Three Easter Lessons
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 21, 2019 .
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation of the entire Christian faith. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, we should all go home and forget about it. As St. Paul himself puts it: “If Jesus is not raised from the dead, our preaching is in vain and we are the most pitiable of men.” But Jesus was, in fact, raised from the dead. And his resurrection shows that Christ can gather back to the Father everyone whom he has embraced through his suffering love.
The Glorified Body
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 17, 2019 .
The readings for this second Sunday of Lent awaken a sense of wonder, of a world beyond ours, a mystical consciousness. In the first reading with Abraham and in the Gospel account of the Transfiguration, we encounter mountains, darkness, voices, and dazzling light, all of which signal the breakthrough of a higher…
Talking to Some Young Jesuits About Social Justice and Evangelization
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 8, 2019 .
While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits. They were massively impressive people: smart, articulate, passionate about their work, and dedicated to the Gospel. Toward the end of our time together, one of the men posed a question that, he warned, would “put me on the spot”—and the discussion then became especially lively and illuminating.
Hablando con jóvenes jesuitas sobre justicia social y evangelización
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 7, 2019 .
Durante las vacaciones de Navidad en Chicago, tuve una maravillosa reunión con una treintena de jóvenes jesuitas. Eran personas impresionantes: inteligentes, locuaces, apasionados por su trabajo y dedicados al Evangelio. Cuando llegábamos al final de nuestro tiempo junto, uno de estos hombres me planteó una pregunta que, advirtió, me pondría “en aprietos”—y entonces la discusión se tornó muy vivida y clarificadora.
The Empty Grave
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 1, 2018 .
Many people enjoy visiting the graves of famous people, from Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, IL to St. Peter in the Vatican. We feel a sense of peace and finality around graves. But the one thing we would never expect in a cemetery is action. Yet that’s precisely what we find at the center of Christianity, as St. John recounts in today’s Easter Gospel.
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 21, 2018 .
When Christianity is reduced to deism or moralism, we turn the Gospel into a faint echo of the surrounding culture. But today's readings propose something much more substantive than spiritual bromides or ethical directives. They suggest a new world breaking into the old.
The Wise and Foolish Virgins
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 12, 2017 .
How do we wait? That is the question addressed by Jesus' parable for today. While we wait for the second coming of the Lord, we should keep our lamps stocked with oil, that is to say, we should pray, study, love, do the works of mercy, and keep vigil. In so doing, we are ready for the arrival of the Bridegroom.