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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2012 > Sermon 573 : The Face of the Living God : Mary, Mother of God
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    Sermon 573 : The Face of the Living God : Mary, Mother of God

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    Looking into the face of another is a very intimate experience. It evokes many strong feelings: shame, liberation, joy, etc. Like Adam and Eve, we typically hide from the face of God fearing his anger. But Jesus, the Face of God, first appears as a baby. A baby's face is a non-threatening face. It is the peaceful face of God.
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love the sermons
could you please leave the numbers on when sent to ipod
and could you make it so i can download ten or more at one time thamking you.
12/27/2011 5:01:02 AM
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Don Roberto Hill
Very, very moving and thought-provoking. Thanks, Father.
12/27/2011 10:58:36 PM
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Jim Robdau
Thanks father. Your a great teacher and you are being heard by many who have fallin away. And you are bringing the back.
12/29/2011 2:16:40 AM
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Father, I love what you did, but you went half way. Why would the face of God be the subject on the feast of Mary? Because He resembled his mama! Boys tend to resemble their mother. At birth, all babies tend to favor their father. Imagine the birth of Jesus, his ONLY human parent must have been the source of his facial features and these very features were the image of the living God. That's powerful stuff.

We add reminders of the reality of the historical Jesus to the crede, "crucified under Pontius Pilate," and throughout the bible and in our hymns and prayers. These reminders help guard us against the deism you refer to.
12/29/2011 8:29:43 AM
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One more tidbit.

There are female saints whose beauty was so profound that kings killed for the chance to marry them and wars began over rights to them. There are men who are referred to as virile and handsome with much sexual prowess. Mary and Jesus are never referred to in this way. Was Mary ugly and Jesus scrawny? Certainly not! Mary glowed with the love of God and Jesus certainly cared for his body and mind well. But there is no reason to believe that their physical features were supermodel beautiful. It is highly doubtful that Mary's looks were Nordicly pristine. She was probably short, had dark eyes instead of blue, had curly or even frizzy hair, and a nose that was Mediterranianly large instead of a turned-up button. There isn't a girl alive who doesn't go through discomfort over her looks at some point. Here we see that virtually every aspect of Mary's looks has and will be used as a reason to ridicule and bully, but they are in fact the image of God and the features of His holy Mother. Working with teens in our parish, I find this a particularly potent concept for them. It's a potent concept for me as I struggle with aging and losing weight. I must know that the image of God is there, even if my sorrow or stupidity cannot see it at the time. So to with our young people. How amazing to be able to go to church and reconnect with the fact that Jesus loves you and wants to look at you, imperfections and all.

"Catholicism" was shipped to my work address and we cannot enjoy it until the new year. We're psyched to see it. Thank you so much for doing it. God bless you!
12/29/2011 8:39:06 AM
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Avila Power
So inspiring. Thank you Fr Barron. I include your name every day in my prayers when I pray for all priests.
You are absolutely overwhelming, and in the New Year we will all be watching "Catholisism" which arrived for me just before Christmas. Cant wait to view this magnificent epic. God bless you and the wonderful work you are involved in, in bringing souls closer to God.
12/30/2011 3:35:08 AM
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Sue Printup
WOW never heard of you until the man who does his Adoration hour prior to mine lent me the "Catholicism" series (that he's sharing with residents of a supposed-to-be-Catholic-but-isn't-run-that-way hoping to wake some of them up especially the Protestants :)) wanting my opinion and WOW what a blessing you are and right on with your commentaries! I'm 58yrs young, mystic since birth it seems yet discovered more than a few surprises in your sharing. I'm glad the Church claimed you vs. corporate America. Will be visiting this site often. Thank you and Thank God for you!!

+Sue (Shakopee MN)
12/30/2011 7:16:59 PM
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Sue Printup
OOPS the friend is showing the Catholicism series at the Catholic-hospital-connected nursing home where he works in hopes of adding members to the Catholic fold :) God bless!
12/31/2011 1:11:56 AM
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A very unique and deep mediation on the face. It will transform us to see the beauty of God in all the faces daily we face.
12/31/2011 8:00:04 AM
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Sue Printup
PS The photo of you @ Wikipedia is not you (?)

God bless!
12/31/2011 10:31:30 AM
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Corinthians 1: Cpt. 13, sprung to mind while I listened to your sermon. The chapter on the excellence of love. Vs. 12: "Now we see indistinctly as in a mirror;then we shall see face to face. My knowledge is imperfect now;then I shall know even as I am known."
It is difficult to fathom all true graces of Divine Love. Our Redeemer all innocense,a baby who will/does already/has already known us. I cherish this sermon! God Speed!
12/31/2011 1:01:18 PM
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Maria McManus
Fr. Barron - to look into a newborn's face is a transforming moment! When I was able to look into my son's face (25 years ago), I surveyed the miracle with my arms whom God had given me and as I spoke to him, he in turn gazed upon me with an expression of recognition - I know who you are; the profundity of Mary's and Jesus' gaze is glimaced by every mother and her newborn! And God has given us the Blessed Sacrament to gaze upon His face yet more importanly, He has given us many other familiar and unfamiliar people challenging us to see His face in them as well! Our Diocese of Nelson, B.C. is presenting the Catholism series in 2012 in all our parishes - what a wonderful blessing this shall be!
A Blessed and Holy New Year
12/31/2011 3:18:04 PM
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So moving a reflection----brought tears to my eyes. Thank you
1/1/2012 7:04:23 AM
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Mary Slavicek
I am sorry that I have offended my God, I just couldn't go to church this very day. I am a need of Catholics come home. I feel so sad about not going to church; but Fr. Barron, U lift me back off the ground again. Don't stop, I need you to keep speaking.
1/1/2012 4:14:15 PM
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I'd like Listen the God's voice
every chance from you Father.
1/3/2012 10:55:57 PM
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Mary Coate
Just finished reading the book, "Catholicism" which I received for Christmas. It is truly "awesome",(especially the last sentence.) Now I see our parish is going to show the DVD series. Our PBS station in Nebraska has not picked it up yet. Thank you, Fr. Baron! God bless and protect you abundantly.
People, read the book!
1/4/2012 12:24:05 PM
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Mary is mother of God the Son, not God the could Mary give birth to God the Father?. impossible...Jesus did not say he was GOD the Father...not a mystery...rather simple...and yes , the 3 are 1
1/13/2012 7:29:54 PM
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