Author: Fr. Satish Joseph

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The Family: God’s Holy Abode

Each year at Christmas, I have a difficult time reconciling the hard realities that must have surrounded Jesus’ birth and how it has been romanticized over the centuries. The Annunciation, the Visitation, Joseph’s dilemma, Quirinius’s census, Mary and Joseph’s travel...

The Family: God’s Holy Abode
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Discerning God’s Will

This is a reflection on the Mass readings of Sunday, December 20, 2020. Today’s readings present us with two stories. The first is the story of David, the second King of Israel. Through his extraordinary efforts, David had finally brought...

Discerning God’s Will
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The Chimney and A Highway in the Desert

A reflection on the Sunday readings for December 6, 2020 — the Second Sunday of Advent  Today, December 6, is the feast of St. Nicholas, who is of course known in popular culture as Santa Claus. Santa Claus is the iconic...

The Chimney and A Highway in the Desert
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Still, A Time to Give Thanks

This has been a Thanksgiving like no other. A national holiday that we otherwise celebrate with abandon is being observed with utmost caution, restraint, devoid of large family gatherings, and perhaps, even alone. A pandemic Thanksgiving – it almost sounds...

Still, A Time to Give Thanks
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The Parable of Eternal Possibilities

A reflection on the Sunday readings for November 15, 2020  The latest data tells us that the richest 1% own more than half of the world’s wealth. In the United States, top 20% of Americans own 86% of the country’s wealth...

The Parable of Eternal Possibilities
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Living Wisely

A reflection on the Sunday readings for November 8, 2020  These are not the easiest days for us, both as a nation and as a world. We find ourselves caught up in the mayhem and turmoil of a political contest different...

Living Wisely
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Saints All, Saints Here and Now

A reflection on the Sunday readings for November 1, 2020  All Saints’ Day has a very long and interesting history. While the exact origin of this feast is unclear, historians believe that it began organically at the end of the Christian...

Saints All, Saints Here and Now
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The Gospel of Peace

This reflection is written against the backdrop of the release of Pope Francis’s third encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,“ on Oct 4, 2020, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The focus of this encyclical is “fraternity” and “social friendship.” In his...

The Gospel of Peace

Forgiveness Sets Us Free for Eternity

A reflection on the Sunday readings for September 13, 2020  In the middle of the sixteenth Century, Sts. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila undertook a reform of monastic life. This led to no little discontent in the Carmelite...

Forgiveness Sets Us Free for Eternity

Do You Understand These Things?

A reflection on the Mass readings for Sunday, July 26, 2020. One of the dialogue lessons in my Spanish learning app is the story of a girl who, while looking around in the attic, accidentally discovers an antique lamp. As...

Do You Understand These Things?

The Sower and the Seeds: A Timeless Parable

A reflection on the Mass readings for Sunday, July 12, 2020. If Jesus walked among us today, I wonder what parable he would preach? Amidst the pandemic, the social unrest, the racial inequalities, the dehumanization of the human person, the...

The Sower and the Seeds: A Timeless Parable