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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2011 > Sermon 566 : The Great Spiritual Law : 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Chris Easton
This is a very helpful & inspiring sermon. Thank you for making everything so clear. God Bless you Fr Barron
11/10/2011 6:03:44 PM
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Sonia Sava
Dear Father Barron, I watched you on EWTN and on Salt and Light and your passion for our Holy Church is truely inspiring.
Am looking forward to the November 16 premiere of the Catholicism Project.
Listened to your podcast on the Gospel (33rd Sunday) and had the sense that the Lord does not want us to "play it safe" and not risk our own comfort zone. Rather we need to trust Him and realize that there is no safety outside of Him.
God bless you, Sonia
11/10/2011 7:17:58 PM
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What does one do when one tries to give the divine life to someone they care about (spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, child, etc...) and it is not reciprocated. How does one have a relationship with someone who flatly denies this spiritual law, and questions its very existence and wants to understand why the law is the law? How does one get along with someone who only takes?
11/10/2011 7:56:49 PM
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robert bellarmine
i like to proceed and to learn and follow it
11/11/2011 11:32:11 AM
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Counter-intuitive, if I understand correctly, is what I hear when I think of Jesus saying, you are seeing as man sees, not as God sees. Is this correct? Is this what that means?

A law is a law and it’s all under The Law – God’s Law, our sovereign and providential God. His Law is perfect. Right from the very beginning. Why do we mess with God’s Law? How can one possibly control any of it? One cannot serve two masters but, oh boy, we try don’t we. We make exception after exception and then we try to operate under HIS law. Our God is a jealous God… that sounds awfully severe to me.

However meager, I relate to my experience with working with horses. I was always met with at the least of the same force. And, eventually it came to be as less is more. Paying attention to the small things, there could be no exception. The less I tried to control, the more I got back, the more that stayed. The movement became ever so soft.

A sharing in the Divine life, God’s gift of Himself to us – if we accept it, best as we humanly can, we super-naturally pass it on… because it’s His plan, not ours. Any exception is rejection. Since God does indeed provide, it may be that the 3rd got only one, was perhaps, all he needed… maybe he was going to hit the lotto.

I am not familiar with the Law of the Gift and am excited to look into it. I want to say that this all seems so connected to the Beatitudes, but I don’t know why.
11/12/2011 8:34:17 AM
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When a river is overflowing it doesn’t say to the animals ‘Why do you take from me?’ In French the word ‘source’ is used for fount or spring.
11/12/2011 10:20:01 AM
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I have heard it said at many AA meetings that you must suurrender to win, die to live and give It away to keep it.
11/12/2011 10:27:03 AM
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Michael Czerwonka
Enjoy your sermons
11/15/2011 11:08:18 AM
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TYLER, you sound weary. If you still your soul, and allow Jesus to fill you, trust Him to comfort you, trust His timing, trust His love, your perspective on others may become more peaceful. Try Psalm 139 God Speed!
11/15/2011 5:04:20 PM
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Thank you, Fr. Barron, for another wonderful sermon. I would like to share with you what a Connecticut priest said about this very same gospel this past Sunday. He said that the master was a wicked master, and that the servant who buried the talents was to be praised. He explained that in ancient times there was a limited supply of wealth; if someone increased his wealth, he was taking it from someone else. Therefore, the servant who buried the talent was to be praised, since he did not take from others. He continued to excoriate today's wealthy who build their wealth, and that this gospel was about protecting the poor. I couldn't believe my ears, and am wondering if I have a responsibility to correct this priest.
11/17/2011 5:29:46 PM
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Tom R
I am astounded by the clarity of
this explanation of a parable that always struck me as counterintuitive.Until now the only explanations I've heard seem so materialistic that they did not seem to be something that Jesus would have said.I only wish Fr. Barron had said something about the last statement in the parable: "to those who have, more will be given,but those who have not, even what they have will be taken away."
11/21/2011 9:36:09 AM
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