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    Sermon 578 : Jesus the Miraculous Healer : 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    Mark's accounts of Jesus working miracles didn't always sit well with scientists, philosophers and contemporary Christians, as they believed such things would just not be possible given the laws of the natural world. But why wouldn't God, this natural world's creator, grace humanity with extraordinary acts exemplifying his love? Jesus worked miracles, and he still does today.
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celia higginson
Dear Father Barron,
God gave me a healing too. I had dystonia which is a neurological condition and got better. I am 65 now and my doctor told me that I was the only patient that he has treated that has two remission.
This is a great gift from God and I am very thankkful for this.
I was interested in your interpretations of things like this.
You use the gospels of Christ but explain them religiously, devotionally and practicly as they relate to our world today.
May God bless you for this and please continue.
Celia Higginson
1/31/2012 2:40:37 PM
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Thanks Father - great to listen to your weekly sermons when they appear here during the week.

And you have been to New Zealand! I will pray that you come to Australia soon to help spread the Good News of Jesus.

1/31/2012 5:35:56 PM
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Thanks, Fr. Barron. Craig Keener is indeed an amazingly prolific writer and scholarly Christian... I had the pleasure of meeting him at Duke University long ago. Physicians do indeed encounter "spontaneous remissions" and other unexplained healings today - Christ at work "behind the scenes." Perhaps if we remember that life and existence are miracles from God who is sustaining everything then we will not be surprised when God reveals himself more explicitly to "signal" his care and love for us... If the Resurrection of Christ from the dead is true, is anything too wonderful for God?
1/31/2012 9:46:44 PM
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Thanks Father,the sermon, sadly reminds me of a woman i heard just once, at an AA meeting. The woman was a nurse in her late 40s who recounted that she had a teenage daughter who suffered a long serious illness. The nurse prayed and prayed yet her child died at age 20. The nurse than declared that the child's death combined with "learning alittle sceince" convinced her that there was no God. I remember trying to talk to to her after the meeting but she just wanted to leave. I desparately wanted to share with her about a third step meeting i had attended a few years prior. It was at a hospital with nothing but doctors, nurses and administrators, except for me. Ten or twelve people spoke during the hour. It was right around Christmas and all most every one mentioned a fresh tragedy; a woman in her twenties had lost her 16 year old brother to a drunk driver. A man spoke of losing his 65 year father who had fallen off of a roof at the family home while removing leaves. But the people, without exception, spoke of a loving God who and trusted in that love for themslves and their loved ones. I am reminded therefore to keep praying to our God for that nurse.
2/2/2012 3:29:44 PM
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There was a great article written in the Washington Post about five years ago titled ‘Pearls Before Breakfast,’ by Gene Weingarten. It’s quite a provocative article about a famous violinist Joshua Bell, ‘the cultural hero of the day’ who gets ignored by his audience in a busy metropolitan subway.
While the author’s focus is on ambition at the expense of beauty he still asks the vital question “If the surge of modern life so overpowers us that we are deaf and blind to something like that -- then what else are we missing?”
2/3/2012 12:25:32 AM
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My daughter had a rash, wanted to see a herbalist. She was under my roof, so I insisted she see my dermatologist. My dermatologist saw and biopsied a spot on her back. She was soon operated on, just before the cancer went into the lymphatic system. Coincidence?
RE: AvecLui's comment; yes, we are deaf and blind to many miracles;
"The Truth dazzles slowly, or the world would go blind." -E.B. Browning
2/3/2012 4:22:35 PM
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Mary Coate
Another powerful homily. Thank you so much. I would rank it a "5", but I now longer see the "stars" to rate your sermons. I'm sure more than 4 people have listened to this. Just wondering..
2/3/2012 7:54:39 PM
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Tim Smigley
Dear Father Barron,
Thomas Jefferson may not have believed in spiritual miracles, but two of the greatest early American political leaders (friends, foes and friends again later) passed away on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. They helped form a new country that was perhaps unsurpassed in promoting religious freedom. John Adams was one of them and we know who the other was. Coincidence?
2/3/2012 11:58:25 PM
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Please view this beautiful painting of The resurrection of Lazarus. Another one of Jesus miracles - Bless you Father Baron or these wonderful homilies.
2/4/2012 5:21:51 PM
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Your sermon part about some priests saying that the miracle of the loaves and the fishes is really about people all sharing is EXACTLY what our priest is now saying about the Bible. In fact, he said that Peter did not walk on water - there was a sandbar. AND, he said that Jesus did NOT raise Lazarus from the dead. In fact, for two years, he has been saying mistruths about the Bible; I've chosen to ignore him, however, when he stated this last time that Jesus did not raise Lazarus from the dead the priest had two other Catholic priests standing next to him in the pew. Now there were three Catholic priests agreeing and disproving the Bible. I couldn't handle it any more! I have left the Catholic church and my husband and I go to a non-denominational church, which has been a very hard transition for us; but we now hear the truth about our savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you however for preaching as you do - it makes me feel as if the Catholic church isn't completely lost. God Bless you.
2/5/2012 6:36:56 PM
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@Karen: I'm so sorry that you had a bad experience. We must pray for such priests: they are not giving the teaching of the Catholic Church. But remember: There are bad cops, but we don't give up on law enforcement. There are bad teachers, but we still send our kids to school. There are bad judges, senators, representatives, and presidents, but we don't throw out our system of government or flee to another country. Please come back to the one, true Church that Jesus founded. Give it another try: Look for a parish with a traditional priest. (The younger priests are, on the whole, really good.) Then you can have sound teaching and the one thing that only the Catholic Church can bring you: the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Jesus said "Unless you eat my body and drink my blood, you have no life within you." Only the Catholic Church can give you that. Check out:
I'll be praying for you. And those wayward priests. God Bless!
2/5/2012 11:50:58 PM
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Thank you Father Barron for your sermon it moved me very much. You see when I was 12 years old I had the same condition that boy had and my father prayed to Our Lady to pray for to find help for, he had no health insurance and very little money. A few days later at his job a man he never met said he over heard a co worker mention his son's situation and directed my father to a hospital for children with serious heart disease. Well I was operated on several weeks later at no expense to my father because this hospital helped these children from poor families. I am now 45 years old with a beautiful wife and 3 amazing children. Thanks be to God and His Holy Mother. Thank you Fr Barron I will keep you in my prayers especially the rosary. God Bless you.
2/6/2012 2:01:06 AM
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James Brock
Well done.
2/7/2012 2:25:00 AM
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To Karen, It is sad what you have had to endure in the church where you should be given the Truth at Mass! I, too, am sorry that this has happened to you. But Mary S. also said something so true, about Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. John 6. Think on things as you go along Karen, and perhaps you and your family can find a Catholic parish church, a different rite maybe, somewhere where you can receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament without having to hear the deluded meanderings of an off-track priest(s). Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist and as a believer in His miracles, you know that He gave us His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in this Sacrament. God bless you Karen and there's that saying, remember, "We don't leave Peter because of Judas."

