Shopping cart Shopping cartLog in / Register | Pressroom
Your shopping cart is empty
Home About Us Study Programs WOF TV WOF Radio Written Word Catholicism Series News Ambassador Store Contact Donate end cap
WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2012 > Sermon 611 : Envy and Ambition : 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Current rating: 4 (22 ratings)

    Sermon 611 : Envy and Ambition : 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Please click the play button above to listen now.
    The danger of jealousy and envy is that it is as much damaging to others as it is to ourselves. When we are envious, or even ambitious for the purpose of outdoing others, it knocks us off our center and we lose our orientation toward Christ. To his disciples, Jesus presented the model of a child - one who thrives under authority, strives for obedience, and lives in the present. Envy lives in the past and the future, but God's grace is available now.
Trackback URL:

Charles Antony
Thanks for your beautiful reflections. They are a great help... My prayers for success in your evangelisation through the New Media.. God bless...
9/21/2012 10:29:55 AM
Report abuse

Fr. Barron, it is always so helpful when you give the recognizable symptoms of spiritual malady's which prevent the Fruits of the Spirit from blossoming. You have done this is other sermons, such as the one on recognizing evil, and bring from a spiritual dimension, that which may seem cloudy, into a discerning clarity. I need the spiritual specifics, the clarity, and thank God you are blessed with such an ability...Wisdom! God Speed!
9/21/2012 3:01:17 PM
Report abuse

I have seen first hand people in my life destroyed by the love of money....the money was controlling them!
9/22/2012 12:15:47 PM
Report abuse

Kenneth Brady
Thanks you so much this was challenging and insightful. You deserve a wider audience
9/23/2012 6:43:42 AM
Report abuse

Christine Harrington
Again, Father Barron, your sermon provided clarity and meaning. I appreciate your ministry.
9/23/2012 10:38:02 AM
Report abuse

JoseMaria Escriva says this; Have interior life, and you will see the wonders of a better world, a new world with undreamed-of-color and perspective . . . and you will close to God. You will feel your weaknesses, and you will become more God-like . . . with a godliness that will make you more of a brother to your fellow man by bringing you closer to your Father.
9/23/2012 5:49:49 PM
Report abuse

Father Barron, you never cease to amaze me. I love the way you make me think. “Jesus presented the model of a child - one who thrives under authority, strives for obedience, and lives in the present. Envy lives in the past and the future, but God's grace is available now.”

But of course... it is the child whom resides in that place where “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.”

... how beautiful is that.

Jealousy and envy are surely flags to see lack of trust and faith. When one can truly find joy in the other’s good fortune, HIS love comes back to the one tenfold.
9/24/2012 10:13:08 AM
Report abuse

Father Barron,
Sitting here in front of Jesus (Tabernacle) all I can say to Him about u is= My oh my, my Lord You sure made Your home deep deep into this soul. He more than takes it to the bank on every sermon. Father I can hear your Love for Souls. Thank u.
9/24/2012 3:45:59 PM
Report abuse

how true that is...that envy lives in the past and present. When we are anxious, we are living too far into the future into an unknown. Looking into the past paralyzes us, unable to see what is truly right in front of us, to be so grateful for the present. Because of you Fr Barron, I'm learning to trust men again. Didn't you say in one of your past sermons that the definition of humility was to be present to your surroundings and others? I believe a bug was used as an example for that one. :)
9/24/2012 4:19:17 PM
Report abuse

You covet but do not possess, addiction defined.
9/24/2012 8:28:49 PM
Report abuse

vito benigno
Peace be with you Father Barron!When i think of childlike Faith and total surrender to our LORD JESUS,the little flower comes to mind.ST. Therese of Lisieux,virgin pray for us!"I will spend my Heaven in doing good upon earth."Whosoever is a little one,let him come to me".Praise be JESUS MI IMMACULATA
9/24/2012 8:36:44 PM
Report abuse

Ron Snyder
Father Barron, thank you for your ongoing ministry. I discovered your digital sermons through offerings in my graduate work at The University of St. Thomas as I pursue a masters degree in Catholic Studies. As a 55 year old husband, father and professional I feel connected to your history. Your insights are beautifully grounded in our tradition. You articulate our tradition in a manner that inspires us on our own mission. I am in the midst of a personal quest to listen to all of your sermons. Since this spring I have worked my way back to 2006. I encourage all to do the same. Father you are a voice so needed to assist us in our articulation of our faith. Thank you for this enormous initiative. Ron Snyder ( St. Paul, Minnesota)
9/25/2012 8:52:59 PM
Report abuse

Brilliant stuff. Though not been able to play the audios the last few weeks. It always shows a failure in buffering.
9/29/2012 2:00:27 PM
Report abuse

mike zolchik
Dear Father,
We had friends who became more successful and we were left behind. We weren't envious but it did hurt that they thought themselves as superior to us. I forgave them ,but, they weren't true friends. They have their shore houses , but, we have a longing for humility that they may never have.
10/1/2012 9:07:50 AM
Report abuse

