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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2010 > Sermon 506 : A Warning Bell in the Night : 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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    Sermon 506 : A Warning Bell in the Night : 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    Most of us spur into action when we believe that our financial state is in dire straits. Why don't we act in the same way in regards to our spiritual state? Today people need the same spiritual concern that people had in the past. They need to want to establish a relationship with God, that which is of paramount importance. So wake up, and place God at the center of your life!
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michael jaffray king
Thanks for the Wake Up Call!!
Everything and I mean everything you write is done in such a way that it is all a wake up call. It is easy to understand and sometimes you use vocabulary which makes us look up the word, so you are also a teacher that stretches us in our command of the English language..
Thank you Jesus for Father B.
Please keep this servant of God in your prayers.
He is absolutely unique...
All his reflections are comments illuminate the Eternal Word and goads us into action.
9/15/2010 3:26:43 PM
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Jim Shoe
A classic statement that should be burned into every believer’s memory banks:“… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15). He was so successful in the Lord, that one of the Books in the Bible was named after him: “The Book of Joshua.” It summarizes the Gospel reading.

The Parable of the Unjust Steward is just another piece of incredible revelation being given to us by the Lord on what is most important in this life and what we should all be striving and seeking after in this life with the Lord.
9/16/2010 12:48:16 PM
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God bless you Fr. Barron!
9/18/2010 11:54:06 AM
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Fr P X Francis sdb
Dear Father Barron,
Thanks you for the wake up call. I am just going for my Sunday mass. My prayer are for you too that you will continue this wonderful ministry of calling people back to God
God bless you
With love
Fr P X Francis sdb
9/18/2010 10:27:26 PM
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Daniel Chowning
Fr. Barron,

What can I say? The Lord is using you to wake us all up!
Daniel Chowning, OCD
9/19/2010 8:44:56 AM
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chris brasco
thanks for the insught, buts its still a difficult passage
9/19/2010 8:49:35 AM
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I've been listening to a few different homilies on the net as this is always a very interesting reading from the Gospel today, and often there can be a rather wide stretch between varying takes on the parable.

One rather obvious verse in the readings today seems to be underused, and even many times overlooked. In the first reading from Amos we hear, "Listen to this, you who trample on the needy and reduce the oppressed to nothing, ...I will not forget what you have done."

If we are asleep and need a wake up call, we with all of our wealth and power, I think perhaps this passage from Amos is the alarm going off.

Who is poor within my circle of influence? In my family. Among my friends. How do I treat that person? Who is needy among those whom God has brought into my life?
Do I look for ways to find fault with them and then dismiss their poverty or need. Do I tell myself that "it's their own fault, they brought this on themselves through their own doing. Do I, in effect then, "reduce the oppressed to nothing."

The wake up call is indeed sounding loudly this morning as we sit comfortably with our coffee. Who am I trampling on today, who am I reducing to nothing with my judgment? No need to spend a lot of time navel-gazing here, as a good honest look around today is all that's necessary.

We're told that at the time, Amos was speaking to a very wealthy and self-satisfied people, yet they must have been finding ways to hang on to their "good life", while dismissing the needs of those who were poor or needy.

To me, this sounds an awful lot like most of us. I think Amos is talking to us now, and I think we're in deep trouble, because we, for the most part, deny that we trample and reduce to nothing the people who don't meet our standards of living. They just don't do as well because they are in some way inferior (insert here many and various descriptions to justify our position. Not smart enough, not proactive enough, not faithful enough, not tough enough, in short — not blessed like us enough).

Well, God knows our hearts, this we know for sure. We, on the other hand, very easily and readily deceive ourselves. And He sees all of our actions. I wonder if He'll be pleased with all of our judgments of those we deem to be inferior to us in some way or another. The ones we dismiss because we know better. The ones who would do well like us, if only they would be more like us. After all, if we can become wealthy and secure, so can they. If only they'd listen.
9/19/2010 10:03:42 AM
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9/19/2010 7:10:35 PM
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Thank you, fr., for this homily!
9/20/2010 5:26:57 AM
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Beatriz Acevedo Rincón
Paz y bien. Primero quiero saludarlo y felicitarlo por su programa en EWTN. y segundo decirle que no se inglés, y desearía comunicarme con ustedes, para si es posible, conseguir unos videos suyos y en especial uno que era de tres pasos y hablaba de como nuestra vida se asemeja a la rueda de la fortuna, y en concluión era como debería ser Jesús el centro de nuestra vida y nuestro modelo en la Cruz.. Sería felíz, poder comunicarme con ustedes en mi idioma y conseguir el video en español. Ahora, si no es posible, yo conseguiría como hacer la traducción. de verdad el tema me llegó al corazón y deseo transmitirlo a otras personas allegadas a mí. MIl gracias por su atención y espero me respondan así sea en ingles. Dios los bendiga. Beatríz. Bucaramanga - COLOMBIA
9/20/2010 3:54:53 PM
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