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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2012 > Sermon 582 : Listening to Him : 2nd Sunday of Lent
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    Sermon 582 : Listening to Him : 2nd Sunday of Lent

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    One of the most unsettling accounts in the Bible, that of Abraham being asked by God to sacrifice his son, ironically shows His goodness and love for us. If we put our faith in God, if we listen to God, if we obey God, we will be rewarded. A few of Jesus' disciples witnessed it with the Transfiguration, and we too can witness it if we trust in God's will for us, if we have faith.
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Yes, this reading is both horrific and opaque. This is Jesus' Agony in the Garden. This is our collective "Take this cup from me..." This is the mystery of "Thy Will be done." Martyrs and Saints alike have lived the "Dark Night of the Soul", with depths of suffering without consolement. There is a definite sacrifice we make in faith of the Father. God is Love, and Love can not prevail without sacrifice. So do we thrash and break away from this all consuming Love, or yield to the creative Love which begets the Transfiguration? God Speed!
2/29/2012 3:35:40 PM
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Vincent Ciliberti
This Gospel, and the sermon reminds me of If ye love me, of John's words 14: 15-17 - Keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father,and he shall give you another comforter, that he may bide with you for ever, ev’n the spirit of truth.

Enjoyed listening to the sermon while listening to Thomas Tallie's music with the same theme.
Thank you
2/29/2012 3:59:45 PM
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Thank You Fr. For your stewardship! Your sermon moves me to anew view of the Transfiguration.
3/1/2012 12:35:22 AM
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tony mangini
a wonderful revealing talk on the transfiguration. one question to fr. barron why does God grace peter with having james and john only accompany him without the other apostles? he does the same in the garden of olives. is there some explanation for the favoritism shown by God to james and john?
3/1/2012 11:10:08 AM
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Yes, the Transfiguration has always amazed me. I knew it was a glimpse of heaven, instinctively. Jesus gave that privilege to Peter, James and John. And then they wrote about for our edification too! Thank you Fr. Barron for your uplifting sermons. I really enjoy them.
3/1/2012 2:03:53 PM
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lucienne Nulton
Listening to Father Barron gives me so much to reflect on and gives me hope.I am very excited to be able to listen to his sermons,and look foward to the others.
Lucienne Nulton
3/1/2012 2:39:30 PM
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arvin almira
thanks fr. barron this is my first time to hear your homily.. I'm so blessed and inspired by your words today...thanks again and God bless always...
3/3/2012 3:04:51 AM
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Joe Kilgallon
What a wonderful homily! It will serve as the guidepost for tomorrow evening's meeting of our 11-person faith sharing group. Thank you, Father Barron, for being such a light to our Catholic Church.
3/3/2012 6:44:51 AM
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Pretty good homily this week. Perhaps Kierkegaard in turn referred to St.Paul re: the phrase fear and trembling? " dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation." Philippians.

The Holy Church teaches the ten commandments fulfilled through the grace of Jesus Christ. That might be a good place for us to start learning and working on obedience and faith. There's a huuuge section teaching us about them in the CCC. ;*)

I wonder, too, if the happy-clappy crowds, the health and wealth and prosperity crowds that have become so prevalent within our Church's thinking and practice here in our "have-it-all" western world, will ever really be able to accept this week's message of hardship, and then glory, without turning to find a reason skip the hardship and go right to the glory. Is this not why, to some extent, the protestants do not care too much to have the crucifix in their assemblies.

Peter; James; John. First Pope; universal church; devotion to and child of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And a whole heap of fear and trembling! The ten commandments lived out through the grace of Jesus truly with us in the Blessed Sacrament. Opaque. Now we see dimly. Not fully. Not always healthy, wealthy, understanding all and content. But struggling. Trembling.

