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Weekly homilies from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

Bishop Robert Barron


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    Are You Blinded by Cities of Sin?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 16:35

    Friends, in today's Gospel, we hear the marvelous story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus—an icon of tremendous power and a sacred picture of the spiritual life and the process of salvation. We all find ourselves, in our need of Christ, in this image, as our own blindness distorts our vision of spiritual reality and the meaning of life.

    Do You Really Want What God Wants?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 14:04

    Friends, power and honor, in and of themselves, are not a bad thing, but we wreak havoc when we ask for them in the wrong spirit. When we beseech the Lord with our desires, let us ask for what God wants for us rather than what our egos have determined to be good.

    It's Time for a Radical Choice

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 14:31

    Friends, in our first reading today, Solomon finds that all the power and wealth of the world are nothing compared to the gift of wisdom—seeing life from the perspective of God. Although this gift seems to help one further amass wealth, in today's Gospel, Christ teaches us that to use the gifts of the world properly, we must give them away so we can follow him.

    How to Fall in Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 14:03

    Friends, our readings this weekend have to do with biblical anthropology—or who we are in the presence of God—and the Christian understanding of marriage. A basic intuition of the Bible is that we begin not with the individual, but with community. And marriage is the most beautiful and intense form of this friendship God desires for us.

    We Just Don't Get It

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 14:21

    Friends, let us rejoice whenever the grace of God is on display. The point of the sacraments is so that God's grace may flood the world, but the Lord can operate outside of our formal structures. He desires these gifts for us, but as the creator of them, he is never limited by them.

    Envy Will Destroy Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 14:57

    Friends, when envy takes over our spiritual lives, we sow disorder and disintegration. The life of Jesus is about self-emptying love; it is in this gift of self that we are called to live.

    God Suffers for Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 15:13

    Friends, with our readings from this weekend, we are on very holy ground because we're dealing with the imagery, symbolism, and theology of the suffering servant. Yes, he is the one who will bring God's salvation to all the world, but he will do it by bearing the pain and suffering of the world.

    Have You Stopped Listening to Jesus?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 15:00

    Friends, in today's Gospel, Jesus travels outside of Israel and heals a man of his deafness. Today, we live in a realm of spiritual deafness. We are bombarded with voices from outside, echoing around us until we are as incapable of hearing as the man from our Gospel. Like him, look to Jesus to heal you so that you might hear the word of God and understand his truth, rather than the lies of the world which surround us.

    The Beauty of the Law

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 14:34

    Friends, the more we revere something, the more we surround it with laws. The most important thing in our lives is to be in harmony with God, and so we follow his divine law. We must, with prudence and wisdom, distinguish between the commandments of God that structure us, and fussy human traditions that distract from our relationship with him.

    Time to Test Your Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 14:32

    Friends, today's Gospel concludes John's reflection on the Eucharist. At the end of this remarkable chapter, we are faced with a question that defines the Christian faith: Will you follow Christ? May we always answer as Peter does.

    God's Warrior Queen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 13:43

    Friends, today on this marvelous Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin, we celebrate Mary's assumption, body and soul, into heaven. But this does not mean that she has gone away; she is a warrior, involved in the struggle against evil from a new vantage point.

    Where to Go When You Cannot Go On

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 14:08

    Friends, we've all hit points in which we felt we could not go on spiritually, physically, or mentally. In the Gospel today, Christ declares himself the bread that has come down from heaven. If you want to live in the eternal realm, you must eat food that sustains forever.

    Finding Lasting Happiness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 14:46

    Friends, the ensemble of this world that God has made is good, and we're meant to enjoy it; however, we hunger for something that transcends this world. Christ is the only good that can satisfy us.

    What You Need to Know about the Catholic Mass

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 14:54

    Friends, the sixth chapter of John is one of the most profound reflections we have on the meaning of the Eucharist. Let us pay close attention to our Gospel today, which is John's account of the miraculous multiplication of the loaves, to form a better appreciation of the miracle we partake in at every Mass.

    How to Be a Good Leader

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 14:06

    Friends, our readings today center around the familiar biblical theme of sheep and shepherding. Both human and divine, it is Jesus who has come to lead us, walking in front of his people, alongside us, and behind us as both the God of Israel and the righteous heir of David.

