Father Michael Barrow

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

COME AND SEE: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow

COME AND SEE: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow
​To say that you are called can have two quite different meanings. If someone says "What are you going to call the baby?" obviously, they mean what name you are going to give the child, but if they say, "Quick, call the children", the calling then is asking them to come. When I say that Christ is calling me, it has both meanings; he calls me person...
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The Coming Of The Magi:A Reflection On The Epiphany Of The Lord By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

The Coming Of The Magi:A Reflection On The Epiphany Of      
The Lord By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
THE COMING OF THE MAGIWhat a strange story St Matthew tells us in his gospel: Magi (magicians or wise men?) following a star. How on earth do you follow a star? And how can a star stop over a particular house? If a star or meteor stopped right over Barbados, everyone in the island would say "it was just above my house". St Luke's account of Bethleh...
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The Holy Family: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

The Holy Family: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​The trouble with pictures of the Holy Family is that they always look so holy. Even when they had the terrible experience of rushing off to Egypt as refugees, most illustrations give the impression that they're going off on holiday with Mary sitting side-saddle, sedately holding the baby.This first Sunday after Christmas, is celebrated as the feas...
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Jesus Or Emmanuel? What's In A Name: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Jesus Or Emmanuel? What's In A Name: A Reflection                
By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​"And his name shall be called Emmanuel."But it wasn't! He was called Jesus. In his gospel​ St Matthew quotes the prophecy of Isaiah about the name Emmanuel within a few lines of saying that he would be called Jesus. Both names are very important. In the Bible it is the meaning of a name that is usually very significant. The name Emmanuel (sometime...
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​EMMANUEL – THE COMPASSION OF GOD: A REFLECTION BY FR. MICHAEL BARROW, SJ

​EMMANUEL – THE COMPASSION OF GOD: A REFLECTION BY FR. MICHAEL BARROW, SJ
When someone is ill or in need we naturally have a strong desire to do something to help them.If there is something we can do, we feel much more satisfied, but that's not the point.Simply to be with them, to show them our support is the most important thing. That is real compassion.The compassion of God is Emmanuel - God is with us.God is with us a...
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WALKING WITH CHRIST OR BEING CARRIED BY CHRIST: A Reflection By Fr.Michael Barrow, SJ

WALKING WITH CHRIST OR BEING CARRIED BY CHRIST:     
 A Reflection By Fr.Michael Barrow, SJ
​St John the Baptist, whose whole life was a preparation for the coming of Christ, uses the imagery of the prophet Isaiah: "Make a straight highway for our God to cross the desert. Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill laid low – then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed."Christ is coming anyway. But for St John the Baptist unle...
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Advent - What Are We Waiting For?:A Reflection On The Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Advent - What Are We Waiting For?:A Reflection On The Gospel
By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​ADVENT – WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?"Stay awake", says the Lord.What for? As a child there was one day every year when I tried to stay awake – and that was to see Santa Claus coming during Christmas Eve night. Not exactly what Jesus had in mind, but it's not a bad image. We are exhorted by the prophets and by Jesus himself to "stay awake because you ...
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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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