Corazon Giron
Fr. Robert Barron is the modern day Fulton Sheen!
10/15/2012 1:18:07 PM
Report abuse

Share with your friends

Add to DeliciousAdd to DiggAdd to NewsvineAdd to RedditAdd to Yahoo MyWebAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to FacebookAdd to StumbleUponAdd to Google BookmarksAdd to MySpace

Our Podcast

Tags / Keywords

9/11 Abraham Act Admiration advent Ahaz American American Catholic Spiritual Complacency Amos Anger Annunciation Apocalypse apologetics Aqedah Ark Ark of Salvation Ascension Asceticism Authority Avarice Avila Baptism Baptism of the Lord baptized Bartimeaus Baruch Be Vigilant Beauty believe in God Bible Biblical Freedom Book of Job Book of Joshua Book of Kings Book of Life Book of Numbers Book of Proverbs book of revelation Book of Samuel Books bread of life Burden of Ego Caesar Capitalism Captive Catholic Celibacy Chain of Sin Change Fallen World Chartres children christ Christ the eternal Christ the King Christian Life Christmas Christ's Passion Church Citizenship in Heaven Cleansing Coliseum Colossians commandments Communion Community compassion Complacency Conversion Corinthians Corpus Christi Cosmic Battle Countercultural Creation Crisis Crown of Thorns Da Vinci Code death Desert detachment disciple discipleship Diversity Divine Comedy Divine Solidarity Division Dorthy Day Easter Ecclesiastes Elijah Elisha Emmaus Envy Epiphany Eucharist evangelization Eve Exile Exodus Faith Family Family values Fat America Fear finding peace Fishers of Men Forgetting Self forgiveness Fr Barron Fraternal Correction freedom Gaudete Gaudete Sunday Generosity Genesis Gifts of the Holy Spirit Gluttony God God Is Love God's banquet God's Judgment: Setting Things Right God's Last Word God's Tender Providence God's Will golf Good News gospel Gospel of John Gossip Grace grace of God Gratitude guidance Guilt Habemus Hannah Healthy Sexuality Heart of Christianity heaven Herod Holy Family Holy Spirit Holy Trinity homilies Honor human suffering Humility Incarnate Word Isaac Isaiah Israel Jeremiah Jerusalem Jesus Jesus the Healer Jesus the slave John John Adams John the Baptist Jonah Joseph Joy Kingdom of God Lamb of God law Lazarus Left Behind Series Lent Life in Christ Life is a Risk Lisieux liturgy Lonliness of Sin Lord of History Love Luke Lust Magi Mark marriage Martha Mary Mass Matthew Meditation Messiah Mission Mob moral life Moses Mother Teresa Mustard Seed Mystici Corpus Naaman the Syrian Nehemiah New Kingdom New Testament New World Nonviolence Notre Dame Cathedral Opposition to Gospel Oprah pain Palm Palm Sunday Parable Paris, France Participation of Divine Life Passion Paul Pentecost Persecution Peter Pharisee and the Publican Pharisees Pilgrims on Earth poland politics Poor in Spirit Pope pope john paul II Power Prayer Presentation of the Lord Pride Priest Scandal Priesthood Prophet Qoheleth Radical Trust Real Presence Real Success Redemption Religion Religion & Politics Renewal Repent Resident Aliens Respect for Other Response to God resurrection Revelation Risk Rome Royal Priesthood Sacramental Life Sadducees Sainte-Chapelle saints salvation Samuel Scapegoating Sea of Galilee Second coming Self Assesment sermon sermons shepherd showbread signs of the times Simon sin Sirach Sloth society Solemnity soul Spirit spiritual blindness spiritual life Spiritual Shock Therapy spirituality St Paul St. Irenaeus St. John of the Cross St. Joseph St. Peter St. Theresa St. Therese Substitute for God suffering Sunday Temptation Terrorism The Adventure of Faith The Beatitudes The Cross The Fascination of Evil The Four Mysteries The Garden of Eden The Good Samaritan The Good Shepherd The Holy Trinity The Irresistable Call The Living Body of the Church The Other The Passion of the Christ The Program for Freedom The Seven Deadly Sins The Ten Commandments The Unjust Steward the will of God Thessalonians Thomas Aquinas Time of Fulfillment Toledo Tolkien Toulouse Transfiguration Trinity triumph of the cross Trouble With Honor trouble with religion Unity Unjust Steward Vanity of Vanities video Violence Virgin Mary virtues Vocation Wailing Wall warsaw Wedding Feast What About the Body? Wine wisdom Wise Men Word of God Word On Fire Worldly Addicts Worldly Ambition Yes to God's Will Zacchaeus Zeal for Mission Zechariah
WORD ON FIRE CATHOLIC MINISTRIES | 5215 Old Orchard Road Suite 410 | Skokie, IL 60077
Add to DeliciousAdd to DiggAdd to NewsvineAdd to RedditAdd to Yahoo MyWebAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to FacebookAdd to StumbleUponAdd to Google BookmarksAdd to MySpace
Copyright © 2010