    Proclaiming Christ in the Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 15:32

    Friends, today's Gospel reading makes it clear that if you are baptized, you are called to bring God's word to others. This week, I share five recommendations as you follow his calling as priest, prophet, and king.

    You Are Called to Be a Prophet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 14:34

    Friends, all baptized Christians are summoned to announce the Word of God. In our Gospel today, we hear the call, like Ezekiel, to share the Good News with all whom we encounter, especially those who have heard but turned away from the faith.

    Faith When You're Frustrated with God

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 13:49

    Friends, in our Gospel today, we find two stories tensely intertwined together, and both contain great suffering and great healing. Through this passage, we are reminded that even in the midst of confusion and frustration with God, we are called to trust in the Lord and his timing.

    Why Is Life So Full of Suffering?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 15:07

    Friends, the book of Job is one of the most profound and most challenging books in the entire Bible. In today's reading, we see that God does not hand-wave away Job's suffering. Rather, the Lord places profound hurt and heartache in an infinitely greater context—into his loving providence. We must not narrow our focus on our pain; we must rather open ourselves to ever greater trust.

    The Last King Standing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 14:29

    Friends, in our Gospel today, Christ paints a picture of a growing mustard tree, under whose shade all people are invited to dwell. Jesus speaks here, using a parable, about the reign and rule of God. Even now, the kingdom of God—the kingdom that finally matters and endures—is spreading far and wide across the whole world.

    The Lifeblood of God

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 14:30

    Friends, for this feast of Corpus Christi, today’s readings run red, dripping in sacrificial symbolism. When we gather together for Mass, we are not calling to mind some disconnected historical incident. Rather, we spiritually and physically participate in the re-presentation of Christ’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.

    How To Understand the Trinity

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 15:49

    Friends, Trinity Sunday serves as a wonderful opportunity to unpack the life-giving relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Every time we make the sign of the cross, we invoke the power of the Trinity, thereby linking ourselves to the love that God is.

    What “Unity in Diversity” Actually Means

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 14:05

    Friends, we come today to the marvelous feast of Pentecost, a celebration of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and evangelical preaching. Pentecost reverses the cacophonous confusion at Babel. We see various languages, cultures, and identities come into concordance under God. In the same way, we must find unity in Christ alongside our many distinctions and diversity.

    Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 15:28

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus makes extraordinary observations about discipleship. He speaks about being enraptured by God, having exuberant joy, accepting scorn from persecutors, and being consecrated into truth.

    What Does God Want for Me?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 15:27

    Friends, with these fabulous readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter, we discover an embarrassment of riches through the exploration of God's care and concern for us. In this sermon, I delve into these marvelous texts and explicate three fundamental truths: - God is love - God has loved us first - We are invited to participate in God's love through our own love and self-gift to him and one another

    Becoming a Friend, Healer, and Teacher

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 14:15

    Friends, in our Gospel passage today, Jesus proclaims that he is the vine and we are the branches. There is give and take in this divine relationship. Not only are we rooted in Christ’s mystical body, but he endeavors to cultivate his love and mercy within our bodies. In this analogy, we find a powerful image of spiritual growth.

    Getting St. Peter's Sermon Right

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 14:25

    Friends, in today’s first reading, St. Peter tells us that there is no salvation outside of Christ. In this homily, I encourage you to let the truth of St. Peter’s statement, which challenges modern sensibilities, sink in—and further explore what this means precisely for both Christians and non-Christians.

    The Strangeness of the Resurrection and Why It Matters

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 14:27

    Friends, Christ acts as an advocate for our souls through the cosmos-reorienting events of his death and Resurrection, the forging of a connection between heaven and earth. Our brother who walked the same ground and breathed the same air is now seated at the right hand of the Father. Now, in his heavenly advocacy, we find extraordinary hope.

    Life in the Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 14:31

    Friends, today’s Gospel reveals the dawning of Christianity. With his wounds bared to his disciples immediately upon his arrival in their midst, Christ shows to us also our greatest sins in those nail and spear scars. God came, and we killed him—but no sin is greater than the Lord’s love, and so he arose, offering us peace and forgiveness beyond all understanding.

