It’s been widely hailed as the greatest sermon ever preached and a masterpiece of religious and social ethics. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, commences with the “beatitudes”, a series of eight blessings that Jesus gives to those who suffer, mourn, and express purity of heart. Bishop Barron walks through each beatitude and unveils its deeper meaning. A listener asks whether, according to Thomas Aquinas, God loves everyone the same or has a special hatred for sinners.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:26  – Bishop Barron’s new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players
  • 1:34 – What does “beatitude” mean?
  • 4:35 – How the beatitudes of Jesus are different than other religious teachings
  • 6:25 – How can the “poor in spirit” be blessed?
  • 7:32 – How will those who mourn be comforted?
  • 9:15 – The future promise of comfort for those who mourn
  • 10:06 – What does it mean to be “meek”?
  • 11:21 – How will the meek “inherit the land”?
  • 12:12 –  How God satisfied those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness”
  • 13:49 – What “blessed are the merciful” means
  • 15:09 – How the mercy we express is tied to the mercy we receive
  • 16:55 – How do we become “clean of heart”?
  • 18:39 – Pornography and the “clean of heart”
  • 19:37 – Why peacemakers will become children of God
  • 20:55 – Cardinal George and the eschatological dimension of peacemaking
  • 22:51 – Why religious persecution can be a form of blessing
  • 25:27 – Question from listener: Does God love everyone the same or hate sinners?

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20 comments on “WOF 025: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached

  1. James Brock Jun 15, 2016

    At 18:40 in Fr. Barron’s presentation he shares the need for singleness of heart (soul). This reminds me of the 1st commandment (description) in Mark 12:30, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”. I have concluded that when one is doing this, everything else flows naturally so that we find ourselves back in the Garden of Eden and God’s Will is done “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

  2. Joan Camps-Campins Jun 26, 2016

    Great idea, giving these talks!
    Bishop Barron, you are ‘ feeding the hungry’!
    Like Dr.Scott Hahn, you open your mouth and pearls fall out.
    With gratitude.
    Joan C-C

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