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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2010 > Sermon 504 : The Cost of Discipleship : 23rd week in Ordinary Time
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    Sermon 504 : The Cost of Discipleship : 23rd week in Ordinary Time

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    Let's move beyond playing with religion and take up the tough work of following Christ. He desires disciples who are completely devoted to God's kingdom. This entails living in the way of non-violence, forgiveness, self-gift, and other-orientation. This way is counter to the way of the world and will be met with resistance. Are you ready to walk this way?
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Father Gary Goyeau
Great homily, a real challenge and clear understanding of the scriptures. It will help me to preach the word this Sunday.
9/3/2010 4:53:33 AM
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Father Val
thanks Fr Robert for helping share your beautiful insight into this difficult teaching of the Master!
9/3/2010 9:45:33 PM
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Oscar M. Cadenas
Do you have a print of the sermons? Like Sermon 504, I want a print.

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Oscar M. Cadenas
9/4/2010 10:10:59 AM
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Fr Tom De Young
Hi Bob,
Hope all is well with you.
Thanks for another good insight.
9/4/2010 11:17:24 AM
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Fr. Barron,

This sermon hits me square between the eyes. I am a Protestant pastor seeking to convert to the Catholic Church, but my wife requires an annulment of her first marriage if we are to stay married and also allow me to convert. Her ex was abusive, and even though its been 15+ years since the divorce, she is still deathly afraid of him. Thus she will not pursue an annulment for fear of stirring the pot and once again being on the receiving end of his wrath. No telling her that he isn't likely to act this way now will convince her (I've tried, even with statistics to back me up) and as I would expect, the Church is not granting exceptions to the rule in this case.

So, given these words from Jesus, what is he calling me to do in this situation? I've been patient for a year now hoping for a change of heart from my wife, with nothing to show for it. I can't believe God wants me to let go of my marriage since I adopted her two boys and helped raise them and we are 2 years away from finishing raising our third son (ours together). Any hope I would have of her, and my sons converting it would seem would vanish with me seeking a divorce. I do definitely seek to put Christ first in my life - but does he want me to get a divorce here in order to be able to convert or should I hold on because he is he going to transform my wife? My gut tells me the latter, but you see the conundrum I'm in.
9/4/2010 3:47:34 PM
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Christopher Brasco
thanks for clarifying the role of suffering in discipleship
9/5/2010 10:42:00 AM
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Fr. Joy Joseph
Excellent homily as always. May God continue to bless Fr. Robert. It is indeed a great work and very helpful to preach for the mass.
9/5/2010 11:50:15 AM
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Charlie Brown
Why isn't anyone asking "why" these demands are being made of a potential disciple? What's behind such costly - and it is costly - requests?
9/6/2010 2:31:44 AM
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Jorge Angulo
In Spanish the word ¨hate¨in this passage is stated as ¨preferir¨which means ¨to prefer¨. This passage has always made much more sense in this manner. I do not see Jesus recommending that anyone ¨hate¨anything. I wonder what the Greek or Hebrew word and its correct translation is.
10/7/2010 4:55:07 AM
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roy m nakamoto
I disagree. Love God your Father and love your enemy like you love yourself. If you want to be Jesus disciple you must help find the lost.
7/14/2011 12:08:43 PM
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