    Breaking Out of the Tomb

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 15:08

    Friends, a blessed and peaceful Easter to you! Although grave sites are known to be quiet places of reflection, God, through his sovereign power, overcame the corruption of sin by his Resurrection from the dead this Easter morning. From his empty tomb, we learn that God doesn’t let death have the last word—and thereupon hangs the tale of Easter.

    Breaking, Singing, Pulling Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 14:02

    Friends, one of the best known stories in Western culture is the narrative of Christ’s Passion and death. However, this very familiarity can block our understanding of the account. What I want to do in this homily is to draw your attention to three odd details of Mark’s Gospel, each of which packs a punch spiritually.

    Writing the Law Upon Our Hearts

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 16:22

    Friends, one of the most fundamental beliefs of the Biblical Israelites is that God is a covenant-maker. He formed his people through a series of agreements and contracts saying, “I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God and they will be my people.” This law comes into our hearts precisely through the Eucharist, which is nothing other than a representation of the cross of Jesus.

    Nicodemus Came at Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 14:37

    Friends, our Gospel for today contains one of the most important lines in the entire Bible: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” To “believe” here means much more than to accept the truth of an idea; it is to enter into the space opened up by the death of the Son of God. When you do that, you are born again; when you do that, you have eternal life.

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    Back to the Fundamentals — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 16:08

    Friends, I have often said that Lent is a bit like basic training for the military or summer workouts for a football team—it is a chance to get back to the fundamentals of the faith, namely, the Ten Commandments. In this homily, I look at each of the Ten Commandments, using them as an examination of conscience for this Lenten season.

    The Ordering of Love and the Awful Story of Abraham and Isaac

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 14:07

    Friends, if the intention of an author is to convince people to read and think about what he’s written, the author of Sunday's first reading has done his job well. We hear the deeply troubling story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son, Isaac. How do we reconcile God’s love with his asking Abraham to kill his own son? How should we take the fact that Abraham was willing to follow through with it? And what does this mean for how we must order our own lives?

    Pray, Fast, Give Alms

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 15:58

    Friends, Lent is a marvelous opportunity to deepen our lives of prayer, to temper our desires for food and drink, and to engage in a graced time of alms giving. Let’s use this season to get our bodies and our behavior patterns in order, to show our love and service in very concrete ways.

    Go Tell the Priests

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 14:19

    Friends, today’s Gospel centers around Jesus’ healing of a leper. Although there aren’t many lepers around today, there are plenty of people that we treat as outsiders or pariahs. We should welcome them as Jesus does.

    How to Evangelize

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 14:36

    Friends, in this Sunday's readings, St. Paul highlights the significance of evangelization. The Church, by its very nature, evangelizes, going out to the ends of the world with its good news. And woe to us if we fail to do this! Paul urges us to organize our lives around mission, and to even move out of our comfort zones to do so.

    A Prophet Greater than Moses

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 13:39

    Moses is, without a doubt, the greatest figure in the Old Testament. He heard the voice of God from the burning bush; he was given the Ten Commandments; he was permitted to talk to God as to a friend. But Moses speaks of a prophet who is to come, who is “like himself” and who should be listened to. Jesus is this prophet who has the legitimate personal authority to speak the divine word and bring healing to creation.

    Accepting Our Mission from God

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 13:59

    In today’s first reading, we find the story of Jonah, a narrative about the acceptance (or rejection) of God’s mission. We are all called to difficult things, and so most of us sinners, most of the time, do everything we can to avoid our mission. In Jonah’s case, it was physical flight, but for many of us it’s choosing to ignore what God has said, a giving in to every other voice, taking the path of least resistance, making excuses, pleading our own sinfulness, settling for spiritual mediocrity. What would happen if every single person in our society commenced to embrace his or her mission from God? One man converted the entire city, from the King to the very animals. Nothing is impossible for God and for those whom God has empowered.

