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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.

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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.

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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.

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Feb 17, 2008: The Touch of God - Fr. Satish

"Transfiguration: An Encounter with God"

Today's Mass Readings

If each of us looks back at our lives, most likely there are certain core experiences that have shaped us. Marriage, separation, childbirth, loss of a child, death of a loved one, a major success or failure, illness, a powerful encounter will the poor or a saintly person – these can transform us. Take for example, Stephen Kazmierczak who went into his classroom and shot down five people yesterday at the Northern Illinois University; there must be on experience that led him to become who he has become – a killer. Experiences have the power to transform us. I would like to add another kind of experience to the mix – God-experience. Let me give you an example from my own life. It is not uncommon for me to ask myself, “Why do I continue to be a priest?” I was telling one of my friends the other day, “If I did not have a passion for the things that I do; if somehow God did not grip my life the way God did, it would so easy to give it all up.” But I can look back to when I was about nineteen years old and that first experience of God’s all- consuming love. Life has not been the same. I am not saying that I have been immune from bad decisions, failures, mistakes, and sins; but that one single God-experience has colored all my other experiences.

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Feb 10, 2008: Choices - Fr. Satish Joseph

Reflection on the First Sunday in Lent"

Sunday Mass Readings

I had just finished with the Ash Wednesday service at St. Helen. It was a long day and I was ready to go home, have a bite to eat, and crash into bed. Except for this young man in his twenties, who walked up to me and asked me for the schedule for confessions. I asked him if would like to make his confession right away. I must admit, I was hoping he would say, “No!” Instead, he said “If it is alright with you.” I sat with him and he shared with me how he felt that God was speaking directly to him during the homily and how he had decided to make his confession. For three years, this young man had tried to convince others and himself that God did not matter. Sitting in the confessional this young man was making a choice. Right there and then he turned his life over to God. As I placed my hands over him and said the prayer of absolution, he wept. He hugged me in the end, told me that I can share his story and he left. I don’t know if I will ever meet this man again. But that does not matter. God had met him and he had met God. That is all that mattered.

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