Weekly homilies from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.
The Strangeness of the Resurrection and Why It Matters
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
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
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
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
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
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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Fantastic Easter Homily!
Fantastic Easter homily, by Bishop Barron! Christ is Risen!!
🔥 this weeks homily is by far one of Bishop Barron’s most passionate and thought provoking for me. The nuance of the transition he skillfully and knowingly shines light on the restriction we place on belief into the deepest emotion of love—- trust,
Commands me to reevaluate how I’ve looked upon the crucifix. Powerful.
So now, according to Bishop Barron, the young man in Marks gospel wasn’t really there, just a figment of the author’s imagination. Just a bit of artistic license to make a point. Really? Kind of makes you wonder what else is artistic license.