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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2009 > Sermon 461 : A Tale of Two Widows : 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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The axiom you speak of is
spoken of often in the 12 step
community "you have give away to
keep it" this is in relationship
to sobriety but in applies as
you said so beautifully in your
sermon in so many areas of life
thankyou for your words.
11/6/2009 1:17:15 PM
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Daxx Bondoc
Great sermon Father!
11/7/2009 12:26:19 AM
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fr. John de Britto
Hello Fr. Barron, I just congratulate you for the rich, powerful insights and thought provoking reflections. You are a God’s powerful servant of 21th century. I pray that God may shower His manifold blessings on you and especially on your Catholicism project.
Fr.John de Britto.
Parish priest
San Roque Parish.
11/7/2009 7:41:51 AM
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Carol Martin
When I miss Fr. Bob's sermon on Relevant Radio I know I can pick it up on my computer.
11/7/2009 7:59:01 PM
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Giovanni Secchi
Dear Father Robert,
Thank you so much for your profound explanation.

What you are exposing from Holy Scripture this time, has really to be regarded as an essential principle of Faith. It should be engraved in everyone's memory. If we give up all what is disconnected from God, we are consequently nurtured by God in his trustful providence. How much do we owe to God? Everything! To give our Heavenly Father all what He has given to us, binds us to our Creator and opens our heart, so that it may be formed after His will. - To give away and to be given looks like a contradiction at first appearance, instead it is the inevitable step on the threshold to deep true Faith. It may be experienced like an inconvenient paradox, but instead it is grounded in the coherence to give away all you have, dedicating all to God, and in the same time to gain access to the endless source of life and love and grace, and that one source of strength, that never runs dry is God himself. But when are we able to draw on that water? In some way, we must have made a clean sweep in our minds, we have to leave behind what detracts us from our origin and destination: our Creator. The worldly impediments are called by St. Paul „impulses“, „desires“, „wishes of the flesh“ (Eph 2:1-3), and the Apostle implies that such characteristics must have been overcome. An attitude is necessary that is expressed in Luke 6: 38 „Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.“ – We have to get rid of deceiving, superficial ideas, so that our hearts are open to receive God's Spirit of Sacrifice, who provides the most in need with the necessary strength to endure the hardships (joyfully and intimately united with God). The widow of Zarephath is pushed by the prophet Elijah to the necessary last step of complete surrender to God, and consequently she gains access to God's life giving power of love, made visible in the meal that lets her survive and that makes her spiritual survival visible. The widow from the Gospel reading has already gone over the threshold. She already lives in a matured union with God.
Both widows challenge the reader/listener to confront one’s superficial narrowness at the first glance with the underlying transition that has to be made for a life in union with God.

BIBLE PASSAGES I found interesting in this context

1Cor 3:19
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God [...]"

Psa 51:16-17
"16 Sacrifice gives you no pleasure, burnt offering you do not desire. 17 Sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken, contrite heart you never scorn. "
11/9/2009 9:47:03 PM
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I SOOOO needed to hear this right now ! God bless you Fr. Barron
9/9/2012 8:28:24 PM
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