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Bishop Barron on Christmas

December 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Dan Burke, Videos

Father Barron on Christmas

Father Barron on Christmas:

A short introductory summary —

StillLifeWithBibleCropFather Robert Barron reflects on Christmas and the Prologue of the Gospel of Saint John, one of the great theological masterpieces in our Tradition, and also one of the great literary gems of the whole Western Tradition.  It's the reading for Christmas Day which, in a way, sums up the whole of Christianity and what this day and season are about.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

“In the beginning…” is the way the Bible starts.  Saint John is saying that he is going to tell the story of new creation, God, in a certain sense, completing His creation, God “starting over again” with something fresh and new.  The Father speaks the Son (the Word), who is the fullness of the Father's truth.

All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be …

We're wired for God, we're made for him.  And, it is the deepest longing of the human heart!

The world did not know him …

This is the tragedy: although we are made for him, we don't know him, we don't respond to him.  And, this is what sin is all about.

Watch the entire reflection on today's video.

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Art: Still life with Bible, Vincent van Gogh, 1885, PD-US, PD-art, Wikimedia Commons.

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  • AvilaPower

    Brilliant. I could listen to Fr Barron for hours and hours on end. He is truly a most inspired preacher…..I tell all my friends about him and once they go to Word on Fire they come back to tell me they also feel the same as I do. I have just received the series “Catholicism” and will be viewing it after the mad rush of these days.
    What a blessing.

    • Cswike

      I have the series and watched it. You will not be disappointed. Beautifully done, extremely inspiring.

  • Guest

    What a powerful Message.  Thank you, Father Barron

  • judeen

    wow… such depth, such love.. so hungry for this…. starving…
      could listen to this over and over.. my I put it into practice… seek and you shall find knock and the door will open….. may we share this will others.. not only christians.. but others… who deep in their hearts try to do what is right.. and true…. God will touch their hearts..

  • Barbas

    What a FANTASTIC message! Thanks, Father– I’m going to share this with my Parish priest & dear friend, Fr Craig.

  • Mary

    I learn so much from Father Barron – I do believe he is the best theologian/historian that I have ever heard. Perhaps a saint in the making? He is certainly inspired by the Holy Spirit!

  • Becky Ward

    Simply BRILLIANT!

    He packed so many ‘big points’ into this……..just amazing! I’ve got goose bumps…and found myself yelling “YES!” and clapping my hands together as he made the point about union with God…..being possible because God assumes us into himself.

    Thanks for sharing Dan…I don’t get to Fr. Barron’s site enough… probably would have missed this otherwise.

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