Weekly homilies from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.
Classic Sunday Sermons: The Key to Human Flourishing
Friends, in biblical imagery, the vineyard symbolizes the people of God. The Lord nourishes us as our caretaker, but he desires (even demands) that we bear good fruit. The Mass, the Eucharist, the teaching office of the Church, priests and bishops—through these means and through the Church, God cultivates his vineyard.
Classic Sunday Sermon: Becoming a Brick Wall of Integrity
Friends, our own wickedness and virtue belong to oneself. Though our communities and background stories affect our mind and will, nevertheless, the individual stands alone in the presence of God. We show God and the world who we are by the integrity of our moral acts. What we do defines who we are, and therefore we must cultivate the moral dimension of our life to avoid ethical calamity.
How Not to Think About Heaven
Friends, the parable at the heart of our Gospel today from Matthew 20 is one of those passages in the New Testament that really bothers people. It proves that this parable is not just conveying correct information about God; it is reaching into our souls and doing spiritual work, shining light upon a certain darkness in us that resists him. And in this case, the darkness is a false view of what heaven is all about.
Enter the Adventure
Friends, today in our second reading, St. Paul says, “None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.” In many ways, the whole Bible, the whole of revelation, is summed up in this statement. Yet everything in our culture militates against this: it’s all about your life, your choice, finding your voice, asserting your prerogatives. When we live in this little world, we remain stuck in a kind of permanent adolescence; when we live for the Lord, we enter into the adventure of being truly human.
Are We Saved by Faith Alone?
Friends, they say that fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Well, today I’m going to rush in to some stormy waters by looking at the central issue of the Protestant Reformation: this issue of faith and works, or faith and the law. Martin Luther famously said that what he discovered in Paul is that we are justified or saved by faith alone. But why does the same Paul, in our second reading, say that "one who loves another has fulfilled the law"? The witness of the New Testament is richly complex on this question, and the Catholic position honors that richness and complexity.
A Fire in the Heart
Friends, our first reading for this weekend is from the twentieth chapter of Jeremiah. There is so much spiritual wisdom in Jeremiah, but more than any of the other prophets, we come to know his personality and his life. And in this passage, all the texture of being a prophet is on display: both the terror on every side and a fire burning in the heart—both the opposition of those who refuse to hear the Word and the irresistible desire to announce it.
Very educational and comforting …
Adds so much edification to my understanding of the weekly Mass readings. Very highly recommended!
Bishop Sheen and Bishop Barron
Best of the best! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Happy New Years Eve to all worldwide and a blessed New Years 2022! God Bless all worldwide. Check out the archives ya’ll, so much good news available to us all. Thanks “Team Word On 🔥.” Praise God! Here, here to all Priests, Prophets and Kings…. Father, I thank you for the gift of my siblings. Thank you for teaching me through them: Teach us to relate to others, to listen and share, to be patient and show respect, to help one another. Through my siblings, you invite me to grow in closeness, care, and respect. Help me and help us. Make us generous and tireless in forgiving one another for offenses, quarrels, injustices, and neglect. Our affection suggests this; the charity of Christ demands it. Help me and help us. Inspire me to always consider how we can stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, and encouraging one another. Help me and help us. Father, I pray for siblings who suffer hurt from the family, siblings who do not know your mercy and love, siblings who do not turn to the Church as mother, siblings who are estranged. I pray for and with siblings who have gone from this life, even before being born into our family. May the prayers of Peter and Andrew, James and John and all other saints, especially sibling-saints, help me and us to draw closer to you. Amen. Good one Bishop Barron: Our Gospel for today gives us three classic parables, each one exploring the notion that is at the very heart of the spiritual life—namely, that God is the one who searches for us. Why would God fret over one little soul? Why would he bother? Well, it’s his nature. It’s what he does. More to it, as we see in the coin, the sheep, and the son, recovering a lost soul is what he rejoices in doing. Good one Bishop Barron :). Seek y’all. A Coin, A 🐑, A Son: Our Gospel for today gives us three classic parables, each one exploring the notion that is at the very heart of the spiritual life—namely, that God is the one who searches for us. Why would God fret over one little soul? Why would he bother? Well, it’s his nature. It’s what he does. Praise God! Thank you, dear Jesus! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻. Thanks for spending Friday night spreading “The Word.” I love you Bish! ❤️❤️❤️ Seriously, peeps have predicted before… my prediction is Bishop Barron is gonna be our Pope one day y’all! That’s what I’mma gonna pray fo’! 🤣 smart people are so darn sexy! 😂🙏🏻✝️ I only have 765 episodes to catch up on this Podcast;) Woot Woot! Congratulations Bishop Barron, Minnesota bound. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 here, here to the interview with Bishop Barron and Mark W on the movie Father Stu. Looking forward to enjoying that seem to be a gem movie. Couldn’t help but notice how handsome Bishop Barron was in this interview. He’s so awesome he just gets better looking everyday in my book of Ruth: Bishop, please pray for my Momma and for me as a caregiver, that’s all. Thankful and grateful for any prayers… 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Jesus in our Gospel for today says, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Do you want to save your soul? There’s the formula. Find the path in your life that leads you to more and more self-emptying and self-gift, which conforms you to the love that God is. But then the Lord gets even more specific: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Saving one’s life means making filling oneself up and making oneself as safe and comfortable —which leads to boredom, disgust, and despair. Bishop nails this mutha… #ChannelOfLove #TheLoveThatGodIs … #BishopBarron rocks! #SmartIsSexy Love you, Bish❤️ Bishop I’m listening to your Podcast 8/9/2022… and I just wanted to thank you for your comment “fat chance lol” haven’t heard that expression in years. I love you fo’EVA! 😂Been a long day with appointments for Momma and that was delivered just in time! Bahahhahahhaha! Whoa: Episode 291: Fair-Weather Friend of Jesus…. Friends, there are a lot of people today who might be intrigued by Jesus. They find him interesting, remember him as a spiritual teacher, or have warm feelings about him. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus is saying to his fair-weather fans—those who are following him because he’s fascinating and charismatic—that being his disciple is not a walk in the park; it is something of supreme spiritual and moral importance. Dag! Thanks Bish! Heartfelt episode! Right on;). Aw man. Episode 305. “Wait for the desert (not dessert) to bloom.” 💯 percent worth a listen yall… 13 minutes of goodness. Go Bish Go! You rock! 🤣❤️🙏🏻 A Blessed Lenten Season 2023 to all worldwide. May we all grow closer to our Savior and to each other. Amen. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 My feet hurt. Nuttin’ like what Jesus went through for all of us sinners. So yep, we all need quit beotchin’ about little hurts and our brokenness. Praise God. Thank you Jesus, for your crucifixion for all of us sinners. We love you because you loved us first. Yep, first things first, y’all… Prayers for all civil leaders and all worldwide. May we all become friends worldwide regardless of our statuses. #Love #Unity #Peace be with us all. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Thank you for your powerful words.