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This resource is one that gives me and my team in India a base for many catholic doctrines and study. Thank you
wish Fr.Barron the very best.
12/8/2009 1:13:28 AM
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Richard Wise
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12/9/2009 12:29:04 PM
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Anthony Patrizio
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12/9/2009 8:02:01 PM
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Listening to your commentaries about the gospel readings is like listening to the prophets of olden and new times translate itself to the application of the times. Keep up your good works of making the Word be known, loved and possessed!
12/10/2009 10:54:49 AM
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12/10/2009 10:58:27 AM
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armel p. lozada
good day father barron,

im a ctholic layman based in cabadbaran city, philippines,you know im enlighted the way you explain the word of God. it is really applicable to my day to day activities. God bless.
12/10/2009 10:13:14 PM
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Fr. Albet
thank you Fr. Barron for reminding us, that we become what we worship. Now on this 3rd sunday may all geared to worship our true God of justice and love.
12/10/2009 10:18:56 PM
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Evelyn Yanira Novoa
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12/13/2009 9:57:14 AM
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Nancy Tolisano
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12/13/2009 8:46:42 PM
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suzie quatro
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12/14/2009 11:43:03 AM
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Giovanni Secchi
Dear Fr. Robert,

No words can express my joy adequately this time. Your sermon is one of the very best I have ever listened to. Thank you so much. You are at your very best, while I am at my worst (suffering from a flu) and yet your brilliant words made me forget my situation.

Here comes my reflection:
The illustrated principle of conformity is a main structure in our living relationship with God. In order to understand it, we are logically bound to make in our thinking seperating steps. We make use of the concept of comparison and adversative confrontation and then we effectively realise the identification with God’s will through our lived-out calling as children of God. But we are rather dealing with a whole coherence.

I think of the hebrew word for house („bajit“, in greek „oíkos“, also meaning ‚household’ /‚family’), and being a part of God’s household, we have our Lord as Father of the household. Human cognition and attention works in succession, but the coherence implies kind of most intimiate loving familiarity united with God through the Holy Spirit.
The principle „We become what we worship.“, is also reflected in
St. Augustine’s Sermon 272, in which a cathechesis on the Eucharist was offered to the newly baptised,
„Be what you can see, and receive what you are.“ („Estote quod uidetis, et accipite quod estis.“).

Hosea Ch.8 implies that the (missing) loyalty towards God defines the (violated) relationship with God, who is the truth itself and is betrayed, because His people broke the Covenant. Consequently the sinner and betrayer betrays himself, for he looses the Lord’s mercy, which granted him the participation in God’s life.

(NAB) Hos 8:1-3
„A trumpet to your lips, You who watch over the house of the LORD! Since they have violated my covenant, and sinned against my law, 2 While to me they cry out, "O, God of Israel, we know you!" 3 The men of Israel have thrown away what is good; the enemy shall pursue them.“

The grace of participation in God’s life is already outlined in
(NJB) Exodus 19:1,3,5-6
„Three months to the day after leaving Egypt, the Israelites reached the desert of Sinai. [...] (v.3:)
Moses then went up to God, and Yahweh called to him from the mountain, saying, 'Say this to the House of Jacob! [...]
So now, if you are really prepared to obey me and keep my covenant, you, out of all peoples, shall be my personal possession, for the whole world is mine.
6 For me you shall be a kingdom of priests, a holy nation."

In a very similar language, the Apostle St. Peter points to the grace and glory re-established in the New and Everlasting Covenant.

(NAB) 1 Pe 2:4-5
„Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, 5 and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.“

(NAB) 1 Pe 2:9-10
„But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises" of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were "no people" but now you are God's people; you "had not received mercy" but now you have received mercy.“

The reference defines the meaning also in the case of the hebrew word „avad“ (work/service); if it is referred to Egypt and the oppressive unjust (idolatrous) 'god-king' Pharaoh, then it denotes slavery (e.g. Exo 1:13,14), but if it is instead referred to God, then it means the fulfilled holy service to God (e.g. Ps 2:11).
12/16/2009 11:00:26 PM
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