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Dear father barron: thank you so much for your sermons..
11/14/2012 4:19:18 PM
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It is difficult to understand Jesus, the rightful King saying
- 'Learn from me for I am gentle & humble in heart.'
- But before that he says 'Take MY yoke upon you'.

I don't really know what 'gentle' here means but it is definitely not appeasement of people, since Jesus did rebuke people and also use the word hypocrite many times.

I've lived in this confused understanding of 'be gentle' to my own peril. The key here is 'Take MY yoke upon you & learn from ME', which I missed. But I still don't get the 'be gentle' part. A dictionary is of no help either.
11/15/2012 12:27:12 AM
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well balanced reflections appreciated
11/15/2012 10:46:42 AM
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vito benigno
My Dear Father Barron, peace be with you!Thank you for the brilliant sermon and i will follow your advise on reading the book of Daniel.God willing, iam going to Marytown tonight for the Sacrament of pennance.i will be praying for you as i go before our Lord JESUS in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.MI IMMACULATA
11/15/2012 12:17:07 PM
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Fr. Barron, since, as you say we are all sinners, does each individual soul, no matter the century, go through it's own apocalypse?
God Speed!
11/15/2012 1:52:33 PM
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I've come across this meaning of gentle:
- gentle = docile = willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed.
- humble = truthfulness about oneself, about others, about the way things really are.
- yoke upon you = apply teachings of Jesus.

This meaning of 'gentle' fits perfectly with the rest of the words of Jesus -
'Take my YOKE upon you & LEARN from me, for I am GENTLE & HUMBLE in heart & you will find rest for your souls.' - Mathew 11:29

We've been brought together in Baptism, by which we are called to be like Jesus a Priest, Prophet & KING. So to be like Him we have to learn from Him.
11/15/2012 9:49:09 PM
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Anthony Bamber
I could easily believe the apocolypse is upon us. Tens of thousands of foreigners are flooding into my country every week. They are colonising our towns and cities, they rape our children, trade heroin to the vulnerable, steal from us etc etc, and all the while our leaders canoodle with their same sex partners, fiddle their exspenses and take bribes. God help us.
Tony Bamber [England]
11/16/2012 4:20:44 AM
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For d.a.q.,
Your contemplation of "gentle", and subsequent resolve in "willing to be taught" was insightful. Especially as the words, "Learn from me..." proceed it, and the "yoke" becoming the actual teaching of Jesus.
Perhaps you are familiar with The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, given to St. Faustina by our Lord? God Speed!
11/16/2012 2:39:56 PM
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As always, thank you so much Fr. for the homily. Somehow I had a sense of gloominess in your tone today but uplifting at the end. I cannot help but think of the Fatima messages given by our Lady to the 3 seers: prayer, reparation, repentance, and sacrifice, and the abandonment of sin. I sincerely hope that as much as we get excited about this new evangelization, we don't forget to remind ourselves and others while giving the Good News about the 4 last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. I sincerely challenge all the bishops and priests to preach these topics to the court of the gentile and see if the pews would be filled up. These readings at the end of our liturgical year just jumped right out at me because all these are undeniably happening as we speak. What's more behind Divine Mercy other than God's wrath upon the whole world whether that message fit your liking or not?
11/16/2012 10:07:49 PM
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At the Apocalypse which remnants will be gathered? Jesus says 'Fortunate are the gentle, they shall possess the land.' - Mathew 5:5
(some translations have meek for gentle, I guess it means no ego & open to the Truth)

People need to know how to live. There's a need to know the relevance of the Gospels in our everyday life & its application, which I'm only begining to understand, thanks to the zeal of the new evangelization.
Thank you very much Fr. Barron & the 'Word on fire' team.

Not knowing the basic truths(i.e. truth & freedom) had made these 4 things "Death, Judgement, 'Heaven', and Hell" ongoing daily things for me, showing up sooner than I expected.

- Faith makes us taste in advance the light of the beatific vision, the goal of our journey here below...

