4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Bishop Barron Sunday Podcast

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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The podcasts below are from the Word on Fire archives from the past two decades and pertain to this Sunday’s readings. 


February 3, 2019

The Primacy of Love

Everything in religion and theology revolves around Love.
This week we hear from St. Paul’s brilliant meditation on Love. Everything in religion and theology revolves around Love. It is at the heart of everything. Nothing matters without Love, because God is Love. Putting Love at the center is the best way to organize and prioritize our entire lives.

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January 31, 2010

A Messiah for All the Nations

The Lord offers all peoples a share in his own divine life.
Today’s scriptures clarify that the mission of the Messiah will not just be for the benefit of Israel, but for all the nations. Through the Jesus the Messiah, the Lord offers all peoples a share in his own divine life.

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January 28, 2007

What is Love?

When we love, we are sharing in the very life of God.
In the thirteenth chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul sings a hymn to love. He tells us that love is “patient, gentle, kind, not snobbish” and that it “never fails.” Love, after all, is what God is: willing the good of the other as other. When we love, therefore, we are sharing in the very life of God.

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FEBRUARY 1, 2004

The Strange Path of Love

Love is willing the good of the other
Our second reading for Mass this weekend is one of the most beautiful and oft-quoted in the Biblical tradition: Paul’s hymn to love in the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians. Love–willing the good of the other–must undergird everything else in Christian life. Even the strongest faith, if it is unformed by love, is nothing; even the greatest pastoral outreach, if it is not for the sake of love, means nothing; even the most spectacular spiritual gifts, if they don’t conduce toward love, are worthless. In light of this reading, we have the criterion by which to assess the quality of our lives.

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January 28, 2001


Baptism is literally a Christ-ening, a turning of someone into Christ. This means that all baptized people must assume the three-fold office of Jesus: priest (sanctifier), king (leader), and prophet (speaker of the truth).

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Word on Fire Bible

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The first volume of “The Word on Fire Bible” contained the four Gospels. The second volume contains the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters of the New Testament, and the book of Revelation (the remainder of the New Testament).

“The Word on Fire Bible” was designed to appeal not just to Christians, but to nonbelievers, searchers, and those with far more questions than answers.

It doesn’t presume any experience with the Bible; in fact, it was created for people reading the Bible seriously for the first time, who may be unsure of what to make of its many events and characters.

Beyond the elegant design elements, it also contains more than 50 selections of beautiful and thought-provoking artwork as well as hundreds of pages of commentary from myself, the Church Fathers, and some of the greatest saints, mystics, artists, and scholars throughout history.

Fr. Andrew Ricci

Priest of Diocese of Superior, WI; Rector of Christ the King Cathedral, Pastor of St. Anthony Church in Superior, WI; St. Anthony in Lake Nebagamon, WI; and St. William in Foxboro, WI. | RSS



Like Jeremiah and Jesus, we experience times in life that are filled with tension and difficulty. Yet following the example of St. Paul, we face these challenging moments with God’s grace as we embrace and live the love of Christ each and every day.

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Fr. JD Matherne

Pastor of St. Hilary in Mathews in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux | Diocesan Vocations Director

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Fr. Cory Sticha

Priest of Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, MT; Pastor of Sacred Heart in Cascade and St. Ann’s in Fort Shaw | RSS


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Catholic Newman Center at UNK

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Fr John Bonavitacola

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