Robert Barron | – The God Who Is Love — Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

Friends, in this first Sunday Sermon, I preach on the God who is love, explaining why this massively important fact leads to the conclusion that God is trinitarian in nature.

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Bishop Robert Barron These are brief and insightful commentaries on faith and culture by Catholic theologian and author Bishop Robert Barron. The videos complement his weekly sermons posted and podcasted at WordOnFire.org.

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  1. Friends, today marks the beginning of a new initiative at Word on Fire we're calling "Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermons." These weekly videos will not replace my normal Sunday homilies on the Mass readings, which will continue, but will instead feature preaching aimed at the unaffiliated and won't necessarily be tied to the liturgical calendar. The sermons will air every Sunday morning at 8:15am ET on my YouTube channel. We hope this new offering enhances the spiritual lives of Word on Fire‘s regular viewers while sharing the Good News of Christ and his Church with millions of unaffiliated spiritual seekers, all those struggling with a restless heart.

  2. My parish priest is sincere but lacks the depth of intellect and theological study of a Bishop Barron. My church is now open but I will be supplementing my Sunday reflection with this new series. Thank you Word on Fire!

  3. Si comprehendis, non Deus est.
    That's a quotation to take forward! You gotta love St Augustine (and with every mention of his name give thanks to St Monica for persevering on his stubborn case!)
    Trinity as a "medieval" concept!?!! Ha! It's way older than that. Credits have to go to the 3 Cappadocians (Sts Gregory, John N, & Basil) for taking what was written in scripture and working it out into the integrated concept we know as the Trinity.

  4. Thank you for the sermon. I differ with your opening analysis on God's obscurity. My relationship with God is clear, transparent, and doesn't leave me guessing for answers. He's near and often answers my questions with events that happen in my life. Why would you present God as hard to understand, when most people yearn for intimacy with God?

  5. I remember listening to a lady in her late 90's trying to explain the Trinity to a young woman. She took some water and said if you put this in the freezer, it is solid and if you boil it, steam rises. Thus, God is like the water, Jesus the ice cube and the Holy Spirit the steam, but they are all just one, water. She closed by saying that God is love and then she quoted John 3:16.

  6. One of the first person that I would like to hear from, on our faith is Bishop Robert Barron. After Bishop Fulton Sheen. Starting to deepen my knowledge of God and strengthen my faith, it is a most welcome realization the 7 weeks of Easter becomes the watershed of our understanding and belief in God. I have believed. and yet still searching, and there so much to learn and be enriched on. The journey is on. I shall hear from other thinkers.but it started from this Covid-19 MCO. God has His ways. I shall follow the light that He shines on my path. Thank you Bishops Fulton Sheen, Robert Barron and Anthony Fisher of St Mar Cathedral Sydney. I listen to Ravi Zacharias too.

    Bishop Robert Barron, you have presented The Holy Trinity, with such clarity n meaning to us, that I can then share with my brothers, as you presented it. and I have confidence that he will also understand it. I have listen to your sermons on The Resurrection, The Ascension and Pentecost. I am now seeing the meaning and teaching from these 3 events for the first time. Thanks and praise be to God, the Almighty, for the work of His hand. Thank you.

  7. Dear Bishop Robert Barron. I really appreciate your mission and your videos. However I can’t help reflecting over the aesthetic in this production. The grey wall in the background isn’t attractive. Something more natural would have been better I think.. God Bless!

  8. God bless you Fr Barren, for, in the Spirit you break open the Scriptures and Sacred Tradition for us and quench a thirst I never knew I had. I pray the living waters pour forth from my heart to reach the lonely, unloved, unaffiliated and restless. I miss your chapel, and bookcase backdrops. I understand that they may not be fitting for the audience you are pursuing. I find the new back drop a bit stark and can't help but think that a few plants and some beautiful artwork might be appreciated by all of us alike. Thank you again for sharing your insights, truly the best teaching the Trinity I have heard. I feel consoled in the knowledge that we cannot fully grasp or understand God. But I sense a tacit knowledge come alive since hearing this. Peace, and love.

  9. I thought we had homilies? But then again we also had the Eucharist, and Confession & Funerals as well. I wonder how many of the faithful have had to meet Christ at their final judgment without receiving forgiveness in Confession? Our leaders, bishops, cardinals, and even the Pope have caved to civil authority. I pray at their final judgment they are forced to explain themselves to Saint John Fisher & Saint Thomas More.

  10. I live in South Dakota and we have not yet reached our peak for corona virus and so are still sheltered in place for at least another 4 wks. I am so disappointed that the live streaming masses are going away because I have learned so much from Bishop Barron, and feel like I am being deprived of his one of a kind unbelievably rich liturgies and teachings. I am eternally grateful for what I have learned!!

  11. Bishop Barron,
    Will daily masses return? Not all our church's in Minneapolis MN have returned to masses yet. When they do return,, those of us over 65 are encouraged to stay home. I feel like I am missing something in my day without mass. Also, your bomily's, and Fr Steve's, enriched my knowledge of the faith greatly.

    Thank you for the masses through Lent and the Tridium.

  12. Wow! Bishop Barron here has explained the Trinity better than the giants of Catholic theology through the centuries- from Augustine to Aquinas to Karl Rahner, among others. Long after he dies, after he’s sainted, he should be declared a Doctor of the Church.

  13. I needed this. I would say, from experience of sorts, if it wasn't for Jesus I wouldn't need the Trinity. But I do believe God is a Trinity and it needs defending. Because Jesus must be God. I think? I don't know. I needed this, that's all I'll say.

  14. I too, from England, greatly miss the Daily Mass from your beautiful chapel and your and Fr Steve's brief homilies on the Gospel of the Day. We are still without Mass here in England, though our church is opening for private prayer on Wednesday 17th. Alleluia! Dear Bishop Robert THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WONDERFUL teaching and illuminating explanations. A non-catholic friend of mine has a great admiration for Catherine of Siena – so I recommended your Video and share your evangelisation with MANY friends. May He be your "exceeding great reward".

  15. Where does mercy come in to the trinity. Who of the three needs mercy if not our own humanity. Does this refer to Jesus' own humanity as being taken up into the Trinity somehow?? Interesting thought……..

  16. Bishop Barron is right on track here but I prefer to think of the Trinitarian mystery in terms of a syllogism I thought up a few years ago. It might make it a little easier to understand the metaphysical dynamics at work here.
    1. God is love.
    2. We don't really know what love is, but in its most basic and simplest form, love is a
    relationship between and among persons.
    3. Therefore, God must of necessity be at least two persons by nature, and possibly more,
    in order to be love.

    I'm not exactly clear on how Bishop Barron deduces the Holy Spirit from this doctrine. I'm more of a
    mind to think that it is strictly a matter of divine revelation. But if God is love, it is logically necessary
    that He be multi-personal.

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