- So faith is already the beginning of eternal life:

- When we contemplate the blessings of faith even now, as if gazing at a reflection in a mirror, it is as if we already possessed the wonderful things which our faith assures us we shall one day enjoy.
11/17/2012 1:14:44 AM
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For d.a.g.
Are you a parent? A good parent is both gentle and a disciplinarian. Without this balance the children will never learn to make good choices on their own, never truly learn to love. God wants us to learn to love. He sometimes gives us gentle helps, good feelings when we do the right thing. This is sort of like the training wheels we get when we are learning to ride a bike, or the steadying hand of the parent as he runs along side the child learning to ride. But, if the child is ever really going to learn to ride the bike the training wheels must come off, the parental hand must let go of the back of the bike. But, OH! We may crash! And certainly we do. Is it a bad parent who lets go? Is it a bad God who leads us into spiritually dry times so that we can choose to love out of our own conviction and not because our feelings of love goad us into it? No. God is good as a parent is good.
11/17/2012 10:04:40 AM
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David Schierl
Thank you, Fr. Barron, for this homily. My daughter and I enjoyed it. One slight criticism if you don't mind: it seems that in your eagerness to squirm away from the embarrassing apocalyptic language/content in this passage you clean forgot to mention the 2nd Coming, which is what the passage is about. Otherwise, a brilliant re-reading of this passage, though.
11/17/2012 2:03:50 PM
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To Irene,

I agree. What you are saying is part of the 'Yoke' Jesus is talking about, which we have to be willing to learn & endure.

But the context of 'gentle' mentioned by you & by Jesus in Mathew 11:29, is there a difference?
11/18/2012 1:10:36 AM
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my first thought was, this is a very powerful homily.

David, i don't know Fr. Barron, but I do know he does not need my defense. To share my observation from the past year 1/2, this man does not squirm away, and in the least, from embarrassment.

I re-read the passage and i don't see anything embarrassing about the language or content. I don't get it. Can you share what you saw?
11/18/2012 5:25:18 AM
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Father Barron, thank you for your great sermon. May I ask a short question? Do I understand that you interpret Jesus' saying "this generation will not pass away until these things have taken place," as referring to his coming crucifixion and resurrection? But then, how do we interpret his shortly following words "of that day and hour, no one knows?" Does this also refer to his crucifixion?

Thank you, John
11/18/2012 9:45:56 AM
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Christine A.
"The holy remnant" . . . I get it. . . had never made the connection with the clarity you presented until now . . . well done, Father. I'm thankful and grateful to you for sharing this insightful sermon. Now when I go to Mass, the readings will be much clearer to me. Continued blessings to you and your staff this holiday season . . . can't live without y'alls wisdom in the sharing of the Word!
11/18/2012 10:14:49 AM
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Father Barron: Your insights here are characteristically profound and relevant. My comments are characteristically trite and predictable. Please keep doing what you do. You are doing a great and important work, building up the Church and calling everyone to follow the Light.
11/18/2012 4:58:22 PM
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A related talk, has Revelation & Vatican II mentioned. For anyone who may have not heard 'Priest, Prophet & King' is explained by Fr. Barron in -

'Role of the Laity in the Transformation of Society'
11/19/2012 12:26:41 AM
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As with other things in the spiritual life there exist two acts 'receiving & giving'. Here also there is 'receive gently' & 'give gently'. In doing so we become a conduit/channel for God's Grace.

- '...your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'
- 'forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.'

Thank you Kathy & Irene for your inputs.

(I felt like the squirrel with the nut in movie 'Ice age', doing a side show.)
11/20/2012 8:02:28 PM
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D.a.g., to be gentle means to be meek. Meekness means strength under control. The Greek word for meek means to tame. Jesus was always in control of his rightous anger, because He was submitted to the Father. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth means that people that are tamed by God, whose energy is under God's control will conquer.As opposed to people who. Use violenceTo conquer lands and people's. God bless
11/23/2012 7:03:44 AM
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