Robert Barron | – Zechariah's Vision — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

Friends, the Old Testament prophet Zechariah said that there would be a new ruler like David, whose mission would be reconciliation and peace—not just for Israel, but for the whole world. Christ the King, the suffering servant of Mt. Calvary, now extends his arms to the ends of the earth, inviting all to participate in his victorious reign.

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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. I am so very grateful to have Bishop Barron ‘s excellent perspective on each Sunday’s gospel. It helps me understand and relate to events today as well as connecting Old and New Testament. Wish we had his perspective daily as well!

  2. Great reading from Zechariah..s brings up something that has always bothered me, I believe Jesus was humble, he rode in on a donkey as did D. so why does the gospel of John put words in his mouth that we're supposed to believe were actually spoken by Jesus. He's so pompous and boastful ? It has always bugged me. John didn;'t know him, wrote his gospel way later than the 3 synoptics. Why should I believe him? . it all goes back to the donkey on Palm Sunday. I guess the gospels had come down like folk tales all those years after the crucifiction,.

  3. Thanks for this Homily, Bishop, Barron! This sums up as a recognition that the prophet, Zechariah, have prophesied our time now in 2020, seeing His churches extended from sea to sea, and eventually into everyone's hearts, even when we can't fathom especially if it's not in our lifetime. Thanks be to God and all His glory. Amen.

  4. Your Excellence Bishop Barron I listened again to the last sermon, the one about the Shunamite Woman. lt is an appreciation of the generosity and hospitality of Catholics. What's happening in the culture and in public is ominously indicative of our hearts that we have a perceived anonymity while wearing masks, we have an aversion to others because of the virus, and we have the need to isolate and protect ourselves from the threat of death by disease because others are perceived to be at fault for refusing to take precautions.

    Thinking about the influence of this on our admittedly primarily self-interested Christian community, it is important to proactively identify the ways we give in to our fears and prevent unfriendly behavior by overtly being a friendly face in the crowd by being courteous rather than cautious, by smiling with our eyes rather than avoiding eye contact and by speaking kindly to others.

    The virus has the effect of bringing out in people, their anxieties, their fears, their animosity for and toward different people, "others" even among fellow Christians. I was face to face with a fellow Catholic while we discussed our mutual friends and acquaintances who are infirm or grieving a loss. This person incorrectly blamed the victims of the disease in stating that they were at fault for not protecting themselves.

    I was inwardly surprised by this judgmental remark. It revealed a tendency to seek to place blame on anyone who suffered by assuming that they must have deserved their fate. I gently described several possibilities where, even with all precautions, diligence and safety observed, anyone can contract the virus. I am not sure if I convinced this person; yet, I did observe a moment of pause and consideration and perhaps silent understanding or agreement.

    This is where some of us find ourselves, sorting out the relative responsibilities and deficiencies of others and deciding what the will of God is in other people's lives. That and by taking undeserved solace in our false sense of safety, we might put ourselves at risk instead of giving comfort, condolences, and compassionate aid to those most in need. Very revealing of our hearts, are times such as these, how we might instead be further distancing ourselves thereby isolating those who would like companionship.

    Our neighbors deserve better. Peace in Christ.

  5. A truly profound homily that should be watched and contemplated. There is hope. This world in all its repression, division, violence, addictions and danger is not the final reality. In these dark days let us be reminded of the joy and hope of our faith through the action and love of God. Jesus is the center of the universe and is victorious over this planet of death. He offers us salvation as a gift, the most precious gift there is.

    To use some words from Bishop Barron: “…As theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar says, "The beautiful stops the viewer in his tracks and then plants within him a desire to speak to others of what he has seen."

    Consider today the gift and message that Jesus offers to you. It’s amazing!

  6. Thank you Bishop Barren, I learned so much from your sermon. It came to me that Jesus also rode on a donkey when he was in His mother's womb. So he rode into this world on a donkey and again on His last journey.

  7. Ive just received my “”WORD ON FIRE , BIBLE COME BOOK “”. AND I CONSIDER MY SELF TRUELY BLESSED , I AM A SCOT , AND HAVE LIVED IN IRELAND FOR FORTY FOUR YRS , I ALREADY HAVE AN IGNATIOUS R S V SECOND EDITION , AND THIS WORD ON FIRE WILL HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND IT MORE , GOD BLESS BISHOP BARRON , AND GOD BLESS ALL , JIM

  8. I grew up a non denominational Christian, then abandoned it in my later teen years. Then got into other spirituality, Eastern mysticism, psychedelics, psychology, Jordan Peterson, and that all brought me back to Christianity. What a journey. I love Bishop Barron so much that I almost want to be Catholic. But I don't know if it's necessary and what the obligations are. I love to learn from Catholicism but I ALSO learn from other denominations and Judaism.

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