Robert Barron | – Why God Chose You — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

Friends, in a universe governed by God’s providence, there is no such thing as “dumb luck” or coincidence. Therefore, his election and his choosing is not arbitrary or exclusive. Rather, when God invites his people to mission, he is not calling them for their own sakes, but for the sake of the whole world.

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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

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  1. Thank you, Father, for this homily. I had watched a televised Mass today where the priest explained this well known passage as a teaching moment in Jesus' life. That this woman, in her persistence for her daughter's healing was God's tool to teach Jesus about the be inclusive nature of God's love and Jesus, in turn taught it to us. I wouldn't contradict a priest, but it niggled at me. I feel differently, and saw this gospel in a whole new light after listening to your sermon. Thank you, I appreciate it.

  2. We have believed that we were doing our best by being good Christ bearing people. People who tried to do good and live good lives. But we did not stand up to those who tried to tear apart our knowledge of God. Others stepped in and taught their antichrist ideas and we coward down and turned our backs on those who professed, “There is no God.”! Now we are terrified of the future of our nation. We reap what we sow, so now we must stand up to an even more powerful evil. May God guide us and give us grace, strength and wisdom to face what is to come. Remember we have the armor of God!!

  3. Thank you your Excellency. What a wonderful message. I hope God chooses me to help him bring back the Traditional Latin Mass, and deep reverence for Jesus Christ who is present in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Ave Maria!

  4. This is interesting, I would like to extrapolate that, in politics, we are choosing politicians for what they can do for the nation, not choosing the politician for them.

    But many politicians don't see it as they are chosen for the benefit of the nation, but for the betterment of themselves. A better society, if more acknowledged this.

  5. Catholic Study Bible App

    Jeremiah 1:5

    5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." Jesus came from specific persons & place. Gentile, Jews, Christians a message came. Those who believe & follow The Laws can what? Then there's the other side?

  6. (A vision In the present day…Catholic s and non-Catholics coming to the Universal Church?) …people from all over the world will stream there to worship…The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes….. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭2:2, 4NLT‬‬

    To be prayed holding Crucifix aloft
    (7 July 1997)
    Adoration! Adoration!! Adoration!!! To Thee, O powerful weapon. Adoration! Adoration!! Adoration!!! To Thy Precious Blood.
    Merciful Agonizing Jesus Christ, pour Your Precious Blood on our souls. Satisfy my thirst and defeat our enemies. Amen.
    Powerful Blood of salvation, fight the enemy. (3 times)

  8. To Those Who Devotedly Venerate The Agonizing Crucifix
    1. To prepare you for the battle, I give you My Agonizing Crucifix. I promise to protect anyone who has this Crucifix against the evil forces.
    2. Through this Crucifix, I will deliver many from captivity.
    3. Whenever you raise this Crucifix against evil power, I will open heaven and let My Precious Blood flow to subdue the evil power.
    4. I will let My Precious Blood flow from all My Sacred Wounds and cover all who venerate My Wounds and Blood through this Crucifix.
    5. I promise to protect any house where this Crucifix is against any destructive power in the hour of darkness.
    6. I promise to perform numerous miracles through this Crucifix.
    7. I will break their hearts of stone and pour My love on them that venerate My Agonizing Crucifix.
    8. I promise also to draw straying souls closer to Myself through this Crucifix.
    9. Children, in the days of the evil one you will be able to go freely without any harm through this Crucifix.
    Finally, Our Lord emphasized;
    “Children, through this Cross I will conquer. This Cross will soon be a victorious Cross.”

  9. I could really use some help in trying to come back to church…I've been reading, praying, fasting for 3 yrs almost entirely alone, seeking a proper church when I may have been there to begin with, in my adolescence. I've come back to Christ, but not church and fellowship. I've been so sinful that the church would not want me back. What am I to do? I dont drive so I cannot walk to all of them so I was going randomly to Non denominational, or what I found out now are protestant. They're the ones who removed books, yet are in error in many ways but pointing that Catholics are- drama and gossip. I just need truth, fellowship and proper theology- church. How can I even begin to get back now?

  10. This homily was earth-shattering for me in its implications; it was like a huge missing piece was finally put in the puzzle of my theological framework. Thank you so much, Bishop Barron.

    As a former Baptist I grew up with a theology heavy on predestination and election. We were taught that God chooses some and rejects others – in the eternal sense (ie. predestinating some for heaven and some for hell) wherein free will plays no part. This is a hard doctrine to believe while still viewing God as loving. As a Catholic I finally came to understand that election and predestination referred to God bestowing favor on some, and not on others, according to His divine plan, while still allowing all of us the freedom to choose or reject His grace.

    And now, through this homily, you have taken that principal to the next level by explaining WHY. Why did God chose me to be baptized? Why has he bestowed favor upon me through the Church? Not simply for my own good. He chose me so that I could bring His divine favor, the richness of the gospel, to others. And so we see that God bestows divine favor on some for the good of ALL!

  11. Peace be with you Bishop Barron, I have been battling depression the past few weeks and listening to your homilies really means a lot, when I feel suicidal I reach out to your channel and truly God speaks to me thru you. God bless you

  12. Thanks for this scriptural explanation of why God chose the Israelites as His own nation.
    Thank you Bishop Barron, you are blessing to us from God and I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to inspire you and bless your ministry.

  13. To be chosen for the sake of the world doesn't make me think of happily ever after. Perhaps for the sake of those suffering from hunger, disease, or cruelty. I don't have much time for the disrespectful secular populace.