Weekly homilies from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.
God Raises Up His Prophets
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
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Listening to the homily from Bishop Robert Barron is one of my faith highlights each week. I greatly appreciate how he devotes such time and attention to harmonize the scriptural readings from Mass each week and especially focuses on explaining the significance of the Old Testament readings and their anticipation for Christ and how they are fulfilled in the New Testament readings. His Word on Fire ministry was extremely influential in my reversion to Catholicism in 2020 after spending the last 20 years as a Protestant and in my wife and family joining the Church this year as well. Thank you, Bishop Robert Barron and may God continue to bless you and your ministry abundantly.
I have listened to Bishop Barron for many years. I have always been impressed with his knowledge of the Bible, but more importantly with his compassion to all people.
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