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Bishop Robert Barron’s Sermons - Catholic Preaching and Homilies podcast

Bishop Robert Barron’s Sermons - Catholic Preaching and Homilies

Weekly homily podcast from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

Weekly homily podcast from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

 

#880

Do You Really Want What God Wants?

Friends, power and honor, in and of themselves, are not a bad thing, but we wreak havoc when we ask for them in the wrong spirit. When we beseech the Lord with our desires, let us ask for what God wants for us rather than what our egos have determined to be good. ... Read more

13 Oct 2021

14 MINS

14:04

13 Oct 2021


#879

It’s Time for a Radical Choice

Friends, in our first reading today, Solomon finds that all the power and wealth of the world are nothing compared to the gift of wisdom—seeing life from the perspective of God. Although this gift seems to help one further amass wealth, in today’s Gospel, Christ teaches us that to use the gifts of the world properly, we must give them away so we can follow him. ... Read more

06 Oct 2021

14 MINS

14:31

06 Oct 2021


#878

How to Fall in Love

Friends, our readings this weekend have to do with biblical anthropology—or who we are in the presence of God—and the Christian understanding of marriage. A basic intuition of the Bible is that we begin not with the individual, but with community. And marriage is the most beautiful and intense form of this friendship God desires for us. ... Read more

29 Sep 2021

14 MINS

14:03

29 Sep 2021


#877

We Just Don’t Get It

Friends, let us rejoice whenever the grace of God is on display. The point of the sacraments is so that God’s grace may flood the world, but the Lord can operate outside of our formal structures. He desires these gifts for us, but as the creator of them, he is never limited by them. ... Read more

22 Sep 2021

14 MINS

14:21

22 Sep 2021


#876

Envy Will Destroy Us

Friends, when envy takes over our spiritual lives, we sow disorder and disintegration. The life of Jesus is about self-emptying love; it is in this gift of self that we are called to live. ... Read more

15 Sep 2021

14 MINS

14:57

15 Sep 2021


#875

God Suffers for Us

Friends, with our readings from this weekend, we are on very holy ground because we're dealing with the imagery, symbolism, and theology of the suffering servant. Yes, he is the one who will bring God's salvation to all the world, but he will do it by bearing the pain and suffering of the world. ... Read more

08 Sep 2021

15 MINS

15:13

08 Sep 2021


#874

Have You Stopped Listening to Jesus?

Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus travels outside of Israel and heals a man of his deafness. Today, we live in a realm of spiritual deafness. We are bombarded with voices from outside, echoing around us until we are as incapable of hearing as the man from our Gospel. Like him, look to Jesus to heal you so that you might hear the word of God and understand his truth, rather than the lies of the world which surround us. ... Read more

01 Sep 2021

15 MINS

15:00

01 Sep 2021


#873

The Beauty of the Law

Friends, the more we revere something, the more we surround it with laws. The most important thing in our lives is to be in harmony with God, and so we follow his divine law. We must, with prudence and wisdom, distinguish between the commandments of God that structure us, and fussy human traditions that distract from our relationship with him. ... Read more

25 Aug 2021

14 MINS

14:34

25 Aug 2021


#872

Time to Test Your Faith

Friends, today’s Gospel concludes John’s reflection on the Eucharist. At the end of this remarkable chapter, we are faced with a question that defines the Christian faith: Will you follow Christ? May we always answer as Peter does. ... Read more

18 Aug 2021

14 MINS

14:32

18 Aug 2021


#871

God’s Warrior Queen

Friends, today on this marvelous Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin, we celebrate Mary’s assumption, body and soul, into heaven. But this does not mean that she has gone away; she is a warrior, involved in the struggle against evil from a new vantage point. ... Read more

11 Aug 2021

13 MINS

13:43

11 Aug 2021


#870

Where to Go When You Cannot Go On

Friends, we've all hit points in which we felt we could not go on spiritually, physically, or mentally. In the Gospel today, Christ declares himself the bread that has come down from heaven. If you want to live in the eternal realm, you must eat food that sustains forever. ... Read more

04 Aug 2021

14 MINS

14:08

04 Aug 2021


#869

Finding Lasting Happiness

Friends, the ensemble of this world that God has made is good, and we're meant to enjoy it; however, we hunger for something that transcends this world. Christ is the only good that can satisfy us. ... Read more

28 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:46

28 Jul 2021


#868

What You Need to Know about the Catholic Mass

Friends, the sixth chapter of John is one of the most profound reflections we have on the meaning of the Eucharist. Let us pay close attention to our Gospel today, which is John’s account of the miraculous multiplication of the loaves, to form a better appreciation of the miracle we partake in at every Mass. ... Read more

21 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:54

21 Jul 2021


#867

How to Be a Good Leader

Friends, our readings today center around the familiar biblical theme of sheep and shepherding. Both human and divine, it is Jesus who has come to lead us, walking in front of his people, alongside us, and behind us as both the God of Israel and the righteous heir of David. ... Read more

14 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:06

14 Jul 2021


#866

Proclaiming Christ in the Culture

Friends, today's first reading makes it clear that if you are baptized, you are called to bring God's word to others. This week, I share five recommendations as you follow his calling as priest, prophet, and king. ... Read more

07 Jul 2021

15 MINS

15:32

07 Jul 2021


#865

You Are Called to Be a Prophet

Friends, all baptized Christians are summoned to announce the Word of God. In our Gospel today, we hear the call, like Ezekiel, to share the Good News with all whom we encounter, especially those who have heard but turned away from the faith. ... Read more

30 Jun 2021

14 MINS

14:34

30 Jun 2021


#864

Faith When You’re Frustrated with God

Friends, in our Gospel today, we find two stories tensely intertwined together, and both contain great suffering and great healing. Through this passage, we are reminded that even in the midst of confusion and frustration with God, we are called to trust in the Lord and his timing. ... Read more

23 Jun 2021

13 MINS

13:49

23 Jun 2021


#863

Why Is Life So Full of Suffering?

Friends, the book of Job is one of the most profound and most challenging books in the entire Bible. In today’s reading, we see that God does not hand-wave away Job’s suffering. Rather, the Lord places profound hurt and heartache in an infinitely greater context—into his loving providence. We must not narrow our focus on our pain; we must rather open ourselves to ever greater trust. ... Read more

16 Jun 2021

15 MINS

15:07

16 Jun 2021


#862

The Last King Standing

Friends, in our Gospel today, Christ paints a picture of a growing mustard tree, under whose shade all people are invited to dwell. Jesus speaks here, using a parable, about the reign and rule of God. Even now, the kingdom of God—the kingdom that finally matters and endures—is spreading far and wide across the whole world. ... Read more

09 Jun 2021

14 MINS

14:29

09 Jun 2021


#861

The Lifeblood of God

Friends, for this feast of Corpus Christi, today’s readings run red, dripping in sacrificial symbolism. When we gather together for Mass, we are not calling to mind some disconnected historical incident. Rather, we spiritually and physically participate in the re-presentation of Christ’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. ... Read more

02 Jun 2021

14 MINS

14:30

02 Jun 2021