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    Sermon 453 : The Way of the One : 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    9/13/2009
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    Peter's magnificent confession of faith in the Lord Jesus illuminates, not only his divine identity, but it provides for us a great spiritual lesson in regards to how necessary it is to curtail the self striving of the ego in its need comfort and glory. In this regard, Christ invites, not only Peter, but all of us, into a new way of being in which negation of the ego and the practice of self denial enable us to grow in our capacity for love.
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Deacon Edwin C. Santiago
Father Barron you have hit my ego hard with "The Way". The Paschal Mystery is how we serve the incarcerated and marginalized by allowing our own personal egos to die and thus allowing the divinity of Jesus to work through us in serving with compassion those who are at the bottom. Thanks again!
9/8/2009 4:16:11 AM
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Dee Dee
Father Barron you have given me much fuel for thought, as I am currently trying to discern the issue of my own ego or the ego of someone else, in hopes of reaching a faithful and loving resolution.
9/8/2009 7:44:31 PM
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fr,ed graves
Dear Father Barron,

I am so helped by your sermons in preparing my own. You are teaching me how to better focus in on one powerful statement about the reading.
I use your homilies as my starting point after praying thru the texts, then elaborate-asking the Spirit's guidance, as I think is applicable to my congregation here and now.

Thanks so much. Your word will bless many.

FR. Ed Graves
9/9/2009 11:59:53 AM
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Giovanni Secchi
Dear Fr. Robert,
Thank you so much for the very deep and lucid explanation, which helped me to reflect on the passage, as you can see.

Since Christ is forced by St. Peter to insist in His revelation: that He, the Lord, would have to suffer greatly,- He refers to His nature as the Lamb of God to be slaughered on the Cross, as the divine self-consuming Love, as the last Adam (1 Cor 15:45) opening the gates to Paradise, releasing from sin. True and full discernment implies to walk on God's path of burning Love that extinguishes sin. This involves an initial decision as the Pauline wording reflects in Romans 6:22, it means to be a "servant to God (or litterally self-enslaving to God: "doulo(o)théntes [...] tô(o)(i) theô(o)(i)".
To follow Christ demands much more than kind of loyalty; it rather implies what the Eastern Churches call "theosis", an intimate participation in God's life that changes ourselves fundamentally.

Romans 6:6
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin may be destroyed, to the end that we may serve sin no longer."

If we make Christ's Cross ours, we are on the way to become more and more like him. Otherwise we would seperate ourselves from our salvation and deliver ourselves to sin and death.

Romans 8:13-15
"For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die: but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live. 14 For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear; but you have received the spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry: Abba (Father)."
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Christ's suffering ("pollà patheîn", in Vulgate "multa pati"). has to be answered by a way of life that corresponds to our call. In the discourse "De patientia" (II,1), Tertullian refers to it as "the divine ordinance of a life-giving and heavenly way of life which points
out as an exemplar of patience God Himself."
9/14/2009 12:14:51 AM
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Giovanni Secchi
CORRECTION
My quotation from Rom 6:22 requires a clarification, for my short remark in the brackets is slightly misleading. The linguistic structure in the original (greek) text of that verse is characterised by an antithetic parallelism ('freed from sin' AND 'having become servants to God'/ 'having been enslaved to God'), signifying a paradoxical cohesion, preparing the conclusive main clause (-, you have the fruit ["karpòn"]/benefit).
That cohesion corresponds to the aspect of sharing God's life, a new way of life and thinking, transformed by God's love.

Rom 6:22:
"But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life."
9/15/2009 6:28:49 PM
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Mary-Catherine Corr
I agree that a converted mind is a mind of light and that we all need to have our consciousness accelerated. We need to be more conscious of God's presence in our life. The violet flame has helped me. Please check out www.tsl.org. Thank you!
10/9/2009 4:01:55 PM
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James Brock
I think it would be helpful if you would reconsider this "painful" view. I don't think it is possible to surrender when one thinks it requires pain. One reason it is probably not possible is the natural response of consciousness to pain is to constrict. The other is, in my opinion, it is simply inaccurate. It is simply inaccurate to consider the movement of Grace to be painful. Now, resisting the movement of Grace could reasonably be considered to be noticeably uncomfortable.
1/18/2012 9:43:43 AM
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