Father Michael Barrow

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

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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The Blessed Sacrament - Our Spiritual Food By Fr. Michael Barrow

The Blessed Sacrament - Our Spiritual Food                                By Fr. Michael Barrow
​THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – OUR SPIRITUAL FOODWhen the blind man in the gospel asked what all the kerfuffle was about, he was told "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." This could have been said of our procession from Heroes Square on Thursday. It was not just a demonstration of our faith, Christ was physically present in the Blessed Sacrament going thro...
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God Is Not A Person But A Family: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

God Is Not A Person But A Family: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​GOD IS NOT A PERSON BUT A FAMILYGod is love. God could not be a single person, an individual, because the nature of God is to love. An individual exists in himself or herself, but a person exists for other people and from other people. What makes me to be the person I am comes largely from the people in my life, but also I am what I am through my ...
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Hearing The Language Of God By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Hearing The Language Of God By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
PENTECOST is one of the most important days of the year for Christians, although we tend to make less fuss of it. It is as important as Easter or Christmas – in fact it is the day on which we celebrate the blessings of Christmas and Easter coming to us in our own lives, the day when the promises of Jesus were fulfilled.Even after seeing Jesus risen...
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The Strange Story Of Jesus' Ascension: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

The Strange Story Of Jesus' Ascension: A Reflection              
By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​THE STRANGE STORY OF JESUS' ASCENSION I was trying to describe to some children how Jesus ascended into heaven, when one of them asked me, "Was it a long journey, Father? How fast was Jesus going?" The question may sound a bit silly, but it certainly made me give more thought to what the Ascension of Jesus into heaven really signifies. Obviously h...
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Thomas, Give Me Your Hand: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Thomas, Give Me Your Hand: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                                                    By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​THOMAS, GIVE ME YOUR HANDSometimes when tragedy strikes, we can be so bitter and angry – even though it is not our real self speaking. Something else seems to take over. That even happened to a number of the saints, including Jesus' own apostles. Thomas was absolutely heartbroken and couldn't believe it when Jesus was killed. Because of the episod...
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An Easter Reflection On Christian Hope By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

An Easter Reflection On Christian Hope                                                      
By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​The earliest Christians, experiencing the resurrected Jesus, spontaneously cried out: "Jesus is Lord!" That does, in fact, say it all. When we affirm that Jesus has been raised from the dead and is Lord of this world we are saying that God is ultimately still in charge of the universe, even when it certainly doesn't look like it.From our own exper...
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The Turning Point: A Palm Sunday Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S. J.

The Turning Point: A Palm Sunday Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S. J.
I've been trying to work out what the mood of Palm Sunday should be. When we arrive at church we wave palm-branches and flowers and cheer for Christ with a sense of triumph and celebration - and then the next minute we are reading the terrible account of his being tortured to death. There are two distinct parts to the life of Jesus as it is written...
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