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Robert Barron - The Thirsty Soul
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Robert Barron - The Thirsty Soul
Robert Barron - The Thirsty Soul
Peace be with you. Friends, on this Third Sunday of Lent, we're again getting back to spiritual basics, and reading one and reading three both focus on this symbol of water. Now, I've talked to you before about water in the Bible as a negative [...]
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Robert Barron - A Friend of the Lord Jesus
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Robert Barron - A Friend of the Lord Jesus
Robert Barron - A Friend of the Lord Jesus
Peace be with you. Friends, on this Second Sunday of Lent, we again, going back to spiritual basics, have some marvelous readings, one from the book of Genesis about the call of Abram and then the marvelous account of the Transfiguration. I had a [...]
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Robert Barron - Time to Get Back to Basics
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Robert Barron - Time to Get Back to Basics
Robert Barron - Time to Get Back to Basics
Peace be with you. Friends, we come now to the holy season of Lent, our preparation for Easter. Lent, I've often said, is a time to get back to basics. It's like when you're starting the football season and you get back to fundamentals. It's when [...]
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Robert Barron - Love as God Loves
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Robert Barron - Love as God Loves
Robert Barron - Love as God Loves
Peace be with you. Friends, we continue our reading of the marvelous Sermon on the Mount. We're in the heart of chapter 5. Can I just recommend to you? Get out your Bibles. Matthew 5, 6, and 7 is the central teaching of Jesus. Probably what he would [...]
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Robert Barron - Be a Saint
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Robert Barron - Be a Saint
Robert Barron - Be a Saint
Peace be with you. Friends, we've had the privilege now of reading from the Sermon on the Mount, and we'll continue for the next couple of weeks. What an extraordinary experience it is, just to hear from Jesus himself as he lays out his basic [...]
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Robert Barron - You Are the Salt of the Earth
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Robert Barron - You Are the Salt of the Earth
Robert Barron - You Are the Salt of the Earth
Peace be with you. Friends, these weeks we're reading from the marvelous Sermon on the Mount, chapters five, six, and seven of the Gospel of Matthew. For your spiritual reading anytime of the day or night, go to those three chapters, and you see the [...]
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Robert Barron - The Key to Happiness
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Robert Barron - The Key to Happiness
Robert Barron - The Key to Happiness
Peace be with you. Friends, we have one of the great passages in the New Testament today for our reading, namely the Beatitudes, taken from the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, so the very beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. I'm going to go [...]
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Robert Barron - Be Attentive to Epiphanies
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Robert Barron - Be Attentive to Epiphanies
Robert Barron - Be Attentive to Epiphanies
Peace be with you. Friends, we come today to one of my favorite feasts of the year, the Feast of Epiphany. Epiphany, from a Greek word meaning "intense appearance". "Phanein" means "to appear" in Greek, and [...]
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Robert Barron - Go in Haste, Be Astonished, Treasure
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Robert Barron - Go in Haste, Be Astonished, Treasure
Robert Barron - Go in Haste, Be Astonished, Treasure
Peace be with you. Happy New Year's Day, in the secular sense, but also the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, on this January 1st. There are three words from our Gospel, it's from Luke, I've always loved. These three words I want to reflect on. The [...]
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Robert Barron - Wait for the Desert to Bloom
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Robert Barron - Wait for the Desert to Bloom
Robert Barron - Wait for the Desert to Bloom
Peace be with you. Friends, we come to the Third Sunday of Advent, and it always strikes me as we move through Advent what an Isaian season it is. We hear week after week from the prophet Isaiah during Advent. We heard a couple weeks ago about the [...]
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Robert Barron - Go Meet John the Baptist
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Robert Barron - Go Meet John the Baptist
Robert Barron - Go Meet John the Baptist
Peace be with you. Friends, on the Second Sunday of Advent, the Church gives us the great Advent figure of John the Baptist. Can I give you an image now to meditate on during Advent? Go online and look up "Chartres Cathedral north porch statue [...]
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Robert Barron - An Advent Challenge
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Robert Barron - An Advent Challenge
Robert Barron - An Advent Challenge
Peace be with you, and Happy New Year's Day. We come today to the beginning of the liturgical year, the First Sunday of Advent. What is it about Advent? I've always loved it. To me, it's a very spiritually powerful season. And it might be because [...]
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Robert Barron - King of All, Warrior of Mercy
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Robert Barron - King of All, Warrior of Mercy
Robert Barron - King of All, Warrior of Mercy
Peace be with you. Friends, we come to the great feast of Christ the King, which is always the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Think of the king coming at the end of a long procession into his palace. Well, this is Christ the King at the end of [...]
