Weekly homilies from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.
Do You Really Want What God Wants?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
We are all prophets
Thank you for talking on the Hebrew Scriptures and making them relevant in our daily lives. I’m in a small prayer group who are swinging away from Christian content into mindfulness in line with a dying Parish (where we have met for the past fifteen years). I feel empowered listening to your homilies on the Prophets to stand up and speak the Word of God to my prayer group friends, as we baptised are meant to do.
Crisp and crystal clear sermons
Bishop Barron’s sermons have been a highlight for me for some time now. He always explains the context, and cross references of the readings in a way that leaves the listener with a clear and crystallised understanding of the meaning. Bishop Barron is a font of wisdom and knowledge. Coupled with his mastery of the English language, his podcasts are hard to beat. Thank you Bishop Barron and thank you WOF.
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