On another note regarding this week's sermon, I have been praying for healing of an illness for several years now, even more so in the last 3 or 4 years. I have a brain injury and with some troublesome complications. I have not, as of yet, received that complete healing that I hope and pray for, but I do believe that I have been brought closer to the Truth, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and Our Holy Mother Mary, because of this struggle and I know that if Jesus desires to heal me on this side of life, He can and He will. But there are also instances, we know this from the history of the saints, in which physical healing in this life was not forthcoming. But great miracles still took place. The great miracle of increased faith, and the great miracle of drawing yet even closer to Jesus through Mary and Holy Mother Church. But yes, it sure can be a struggle, especially when confronted far too often these days it seems, with silly priests and laypeople who put the "wisdom of man" ahead of the wisdom of Christ Jesus, our Lord and God."

I'm going to continue to pray for healing in my body, mind, and soul, and trust Jesus and Mary to use my sufferings, as they are, to make up for what is lacking in the Body of Christ, as St. Paul put it. I can't compare to St. Paul, of course, but every little bit helps, I believe!

God bless you Karen, and look around, maybe there's another Catholic parish within driving distance if you're not hearing the truth at your local parish.

All the best to everyone, and thanks Father Barron, this one was a good one!

To Jesus through Mary, with Peter.
2/7/2012 12:01:49 PM
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Shimon Cleopas
Key to understanding today's Gospel: "She got up and attended to them" which confirms that St. Peter's Mother in law "at present" is "Domus Sanctae Marthae." Recall that in the Gospel story of Martha and Mary, Martha is so busy with everything else but while Mary who was listening intently got "the best part."

Regards to Domus Sanctae Marthae from the Lisle House of Mary.
2/8/2012 6:01:23 AM
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Laura Simoes
Fr.please pray for my husband as he's suffering with congestive heart failure and not doing well.
This sermon is just what I needed to hear. I DO believe in miracles and not giving up.
Thank you Father and yes, we have room for God to heal Tommy.
2/18/2012 5:35:28 PM
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Mary Haerr
Thank you Father Barron!
2/19/2012 9:10:12 AM
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Gary Pike
Is there a schedule of FR Barron's public speaking
appearances for 2013.
1/3/2013 10:53:35 PM
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