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  • The Wounds of Love — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, this Sunday's Gospel reveals, in miniature, the whole of the Christian spiritual life. Up until this point in the narrative, Jesus’ ministry involved a small, select group who closely followed him. Now, however, he breaks through our locked doors and sends us forth to breathe his spirit ...

  • Terror of the Grave, Truth of the Resurrection — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, I want to wish a very blessed and peaceful Easter to you.

    In today’s victorious and triumphant Gospel, we hear the fanfares announce in the most unambiguous way that God, the sworn enemy of death, has overcome the powers of sin through his sovereignty: Jesus has risen from the dead.

    As...

  • Will You Stay or Will You Run? — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, in this sermon for Palm Sunday, I explore three peculiar images in Mark’s account of Christ’s Passion and death, and how these details inspire us to live faithfully in the light of our Lord’s sacrifice.

  • One Promise That Can’t Be Broken — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, today’s readings contain within them the theme of God’s covenants with his people. God has made the whole of creation, but out of the totality of the nations on earth, he chose a particular people—the Israelite nation—to be “peculiarly his own,” forming them through a series of covenants...

  • What Christianity Is All About — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, today’s Gospel reveals the essence of Christianity. To believe in Christ means much more than to accept a set of propositions. Christianity involves entering into the space opened up by the death of the Son of God to receive his saving love. When you do this, you are born again; when you...

  • Welcome to Basic Training — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, one of the best things we can do during Lent is to go to confession. In the first reading today, we are given the Ten Commandments, one of the most fundamental parts of the Christian faith. But how thoroughly have we internalized them? In this video, I go back to the basics and discuss e...

  • The Hardest Choice You’ll Ever Have to Make — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, in our first reading today, we find ourselves face-to-face with an awful story which seems to harshly juxtapose God’s loving nature with an appalling request: that Abraham sacrifice his own son. We should not read this as a story about the arbitrary and capricious “testing” of Abraham, b...

  • Three Habits to Get the Most Out of Lent — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, we come now to one of the most important periods of the liturgical year: Lent. During this time of preparation, the Church asks us to cultivate a deeper friendship with God through prayer, to control and reorder our desires for physical goods through fasting, and to show our love in the ...

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Ask — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, our Gospel this Sunday focuses on a leper kneeling before Jesus, saying, "If you wish, you can make me clean." A lot of us, in our sin, feel like a leper; we feel we are unclean, ostracized, and unworthy of forgiveness. Nonsense! The Gospel invites us to confidently approach Jesus, and t...

  • What Our Lives Must Be About — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, in this Sunday's reading, St. Paul affirms what stands at the center of his life: preaching the glad tidings that God has won the victory over sin and death, thereby liberating all creation. Paul's whole life revolved around this good news, and so it must be for us.

  • Greater than the Greatest of All Time — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, Moses is, without a doubt, the greatest figure in the Old Testament. He heard the voice of God from the burning bush; he was chosen to lead the people Israel to freedom; he was given the Ten Commandments; he was permitted to speak with God as a friend. Every teacher within ancient Judais...

  • There’s Nowhere to Run — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, this Sunday we hear the story of Jonah, a narrative about the acceptance (or rejection) of God’s mission. What would happen if every single person in our society commenced to embrace his or her mission from God? Jonah converted the entire city, from the King to the very animals. Imagine ...

  • God Is Speaking—But Are We Ready to Listen? — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, as we return to Ordinary Time, today’s readings have a very practical and timely message. We find, in the first reading, the prophet Samuel and his mentor, Eli, working together to understand the call of the Lord. We, too, need to work to discern his call through our deafness and the noi...

  • Standing Shoulder to Shoulder with Sinners — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, when Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River. The baptism of Jesus was a source of embarrassment for the early Church, who wanted to portray him as a powerful son of God; but that is, in some ways, the point. He stands in th...

  • You Can’t Go Back to the Way Things Were — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, on this Epiphany Sunday, we reflect on the wonderful story of the journey of the Magi. Many marvelous spiritual lessons can be distilled by examining the devotion these wise men had for the Christ child. They teach us to follow and trust in the Lord’s leading, to honor him with the best ...

  • Does God Keep His Promises? — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, God cares for the world in a way that confounds us. He is faithful to his promises, but they often don’t arrive as we expect them to. We see this in the readings today as God’s promise to David that his throne would last forever is fulfilled five hundred years later in Jesus. In Jesus an...

  • Joy for the Brokenhearted — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, today is Gaudete Sunday. It is a command to rejoice, for Jesus has made us rich through his entrance into poverty. We are reminded both by Pope Francis and the Gospel reading that we must reach out to those on the periphery, suffering from poverty—whether economic, political, or existent...

  • It’s Time to Come Home — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, in the first reading today, we hear of a people exiled from their homeland of Jerusalem, in need of a highway to bring them home safely across the rough terrain. In the Gospels, we find a people still in need of that highway home, but this time because of a spiritual rather than physical...

  • Naming What We All Know — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, Advent is when we reflect upon the arrival of our Savior who came to ransom his people. We cannot think to ourselves, “I’m basically fine, spiritually.” Rather, we must be penitent; we must remember our lonely captivity. This liturgical season is about shaping softened hearts, making the...

  • The One True King — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, Christ is the King of all things. His rule is characterized not by totalitarianism or despotism, but rather by lovingkindness and sacrifice. He constantly reaches out his hands to defend the weak and sick, going to the limits of godforsakenness to bring back those who have wandered. We c...

  • The Enemy of Melancholy — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, we must develop a theology and spirituality of work. Meaningful labor awakens our desire to collaborate in God’s creativity. Viewing work in this way—as spiritual and moral action—conquers our melancholy, gives us dignity, and brings us into unity with the purposes of the Lord.

  • You Must Rethink Your Spiritual Life — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, there’s a great temptation for us to turn the Lord into a distant spiritual entity or a difficult moral taskmaster. We incorrectly believe that we have to crawl our way to the divine by our own heroism, merit, and effort. But this is not the case. In actuality, God, in his wisdom, hasten...

  • Your Life is Not About You — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

    Friends, there’s only one real sadness in life—not to be a saint. But what does it mean to follow this path of righteousness? To follow the will of God, and God wills that we habitually direct our actions and thoughts to the good of others. Jesus says blessed are the merciful, the peacemakers, th...

  • 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 ...