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    Sermon 476 : The True and the False Messiah : 1st Sunday of Lent

    2/21/2010
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    Today's Gospel presents the dramatic scene of the Lord Jesus' confrontation with the evil one. The evil one attempts to frustrate the Lord's mission by tempting him to become a "false" messiah by succumbing to sensual desire, exercising worldly power, and using the power of God for ego driven purposes. These temptations are intended, not just to frustrate the Lord in his mission, but our own mission as well.
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Charlie Mifsud
Thank you Father

I am looking forward for when you release your Catholicism Project, Father This life is hard we die we are not important it's not about us and we are not in control, and Father I don't know weather I am good or bad but I try, and I love God I believe not because I have to because I want to, I will Pray for you Father Please Pray for me I know we all have a reason for our existence and truly I want to co-operate with Gods grace and surrender totally to His Divine Providence, and to be a witness to His Love, and to only want what is good for the other, I have been listening to you, Catholic Answers and Ewtn podcasts for years now and truly with all my heart I Thank You.

I live Australia I am married and have four Children I was never really well educated, I just want to thank you, at this stage all I can offer you are my prayers to our Father in heaven

May the Peace of Jesus Christ be with you and always bless you.

charlie

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2/16/2010 6:56:57 AM
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Peter
Dear Father Robert!

I am a priest from Hungary. I would like to read this sermon and other sermons, because I want to improve my knowledge of languge. I heard your sermon, but where I will find this text on your website? Thanks for that if you’ll help me!

I wish to you bear fruits of Spirit in your service!

Peter
2/20/2010 1:20:27 AM
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Joseph
Father Barron:

Thank you for your fidelity to the Word of God!

I'm afraid your Sunday "readings" link is broken.

Joseph
2/20/2010 12:17:16 PM
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Lisa
Excellent homily. I took notes and I will be working this week in being away of my diversion, removing them and giving that time to God instead. I will continue with the mission because I have always believed as Teressa of Avila said:
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Thank you for taking the time and effort to bring your homilies to the world.
2/21/2010 7:38:06 AM
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thuy
Dear Father,

I like to thank you for taking your time to give us weekly sermon. We are so blessed to have you! Not only you enrich us about God of words, but you also give us guidanc; especially to prepare ourselves for this lent season.

May God always be with you and bless you with His grace through out your ministry.

Your faithful daughter,
TT
2/24/2010 11:53:53 AM
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red
I was thinking about this gospel reading again this morning and wondering if at the moment of our death Satan continues to tempt us in this way. For most of us, the road ahead at that point will be purgatory, and from what the Church has taught, I get the impression that it might not appear to be such an attractive option. On the other hand, Satan may be offering a very attractive option at that time, pleasure, satisfaction of self, etc. How many of us, after a life-time of choosing the easy road and despising the hard road, will choose purgatory over pleasure?

Well, perhaps we won't be tempted, as we are now, to choose the "good life" over the cross of purgatory.

But it seems to me, that we do this every day. Not only do we choose pleasure over pain, we highly endorse that choice in our philosophies and attitudes.

How will we choose the cross over sensual pleasure, when we have a lifetime's experience of despising and rejecting the cross. I heard Gianna Jesson one day, she was wondering why people seem to hate a person with a disability. I think the answer to that is clear. We hate the cross. So in order to cover up our hate, we kind of sugar-coat that cross, keep it at arm's length, and act like we do respect the cross after all. But let us be brought face to face with it's reality, and the hidden hate comes rushing to the surface.

May God bless us all and sanctify us all, in spite of our weakness and selfishness. St. Simon of Cyrene, pray for us.

Red
2/28/2010 9:46:17 AM
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Rebecca Amato-James
I have just come across your sermons but would like to print the copies for my friend who has no computer or ipod.
Can you let me know how I can get printed copies.

Many thanks.

Rebecca
3/23/2010 12:43:13 PM
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Bobby Mixa
Rebecca,

Fr. Barron's sermons are not in written form. Sorry.
3/24/2010 10:13:16 AM
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johnireland
Excellent work,very helpful.
6/12/2010 4:12:32 PM
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sunday school
I love this story. It gives me chills every time I read it. I feel like this story in the Bible is one of the most applicable stories for me. I find myself tempted often by Satan, but because of this story, I find strength to overcome those temptations.

-Jennifer M.
2/10/2011 12:32:07 PM
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