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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2011 > Sermon 535 : Lazarus and the Power of Death : 5th Week of Lent
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God bless you!
4/5/2011 8:42:08 AM
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God bless you, Father Robert!
4/5/2011 8:42:53 AM
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Joan Cancellare
Dear Father:
Your thoughts on this reading from John raise our consciousness to a truth that death has no power over us. It is God's Word that always lifts us up from that dark tomb where we have imprisoned ourselves.
Love ya
God's Holy Word
4/5/2011 9:26:28 AM
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michael jaffray king
It is so true that God's word lifts us up. Father, God has given you a super gift to inspire others. When I listen to your sermons, I am overcome with gratitude and can only utter... Super!!!....
We as listeners with our comments have such a great responsibility to try and pass these sermons on to others.
My mailing list is so small when if I had the ability I would shout from the roof tops for all to take part in your life giving talks.
The Internet is such a powerful Media. Face book You tube and I am sure there are other places too.
We need to keep storming Heaven that God would mercifully allow you to continue with your great ministry for many many years to come.
4/5/2011 11:48:52 AM
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Betty Calagoure
Fr. Barron you have such a way of taking us right back to the scene, and at the same time applying it to the here and now. I have to say though I am disappointed that the question I always have when I read this passage wasn't answered to my satisfaction. Why did Jesus weep? He knew even before he went to Bethany that Lazarus would be raised from the tomb. He assured both Mary and Martha that all was not as it seemed. While I can appreciate the imagery of Jesus entering into our grief, I just don't understand why he would weep over Lazarus' tomb. Can you help?
4/5/2011 3:33:28 PM
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I think this priest answers that question here.

I think he cried also because he knew that some would never reply to the words 'Come Out' and would rather stay in their tombs of sin.
4/9/2011 6:53:54 AM
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Sr Eugene Logue
Fr Barron,
I look forward to Saturday evening to prepare for Sunday Eucharist as I listen the Gospel on Sunday is so much richer. God Bless, Sr Eugene
4/9/2011 11:32:56 AM
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Betty Calagoure
@Cath, thank you for the link. It did help put a new perspective on what Jesus might have been feeling.
4/10/2011 7:24:03 AM
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I'm so touched how close the relationship of Jesus to Lazarus that He had wept. Before that, Jesus had to stay for two days where He was upon learning that Lazarus was ill... I wonder what He was feeling...
4/10/2011 9:01:15 AM
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michael jaffray king
Dear Betty...BC..
I have heard other comments as to why Jesus wept but I really think that Father Bob makes it really clear.. Death seems so final for those of us who are left behind.
Jesus enters into our loneliness and sense of shock..
This is so wonderful that God came to earth to suffer as a Human being... Not only in His murderous sacrificial death on the Cruel Cross of Calvary but also the crises which affect us all such as DEATH..
I think the answer you are looking for is right there in Father Bob's talk.
God bless you.
4/10/2011 9:10:03 AM
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Ken Brower
Fr. Barron
Thank you for your "yes" to God's calling.
With God's grace & the help of your teaching I to pray to be such a servant.

God Bless
4/10/2011 11:19:14 AM
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The homily is a joy and truly does justice to the wonder of the gospel. It is pure light.
We cannot but adore Christ when John tells us about Him.
And I'm so grateful to Father Barron for pointing out all the details, implications, etc, and for himself being overcome with the gospel, with John, and most importantly, with Christ.
4/10/2011 10:45:58 PM
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Fr. B, I just want to thank you for doing a darn good job at making us realize how relevant, current Catholicism still is- as it always had been.. and I can't seem to believe how dynamic the gospel really is until I heard you preach.

I have 500+ of your sermons on my iPod, it is a bit information overload.. lolz, but there are times, where I realize how those amazing saints were able to "drop whatever the heck they're doing" and follow Jesus.

And probably what the Apostles felt during Pentecost, like they were 'drunk'.

I'm 27 yrs old, and I practically have lost my interest listening to most pop music, because the word of God is so much more... 'enjoyable'.

Also, thank you for sharing the Jesus Prayer. It truly does amazing progress in my spiritual life.

I hope someday- you can be canonized a saint. So that even more people would flock ; praying for you Father! I know you know, how jealous the evil one is of you; May our Blessed Mother keep you and protect you. God bless!
4/11/2011 5:07:21 AM
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michael jaffray king
Dear dm
My sentiments entirely!
You are 27 and I am 72... You have a long road in front of you to promote Father time is running out so I will pray for you to do a good and better job than I.
Pray for me too and most important of all pray for the WOF team to continue doing their bang up job for many many years to come.
4/11/2011 10:18:11 AM
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Thank you for the kind words. Speaking of which, I do have 'death' always recall- but not in a fixation sort of way.. but the kind of 'dormation' that God has in mind. And that God is infinitely merciful and infinitely just as Fr. B had said, and I try to base my decisions on that. Besides, death comes like a thief in the night, so who knows if my time is up before yours. lolz.

However, you are also in an advantage to promote the Word of God since you are more "focused" in a lot of ways about doing your part. :)

Thanks again for your prayers. I shall pray for you too. :) God bless :)

4/12/2011 9:08:38 AM
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