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    Sermon 601 : The Twelve and the New Israel : 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    This week, Mark relays the story of Jesus giving the Twelve Apostles their "marching orders," the instructions on how they would go out and spread the word to the world. Notably, he tells them to go "two by two," laying the foundation for the communal nature of the Church. They are to bring nothing but the simple tools to keep them moving forward, and they are be resolute in fighting the demons of the world-injustice, corruption and dysfunction. These were as much instructions for the Apostles as they are instructions for us to fulfill the mission of the Church today.
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7/12/2012 7:52:01 AM
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vito benigno
Peace be with you Father Barron!What a different world this would be if as the mystical body of Christ we were concerned deeply for each other.To feel the pain and suffering of each other.To truly have compassion for one another.Iam very often caught up in my own circumstances of life with family and work that i forget we are one body.Is it harder in the world of today rather than ancient time?i dont know and i guess it does not really matter.Just to try and seek God in this present moment.MI IMMACULATA
7/12/2012 12:55:16 PM
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Maybe I have it wrong, but I think of beauty and power when I think of the Holy Spirit. When I think of evangelization, healing people and proclaiming the word of God, I think of God reaching out in unique, sensitive and loving ways. The Holy Spirit comes and goes, and freely moves about. When I thing of priests, religious, consecrated or co-workers going out to serve, I think of an ability to share God's gifts with others in a way that they are supported by others in carrying out works for God, with the ability to give to others freely, what God has shared with them. Despite my love for the Old Testament, it's difficut for me to envision marching or operating through a militia in this day and age. It's a thought that seems too automatic and controlled, unless we are evangelizing in a society controlled by military forces.
7/13/2012 1:06:20 PM
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Thank you for more wisdom. I have a question. The disciple is suppose to SEW w/o worrying where the seed falls. Is the reason God told us about where the seed falls only to be aware of it? Are there other reasons too?

I hope my asking is not naive or burdensome.

Also, it is very interesting that the Church can be referred to as an organism. Can God be referred to this? He seems to be something beyond or more than this.

I guess I ask these questions to work on my metanoia (not sure how to spell).

It is so interesting to hear that Christians are restless to spread the Word. I seem to get restless when I have questions at times.
7/14/2012 8:44:01 AM
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vito benigno
If the world as true believers of the real presence we receive at the Holy Mass asked to be transformed and renewed, this world would be a very different place.We as Catholics receive our LORD JESUS in this most intimate question is?how many of us ask God to be transformed into the human being he meant us to be as a result of the MOST HOLY SACRAMENT.?we as human beings can only achieve our full potential as human being through JESUS.the MOST HOLY SACRAMENT,body,blood,soul and divinity that comes done from heaven will change us if we only ask JESUS.MI IMMACULATA
7/14/2012 8:56:15 AM
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Lutaaya John Bosco
Thank you very much
7/14/2012 9:38:52 AM
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These individuals, Moses, Abraham, David, Jeremiah, and Isaiah were all sent out by God. But I think, (please correct me if I’m wrong) Isaiah, the son of a priest, was the only one that was not sent by God with the other - two by two - and that was God’s Will. I think it’s in or of the same mission as John the Baptist...

We’re still so scattered, so blatantly divided that we can’t see it for the Glory of God ... I just can’t see how our church sends her disciples out two by two.

I am so with you on the militant church.
7/14/2012 10:57:06 AM
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7/14/2012 10:26:41 PM
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To do it on your own, to go it alone, feels like wandering in the desert.......... and the exchange of holiness amongst us becomes minimal at best.

I’m convinced God really does have a mission for all of us and when it comes to my life, I not sure what mine is. I don’t even want to admit how many times I’ve moved. (And already know I will move again.) All in all, I don’t believe my moving has ever been my idea, you see, whenever I’ve been asked why, I just tell them what’s in my heart - I go where God sends me. Moving around is not exactly the life I wanted, but it has most definitely strengthened my reliance on God’s providence. (and i've seen so many beautiful churches!)

Every time I move I get rid of more stuff. I like that, I like having nothing. There really is freedom in that. The few things I keep are for sentimental reasons... yes, I’m attached to them. When I moved from the Northwest to the Southwest, I had 2 horses. The baby I sold and the mare, well, I gave her away... I just couldn’t put a price on her; she did so much for me – no regrets. Nobody ever understands me on that – she was so well-mannered and just downright gorgeous.

The home really is where the heart is, no matter where you go - if one lives in truth - He does know our hearts. I hope the next time I move He says, okay, you’re where I want you, now settle in.
7/15/2012 10:00:15 AM
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vito benigno
your perspective on the providence of God in your life is beautiful.I also found that there is real freedom in being detached from things in life.I was a policeman many yrs ago and had an extensive gun collection.I sold everything and have thanked God that i was never put into a position where i had to take someone elses life.No matter what the circumstances are,how horrible it must be.MI IMMACULATA
7/15/2012 12:39:04 PM
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Maria McManus
Fr. Barron - thank you for reminding every baptized person, we each have a vocation to follow, a ministry(s) to serve in and a mission(s) to fulfill. Those who have been Confirmed have been given the weapons of sanctification (Isaiah 11)for the battle against evil within our own souls and with the weapons of various gifts (1Corinth. 12, Eph. 4 & 6, Rom. 12) to battle evil in the world as we share the blessing, grace, mercy and love poured out upon us by God. Throughout our lives, trust becomes the pivotal factor whether we will follow God's will or our own 'good' idea, whether we will accomplish God's purpose for our lives or our own 'good' plan. I pray for every baptized person: may we come to metanoia, may we come to share an intimate and ongoing relationship with the Holy Trinity and may we trust in God's good and acceptable and perfect will for our lives.
7/15/2012 2:24:52 PM
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Nancy W
Thank God for our Blessings, and esp. for Fr. Robert Barron
7/16/2012 2:21:02 AM
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kim morga
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7/16/2012 1:37:25 PM
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Fr. Barron, this sermon has been such a confirmation, and inspirational instruction for me, I have listened to it 3 times, and want to hear it again! Sending His 12 out two by two, He remained amongst them ("When 2 or 3 are gathered in My name, there I am in their midst..."). It is breathtaking to know we need never to be alone, and The Warrior has won the Victory by His very desire to be amongst us; amongst us through your sermon too, amongst us through these comments and contributions, the prayers we say for you and one another. God Speed!
7/17/2012 5:00:47 PM
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Hi Fr. Barron,
The two-by-two phrase reminds me of Noah. The animals were lead into the arc, traveling two-by-two. There they went "inside" to be protected by God. In the new testament, Christ sends people "out" ... but they are no less protected by God's love, through the Church (and the sacraments). The Church is, in that sense, like the new arc. Just a few thoughts. Keep at it. My wife and I love your weekly homilies.
7/19/2012 12:11:12 PM
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