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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2012 > Sermon 581 : Jesus Among the Angels and the Beasts : 1st Sunday of Lent
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    Sermon 581 : Jesus Among the Angels and the Beasts : 1st Sunday of Lent

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    Lent begins with a passage about Noah and flood. It's representative of not only sin, but of God's good grace. It's also a fitting entree into Jesus' journey into the desert, also symbolic of sin, and how his presence there infuses a forgotten, desolate place with life and goodness. When we are racked with sin, it is Christ who can infuse us with life and goodness.
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Lent for me, is the most important season in the liturgical year. The readings for this First Sunday are beautiful in their simplicity. What beautiful images in which to contemplate in the days ahead...the ark (our sinfulness), the desert to the garden, and to Jesus our salvation. Thank you Father Baron for your sermon and I am grateful to have found Word on Fire to lead me this Lent.
2/23/2012 12:00:49 PM
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I haven't participated in Lent since high school but i'm inspired to undertake a full measure this year. Thank you Father Baron. You are such a treasure.
2/23/2012 8:02:42 PM
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Incredible homily on many levels Thank you Fr. Barron- I would rate this five stars. Below is a painting from Mark that depicts Jesus in the wilderness please paste into your browser to view.
2/23/2012 8:52:20 PM
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Boy, this is another great one! There's a lot of great spiritual insight here for me to ponder as I re-listen each day... so rich, your tapestry . . . wonderfully woven . . . patiently shared . . . thank you for this gift.
2/24/2012 11:37:06 AM
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I listen to this on Saturday to prepare for tomorrow's mass. At mass I have to help a friend with her grand-daughter, which is 1 and 1/2 yrd old (a handful, and I miss half the mass. But now, I fell more prepared. I've done the readings and I've listen to your homily during lunch time at work. Thanks Father Barron.
2/25/2012 11:03:16 AM
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While researching Noah's Ark for a poem for my parish, I was taken by surprise: In the Jewish Masoretic Text, Adam's bones are aligned against the eastside door of the ark, and frankincense and myrrh put on the floor beside them. And the amber ark floats in four directions. I read this as a prelude to the Messiah, and the Passion. God Speed!
2/25/2012 11:12:27 AM
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I'm writing from Poland.Thank you Father Baron for your sermons - it's always good to have a few minutes to think what is really important in our life:)
2/25/2012 2:19:18 PM
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Fr. Barron, God Bless you !! this was such a beautiful insight about Noahs Ark, i always read it as a simple story of Gods faithfulness, but there is so much more to it. Thanks again Fr.
2/26/2012 2:12:37 AM
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This and last week’s homily reminds me of how I think one’s focus is so often on what we have to “give up”. If only we could forget to remember and seek with a whole heart. It doesn’t mean the desire for pleasure, fun, good food or sex goes away... one is not really ‘giving it up’.. I think it just becomes rightly ordered, in fact, I think it all becomes even better. A fully human life in Christ. The desire for the true and real thing must be bigger than the temptation – that which is not in line with God. The garden is there, but only through, in and with Him. I think once one knows this, anything less just simply isn’t enough. And, He helps. Seek and ye shall find.. I love that.

The “yes” to God brings to mind this image I’ve had where I see myself in a big beautiful hazy bright room with no walls and a vast crowd of people. God is there and He’s choosing somebody to do something. Everybody is raising their hands and there I am, waving both arms and jumping up and down saying, “pick me! pick me!” and.. He does. And the next thing you know, I’m saying, “why are you always picking on me?” Oh yes indeed, His where were you, where did you go and come back to me with your whole heart. I’m so glad His yes is bigger than mine.
2/26/2012 8:58:12 AM
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Fr. Bob Fucheck
Excellant, the water is a type of Baptism that washed away sin.
2/26/2012 9:00:51 AM
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Another great commentary Father Barron. Last night I started reading The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood by William J. Bennett. In talking about the difficulties in fashioning men today, Bennett quotes a C.S. Lewis line “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” It seemed to me to be an awesome connection. Jesus also irrigating the deserts trying to bring back the Garden of Eden.
2/26/2012 6:54:30 PM
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Fr, you are one of the prophets of the time.
God will bless your ministry abundantly!!!
- Anton.
2/29/2012 11:43:27 PM
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Father Barron, Thank you for your Word on Fire is water for the thirsty. God Bless you and your Holy Work.
3/2/2012 12:55:58 AM
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Margaret Buring
Father Barron, your book has given me a deeper understanding of the step which i have only recently made, of being confirmed Catholic. It has been a long journey for me and know i feel i have come home. God bless you in all that you do
3/2/2012 2:41:03 AM
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