Weekly homilies from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.
Following Jesus Comes First
Friends, I’m going to be blunt with you: today’s Gospel is really challenging. It cuts right to the heart of the ethical implications of the Gospel. There's something of a “be all, end all” quality about Jesus, something of an either/or. As he says, “Whoever is not with me is against me.” What follows from this is what I call the principle of detachment and clarification of motives. If Jesus is unambiguously the center of your life, then everything else has to find its place in relation to him. If the good things of the world become more important than following him, then something has gone off-kilter.
Sacrifice, Covenant, Banquet
Friends, we come this weekend to the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and the Blood of Christ. The Eucharist, as Vatican II famously said, is the source and summit of the Christian life—that from which Christian life comes and that toward which it tends. It's the alpha and the omega of our Christianity. Our three marvelous readings today bring forth three key aspects of the Eucharist: re-presented sacrifice, blood covenant, and spiritual banquet.
What Is the Trinity?
Friends, Trinity Sunday has been called “the preacher’s nightmare.” But while the Trinity remains a supreme mystery, Thomas Aquinas used a basic principle that helps us to get at it: beings, at all levels, tend to make images of themselves. The higher you go in the hierarchy of being, the more interior and the more perfect this principle becomes.
Seek the Mark of the Spirit
Friends, Happy Pentecost Sunday! On this great celebration of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, meditating upon the number three will tell us a lot of what we need to know about the Spirit, whose distinctive mark is not oppressive unity, nor conflictual diversity, but unity in diversity. The Church is one Body with many parts, animated by one Spirit manifesting many spiritual gifts.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Friends, on this Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Church gives us the privilege of hearing the very last words of the Bible. If you're reading poetry, a novel, or even a great work of history, the last words are of tremendous importance. We hear today a kind of coda or denouement after the great climax of the biblical story, and it gives us a clue as to the identity of the Church.
The Heavenly City
Friends, in many ways, the second reading for this Sunday is the climax of the entire biblical revelation. We find a detailed description of the heavenly Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven to earth. There is no temple in this city because the whole city has become a temple. What began in the book of Genesis now comes to its fulfillment: the marriage of heaven and earth—the beautiful, integrated place of right praise.
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:)
Appreciated your homily about the Trinity. Have never read anything written by Aquinas. Amazing insights! Thank you for these podcasts! I listen to them each week and adds considerable depth to Sunday Mass.
What a blessing
Bishop Barron’s podcast gave me a very new perspective on my faith and made a huge difference in my life.