be shown the door for being rebellious. I decided that I would quit my seminary training rather than face such problems. I decided to write to my parents about my dilemma. It was mother who wrote back. She said I was welcome back home and that they would support my education. The very last line of the letter was really what decided my future course of action. She wrote, “No matter what you decision, I am with you.” I read that sentence again and again. I needed the reassurance. I could go back home because my parents were so supportive. But finally this is what I said to myself. “If my mother is with me then I am going to go ahead and continue my studies inspite of the problems.” The words “I am with you…” gave me the courage to face the situation rather than escape it. Those four words… they didn’t’ change the situation, but they changed me... changed me enough to face the situation and here I am.


Mar 21, 2008: Good Friday - Crushed For Our Sins - Fr. Satish

Reflection on the Passion of Our Lord"

Readings for Good Friday

There are very few things in human history for which humanity as a whole must take responsibility. For example, humanity as a whole is responsible for world hunger. In some way, each of us plays some part in it. We could not say that of slavery, of colonialism or even of the holocaust. In more recent times, “global warming is one such phenomenon.” Human beings have been on the face of the earth for thousands of years. But it has taken us this long to realize that our actions and our lifestyle have consequences. If there is anything “global warming” is teaching us it is this, that we must take responsibility for our actions. To look at the melting ice in the artic region; to see rising sea levels causing untold hardships to the poor in low lying areas; to see the change in weather patterns across the world; to see the dramatic increase of droughts in Africa and Australia, flash floods in East and South Asia and hurricanes and tornadoes in the Americas is indeed a heart wrenching experience. The most sobering experience for me has been to look at all these natural calamities and realize that in some way, I am responsible for this.


Mar 16, 2008: The Journey into Darkness - Fr. Satish

Reflection for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Readings

Last week a major scandal shocked America and indeed the entire world. New York Governor, Elliot Spitzer resigned after being linked to a prostitution ring. I am not referring to him at the beginning of this homily to condemn him from the outside. In fact, each of us at some time has said one thing and done the opposite. I merely bring Spitzer’s example us to draw attention to the dark side of human nature. One look at the world and we see the darkness that human beings can create – betrayal, murder, rape, violence, war, poverty, misery, infidelity, abuse, injustice and much more.


March 2, 2008: "That Those Who Do Not Have Eyes Might See" - Fr. Satish

Reflections on the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sunday Mass Readings

I was sitting at my desk Wednesday morning, trying to put my thoughts together for my homily this Sunday. Just when I thought I was on to something, the intercom rang and the receptionist informed me that there was someone here who wanted to talk to a priest. I reluctantly went up and there stood this eighty year old man. Numerous things went on my head. May be I should make an appointment with him for later, may be I should ask him to wait till I got my homily done. Instead we sat and talked. He said how at this age he wanted a new beginning. He shared about how he had moved away from the church and his faith. Although, over the past ten years he had been going to Church, he still felt he needed something more. He shared about how he was ready to make a confession, come back to God, and begin all over again. His story was so moving. I went back to my room and sat there still for a moment. This homily was triggered from this experience. As I will reflected on today’s readings, I realized how this man was so much like the man who had recovered his sight. Here was someone else who had come from darkness to light and from mediocrity to making Jesus the undisputed Lord of his life.