Father Michael Barrow

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

Use The Gifts Of God Or Lose Them: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Use The Gifts Of God Or Lose Them: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
In this Sunday's gospel Jesus tells a parable of a very rich man who entrusts a great deal of his wealth to other people. Some use the money to make a profit and some don't even try to make a profit or use the money at all. When the rich man comes back and asks how they've done, he praises and rewards those who have made a profit and gives them eve...
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Remembrance Sunday - Let Us Pray For Peace In The World

Remembrance Sunday -  Let Us Pray For Peace In The World
​99 years ago today, November 11 at 11 am, the Armistice was signed marking the end of the terrible slaughter of World War I - and 20 years later it started all over again. Let us pray for peace in the world.-Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​STAY AWAKEIn this Sunday's Gospel Jesus tells a parable of some bridesmaids whose important function was to provide light to greet the newly married couple, in the days where there was no electricity. They were so excited about being bridesmaids that they forgot that the main purpose of being there was to provide light.This can happen to us in so ...
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​OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, OUR FATHER ON EARTH: A REFLECTION BY FR. MICHAEL BARROW, SJ

​OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, OUR FATHER ON EARTH: A REFLECTION BY FR. MICHAEL BARROW, SJ
A puzzling expression Jesus once used "You must call no-one on earth your father since you have only one Father and he is in heaven." (Matt 22.6) We know from other parts of the gospel how much Jesus taught and maintained the importance of honouring father and mother.So obviously he is not asking us to cancel Fathers Day or not to acknowledge how m...
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Giving Back To Caesar: A Reflection On The Gospel Matthew 22. 15-21 By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Giving Back To Caesar: A Reflection On The Gospel Matthew 22. 15-21 By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
The two greatest commandments are loving God and our neighbour, but the one Jesus insists on most is love of our neighbour because it is through that that I grow in the love of God, "since a person who does not love the brother that he can see cannot love God, whom he has never seen." (1 John 4.20) It is by love and generosity towards other people ...
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"Where Did God Touch Me Today?" A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

​God is in every part of our lives, but I wonder how many of us are restricted to a religious God, in other words, finding God only in the churchy part of our lives. God is not more present in church than at a cricket match or in my home or at work. God is present in every part of my life; the difference is not in God's presence, but in my awarenes...
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How Does Christ Look On The World? A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow

How Does Christ Look On The World?                                           
A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow
​"The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone."Picture them constructing St Patrick's Cathedral. Stones are brought from a quarry on wagons and the builders choose each piece carefully, reshaping it when necessary. One great piece is tossed aside to be sent back, because clearly it is the wrong shape and will never fit in – until ...
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Which One Are You? A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel Matthew 21:28-32 By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Which One Are You?  A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel Matthew 21:28-32 By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​In this Sunday's gospel Jesus tells a story and then asks a question to interpret it. The story is about a father who asks his two boys separately to go and work in his vineyard. One says Yes but doesn't go, whereas the other one refuses to go, but later changes his mind and does the work. Which of the two did his father's will?One seems quite rud...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​In this Sunday's gospel a landowner employs a number of men and seems quite unfair in the way he pays them. All are paid the same amount, some for a full day's work and others just an hour or two.It is important to remember that this is a parable not a lesson in industrial relations. It is a parable and its purpose is to illustrate the generosity ...
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Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​When Jesus was asked by St Peter about forgiveness he replied with a parable, because it is much easier for us to judge the lack of forgiveness in other people and so anyone hearing Jesus' outrageous story about a man unwilling to forgive cannot fail to see the injustice of it. When King David reacted angrily to a similar parable and said "That ma...
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Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​In this Sunday's gospel we are told, "If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him."I can imagine what our parish would be like if we all did that literally. First we would have a host of busybodies until in the end, nobody would be listening or talking to anyone. But obviously it means that we act with compassion and love, no...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​If you believe the newspapers in most parts of the world, Christianity is doomed and the Church has no future. There's nothing new in that. It has been like it since the beginning of the Church. When you think how the Church started and the people Jesus chose to establish it, you would be forgiven for thinking that it didn't stand a chance. It was...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel: By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel: By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​In this Sunday's gospel a woman came to Jesus asking for healing for her daughter.Jesus at first said not a word and ignored her - then he spoke rather rudely seeming to refuse her – until in the end, moved by her faith he healed her daughter. In the process her faith was growing stronger than ever. A friend of mine whose daughter has been ill for...
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In Celebrating The Assumption of Our Lady: A Reflection By Fr.Michael Barrow,S.J.

In Celebrating The Assumption of Our Lady: A Reflection By Fr.Michael Barrow,S.J.
IN CELEBRATING THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY we are celebrating the fact that Jesus has put an end to death. Dying is not the end of everything but the beginning of a wonderful life. After Mary had come to the end her life on earth her body was taken up to heaven and became alive again. What makes this so significant is not just what happened to Mary....
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The Miracle of Dunkirk (Author Unknown)

The Miracle of Dunkirk (Author Unknown)
​Forward By Fr. Michael Barrow:The following ic moving article I got from the BBC and I didn't manage to get the author. If you find it hard to believe in miracles and the Lord does not seem to respond to your prayers, I think you will find this article most encouraging.THE MIRACLE OF DUNKIRKIt's beginning to look as if one of the unmissable f...
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The Transfiguration of the Lord By Fr.Michael Barrow, S.J.

The Transfiguration of the Lord                                                     By Fr.Michael Barrow, S.J.
​This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration and it is worth reflecting that what happened to Peter, James and John sometimes happens in our own lives. They knew Jesus well, they enjoyed his company and they thought the world of him. Then suddenly one day he let them see what he really was, not just a human being but Almighty God in a...
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Reflection On St. Ignatius Loyola and His Legacy "Finding God In All Things" By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Reflection On St. Ignatius Loyola and His Legacy
​This Sunday, as a Jesuit parish, we are celebrating the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola. He's probably best known as the founder of the Society of Jesus - or Jesuits as we are called. But his greatest legacy, which we have not yet absorbed sufficiently is what he called "finding God in all things."Just think of the parable in today's...
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Living With Hypocrisy: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew 13. 24-43) By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Living With Hypocrisy: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew 13. 24-43) By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​LIVING WITH HYPOCRISYPEOPLE WHO GO TO CHURCH ARE NEARLY ALL HYPOCRITES.That's why we go to church, to ask forgiveness and healing not only from our hypocrisy but also for loads of other things which are wrong in our lives and need healing. And the wonderful thing is that the Lord does not turn us away.If the Church lives up to what Christ intended...
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Did You Get It?: A Reflection For 15th Sunday In Ordinary Time Cycle (A), By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Did You Get It?: A Reflection For 15th Sunday In Ordinary Time Cycle (A),  By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
Jesus certainly knew how to tell a story. Some of the best bits and most remembered parts of the gospel are his parables. Lovely stories but with a great deeper meaning – if you get it!More than "getting it" or not, the wonderful thing about a parable is that it can be seen in different ways. The same parable can be interpreted as having a very pra...
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​"SHOULDER MY YOKE AND LEARN FROM ME.": A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By R. Michael Barrow, S.J.

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In the days when we used horses or oxen for ploughing, unless they were yoked together they would be walking all over the place, but if you had a pair that walked in harmony, their pulling was powerful. A bit like running in a three-legged race. Did you ever do that as a kid?In our school that was the race I liked most. You bound your inside leg wi...
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