Sermons

  • God’s Rules for Life — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, the Books of Moses teach that the three types of Israelite law—liturgical law, ritual law, and moral law—shape and direct God’s people toward holiness and purity. While the liturgical laws have been carried over and the ritual laws largely set aside, the moral laws remain unchanged, for ...

  • Does It Matter What You Believe? — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, a great theme of the Bible is that of God’s chosen people. At the same time, we also see that God’s salvific plan has to do with all of humanity—and indeed with all of creation. God chooses Israel—and the New Israel, the Church—precisely for the sake of the whole world. Remembering this ...

  • The Divine Plan for Peace — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    When we, together, fall in love with the transcendent love of God, we can turn “swords into plowshares.” What will settle the conflict in the human heart? Self-surrendering, alongside our brothers and sisters, to the glory of God.

  • The Key to Human Flourishing — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, in biblical imagery, the vineyard symbolizes the people of God. The Lord nourishes us as our caretaker, but he desires (even demands) that we bear good fruit. The Mass, the Eucharist, the teaching office of the Church, priests and bishops—through these means and through the Church, God c...

  • Becoming a Brick Wall of Integrity — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, our own wickedness and virtue belong to oneself. Though our communities and background stories affect our mind and will, nevertheless, the individual stands alone in the presence of God. We show God and the world who we are by the integrity of our moral acts. What we do defines who we ar...

  • Why Does God Allow Suffering? — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, God is close to us, even in our suffering. But it seems inexplicable that he could preside over our calamities, and so we ask, “How could God do this to me?” But the Lord’s ways are not our ways, and our capacity to truly understand his will is limited. We must therefore place our trust ...

  • How to Heal a Broken Relationship — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, forgiveness is about bearing the burden of the other—what justice requires them to carry, you carry for them. How we forgive others is tied tightly to God's forgiveness of us. If the Lord gives you grace in seventy times seventy ways, you must mirror the same for the brother or sister wh...

  • Words Should Not Be Weapons — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, fraternal correction is the act and art of constructive criticism. It's easier than ever today to engage in uncharitable discussions and unjust gossip about one another, especially online. But instead of publicly participating in hypercriticism, we should rather—with compassion and care,...

  • How to Lose Your Soul (And How to Save It) — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, if your soul is rightly ordered, it can handle anything. However, if you gain the world but sacrifice your soul for fame or fortune, you’ve lost everything. Getting this right is the fulcrum upon which the spiritual life turns.

  • Mighty Ones, Look Upon Your Works and Despair — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, are you spending your time building a pedestal for yourself, or are you breathing life into others? Think about the fact that whatever legitimate authority you have, it ultimately comes from God. And then think about how you're cooperating with and best using that grace.

  • Why God Chose You — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, in a universe governed by God's providence, there is no such thing as “dumb luck” or coincidence. Therefore, his election and his choosing is not arbitrary or exclusive. Rather, when God invites his people to mission, he is not calling them for their own sakes, but for the sake of the wh...

  • The Worst of Religion, the Best of Religion — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, there is a beautiful side to religion: it reveals profound truth, it speaks prophetically to the wider culture, and it teaches about God. But there is a brutal side too: it can make you hateful toward enemies, it can fill you with rage, and it can give rise to violence. When we feel the ...

  • God’s Gift for You — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, from Genesis to Revelation, Scripture begins and ends on the principle of the primacy of grace. In the Christian religion, there is no such thing as "conditional love." Rather, God gives freely, and it is our task to accept it. "All who are thirsty, come to the water!" And what is the wa...

  • What Do You Want God to Do for You? – Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, worldly goods like pleasure or power can be the source of our own destruction if we receive them without wisdom. If the Lord told you he would give you your greatest desire, what would you request? King Solomon was presented with this question, and he asked for a wise heart. What pleases...

  • Super Substantial Bread — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, this is the first celebration of Corpus Christi—the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ—after the Pew Forum study showing that 70% of Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Vatican II said that the Eucharist is the source and the summit of the Chris...

  • Those Who are Just Must be Kind — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, though it was considered foolishness to the world, the Lord revealed his all-embracing power in the outstretched arms of the crucified Christ. Though this act, God offered to us all the forgiveness of sins. It is, further, a repudiation of the domination of others and instead a divine su...

  • When God Speaks — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, God continually brings into being, by his creative Word, the universe in its totality. We do not inhabit a chaos; we inhabit a cosmos. But that Word also became flesh and dwelt among us. And what he says does not just describe reality—it produces reality.

  • Zechariah's Vision — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, the Old Testament prophet Zechariah said that there would be a new ruler like David, whose mission would be reconciliation and peace—not just for Israel, but for the whole world. Christ the King, the suffering servant of Mt. Calvary, now extends his arms to the ends of the earth, invitin...

  • Collaborative Apostolate — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, the work of the Church depends on the collaboration of every believer, all of us working together. Scandals have led to suspicion—but this is a great tragedy. Instead, we must learn how to reach out to one another with special care and consideration.

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  • The God Who Is Love — Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, in this first Sunday Sermon, I preach on the God who is love, explaining why this massively important fact leads to the conclusion that God is trinitarian in nature.

  • Terror on Every Side — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, what do we see in Jeremiah’s preaching and prophesying? That being a spokesperson for God can be a terrible task—yet it’s wonderful. It is the worst possible thing—but your heart would burst if you didn't do it. It’s “terror on every side”—and the source of all sweetness.