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    Sermon 521 : Herod and the Magi : Feast of the Epiphany

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    Herod sees all from the confines of his ego, trying to make the world conform to his plans. The Magi look outside of themselves, looking for an order that they will conform to. By focusing their attention away from themselves, they are spiritually liberated to follow the star of Bethlehem. This is the liberation that Christ grants us. He allows us to escape the jail cell of our egos to join the liberating current of his love, leading us closer to eternal life.
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Boy, this hit me right between the eyes; and, the timing couldn't be better. Your messages and insights in each minute of discourse are gifts themselves. How scattered my life has been this past year, even with good intentions those spiritual books continue stacking high, gathering dust; my 30 minutes/day of quiet prayer time waxes and wanes (usually the latter), my work attitude as a therapist can become jaded and frustrating ... if I don't follow that star, Father. But I DO want to emulate those magi; and, I must; because, I desire not only to give my gift but to receive the fullness of His gifts. This was a WOW sermon for me and I thank you. New Year's blessings to you and your staff. I am very grateful.
12/28/2010 9:02:48 PM
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Kathleen's Catholic
Thank you, Father. My pastor brought out a good point about Herod. Herod was so selfish, he longed to hear his people's own wailing and crying at his funeral. Of course, he wanted to hear this before his death, so the slaughter of the Holy Innocense filled this longing for him. There are still many Herods in this world.

Here is another point about the story of Herod and The Magi: the Magi were ALMOST right. Their science and heart drew them to Christ, as Christ is meant for all the world. But along the way, they made a mistake. That is, they went to Herod. Don't we do the same? When we seek Christ we sometimes make terrible mistakes? And then when we find Christ, we see a simple yet perfect love that is complete and abiding? We, too, are the Magi who unwittingly inflame the Herods of the world.

Here, again, our Christ shows us that He is our Savior in every way. We desperately need Him.

Thank you, again, Father. Happy Epiphany!
12/31/2010 8:51:22 AM
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David Walker
Whew! That last line's the clincher.
1/2/2011 10:04:04 AM
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I think that the magi were gifted with wisdom thus they had to follow the real story of their faith who is the King of kings. Moreover, I agree very much that the problem of human existence today is that we are both conciously and unconsiously being immersed the measures into the measures of success or comfort which is of this world. Not being able to handle this situation, thus, we fail to follow the Real Story. To compensate or to nurture what's everlasting, I had to ensure we have time for the family and to one another and know that all the time, is time for God. Is all about HIM that matters. Failing to recognize and align that with your life everyday thus we fall into the "measures of man". Thanks Fr. Barron! You're such a gift. Keep it up. May God Bless Us All!
1/2/2011 10:16:20 AM
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Patrick O' keeffe
Herod & the Magi remind me of my country, Ireland. In deep economic recession because of greedy bankers & property speculators in alliance with people of power. These people, like Herod, protected their own interests at the cost of the most vulnerable in our society. My prayer is that Ireland will have wise men in positions of power who will follow the star that brings them to Christ, and after such encounter will take them in a different direction,just like the Magi,an encounter with Jesus that can only lead in the opposite direction to the ways of the world. Ireland is crying out for " Wise Men " to lead us in the way of Christ.
1/3/2011 1:12:34 PM
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Anthony Mac Neil
Thank You!
Like Christine your sermon could not come at a more appropriate time. Recently the last of my parents (MY mom) passed on leaving me feeling the loneliness of an orphan. That in combination with starting a new business venture, has had me calling to question what REALLY matters in life. I have been struggling with the purpose of 'participating' in the worldly system against that of my desire to "lay up treasures in heaven". Your analogy of the Maji versus Herod has shed a GREAT light on a tourment that was leading me in a downward spiral.
Thanks for 'shedding light' to help guide me through the terrain of my life and expose the Herods of the world I continue to face.

You Have Been A Gift From God!
Merry Christmas
1/4/2011 9:36:49 PM
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Gerard Magnelli
Thank you for your time and the opportunity to listen and reflect on our Lord. We are traveling our own personal journey, similar to the Magi - but we too meet with our own Herods along the way. How do I handle the questions and oppositions which will show themselves along my personal journey? I pray and I hope I am being guided by the truth and love which only shines upon me (us) from our sweet baby Jesus who came to us through our dear Mother Mary and foster Father, Joseph. Come dear Jesus, to all who seek you. Thank you.
1/11/2011 9:02:37 PM
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