Why must we be like Job's "friends" so much of the time, and look for the sin in those who are trembling, struggling, not making it in this life..... but who may very possibly find a higher place than we could in the heavenly kingdom. We want our glory and we want it now! Still protesting. ;*)

God bless us and bring us through this time of unbelief, this lack of faith. This overwhelming love we have for this life, this flesh, these senses. For many in the church today, the thinking is, if you're struggling, if you're trembling, you're not being faithful to Love. Yet, perhaps the exact contrary is true in this life. If you're not struggling, not trembling, then you aren't even in the game.

The "Stepford Wives" brand of practicing the Christian faith is truly more horrific, and in the end, faith destroying, than all else. It's what Our Lord railed against when faced with the falseness of worship he found among the leaders.

St. Paul and fear and trembling. Bet he did his share of that. He even suggested that we give it a try!

To Jesus through Mary with Peter. God bless us.
3/3/2012 9:35:57 AM
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Francisco Astorga
Thank you Fr. Barron it is a very inspiring homily, words that fire our harts our faith and our souls
God Bless you.
3/3/2012 10:25:01 AM
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lolita nicholson
3/3/2012 12:31:57 PM
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God turning against Himself is the most indescribably frightening thing I’ve ever heard and perfectly illustrates how there is no alternative for trust. If we can know anything at all - God is Love - Jesus.. the Way, the Truth and the Life.
3/4/2012 9:01:14 AM
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Mary Alice Metzler
Wonderful speaker.
3/4/2012 10:08:22 AM
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Mark Ungs
Assuming killing one's son is intrinsically evil, why is this not God tempting Abraham?
3/4/2012 2:15:07 PM
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I thought the two priests homilies @ were also very good. Frs. Bonaventure and Tito. Highly recommended for this 2nd Sunday of Lent.
3/4/2012 3:53:28 PM
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Matthew F
Wow. Without knowing what was to come, Abraham obeyed God. He went to sacrifice his son! And God spared his son, and Abraham proved his faith. Because of this, God made Abraham the father of Israel. And through his descendants came Jesus, the Son of God. And it was then God who offered up His only Son for all of us! God knew the fruit that would come if Abraham obeyed. This type of obedience boggles my mind. How I yearn to be this obedient to God! Jesus truly is the Lamb of God. Sorry, I'm just fully getting this now. Holy godsmack batman!
3/4/2012 6:19:18 PM
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Fred Benz
I find the story of Abraham and his son one of complete faith and trust in the promise of God. Knowing full well all that God had promised, Abraham trusted completely and shows us all a strong example of throwing ourselves into God's arms with this same trust and faith that He is always there for us, even and especially the hard times.
3/4/2012 8:18:31 PM
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I am so over joyed that God's word is flowing from Chicago. I was born there & the seed of my faith began there. I moved across the Lake and was called by God to get involved at a time when changes were occuring Vat. II. People had excuses as to why they didn't practice. Then I was able to reach a few. Now I have moved to the middle of the neighboring state I Hear and see so much disconnect. I try not to lose faith. I grab for the call to spirit where and when I can find it. When I heard You - Father Barron speaking of my faith with such fervor it was as if the spark was rekindled and hope now reigns. I pray daily that the many people in this community get caught up in the Word on Fire. It is truly a blessing like when the apostles spoke to one another and shared the joy when they saw growth in their communities. I pray that this will spread and others will Hear this in the way God reveals it through you & rejuvenate the Catholic Church. We have a lot to face as a Comm unity ( HHS for one) Thank for allowing God to work with you. Peace/Shalom
3/6/2012 5:21:40 PM
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F. Bustamante
Fray Barron my gentil y amable por su sermon es bien enfocado en nosotros y como Dios poco va trabajamdo en nosotros en una forma misteriosa,pero seguro es inda su apreciacion acerca de como nosotros vemos (el mundo ) y como Dios lo ha instaurado por nosotros y por el amor que el tiene por nosotros ,nosotros como familia nos encanta sus carlas tan directas y unfortunada que nos hace ver que equivocado estamos al ver nosotros a l mundo y haci nos empezamos a transfigurar.
tambienlo segimos cuando posible en sus programas en ewtn.
3/14/2012 11:59:30 AM
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