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    Sermon 580 : I Am Doing Something New! : 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    2/19/2012
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    This Sunday's Gospel tells the story of the paralytic man whom Jesus forgave and commanded to walk. Paralysis is an effective allegory for sin-how it traps and immobilizes us. God's desire for us is movement, for his love can shatter our paralysis and free us from our sinful past. God is not a "no", but a resounding "Yes."
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Kathy
Your sermon includes so many insights, I will listen to it many times. Dante's vision of hell as ice, does correspond to the hell of paralysis. Are we to be forever afraid, would be the question I would ask you: afraid that our addictions, narcissims,sinfulness, will become the cross which Jesus carries in His forever "Yes" in His love for us? Who is saying "yes" to who, when I realize there is no way out without the cross? Whether it is the physical or temporal cross I bear each day, if I say "no" to that cross, am I not saying "no" as did Peter; when hearing Jesus would suffer, didn't Jesus respond by saying, "Stand behind me Satan!"?: Imperfect Peter, astounded that his friend, the Messiah was going to yeild to the cross? Like Peter I just want my cross to go away like majic and not have The Son of God have to stoop and pick it up for me; not my Redeemer, my Glorious King, my chosen Savior!
He should not have to do that for me, just me, every day, until we meet face to face! God Speed!
2/16/2012 4:23:28 PM
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Nancy
Dear Fr. Barron: You must tire of hearing how wonderful your insights are...but they are. I find it interesting that ice not only is cold, but it can burn as well! Your teaching always reminds me how rich and deep our sacred scriptures are. Just when we think we have gleaned everything, surprise! God bless you and protect you!!
2/16/2012 10:10:22 PM
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Pat
Wonderful sermon Fr. Barrons. I literally cried after hearing it because of so many in the world today are encased in the ice of sin and reject the forgiveness of Christ. All of the more reason that we the believers must humbly bring others to Christ just like those that brought the paralytic to Him those many years ago.
2/17/2012 4:22:07 AM
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Pat
Wonderful sermon Fr. Barrons. I literally cried after hearing it because of so many in the world today are encased in the ice of sin and reject the forgiveness of Christ. All of the more reason that we the believers must humbly bring others to Christ just like those that brought the paralytic to Him those many years ago.
2/17/2012 4:22:40 AM
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Ken
It never ceases to amaze me how God continues to work in my life. Every time I am troubled by my sin, doubt or loneliness, Fr. Barron has a message that brings the Word to life and let's me know that He is with me on this journey and I need not be afraid.
2/17/2012 11:29:51 AM
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Al Eriksen
And with your Spirit!
2/17/2012 3:08:58 PM
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JRBreneman
Amen! padre ... you really nailed this one!
2/17/2012 11:29:54 PM
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Shane
I laughed when you said, "Maybe you're not the one paralyzed. Maybe you have a friend you're called to bring to Christ." Sometimes the Holy Spirit can be so blunt!

I love the Dante references. I hope you keep them coming. If I remember correctly Satan was not alone in the pit. He was eating Brutus and Judas. Satan eats humanity, while Christ gave himself for humanity to eat!
2/17/2012 11:43:02 PM
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Shane
I laughed when you said, "Maybe you're not the one paralyzed. Maybe you have a friend you're called to bring to Christ." Sometimes the Holy Spirit can be so blunt!

I love the Dante references. I hope you keep them coming. If I remember correctly Satan was not alone in the pit. He was eating Brutus and Judas. Satan eats humanity, while Christ gave himself for humanity to eat!
2/17/2012 11:43:54 PM
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Jim Alexander
WOW...I just listened to you homily on the "Parable of the Talents" (#410) and now this (#580) the Paralytic Man !!! God the Giver and God the Yes !!!
I'm 70 yrs. old. God decided 5 yrs. ago it was time for me to begin to deepen my Catholic Faith.
WOW !!!
Thank you. And with your spirit.
2/18/2012 6:51:41 PM
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Felix
Thanks again for another inspiring message, Fr. Barron! May God continue to bless your ministry!
2/18/2012 7:59:53 PM
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AvecLuiJeVis
What a powerful message. ‘Yes’ can be the most beautiful word to a suffering heart especially when paralyzed with sin. His ‘Yes’ is almost overwhelming to me. I drew away for 18years and now I am broken open.
2/18/2012 10:57:53 PM
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carla
I cried too. Thank you. I'll thank God for all that he has provided and petition Him so that I too can be broken of the paralysis that binds me from reaching out to others to be a better friend. I have such a fear of getting offended or hurt at my Parish again. That response of "flight" takes over every time, and I don't try anymore to reach out to participate in something new, or different at the Parish level. I need to let go of those past hurts, and forgive those injustices. They are binding my loving personality, and I need to try something other than running away from engaging with others. God doesn't want anyone's soul to be bound! I'm thankful that God has provided such beautiful insights through His Living Word. You are a channel of God's peace Father Barron!
2/18/2012 11:22:01 PM
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Tom Himmelspach
Why do I get only the portion of the introductory comments and not the sermon?
2/19/2012 9:56:09 AM
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Richard Dell'Acqua
Thank you Father Barron for responding so beautifully to the Holy Spirit's inspiration!
2/19/2012 11:33:23 AM
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Kathy B.
This is what myself and my family need to hear today as we struggle in crisis... What a most beautiful and powerful message. We are indeed locked in and there is no movement... Please pray for us. Thank you...
2/19/2012 4:58:59 PM
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Lucia
Thank you so much Father, this reflection really spoke to me.
2/20/2012 10:12:26 AM
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N pasadilla
I had friends whom I referred to fr barron''s sermons who asked if it is possible to have a written copy of the sermon podcasts. Reason: they have friends who would like to listen also but are literally deaf . All they get is the first paragraph . Is this possible in the future?
2/21/2012 8:28:35 AM
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Len
I was paralyzed and God has saved me. I was spiritually not physically paralyed. God blessed me with Cancer and now I am filled with His spirit . Please don't be so blind that God has to hit you across the head with a 2 x 4.
Fr. Barron , your words are motivating. You have come into my life through the Cathecism series and now this web site. Thank you.
2/21/2012 7:07:17 PM
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Tim Bartel - Golden Arrow for Christ
We captives who have been set free by Christ from the paralysis of sin can help others who are yet frozen in sin. We can do this by the lenten practices of repentance, prayer, fasting and alms giving for their sake.
http://www.catholicbookwriter.com/goldenarrow/catholic/acting-in-faith-a-lenten-practice/
2/25/2012 4:28:34 PM
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Jeremy
great sermon Fr Barron - thanks a lot

Catching up on them today

Peace
2/29/2012 6:13:43 PM
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Jo
My sister in so desperately bound. I pray for her, especially after the Sacrament of Communion. She does not have the internet so I cannot share this site which has been so helpful to me. How can I bring the living Christ to her?
3/9/2012 10:31:43 AM
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Loren
Hi Jo,
I got an idea as I read your question. Does your sister have a phone? If yes, then maybe you can transmit the Good News to her after listening to Fr. Barron or even come over to her place if possible. God has used Father, now He wants to use you as well. Isn't that beautiful? The fact that you cared and concerned enough to ask the question is a sign that He wants to use you as a mean to bring Him to your sister. Maybe, there's a deeper reason why she doesn't have the internet. Good luck and I will say a Hail Mary for you right now to ask for the Holy Spirit's inspiration for you. -Best
8/15/2012 4:38:15 PM
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