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Jesus Christ

An Icon of the Trinity

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 13, 2002 .

The scene of the baptism of Jesus described in the Gospel of Matthew is a theophany, a showing forth of the being of God. The Father crying out from heaven; the Son standing in the water with us sinners; the Spirit hovering.

The Journey of the Magi

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 6, 2002 .

The journey of these wise men is a metaphor for the spiritual journeys that all of us must make. Like the magi, we must be attentive; we must be willing to act; we must expect opposition; we must give our best to Christ, and finally, we must be willing to change, "to go back by a different route."

Christmas Surprise

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 30, 2001 .

Everything about Luke's familiar Christmas story is surprising. Mary and Joseph, the inn, the child wrapped in swaddling clothes, the manger, the angels and shepherds--all challenge our ordinary conceptions of what is good, right, and powerful. Listen again to this story and hear it as, in the strict sense of the term, "subversive."

Rules of Prayer

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 29, 2001 .

The Bible seems to indicate that certain "rules" ought to govern and inform our prayer. A first is faith: we must passionately believe that God can do what we are asking for. A second is forgiveness: if we want the grace of God to flow to and through us, we must remove the resentments and angers that block it. And third is praying in Jesus' name: when we ask things of God we should do so in the stance and spirit of his Son.

Birth of St. John the Baptist

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 24, 2001 .

In the Eucharistic bread and cup, Jesus Christ is really, truly, and substantially present. This presence comes about through the creative power of the word incarnate in Jesus. What God says--is.

The Liturgy as a Display of God’s Justice

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 17, 2001 .

In the liturgy, we realize ourselves as the Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ. In so doing, we show forth what the whole of human society and culture ought to look like: nonviolence, forgiveness, compassion, the bearing of one another's burdens.

The Word of God in Our Hands

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 31, 2000 .

At Christmas, the Word became flesh. This means that God's own mind became a tiny child, small enough to hold in our hands. This is the poetry, the glory, the surprise of Christmas.

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