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  • Following Jesus Comes First - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, I’m going to be blunt with you: today’s Gospel is really challenging. It cuts right to the heart of the ethical implications of the Gospel. There's something of a “be all, end all” quality about Jesus, something of an either/or. As he says, “Whoever is not with me is against me.” What fo...

  • Sacrifice, Covenant, Banquet - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, we come this weekend to the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and the Blood of Christ. The Eucharist, as Vatican II famously said, is the source and summit of the Christian life—that from which Christian life comes and that toward which it tends. It's the alpha and the omega of our Ch...

  • What Is the Trinity? - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, Trinity Sunday has been called “the preacher’s nightmare.” But while the Trinity remains a supreme mystery, Thomas Aquinas used a basic principle that helps us to get at it: beings, at all levels, tend to make images of themselves. The higher you go in the hierarchy of being, the more in...

  • Seek the Mark of the Spirit - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, Happy Pentecost Sunday! On this great celebration of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, meditating upon the number three will tell us a lot of what we need to know about the Spirit, whose distinctive mark is not oppressive unity, nor conflictual diversity, but unity in d...

  • Come, Lord Jesus! - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, on this Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Church gives us the privilege of hearing the very last words of the Bible. If you're reading poetry, a novel, or even a great work of history, the last words are of tremendous importance. We hear today a kind of coda or denouement after the great ...

  • The Heavenly City - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, in many ways, the second reading for this Sunday is the climax of the entire biblical revelation. We find a detailed description of the heavenly Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven to earth. There is no temple in this city because the whole city has become a temple. What ...

  • Rescued from the Depths - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, on this Fifth Sunday of Easter, we continue our reading of the book of Revelation, leaping ahead toward the very end of the Bible. Looking at the arc of the whole story—from God’s creation out of watery chaos in Genesis to the sea disappearing and a new creation emerging in Revelation—we...

  • The Great Army of the Martyrs - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, during this Easter season we're reading from the book of Revelation, that marvelous, final book of the Bible. In today's reading, John sees mystically, across space and time, across the Christian centuries, all those people from all over the world who would give their lives for Christ. T...

  • Right Praise, Right Order - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, the last stanza of a poem, the last chapter of a novel, or the last lines of a play are of extraordinary significance, but only if you’ve read the whole work up to that point. Similarly, to understand the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, we have to attend to the great swee...

  • The Unveiling of a New World - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, Revelation comes from the Latin “Revalatio,” which in turn translates the Greek “Apokalypsis”—which means, literally, “unveiling.” This final book of the Bible, which has fascinated Christians and non-Christians for two thousand years, is not primarily about the end of the physical world...

  • Three Lessons of the Resurrection - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, a very blessed and happy Easter to you all! The Resurrection of Jesus is the be-all and the end-all of the Christian faith. If Jesus didn't rise from the dead, then all bishops, priests, and Christian ministers should go home and get honest jobs. If he did rise from the dead, then he's...

  • The Master Has Need of It - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    In the Palm Sunday Gospel reading proclaimed before the procession, the Lord instructs two of his disciples to go into the village and untether a donkey. If there is any protest, they are to say, “The Master has need of it.” This is true of every baptized person: the Master has need of your gifts...

  • Refuse Scapegoating Violence - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, this Sunday, we hear the story of the woman caught in adultery from the eighth chapter of John. René Girard thought that this story was particularly clear in showing the dynamics of what he called the scapegoating mechanism. And in the response of Jesus to the violence of the mob, we see...

  • Everything He Has Is Yours - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, our Gospel reading for this Fourth Sunday of Lent is one of the greatest stories ever told: the parable of the prodigal son. In a way, this parable about giving and receiving gifts tells us everything we need to know about our relationship to God.

  • Who Is God? - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, on this Third Sunday of Lent, we have the privilege of reading one of the most important texts in the Bible: God addressing Moses from the burning bush. In this passage, the true God manifests his own identity: he is closer to you than you are to yourself, yet higher than anything you ca...

  • Three Levels of Temptation - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, we come now to the great and holy season of Lent, a time to get back to spiritual basics. This First Sunday of Lent, we hear Luke’s account of the temptation of Jesus. What Jesus faces in the desert are three classical substitutes for God—three levels of temptation, three types of divers...

  • Beware of Blind Guides - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, there are a lot of people claiming to be spiritual gurus, teachers, and guides today. But is the person to whom you’ve entrusted your life spiritually blind? Whom are you going to follow, and why? Toward the end of Luke’s Sermon on the Plain, Jesus—the definitive spiritual guide—offers u...

  • Give as God Gives - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, whenever we give or receive a gift, we're always caught in a difficult rhythm of exchange and mutual obligation. The great exception to this rule is God, who is utterly gratuitous in his giving. But in Luke’s Sermon on the Plain, we are invited to share, by grace, in the very way that Go...

  • To What Does Your Heart Belong? - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, when our heart belongs to anything in this world, we live in an empty and lifeless spiritual space. But when our heart belongs to the Lord, the rest of our life falls into right order around that center. Our readings this week raise a crucial question: To whom—or to what—does your heart ...

  • Give Away the Grace You've Been Given - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

  • The Invasion of Grace - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

    Friends, the spiritual life begins with an invasion of grace out of God’s sheer, unmerited love. As we direct our lives toward this light, we become more aware of our sin. In acknowledging our sin and surrendering to grace, we are purified, and sent on mission as vehicles of his salvation for the...

  • Should We Build Walls or Bridges? — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, our first reading this Sunday reminds us that we need walls to maintain our identity. But our ultimate purpose is not to hunker down behind those walls, but to go out and transform the world. We need both the walls that define who we are, and the bridges that allow us to bring the light ...

  • Your Water into God’s Wine — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, this week we resume Ordinary Time, and the Church gives us this extraordinary story of the first sign of Christ’s divinity—the miracle at Cana. Why is the first of Jesus’ miracles turning water into wine at a wedding? Because Jesus himself is the marriage of heaven and earth, who transfo...

  • Love the Ones You’re Given — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, families teach us that we don't always get to choose the people we love, but we're given people that we're then called upon to love. On this Feast of the Holy Family, let's meditate upon the importance of this calling.