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    Sermon 585 : Planting the Law Within Us : 5th Sunday of Lent

    3/25/2012
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    Jeremiah 31:31 is the great prophecy that the Lord will one day place his law within our hearts. In the Old Testament, God's law was written on stone and often appreciated as an imposition, a burden. But Jesus is the Law incarnate, the Torah made flesh. Therefore, when we eat his body and drink his blood, we take the law into our hearts, and thus we realize the prophecy of Jeremiah.
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Richard
The best yet.
3/21/2012 12:31:26 PM
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Nenette HECHANOVA
Thank you Fr.Barron.How Blessed is the house of Israel for they are chosen children of the Covenant of God.But,they and we are the same chosen of the Covenant ONLY,IF,WE BELIEVED THAT JESUS BLOOD WAS SHED FOR US ON THE CROSS, THAT WE MUST ACCEPT HIM THROUGH THE HOLY EUCHARIST, THAT FOR EVERY DROP OF BLOOD OF JESUS MILLIONS WERE BEEN SAVED THAT EVEN THE NEXT GENERATION ARE ALREADY SAVED, IF ONLY WE NOW WILL ACCEPT HIM DEEP IN OUR HEART AND DELIVER THE VERY TEACHINGS THE LOVE AND THE FAITH THAT JESUS IS TRUE GOD AND TRUE MAN, AND WHOEVER EATS HIS BODY IN A FORM OF THAT WAFER THAT WAS BEEN OFFERED BY ALL OF OUR PRIEST ON ALL CHURCHES BLESSED AND SAID TAKE THIS ALL OF YOU AND EAT IT.I BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS LIVING IN OUR HEARTS IF WE ACCEPT HIM WITH OUR PURE HEART CLEAN AND FULL OF LOVE, IN THAT WE ARE ALL UNDER THE NEW COVENANT OF GOD. WE ARE ONE FAMILY THE WHOLE NATION.PLEASE ACCEPT THE HOLY EUCHARIST MY DEAR FRIENDS WITH A HEART FULL OF LOVE TO GOD...
3/21/2012 1:45:07 PM
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Henry Ayala
Thanks for another insightful commentary. I am delightfully amazed at what you draw out of the readings and the clarity with which you share them. I will share your ideas with my Bible Study group tonight.
God bless you in your ministry!
3/21/2012 6:11:54 PM
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Henry Ayala
Thanks for another insightful commentary. I am delightfully amazed at what you draw out of the readings and the clarity with which you share them. I will share your ideas with my Bible Study group tonight.
God bless you in your ministry!
3/21/2012 6:14:19 PM
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JC
Very thoughtful and communicative sermon. I have often commented on this beatiful and hopeful passage of Jeremiah, but not merely Eucharistically, but even in other praxis. I use it to illuminate the synoptic rich young man (Master, what must I do...). Jesus asks the young man to sell all he has and become a follower, a seemingly unsatisfying response until we realize that Jesus is merely echoing Jeremiah, and asking the young man to take the next step, to write that very law he has practiced so diligently into his heart. And so, Jesus teaches us by fulfilling the prophecy of Jeremiah, that we all must not only practice what we preach but live what we practice, that the time is at hand to leave the practice tee, and play that round of golf!
3/23/2012 11:53:21 AM
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Christine
I love the way you integrate and educate us, teaching us about the historical significance of the Old Testament law and bridging its meanings with the New Testament. Your use of examples helps make this even clearer from a contemporary perspective. The richness of another layer, so to speak, regarding the Eucharist, reminds me of the Lenten journey and the dying to self (even daily through the year(s)) leading to those Resurrection moments . . . albeit, however brief, in the Eucharist, where we receive, welcome, consume, adore, and are enthralled with Our Lord when receiving Him. It doesn't take me long before I stumble and fall. So, thank you, Lord, for the sacraments, especially Reconciliation and Eucharist, see-saws of forgiveness, healing, and consummate fulfillment on life's journey to everlasting joy with the Trinity in heaven.
3/24/2012 9:36:57 AM
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Margaret Phelan
Another great teaching to bring us all closer to Jesus and the Covenant. Thank you.
3/24/2012 11:11:10 AM
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Fr Francis Charuvila SDB
Dear Fr Barron,
The happy quote of Jermiah 31:31 has led us to the Eucharist. Thank you father. I pray that all of us reflecting on this passage tomorrow at the Eucharist will get to love Christ more and give more of ourselves to Christ.
3/24/2012 12:06:58 PM
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monica
wow...Thanks Fr Barron...excellent insight.I'll be more ready for tomorrow's mass :)
3/24/2012 8:14:27 PM
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Tim
Thank you to hear the speech
3/25/2012 11:29:44 AM
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H. Gomes
Thanks Father for reminding us of the earth-shattering reality of receiving Jesus into our very selves: becoming "Chrisified."
3/25/2012 4:16:23 PM
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Isabel McCarty
Thank YOU! Thank YOU! I'm sharing you with everyone I know.
3/26/2012 12:50:12 PM
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dely
excellent Father Barron
3/26/2012 5:38:02 PM
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Mary Slavicek
Father, brilliant! Don't stop. God is truly inside your heart. Father, I would love to come to you; talk with U N person. I AM havinf trouble going back to church. But U inspire my thoughts when I get on wof sermons. Could "U" respond to me via email address.
3/28/2012 9:44:06 AM
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Carla
Several years ago, when teaching RE, I found review of this particular passage difficult, when the RE Director passed out mirrors attached to the insides of folders, and had many groups of students pass them around. The RE Director asked what God looked like, and asked who Christ is, and then had the RE students open up the folders to look at themselves in their mirrors. (I would not select that exercise to do with middle school pre-teens, and I told her so. This is dangerous territory, especially for those kids who are experimented with smoking, drinking and sexual behaviors.) No....I need God (the One God, the Father Almighty) to save me. I am created in His image and likeness, but I am not God...I need the "Divine Master" to teach me the way."
I believe in God's divine nature, and the Incarnation, and I still believe we have to be careful to not put ourselves in the same light as our Divine Master, thinking ourselves to be God, too. Almighty God, the Divine Master, shows us the way, and saves us all uniquely. Our life and our salvation is as unique as our DNA, and God created us to be that way. God is the way, the truth and the life, and we are followers, and should never forget that.
If we ask God, I do believe that He will put His messengers and prophets in positions to encounter and teach us throughout our lives, but I also believe there are fewer, and not many who fall into this category.
That is why I sometimes "spit out" what may come across as spiritually helpful, but is actually spiritually harmful. There are people who try, but don't succeed well at passing on His divine light. His light is pure Love. Sometimes when His Love is passed on incorrectly, or misrepresented, and comes from a different origin, it tastes bitter. I know its not "God's" love, but our human fallen nature, being misrepresented as God's love. There were lessons learned from the cup that was offered to Christ during His crucifixion, which Christ spit out, and thankfully so, so that we too can recognize the bitter drink which can mislead and harm our souls.
3/28/2012 4:17:19 PM
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Joan
This really is one of the best, Fr. It stays... no matter how shallow my prayer is or how far away I feel from Him, it stays.
3/28/2012 5:01:01 PM
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