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    Sermon 471 : The First of the Signs : 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

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    The communion of humanity and divinity in Christ's divine person can be likened to a marriage. Sin effects a kind of divorce between God and humanity, a break up of the marriage of God and his people. How wonderful, therefore, when the Messiah offers the first sign of his identity and mission that it as at wedding. This is an indication that the relationship of God and humanity will be transformed, reconciled and renewed in Jesus Christ.
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Gerald E. Nora
Father Barron is kind when criticizing Avatar for promoting a mysticism of nature. The film's theology is much more vigorous than mere nature worship. The story dramatizes a pantheistic "Mother" god who inhabits the physical world of Pandora, enables the transmigration of souls between bodies and species, and regulates both the animal and sentient natives to maintain ecological balance. The movie is premised upon bioengineering, and all species are valued equally except that humanity is morally inferior. The ultimate moral choice involves the human-turned-Pandoran hero deciding to throw his loyalty to the aliens because the earth people (or "sky people") have "killed their Mother" and now threaten Pandora's Mother. The movie finesses any issues respecting inter-species sexual relations and identity-swapping by treating different species as merely being different "races." Before one even gets to Christianity, one should recognize that this movie rejects every theological premise in the Old Testament, which insisted upon a non-physical, transcendent creator God who disapproved of those angel-sky people who copulated (as did all the pagan gods) with human beings.
1/16/2010 10:16:22 PM
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This sermon is enlightening and inspiring as it strengthens you spiritually. It explains the symbolisms of the wine and it opens your mind to the meanings of Eve and Our Blessed Mother (woman). It also helped me to focus on the Love that God has for us and the connection of the wedding at Cana to God's contract with us. I find myself intentionally logging in to listen to Fr. Barrons's sermons over and over again. He awakens both a curiousity and desire to learn more of the meanings of Bible scripture. Believe me, I share this wonderful site with friends and family. Thank you very much and Fr. Barron, may God bless and continually inspire you.
1/17/2010 8:28:55 AM
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Charles Hall
The wedding analogy is such a powerful one for understanding how God loves us. JPII's "Theology of the Body" is full of this analogy, and is very powerful. This homily brings that focus alive, once again. Thank you, Father Barron.
1/17/2010 10:16:52 AM
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wonderful. Thank you
1/17/2010 12:14:10 PM
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Odile Brock
The "Mother" of Pandora is not the creator of the universe, but an organic being born of a physical connection between the life forms of the planet. Something like an organic Internet connection. The connection quite obviously does not extend beyond the planet, nor to the humans who come to explore or exploit it: they are not equipped with the special organ (similar to a USB cable) needed to connect. This is quite clear if you understand the plot. Thus, the "Mother" does not replace God the Creator of the Universe, and the movie does not reject the existence of God. It portrays a sort of Garden of Eden where God has created this connectedness. This Garden of Eden can be thought of as symbolic of the Biblical Eden where a total "connection" to God was part of Adam and Eve's happy lot. This connection of Knowing Love was broken by the Fall. After their sin, God calls to Adam and Eve as if He cannot see him any more!
Avatar is fiction, it glorifies the creativity of God, the beauty of his Creation, and presents countless moral values in a good light. Let's encourage our youth to see it, and let's discuss the difference between Mother Nature, a creature, and God, the Creator.
1/23/2010 7:29:49 AM
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