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Robert Barron - The Shaking of Three Worlds
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Robert Barron - The Shaking of Three Worlds
Robert Barron - The Shaking of Three Worlds
Peace be with you. Friends, as we come toward the end of the liturgical year, we begin to look at more apocalyptic readings and writings in the Bible. End of the liturgical year, end of the world. As I've said though to you before, [...]
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Robert Barron - The Reality of Life After Death
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Robert Barron - The Reality of Life After Death
Robert Barron - The Reality of Life After Death
Peace be with you. Friends, our first reading and our gospel for this weekend have a special resonance for our time I think, because they both speak clearly about life after death. Now I say it has resonance for our time, because there's coming more [...]
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Robert Barron - You Have Been Loved Into Being
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Robert Barron - You Have Been Loved Into Being
Robert Barron - You Have Been Loved Into Being
Peace be with you. Friends, I'd like to begin today by looking at our first reading, from the Book of Wisdom. It makes an extraordinarily important observation that's of both theological and philosophical significance. In light of that, I'm going to [...]
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Robert Barron - Finish the Race
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Robert Barron - Finish the Race
Robert Barron - Finish the Race
Peace be with you. Friends, our second reading this week is from Paul's Second Letter to Timothy. I think a couple weeks ago, I spoke on First Timothy, and I mentioned to you how the scholars are divided. Some say that Paul wrote these letters, [...]
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Robert Barron - The Spiritual Life Is a Battle
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Robert Barron - The Spiritual Life Is a Battle
Robert Barron - The Spiritual Life Is a Battle
Peace be with you. Friends, our first reading for this Sunday is one of my favorites. It's from the book of Exodus, and it's about a battle between Israel and the Amalekites. And you'll say, "Well, that's of maybe mild interest to specialist [...]
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Robert Barron - Where You Stumble, Dig for Treasure
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Robert Barron - Where You Stumble, Dig for Treasure
Robert Barron - Where You Stumble, Dig for Treasure
Peace be with you. Friends, our first reading for the Sunday is a little section of the marvelous story of Naaman the Syrian. You can find it in the second Book of Kings in the cycle of stories about Elisha, the prophet. Now it's not really a well [...]
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Robert Barron - Stand Strong in the Spirit
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Robert Barron - Stand Strong in the Spirit
Robert Barron - Stand Strong in the Spirit
Peace be with you. Friends, for this week I'm going to preach on our second reading. I don't do that all that often, but it's very powerful today. It's from Paul's second letter to Timothy. Scholars are divided about whether Paul himself actually [...]
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Robert Barron - How Are You Caring for the Poor?
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Robert Barron - How Are You Caring for the Poor?
Robert Barron - How Are You Caring for the Poor?
Peace be with you. Friends, Pope Benedict memorably said the Church does three essential things. And this has just stayed in my mind ever since I read it, because it's so clarifying. The three essential things Church does; it evangelizes, it [...]
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Robert Barron - Don't Demonize (or Divinize) the Powerful
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Robert Barron - Don't Demonize (or Divinize) the Powerful
Robert Barron - Don't Demonize (or Divinize) the Powerful
Peace be with you. Friends, I love the opportunity today to talk about the church's social teaching and the prompt comes from readings one and two, because they beautifully show, if you want, both sides of the church's social teaching, the beautiful [...]
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Robert Barron - God Is Crazy in Love with You
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Robert Barron - God Is Crazy in Love with You
Robert Barron - God Is Crazy in Love with You
Peace be with you. Friends, the last several weeks, we've been reading from this section of Luke that talks about the demands of discipleship, the radicality of what it means to follow Jesus. But let me tell you something now. Here's a hint, it's a [...]
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Robert Barron - The Fair-Weather Fans of Jesus
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Robert Barron - The Fair-Weather Fans of Jesus
Robert Barron - The Fair-Weather Fans of Jesus
Peace be with you. Friends, these past several weeks, we've been reading from a section of the Gospel of Luke that is actually rather harrowing. What I mean is we find laid out before us the great principles and challenges of the spiritual life, [...]
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Robert Barron - Act Against Your Attachments
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Robert Barron - Act Against Your Attachments
Robert Barron - Act Against Your Attachments
Peace be with you. Friends, a couple summers ago I had the great privilege of visiting in connection with a film we were making the sites connected to St. Ignatius of Loyola. We went to the Basque Country, to Loyola, where he was born and where he [...]
