The Word That Accomplishes Its Purpose
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 12, 2020 .
This week, we hear from the book of the prophet Isaiah, and the theme of this short passage is the Word of God. How wonderful that we are hearing one of the greatest speakers of the Word precisely on this topic. How central to ancient Israelite religion was the Word!…
A Theology of Work
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 17, 2019 .
I’m pretty sure that in thirty years of priesthood, I’ve never preached on this Sunday’s short second reading from Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians. And what a little gem it is! Isn’t it fascinating that St. Paul, precisely in the context of a letter to his church on spiritual matters, endeavors to speak of work? When we do authentic work—of whatever kind—we participate in God’s ongoing creation and providence. Don’t follow the instinct to secularize work; rather, see your daily labor, however humble, as part of God’s plan to bring you to joy.
The Love of Predilection
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 3, 2019 .
In Luke’s Gospel we read the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus, as chief tax collector, was considered a very bad man in first-century Israel, but Christ greets him with love. It is the love of God that causes everything to be, and comes before everything we do. God does not love us because we do good; we do good because God loves us.
The New Jerusalem
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 19, 2019 .
The second reading for this Sunday, taken from the twenty-first chapter of the Book of Revelation, completes the Biblical story. The Bible tells us that the world will be transformed into a new heaven and a new earth through the One who "makes all things new."
Frank Gehry and the Quest for Transcendence
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 5, 2019 .
I recently read an interview with Frank Gehry, probably the best-known architect in the world, conducted in advance of his ninetieth birthday. After ruminating on his long and productive career, the architect said that he still harbored a great desire: “I would like to design a church or a synagogue. A place that has transcendence.” But as he elaborated on the meaning of “transcendence,” Gehry revealed the limits of his quest.