Robert Barron | – Have You Stopped Listening to Jesus? — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

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.

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Comment (46)

  1. Question: Why did anyone listen to Jesus is the first place? Why should people listen to this random Jewish guy from year 30ad today or ever? Why do people who claim to speak for him also disagree with him so much?

  2. Very Practical and Eloquent Sermon your excellence I appreciate your subliminal Implication of the deaf man And The culture. That's original Material. As far as enlightening people about Jesus I don't need my name on my shirt cuz you can tell I'm ballin.

  3. I think the attack on the "secular" is (fighting for the right word) misdiagnosed. Certainly, you understand the riches that come out of finding the sacred in the secular and the secular in the sacred. Secular understanding is necessary, and I am sure you wouldn't disagree. And if an atheist worships lays up treasures in heaven and not on earth, i.e., worships the right things, so be it. That's better than the religious person laying up treasures on earth. It's not secular thinking but the thinking of the ego that's the problem. The ego organizes the world and places values in all the wrong places, and so this fallen world is upside down. God, or should I say, the wisdom of the heart, sees the world right side up, and the person who sees the world as it should be (while accepting the way it is) is Shakespeare's fool. When Jesus says, "the world hates me," He means, "the pervasive logic of the ego is entirely against the thinking of God." The ego is obviously the Satan.

    And Philistine America is more about Reaganite capitalism than it is about secular takeover. It's businessmen putting out product that adheres to a marketing formula, not finding product that holds the mirror up to nature. You can actually see the pervasive logic of the ego jousting against the wisdom of the human heart in that prior sentence.

  4. I've always loved the multifaceted nature of Scripture, how what appears to be a simple story about healing hides a profound theological insight. It is said in Jewish circles that "The Torah has 70 faces." Proof again it does. Thanks, Bishop! (Or whatever member of the bishop's staff reads these comments. Lol)

  5. Thank you Bishop Barron. God bless you for all your passion and commitment to teach us every Sunday! I clearly remember the first time I saw you in "EWTN en Español" and your words touched my soul. This year, with the aim to practice English language, I found you in Youtube, since then I am following your programmes and learning a lot about my Catholic faith =) Kind regards from Lima, Peru.

  6. “Groan”….
    “Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭20:21-22‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  7. Why go out of your way to quote two Protestant theologians? You are a Catholic Bishop and our tradition is full of great Catholic theologians and Doctors of the Church! I found it very off putting and indicates you embracing the secular world of seeking popularity

  8. Amongst the greatest Catholic preachers we have is Bishop Barron. The gift he has with handling The Word is something we need more of amongst our priests. This scripture from Mark 7 is full of so much meaning and I thought I understood most of the symbolism in it…reminding us that Tyre and Sidon were "pagan" and the equivalent of secular western culture put a whole new shine on it for me! God bless Bishop Barron's ministry!

  9. I too have been called into Evangelization Ministry though I’m elderly and not very strong. Lord, I rely on Your Strength and being plugged into Your Power and Love. Trish, Australia. Prayers gratefully accepted!

  10. Another rich homily. Thank you, Bishop. I found the reference to the Trinity particularly enriching. The only thing I do not understand, seeing this act of healing as speaking to evangalism, are the words towards the end of hte reading where Jesus asks them not to tell anyone about the miracle.