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Robert Barron - How Many Will Be Saved?
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Robert Barron - How Many Will Be Saved?
Robert Barron - How Many Will Be Saved?
Peace be with you. Friends, I'm going to admit something to you. I'm a little bit reluctant to talk about the topic of our Gospel for today, because it's this famously controversial matter of how many will be saved. So someone asks Jesus that [...]
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Robert Barron - Let Christ Light a Fire in You
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Robert Barron - Let Christ Light a Fire in You
Robert Barron - Let Christ Light a Fire in You
Peace be with you. Friends, I won't lie to you. The readings for this weekend, they're tough. They're very challenging. And maybe it's good we hear these sort of in the middle of the summer when we're more relaxed, because they're a lot to take in. [...]
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Robert Barron - Go on a Hero's Journey
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Robert Barron - Go on a Hero's Journey
Robert Barron - Go on a Hero's Journey
Peace be with you. Friends, if you've been following my work the last couple years, you know that I've been interested in Jordan Peterson, the psychologist from Toronto, who's become quite a celebrity on social media. And Peterson, like Joseph [...]
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Robert Barron - You Can't Take It With You
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Robert Barron - You Can't Take It With You
Robert Barron - You Can't Take It With You
Peace be with you. Friends, all three of our readings for this weekend speak of a primordial spiritual truth, one that I've mentioned frequently, maybe I've even harped on it with you. But that's okay, because I think it's so fundamental in the [...]
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Robert Barron - What Is the Lord's Prayer About?
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Robert Barron - What Is the Lord's Prayer About?
Robert Barron - What Is the Lord's Prayer About?
Peace be with you. Friends, our Gospel for today is St. Luke's version of the Lord's Prayer, the Our Father, this prayer that's recited probably, I don't know, millions of times a day, all over the world, at every Mass. If you're praying the Liturgy [...]
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Robert Barron - Focus on the One Thing Necessary
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Robert Barron - Focus on the One Thing Necessary
Robert Barron - Focus on the One Thing Necessary
Peace be with you. Friends, the Gospel for today is that wonderful and familiar story of Martha and Mary. But the Church sets us up for this in a really interesting way by giving us a first reading from the book of Genesis. We're in chapter 18; it's [...]
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Robert Barron - Christ Can Heal Us
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Robert Barron - Christ Can Heal Us
Robert Barron - Christ Can Heal Us
Peace be with you. Friends, the gospel for this fifteenth Sunday of the year is one of Jesus' best-known parables: the story of the Good Samaritan. Something that Karl Barth taught in the twentieth century, he learned it from the Church Fathers, is [...]
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Robert Barron - How Will You Evangelize Today?
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Robert Barron - How Will You Evangelize Today?
Robert Barron - How Will You Evangelize Today?
Peace be with you. Friends, last week we had a wonderful portrait of discipleship. You might say the cost of discipleship was on clear display. As we continue now our reading of the Gospel of Luke, we have today a great, I would say, portrait of the [...]
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Robert Barron - Following Jesus Comes First
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Robert Barron - Following Jesus Comes First
Robert Barron - Following Jesus Comes First
Peace be with you. Friends, I'm going to be blunt with you. The Gospel for today is really tough. It's really challenging. But I love how it cuts right to the heart of the kind of ethical implications of the Gospel. Now you'll see what I mean as I [...]
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Robert Barron - Sacrifice, Covenant, Banquet
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Robert Barron - Sacrifice, Covenant, Banquet
Robert Barron - Sacrifice, Covenant, Banquet
Peace be with you. Friends, we come this weekend to the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and the Blood of Christ. I always love the opportunity to preach on the Eucharist because, as Vatican II famously said, it's the source and summit of the [...]
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Robert Barron - What Is the Trinity?
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Robert Barron - What Is the Trinity?
Robert Barron - What Is the Trinity?
Peace be with you. Friends, we've come to Trinity Sunday. It's been called the preacher's nightmare. I've never believed that. I love Trinity Sunday. I love preaching on Trinity Sunday, and what I'm going to do today, I'm going to commit an act of [...]
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Robert Barron - Seek the Mark of the Spirit
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Robert Barron - Seek the Mark of the Spirit
Robert Barron - Seek the Mark of the Spirit
Peace be with you. Happy Pentecost Sunday to everybody, this great celebration of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. And I want to suggest to you that meditating upon the number three will tell us a lot of what we need to know about [...]
