Robert Barron | – 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 existential—just as Christ has done for us. Our sin caves us in our ourselves, but through Christ, we are liberated to reach out in love to God and our neighbor. We can rejoice because the Messiah has come to wrap us in a mantle of justice and a robe of salvation.

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  1. What is heartbreaking is pro-abortion politicians especially Catholic politicians being embraced by Church leadership; emphasis of man over God; global warming being given more emphasis than the lack of belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist; immodest clothing especially at Mass; pursuing dialogue with other religions rather than conversion; abandonment of Chinese Catholics; homosexuality, pedophilia, financial corruption and coverups in the Church; government suppression of the Mass; disintegration of our schools and universities; support for sinful lifestyles; lack of teaching about developing our interior lives; pro-abortion politicians, non-Catholics and people living in sexually scandalous lifestyles receiving Communion, and abandonment of the teachings of the doctors of the Church.

  2. "The Mantle of Justice…the Robe of Salvation"…wow!!…Truly "Inspired" Teaching, Your Grace Bishop Barron!!!

    What do we have here?!!…The Wedding Garment within which we are to all be covered at The Wedding Feast: Let us here, remember the Parable Of JESUS CHRIST…where one of the (Final) Guests eventually was thrown out BECAUSE OF HIS NOT HAVING BEEN COVERED IN THIS 'ADORNING' WEDDING GARMENT that was provided to all the Guests at the Feast…
    WHY was the guest thrown out???????…
    The answer is clear for any discerning 'Heart'…
    That Guest decided (because of pride) that he didn't need to wear THIS Wedding Garment that was Freely Provided for all, By THE BRIDEGROOM TO BE WORN BY ALL; he had decided that his garment of (assumed) righteousness by The Law was adequate; indeed, it might well have sufficed for those covered by The Law prior to The Coming Of The Messiah; however, NOT ADEQUATE after Our LORD JESUS came as Emmanuel and weaved (expending HIS OWN BODY AND HIS BLOOD In His Labour Of LOVE), This New "Mantle of Justice…The Robe Of Salvation"…DEO Gratias…'n GOD Bless!!!

  3. Thank you so very much for teaching us how to read scripture. Could never understand it’s richness except for your valuable discernment of every phrase. It’s like hearing the message for the first time. Thank you!

  4. Thank you, Bishop Barron. Your Sunday sermons help us to understand the message of Jesus, the Bible and the church. You give us hope when we seem most despairing and show us the right way to live. You have helped me a lot. Thank you.

  5. Thank you Mommy Mary! Thank you Bishop Barron! The BEST vaccine against st the new illness is pray and Sing to God reading the Evangely and Psalms singed, the crown of the Divine Mercy and the crown of the Sacred Heart of Jesús! And Prayers in latín! Cause the origin of all illness is the bad and Demons if we fight against all bad we can't be contagious, prayers in family. Our first home is Godsrlf!

  6. With all due respect what you're saying about Jesus is that after he was murder or before he was murdered about he gave everything radio he gave you his life he gave you his wife he gave you everything or did it get taken from him I like everything in the world gets taken from everybody right now let's keep the story straight with all due respect

  7. Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy lies. The priests exercise power by their own authority. And my people love to have it this way. But they will not be able to help you when the time of judgment comes!

    Do you believe God (YHWH) Divine Laws ? Or do you believe satan or the ministers of this world.

    It is the craft of Satan to make us think and speak of the Divine law as uncertain or unreasonable,

    These are not fables , but Divine commands.

    Jeremiah 27:15 For I have not sent them,' declares the LORD, 'and yet they are prophesying falsely in My name; therefore I will banish you and you will perish–you and the prophets who prophesy to you.'"

    Jeremiah 23:21
    "I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied.

    So than, How more clear can can GOD be. These are not fables , but Divine commands.

    So than, Who Lies, God or your Pastor ???

    Satan must be enjoying this,

  8. I would also implore you to read Exodus 20 especially where it talks about the second commandment

    "You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.

    Check the scripture for yourselves —– EXODUS 20 The Catholic church is simply practicing Idolatry . The verse clearly states , "You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
    Angels, Saints, and even mother Mary are not to be idolized or worshiped whatsoever for any reason. We are not to make any statues of them or pray to them , for any reason. God simply does not approve for a moment of this practice at all. He completely rejects all of it.
    After all , he made this his 2nd greatest commandment . Yep, that's right #2. That"s huge folks. This Catholic Church has been lying to you on purpose to deceive you, and bring curses upon your generations. Don't give this church a single dollar. Father God, right now in Jesus name, I pray that the finances dry up in this fraud of church. I pray that their finances dry up, and Lord I pray that you shine Your light upon this church. Shine Your Heavenly light upon them and expose all their deceit and deception. Shine Your light Father, on all their corruption , their future tricks, and all their plans to deceive your people. And I ask this Father, in the precious name of Jesus. Amen !
    Its not to late for you brother Robert. You and your colleagues still have time to repent and make things right before you leave this place. You and your colleagues can turn states evidence on this corrupt church. Why not Robert, you only live once. This life is nothing but a vapor anyway. Do it for the King, or Lord and Savior, our messiah, Jesus.

  9. Yes, @RandyHall. You are right. I also think that the lack of respect, for human dignity of people of all classes including the elderly and the dispossessed. But also ideas based on voluntarism that perpetuate our society. Bishop Barron, once quoted Bob Dylan saying "Freedom just arround the corner for you , but with the truth so far off, what good will it do?"

  10. The church may "command" us to be happy, but for those still grieving a spouse, child or parent, Advent and the Christmas season is painfully incomplete. Someone is missing. Even the best days and happiest events are tinged with sadness. Wherever they go, the sadness goes with them. For them the holidays are more endured than enjoyed. Many have wished they could find a quiet place to hide until the season is over. This Christmas when we intuit that someone in our midst is feeling sad, let us be happy and celebrate but at the same time try not overwhelm them with our own joy.

  11. I'm from Jakarta, Indonesia. Thank you Bishop Barron for your fascinating sermon. I watched and listened this video over and over again. The WORDS OF GOD is so beautiful and powerful. This is the reason why I should be rejoice.