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Advent

What You Hear and See

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 15, 2019 .

On this third Sunday of Advent, we hear for the first time this season of the great figure of John the Baptist. It’s not really possible to understand Jesus apart from his precursor. All four Gospels compel us to come to grips with John. His job is always the same:…

The Messiah’s Work

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 8, 2019 .

Last week, I spoke of preparing for the coming of the Lord using the great image from the second chapter of Isaiah: the Lord’s holy mountain. How do we make this mountain the highest mountain? On this second Sunday of Advent, I want to follow the Church as she invites…

Bishop Barron on Advent and God’s Holy Mountain

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 1, 2019 .

As we begin the Advent season, here are some reflections on the second chapter of the prophet Isaiah. The Church proposes his great image of God’s holy mountain as a spiritual challenge and point of meditation.

Getting the House in Order

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 1, 2019 .

We come once again to Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year and the great season of waiting. Christian life has a permanent Advent quality, for we are always expecting the coming of the Lord. Now, Jesus came, he will definitively come, and he is coming even now—for the risen…

Mountains and Valleys

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 9, 2018 .

In our Gospel for today, Luke invokes the most significant cultural and political players of that time and place; but then, just as he did in the Christmas story, he pulls the rug out from under us. The word of God, the definitive guide to life, came not to one of the major players in their palaces, but to this isolated oddball, this mad prophet wearing animal skins and eating locusts. And this oddball prophet, who speaks the word of God, is ushering in a whole new way of ordering one’s life.

A New Fixed Star

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 2, 2018 .

This Sunday is New Year’s Day, in the liturgical sense of the term. With the first Sunday of Advent, we commence the liturgical year of 2019. And New Year’s day is always a good time for resolutions, taking stock, starting over again. I want to interpret our Gospel for this Sunday, which portrays Jesus is full apocalyptic mode, in that spirit.

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