Robert Barron | – You Must Rethink Your Spiritual Life — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

Friends, there’s a great temptation for us to turn the Lord into a distant spiritual entity or a difficult moral taskmaster. We incorrectly believe that we have to crawl our way to the divine by our own heroism, merit, and effort. But this is not the case. In actuality, God, in his wisdom, hastens to make himself known. He reveals himself to us, even before we’ve begun to see. In fact, our seeking is predicated upon the fact that we’ve already been found. To understand this is to understand the Bible as the story of God’s quest for us.

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  1. I want to thank you for using the mental imagery of Jesus being a helicopter pilot looking for a landing zone (LZ). I am a Marine and have been trained to set up an LZ, give a brief to the pilot, and provide guidance on their approach. This has given me something to meditate on. What are the obstacles on my spiritual LZ? What do I need to clear and prepare? A very useful tool for someone like me to conduct an examination of conscience. Thank you, God bless, and happy Marine Corps Birthday!

  2. If God truly wants to choose us, then why does he refuse to speak directly to us? I am very genuine when I say I want a relationship with Christ, I used to be in seminary, I miss that life with the Lord. However, how can I also genuinely believe when God who desires me in such an intense way also maintains his silence among a roar of countering evidence? He know what I need to hear and there are only two options. 1.) God understands this, and chooses to be silent for my own personal growth. If this is the case I gladly welcome it but will live secularly until shown otherwise. 2.) There is silence, because there is nothing. And this latter option, resonates too loud for me to ignore.

  3. Again, I'm so content and pleased to hear your homily on this reading. This entire section of the Bible has always been so attractive for me, I guess because it is poetic and it reflects my nature but it also cuts deeply into my soul to reveal the Power of the Word of God. The personification of Wisdom as She is another aspect that makes it easily personal and approachable. To be honest, all that's good for me within the Bible lies within the pages of The Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus and Isaiah, because it is so prescient, much like the words of Bishop Barron, because I have heard it all before, in the flash of the thought that God had for me as he knitted me in my mother's womb. I could read these books and read again and again and never be bored or left empty in an ending because it is always a beginning. Perhaps that is why I love God, and even more so that he gave us his Son. No Greater Love than to give your life for another, and imagine all the people that have lived and all those to come, that will pass, that Jesus dies for every moment. This book of Wisdom gives us hints of beautiful, sweet alluring glances to encourage us, and rewards us truly beyond whatever we expected, and that for me is the message of God. God Bless You and Keep You, Bishop Barron. The Holy Spirit truly courses through you like a mountain stream in Autumn of my life!

  4. Dear Bishop Barron,

    thank you for your message, and for your use of digital media to deliver it. There are two things that stood out to me about this video in particular. One is that the principle of the "primacy of grace" would appeal very much to my Protestant friends. Another is your use of "mixed metaphors," including the paving of the path for opening the door to Christ. I'm reminded of the French sociologist Georges Sorel, who wrote about the "path" and the "door" as two sorts of primordial technologies. Are you familiar with this author?

    I just want to let you know I appreciate the intellectual breadth you offer as a teacher and your use of digital technologies to deliver your messages. I am praying that God blesses your ministry to accomplish His will, by implementing these technologies in such a way as brings many to Himself.

  5. Can we say Bishop, probably another way of saying what you have just expounded on the spiritual life, that the spiritual life us also about finding ourselves. God has already found us but be cannot begin to fathom much less live that experience with God because we have not found ourselves yet. Following Augustine's idea of interiority, we find God if we find ourselves. We have been looking for things outside of us and yet the treasure lies inside of us because God is there waiting for us to meet Him.

  6. Thank you Bishop Barron. I am practicing the Ignatian Spirituality exercises right now and your homily is so timely, a reinforcement of what I have been experiencing but what I need to remind myself so that I can clear the landing strip of my heart and embrace God and the graces He continues to bless me with now and for my future. God bless you.

  7. I feel a sense of sadness when I see so many questions that are answered in the elementary school Baltimore Catechism. Why don’t Catholics know this? If adults don’t know what a 5th grader knows, how are the supposed to have a mature properly formed Catholic conscience? Do they know what that means?

  8. Dealer: "You wanna buy some death sticks?"
    Obi Wan: "You don't want to sell me death sticks."
    Dealer: "Uh, I don't want to sell you death sticks."
    Obi Wan: "You want to go home and rethink your life."
    Dealer: "Uh, I want to go home and rethink my life."

  9. I find myself listening to this sermon over and over and over and over again. And when i finish, i start all over and over and over and over again. This one, to me, is one of the deepest I've heard from you Bishop. Praise be to GOD.

  10. Father I could tel your Chicago kid. What I don't Understand is if God is all knowing, all Caring, All Loving, All powerful then doesn't God Experience Love and Life through me? Rather as Catholics, ( and Don't smack my Knuckles) We believe God sits up there in the sky and just watches.

  11. Thank you Bishop Barron. In Inferno Canto 8, Virgil (who represents human reason) is initially not admitted into the city of Dis. Only with God’s help he and Dante can go forth and prevail over evil. From what you explained, it sounds like this is a fundamental and ancient biblical principle.

  12. GRACIAS INMENSAS por publicar los sermones. Confieso que he llorado como una bebé.. conmovida. Sintiendo mucho Gozo… Casi no me atrevo a decirlo: pero he sentido durante mi vida, que Dios es como un enamorado que no deja de buscarme y llenarme de Regalos.. a veces yo distraída, a veces irritada y ÉL, LA MAGNIFICENCIA MISMA, se empecina en alegrarme, alimentarme, levantarme y sostenerme… no hay palabras.. quizás decirle: GRACIAS PADRE AMADO. GRACIAS OBISPO ROBERT.. Gracias Familia. Su pia

  13. Great sermon, thanks. From your sermon, I've gathered that my divisiveness between The Bible and Bhagavad-Gita will only not be decided by me; sort of a burden off my shoulders. I guess I'll just keep plugging along and see where it leads.

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