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July 29, 2007: Seventeenth Sunday - Fr. Satish

"Standing Between the Gap"

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I heard an evangelical preacher once preach on the topic, “standing between the gap.” He was referring to a special group of people who feel called to stand between God, on the one hand, and his people on the other, and intercede. That’s all they do in their spiritual life. They do not pray for themselves or for their own needs. They “stand between the gap.” This is a special calling, a special ministry.

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July 22, 2007: Sixteenth Sunday - Fr. Satish

He Who Does Justice Will Live in the Presence of the Lord"

Sunday Mass Readings (I was hoping to be back in the US after my vacation in India. I am still in India because my father has had a serious heart attack. Please pray for him and my safe return on the 6th of August. ) In any case, let me begin this homily with a story from India. Consider the state of this immigrant. His land has been taken away to build a cheap car factory. The compensation he received could hardly sustain him and his family. He has since left his ancestral property and is now an immigrant in the already over populated city of Calcutta. He lives with his family in the pavement and depends on menial labor to make a living. He is an immigrant with no where to go. In the US too, there are many such sad stories of immigrants that have come to the fore particularly since the immigration issue has become a rather debated topic.

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June 24, 2007: Twelveth Sunday - Fr. Satish

“The Paradox of the Cross"



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(Fr. Satish's homily podcast is unavailable till July 15, 2007 due to his vacation in India).
The famous singer Madonna has never failed to surprise or even shock her audience. On June 18th 2004, she offered a fabulous interview with back. Her last world tour was called, “Reinvention.” When asked what she was doing right now this is what Madonna said, ‘Just liberating myself from my ego.” She even renamed herself in the process of liberating herself. She went through all the names in the Bible and chose Esther, because Esther risked her life to save the Jewish people from annihilation. As she said, she was tired of drawing attention to herself by taking off clothes and doing out of the way acts. Now at 45, it was time to liberate herself from her own ego. She regrets turning the apple cart because at the end of it all, all people see in the turned apple cart. She said she did not offer any alternative so that at the end of it all she only succeeded in creating confusion. She wants to change all that. The solution is to liberate herself from her ego. This is the self-named ‘rebel’ who did rebellious things like taking off her clothes for the sake of doing it. Her family life with Guy Ritchie and her two children is so contrary to the rebel image she revelled in that at 45 it seems that Madonna is indeed getting ‘smarter.’ At least that is what she said.

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June 10, 2007: Corpus Christi- Fr. Satish

“Do This in Memory of Me"

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Today’s homily is a catechesis on the Eucharist. I want to take three central concepts in the Eucharist and discuss it, so that we have a deeper understanding of our gathering each Sunday. The three important concepts are “epiclesis,” “transubstantiation,” and “anamnesis.”

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June 3, 2007: Feast of the Holy Trinity - Fr. Satish

“Entering Into the Life of God"

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For four consecutive weeks, hardcore fictional movies have broken all records at the box office: Spiderman III, Shrek III, and Pirates III. That completely fictional movies would be this successful is really fascinating. After all, we don’t find people spinning webs and flying around in real life. We don’t find ourselves magically transported in space and time in real life. And “up” is not “down” in real life. Why have these movies captured the imagination of the general public? Mystery – perhaps, that is the answer. From my perspective, these movies transport us from the real world into a mysterious world and it fascinates human imagination. In fact, as human beings, a sense of mystery is ingrained in each one of us. And that is why the outer space and the ocean bed intrigue us.

However, human capacity for the mysterious is not limited to the physical world. Karl Rahner, the famous theologian said that human beings are born with this sense of mystery and thus human beings constantly strive toward the transcendent. The highest point of this transcendence is God.

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