    God Raises Up His Prophets

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 14:09

    With the whole Church around the world, we return to Ordinary Time. This week, we have a wonderful Old Testament reading from the first book of Samuel having to do with the call of the prophet Samuel, and Eli his mentor helping him discern the voice of God. We know that story as a charming, even sentimental story—and it is that—but it's much more than that. And to see it, we have to get a wider perspective.

    The God Who Enters Our Muddy Waters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 14:01

    The Gospel writers compel us, as it were, to pass through John the Baptist to get to Jesus; all four Gospels give us a version of Jesus’ baptism by John. But this baptism was embarrassing to the early Church, because it was interested in presenting Jesus as the Son of God, and yet people were coming to John as sinners for a baptism of repentance. Why would the incarnate Son of God seek out such a baptism? It is the very embarrassment of the baptism that, in many ways, is the point.

    The Magi and the Spiritual Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 13:28

    For Epiphany Sunday, we hear the marvelous story from the Gospel of Matthew in which the Magi journey to see the Christ child. This scene has beguiled artists, poets, and preachers for centuries. But we can distill five profound spiritual lessons—about being attentive, taking action, facing opposition, giving Christ what is best in us, and being transformed into new creations—from this perhaps overly familiar story.

    What Makes a Family Holy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 14:33

    The Bible is not particularly sentimental about families. What makes a family holy, as far as the biblical writers are concerned, is its willingness to surrender to the purpose of God. We see this in a number of key figures, including Joseph, Anna, and Simeon.

    Building a House

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 13:58

    The dramatic readings for this fourth Sunday of Advent place us right in the heart of a central mystery in the Bible: the mystery of God’s providence. God cares for his world, but often in a way that is confounding to us, because God plays a subtle and long game. God is a God who makes promises, and he is faithful to them. But they often don't arrive just as we’d expect—which is why we have to wait.

    A Year of Favor from the Lord

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 15:13

    The third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called “Gaudete Sunday.” “Gaudete” is a Latin imperative—it’s a command—which means “rejoice.” The Church is telling us to be happy. And in the first reading—a marvelous passage from the sixty-first chapter of the prophet Isaiah, which presents the motif of the “anointed one”—it gives us the reasons why we should rejoice.

    Clear a Path

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 13:50

    In our magnificent first reading from the prophet Isaiah, which is echoed in the words of John the Baptist in today’s Gospel, a voice cries out: “Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low.” Advent is a great time for us to clear the ground, to make level the path, so as to facilitate what God, with all his heart, wants to do.

    Longing for the Savior

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 15:44

    Advent, like Lent, is properly a penitential season. To enter into Advent, to prepare for the coming of the Savior, is to enter into our need for a Savior. How wonderful that on the First Sunday of Advent, the Church gives us a beautiful reading from the sixty-third chapter of the prophet Isaiah offering a series of images, each one meant to evoke this sense of loss and pain and helplessness. Until we enter into the power of these images, we won't know what it's like to long for the Savior.

    God Will Shepherd His People

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2020 14:08

    Our first reading is taken this weekend from the last chapter of the marvelous book of Proverbs. After ruminating for many pages on different aspects of the wise life, the author concludes with a hymn of praise to a smart, industrious, dedicated, and pious wife. I would like to focus on the theology and spirituality of work implied in this passage. Our work makes us collaborators with God, who gives us the privilege of participating in his good governance of the universe.

    A Spirituality of Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 14:28

    Our first reading is taken this weekend from the last chapter of the marvelous book of Proverbs. After ruminating for many pages on different aspects of the wise life, the author concludes with a hymn of praise to a smart, industrious, dedicated, and pious wife. I would like to focus on the theology and spirituality of work implied in this passage. Our work makes us collaborators with God, who gives us the privilege of participating in his good governance of the universe.

    God is Looking for Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 16:08

    Our first reading for this weekend from the book of Wisdom might easily slip past or through your mind, but it shouldn’t. It articulates what is arguably the central principle of biblical revelation: what I would call the primacy of grace. As I have often said, the Bible is not the story of the human quest for God. You can find that in a thousand books of philosophy or spirituality. Instead, the Bible is the story of God’s quest for us. In the spiritual order, it is always God who takes the initiative, God who sets the tone, God who is the master of the conversation.

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