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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2010 > Sermon 519 : Ahaz, Isaiah, and Joseph - Dreaming Big : Fourth Sunday of Advent
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    Sermon 519 : Ahaz, Isaiah, and Joseph - Dreaming Big : Fourth Sunday of Advent

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    The problem with our world is that most people do not dream big. In experiencing hardship, we have a tendency to assume the worst, thinking narrowly. The Biblical vision is the opposite of this. Biblical figures see the world through the infinite possibility of God - based in their faith in the Lord. Ahaz refused to be surprised by God's possibility. Isaiah was ready to be surprised. This confidence in God allowed him to dream big.
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Barry Sullivan
I am listening to Father Barron's sermon 519, but I don't see the scripture readings. I like to read these prior to or along with the sermon. Where are the readings?

Thanks very much
12/16/2010 2:58:44 PM
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Barry Sullivan
Great message...thanks
12/16/2010 3:13:47 PM
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Fr. Con Foley
Very helpful insights. Many thanks, God bless.
12/18/2010 1:43:37 AM
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Roland Benoit
Many thanks for needed insights.
God's grace in abundance continue to be in you, and all who join in supporting you in this work.
12/18/2010 11:09:20 AM
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Tom De Young
Barry - go to
12/18/2010 11:20:00 AM
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Fr. Michael Menner
Pope John Paul II teaches explicitly the following in his Apostolic Exhortation Guardian of the Redeemer and in the encyclical Mother of the Redeemer. It is incorrect to state that Jesus was conceived out of wedlock. Pope JPII states "And while it is important for the Church to profess the virginal conception of Jesus, it is no less important to uphold Mary's marriage to Joseph, because Joseph's fatherhood depends on it. Thus one understands why the generations are listed according to the genealogy of Joseph . . ." This is extensively delt with in this do*****ent. St. Francis deSales has great insights into the dilemma of Joseph. Introduction to the Devout Life.
12/18/2010 1:34:49 PM
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Barry, look in the center of the red "Download" line just above the gray "Trackback" box or follow Tom's advise.
Fr. Robert thank-you! How wonderful to be an ingredient in the great will of God.
12/18/2010 8:34:51 PM
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Kell Brigan
Wow. Father's homilies are always great, but this one's out of the park. Our priests usually emphasize solely the NT reading, which works, too, but showing the relationship between the readings sparks all sorts of new insights. Thx!
12/18/2010 11:44:31 PM
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George Greene
Problem -"Joseph decided to divorce her quietly." Suppose he had taken that alternative. Mary would still have been subjected to the harsh laws when she became obviously pregnant, and Joseph would have come under suspicion as the probable father. Divorce was not a solution. Joseph took the only honorable way out - dream or no dream. Good for him!
12/19/2010 12:27:00 PM
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Jack Smith
Enjoy your talks and sermons (homily)each Sunday on WGN. My wife and I teach a local RCIA class of about 28 persons. Would love to haqve you come and speak with them.......
12/20/2010 9:51:31 AM
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Your sermon has always been wonderful! You have become my source of knowledge and inspiration. I pray that what I do now is a dream that is big in His eyes!
12/22/2010 9:23:12 PM
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I recently saw a program on EWTN, priest and psychologist were saying, if I got it right, that "betrothed" in Mary's time was considered married already. They were saying that people like the unwed pregnant teen story to try to relate to teens in our time. I'm a little confused by this! Help!
10/27/2011 10:39:03 AM
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