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Bishop Barron’s Sermons

Bishop Barron’s Sermons

19A Ordinary Time Podcasts

Bishop Robert Barron | View Upcoming Sundays

August 9, 2020

2017

The Silent Presence of God

Elijah is a contemplative who has the eyes to see and the ears to listen. God does not appear in the glory of the world. Rather, he appears in a silent way. Weed out of your heart all of those fears and desires that prevent you from discerning the silent presence of God.

2008

Christ, the Son of God

The Church never tires of confessing the divinity of Jesus, for in that confession, the Church finds its whole identity. Over the centuries–and in the present day–many have tried to portray Jesus as no more than an inspired teacher. But the disciples who witnessed Christ walking on the water know better. They confess “truly, you are the Son of God.”

2005

Walking on the Water

Often in the Bible, water functions as a symbol of chaos and sin: the waters at the beginning of creation, the waters of the Red Sea, the waters of Noah’s flood, etc. Just as the Spirit of God hovered over the abyss in the beginning, so the Son of God walks on the waves. This signals God’s lordship over all of the forces of destruction that confront us. As long as we look to Jesus, we can walk on those same waters with him.

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Bishop Barron’s Sermons

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20A Ordinary Time Podcasts

Bishop Robert Barron | View Upcoming Sundays

August 16, 2020

2017

A religion of grace

Christians have said for centuries that everything is a grace, that no one deserves anything, and therefore we should never complain about inequities. How can this be fair that some people are clearly chosen by God while others are not? Well, with this dilemma in mind, let’s look at our first reading and our Gospel for today. These passages reveal that Israel is named a chosen people not for their own sake but for the sake of the whole world. The key to understanding grace is that it is given to be given away.

2014

How great is your faith

The story of the persistent Canaanite woman has intrigued and puzzled Christians for two thousand years. Why would Jesus treat this pious woman with what seems like indifference, even hostility? Why does he refuse (it seems) to answer our own prayers? The solution can be found in the very Biblical category of testing.

2005

Testing our faith

Often in the Bible, water functions as a symbol of chaos and sin: the waters at the beginning of creation, the waters of the Red Sea, the waters of Noah’s flood, etc. Just as the Spirit of God hovered over the abyss in the beginning, so the Son of God walks on the waves. This signals God’s lordship over all of the forces of destruction that confront us. As long as we look to Jesus, we can walk on those same waters with him.

2002

The witty response

The Syro-Phoenicean woman stands for all those who are marginalized, ostracized, ignored, set aside. Through her persistance and cleverness, she obtains what she wants from Jesus. The Church must be that body of people who listen to the persistant cries of the poor and the forgotten.

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Bishop Barron’s Sermons

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21A Ordinary Time Podcasts

Bishop Robert Barron | View Upcoming Sundays

August 23, 2020

2017

The inscrutable God

I want to concentrate this week on our second reading, which is a very brief passage from Paul’s magnificent letter to the Romans. It comes at the end of chapter eleven, which completes the Apostle’s consideration of Israel in relation to the Church. How do we make sense of the ancient Jewish tradition in light of the resurrection? How do we understand Gentiles coming to the faith when salvation was supposed to be through the Jews, many of whom were rejecting the Christian faith? Looking into these questions, we learn about the inscrutability of God.

2014

Inscrutable and faithful

The God of Israel is mysterious and inscrutable and at the same time is totally faithful and loving. Like the children of a loving parent, we might not always be able to understand God’s plan but we can rest assured knowing that He always loves us and will always take care of us.

2011

The gates of hell

In the eyes of the world, the Christian way of being is strange. All Christians are called out of the world and into a new way: Christ’s way. Christians must be very clear about how they are different from the world and confidently proclaim it. They must stop trying to fit into the ways of the world and rather tell the world to conform to Christ. Christ will break down the Gates of Hell and invade all that resist his Love.

2008

Ecclesia

Jesus tells Peter that he will build his ekklesia on the rock of Peter’s confession. The word ekklesia means “called out from.” To be a member of the church is to be called personally by Christ out of the world and into a new way of being.

2002

Thou art Peter

The Church of Jesus Christ is governed, not by popular opinion polls, nor even by the holiness of the saints, but by the strange grace that comes to the successors of St. Peter. Hardly the brightest or holiest of Jesus disciples, Peter was nevertheless the one who saw and understood.

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