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Behold the Lamb of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 20, 2008 .

John the Baptist's designation of Jesus as Lamb of God is, I submit, largely misunderstood. It has little to do with Jesus' meekness, mildness, or humility and everything to do with his being the victim of a sacrifice. To find out why this is such good news, listen to the sermon!

The Bending Low of the Son of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 13, 2008 .

The feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a celebration of God's great humility. In order to rescue us sinners, God the Son bent low and stood with us in the muck and mud of our dysfuction. This was so that he could draw us up to his glory.

Holy Family Values

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 30, 2007 .

Paul lays out for the Colossians (and us) the virtues that make a family healthy. They include compassion, patience, bearing the burden of the other and, above all, love. To find out precisely what these terms mean, listen to the sermon!

Ahaz and Joseph

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 23, 2007 .

Both Ahaz and Joseph are being summoned out of a narrow perspective and encouraged to dream big, to think of their lives within the context of God's purposes and plans. This makes them prime Advent figures.

Incoming!

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 2, 2007 .

Advent is from the latin word adventus, which means coming or arrival. Some arrivals are positive; others are downright threatening. The Gospel for today paints a somewhat dark picture of the coming of the Son of Man, likening it to the flood of Noah. When Christ comes, we have to change, and that's often wrenching.

The Birth Pangs of the Messiah

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 18, 2007 .

Our readings for today are apocalyptic, which means that they describe the end of an old world and the beginning of a new one. The new world in question is the world of Christ's lordship. To enter into that spiritual space, we have to go through earthquake, famine, and war. But this is, finally good news!

The Struggle With Amalek

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 21, 2007 .

An awful lot of people probably find our first reading for this week offensive. We hear that Israel mowed the Amalekites down with the sword. How can this terrible story of conquest be a revelation of God's intentions? Listen as I offer the surprising interpretation that Origen of Alexandria offers.

The Lessons of Naaman

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 14, 2007 .

The story of Naaman the Syrian is not terribly well-known, but it contains some marvelous spiritual lessons for all of us. It tells us of the importance of patience, humility, perseverance, prayer--and above all following our weakness as it leads us to God.

The Lament of Habakkuk

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 7, 2007 .

The prophet Habbakuk expresses what most of us feel at some point in our lives: how can God be so indifferent to suffering? Listen carefully to the answer he receives from the Lord.

"The Lord of the Rings" (Part 2 of 2) Commentary by Fr. Robert Barron

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 14, 2007 .

Another video from Fr. Barron and Word on Fire commenting on subjects from modern day culture.

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