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    Sermon 598 : He Must Increase; and I Must Decrease : 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    John the Baptist is one of the most important figures in Christianity, and provides a window into the tradition of the Jewish priesthood and the historical context of the day. John chose the river Jordan to baptize, a conscious move to display the forgiveness of sins against the backdrop of the Jewish history of Exodus and liberation. Yet while he was baptizing in the desert, likely an exercise in protest of the corruption in the Temple in Jerusalem, he was heralding the coming of Christ, one who will "baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
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Dear Fr.Robert,congratulations on ur appoinment as Rector of the seminary.keepup ur food work.Your reflection on John the Baptist is brilliant.Thank God for you
6/21/2012 3:02:56 AM
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vito benigno
Shaloam Father Barron, and thank for this message! I can say that many Jewish Rabbis and Jewish people are my friends. They know that iam Catholic and fully obedient to Holy Mother Church and the Majesterium.There is an incredible link to them our elder brothers.St.Aloysius Gonzaga,pray for us!
6/21/2012 9:42:36 AM
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Juanita M Fenley
This teaching on the role of John the Baptist has my heart leaping with joy and my spirit will be dancing to Eucharist this Sunday. You said that we come to Jesus through the priesthood of John. It is through the priesthood of today that we come to Jesus in the celebration of the sacramental life of the Church. Alleluia! Thank you for your gift of priesthood Fr. Barron.
6/21/2012 11:36:31 PM
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Do we believe the Gospel is the Word of God and the Word is the truth?

Zechariah and Elizabeth, two individuals God put together creating new life through His priestly line… their son, John the Baptist, called to the life of a monk, blessed with the gift of celibacy, for God’s own purpose. Was John’s yes that different from Mary’s? Was Zecarisah and/or Elizabeth's life less pleasing to God than John or Mary's?

I was still sleeping this morning when I was thinking of this Homily and was abruptly woke up by these words: “Mandatory celibacy is not God’s will.”
6/23/2012 6:24:28 AM
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vito benigno
In the gospel of JOHN it says in the beginning was the word,and the word was with God,and the word was God.From this we know know Jesus the logos to be the very truth itself as the Son of God.The royal priesthood does not apply for the vocation but are truly called by God.They are chosen.Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the lord and to the affairs of the lord.They give themselves entirely to God and to men.Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Churchs minister is consecrated;accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God.Our Lord Jesus himself tells us in LUKE 9 23 And he said to all,"If any man would come after me,let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.MI IMMACULATA
6/23/2012 10:05:34 AM
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we're all called to consecrate ourselves unto the Lord... celibacy is a gift from God.
6/24/2012 3:48:47 PM
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Geraldine Harkin
God never closes one door without opening another. Fr. Corapi fell from grace, but God sent FR. Barron. Thank you God for your priesthood and Please have mercy on Fr. Corapi.
6/25/2012 7:30:44 PM
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