Author: Fr. Satish Joseph

God’s Call: Discerning Genuine from False

A reflection on the Sunday readings for January 24, 2021 — the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time In normal circumstances, writing a homily or reflection based on the call of Jonah or the call of Andrew, Simon, James, and John would...

God’s Call: Discerning Genuine from False

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

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

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

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

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