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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…

God Will Shepherd His People

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 22, 2020 .

For this marvelous feast of Christ the King, always celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Church gives us a reading from the thirty-fourth chapter of the prophet Ezekiel. We recall that Ezekiel was a temple priest who was carried off in the first wave of the Babylonian…

A Spirituality of Work

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 11, 2020 .

Our first reading is taken this weekend from the last chapter of the marvelous book of Proverbs. After ruminating for many pages on different aspects of the wise life, the author concludes with a hymn of praise to a smart, industrious, dedicated, and pious wife. I would like to focus…

God Is Looking for Us

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 8, 2020 .

Our first reading for this weekend from the book of Wisdom might easily slip past or through your mind, but it shouldn’t. It articulates what is arguably the central principle of biblical revelation: what I would call the primacy of grace. As I have often said, the Bible…

The Meaning of All Saints Day

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 1, 2020 .

All Saints Day emphasizes the universality of the call to sanctity. If you isolate a given saint—Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas—they can seem so far beyond us. But All Saints Day emphasizes not only canonized saints but also all the ordinary people, forgotten to history, who God has…

The Law of Israel

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 25, 2020 .

A careful reading of the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament, reveals that Israelite identity was determined through three sets of laws: liturgical, ritual, and moral. In Catholicism, the liturgical laws have been sublimated and the ritual laws largely set aside. But what about the…

Between Indifferentism and Tribalism

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 18, 2020 .

Our first reading for this weekend is taken from that wonderful middle section of the book of the prophet Isaiah. This particular passage is fascinating and conveys a very important but often unremarked upon biblical truth: Israel is God’s chosen people—of all the nations of the world, God…

Isaiah and God’s Holy Mountain

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 11, 2020 .

Throughout the book of the prophet Isaiah, there are references to God’s holy mountain. In the twenty-fifth chapter of Isaiah, we have still another reference to the holy mountain, and this is our first reading for the weekend. The mountain in question is, of course, Mt. Zion—which is to say,…

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