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The Ordering of Love and the Awful Story of Abraham and Isaac

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 28, 2021 .

Friends, if the intention of an author is to convince people to read and think about what he’s written, the author of Sunday’s first reading has done his job well. We hear the deeply troubling story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son, Isaac. How do we reconcile God’s…

Pray, Fast, Give Alms

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 21, 2021 .

Friends, Lent is a marvelous opportunity to deepen our lives of prayer, to temper our desires for food and drink, and to engage in a graced time of alms giving. Let’s use this season to get our bodies and our behavior patterns in order, to show our love and service…

Go Tell the Priests

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 14, 2021 .

Friends, today’s Gospel centers around Jesus’ healing of a leper. Although there aren’t many lepers around today, there are plenty of people that we treat as outsiders or pariahs. We should welcome them as Jesus does. Mass Readings Reading 1 –…

How to Evangelize

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 7, 2021 .

Friends, in this Sunday’s readings, St. Paul highlights the significance of evangelization. The Church, by its very nature, evangelizes, going out to the ends of the world with its good news. And woe to us if we fail to do this! Paul urges us to organize our lives around mission,…

A Prophet Greater than Moses

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 31, 2021 .

Moses is, without a doubt, the greatest figure in the Old Testament. He heard the voice of God from the burning bush; he was given the Ten Commandments; he was permitted to talk to God as to a friend. But Moses speaks of a prophet who is to come, who…

Accepting Our Mission from God

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 24, 2021 .

In today’s first reading, we find the story of Jonah, a narrative about the acceptance (or rejection) of God’s mission. We are all called to difficult things, and so most of us sinners, most of the time, do everything we can to avoid our mission. In Jonah’s case, it was…

God Raises Up His Prophets

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 17, 2021 .

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.

The God Who Enters Our Muddy Waters

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 10, 2021 .

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…

The Magi and the Spiritual Journey

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 3, 2021 .

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…

What Makes a Family Holy?

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 27, 2020 .

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.

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