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Robert Barron - Come, Lord Jesus
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Robert Barron - Come, Lord Jesus
Robert Barron - Come, Lord Jesus
Peace be with you. Friends, on this Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Church gives us the privilege of hearing the very last words of the Bible. Again, if you're reading poetry, you're reading a novel, you're reading even a great work of history, the [...]
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Robert Barron - The Heavenly City
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Robert Barron - The Heavenly City
Robert Barron - The Heavenly City
Peace be with you. Friends, we're continuing our reading of the book of Revelation. The Church gives us throughout the Easter season these marvelous passages. Last week we started with chapter 21. There are 22 chapters in the book, so we're right [...]
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Robert Barron - Rescued from the Depths
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Robert Barron - Rescued from the Depths
Robert Barron - Rescued from the Depths
Peace be with you. Friends, on this Fifth Sunday of Easter, we continue our reading of the book of Revelation. The Church gives us excerpts from this final book of the Bible all during the Easter season. Now, we leap, last time we were in chapter 7, [...]
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Robert Barron - The Great Army of the Martyrs
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Robert Barron - The Great Army of the Martyrs
Robert Barron - The Great Army of the Martyrs
Peace be with you. Friends, all during this Easter season we're reading from the book of Revelation, the marvelous and final book of the Bible. So I'm just going to be following these readings all during the Easter season. Years ago when I was a [...]
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Robert Barron - Right Praise, Right Order
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Robert Barron - Right Praise, Right Order
Robert Barron - Right Praise, Right Order
Peace be with you. Friends, for this Third Sunday of Easter, I want to continue my interpretation of the book of Revelation. So all during the Easter season, reading number two is from Revelation. And I think it's a very important book, but one that [...]
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Robert Barron - The Unveiling of a New World
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Robert Barron - The Unveiling of a New World
Robert Barron - The Unveiling of a New World
Peace be with you. Friends, on the Second Sunday of Easter, we commence a reading now for the rest of the Easter season of the book of Revelation. So it's the second reading for the rest of the Easter season. So I want to take advantage of this [...]
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Robert Barron - Three Lessons of the Resurrection
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Robert Barron - Three Lessons of the Resurrection
Robert Barron - Three Lessons of the Resurrection
Peace be with you, and a very blessed, very happy Easter Sunday to everybody. Hey, listen, the Resurrection of Jesus is the be all and the end all of the Christian faith. If Jesus didn't rise from the dead, all bishops, all priests, all Christian [...]
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Robert Barron - The Master Has Need of It
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Robert Barron - The Master Has Need of It
Robert Barron - The Master Has Need of It
Peace be with you. We come today to Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest week of the year, and of course we read at Mass the wonderful Passion narrative. But I want to focus today not on the Passion narrative but on the Gospel that we proclaim [...]
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Robert Barron - Refuse Scapegoating Violence
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Robert Barron - Refuse Scapegoating Violence
Robert Barron - Refuse Scapegoating Violence
Peace be with you. Friends, what an embarrassment of riches we have during this Lenten season. The Church always gives us magnificent readings to meditate upon. Last Sunday, we had what I call the greatest story ever told, the parable of the [...]
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Robert Barron - Everything He Has Is Yours
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Robert Barron - Everything He Has Is Yours
Robert Barron - Everything He Has Is Yours
Peace be with you. Friends, our Gospel reading for this Fourth Sunday of Lent is one of the greatest stories ever told, one of Jesus' most famous parables: the parable of the prodigal son. And I think in a way it tells us everything we need to know [...]
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Robert Barron - Who Is God?
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Robert Barron - Who Is God?
Robert Barron - Who Is God?
Peace be with you. Friends, we come to the Third Sunday of Lent, and we have the privilege of reading one of the most important texts in the Bible, period. We're in the third chapter of the book of Exodus. It's the text in which God gives himself a [...]
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Robert Barron - Awaiting Resurrection
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Robert Barron - Awaiting Resurrection
Robert Barron - Awaiting Resurrection
Peace be with you. Friends, I love how all three of the readings for the Second Sunday of Lent call to mind the mystical, the strange, the transcendent world that's the goal of all of our religious striving. Our first reading from the book of [...]
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Robert Barron - Three Levels of Temptation
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Robert Barron - Three Levels of Temptation
Robert Barron - Three Levels of Temptation
Peace be with you. Friends, we come to this great and holy season of Lent, a time to get back to spiritual basics, a time when the Church looks at some of its most fundamental and spiritually significant texts. We begin this First Sunday of Lent [...]
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