Father Michael Barrow

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

Understanding God's Love: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Understanding God's Love: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                                                                                                                        By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​Martha and Mary knew they were very special to Jesus; in fact, St John wrote explicitly in his gospel: 'Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus'. But he certainly had a strange way of showing it. He had received a message that Lazarus was seriously ill and we would expect the natural thing would be for him to go straight away to his bedside ...
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The Need To Forgive: A Reflection By Fr. Michael BarroW, S.J.

The Need To Forgive: A Reflection By Fr. Michael BarroW, S.J.
​It is not easy to ask for forgiveness or even to admit that we are in the wrong and our first reaction is not always our real one. Sometimes in a flash of anger it is possible to say something or do something which we regret afterwards. But far more important than that is our ongoing willingness to forgive or to ask forgiveness. This can be diffic...
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Jesus' Transfiguration: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow

Jesus' Transfiguration: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                                                                                                                           By Fr. Michael Barrow
The apostles had been growing in wonderment and love of Jesus until the day came when they realised to their amazement that he was the Christ, that God had come to live among them. When that happened their lives were all transformed. Nothing could be the same again. It was at this point that Jesus tried to get them to accept the other side of the c...
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Unscrambling The Temptations In Our Lives: A Reflection on Matthew 4:1-11 By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J

Unscrambling The Temptations In Our Lives: A Reflection on Matthew  4:1-11                By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J
​THE DEVIL REALLY TEMPTED ME THIS MORNING and I almost decided to stay in bed. If I said that to you, I don't suppose you would imagine that I had a vision of the devil – just a way of talking. So Jesus didn't see the devil but was seriously tempted just as we are – and serious enough for him to have told his friends about it.The way it is describe...
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Stop Worrying!: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Stop Worrying!: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                                                                                                                            By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​STOP WORRYINGJesus tells us not to worry about what to wear or what we're going to eat. "Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap, yet your heavenly Father feeds them... Think of the flowers in the fields - they never have to toil or spin, yet not even Solomon in all its glory was robed like one of these." True, they do not toil or sp...
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"An Eye For An Eye... A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

​"A​n eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" is generally quoted as an expression of revenge, to get your own back​. ​ As Gandhi put it 'An eye for an eye . . . . until the whole world is blinded.' But the original purpose of the saying in the book of Exodus (21.24) is quite the opposite. It is a measure of the compensation you ought to pay as if ...
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Is Jesus Conservative or Liberal? A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel:Matthew 5: 17-37 By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Is Jesus Conservative or Liberal?                                                                               A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel:Matthew 5: 17-37                                         By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​Is Jesus Conservative or Liberal?With the election of the new President of the United States and the choosing of his Cabinet , the media are constantly referring to those who are conservative and to those who are liberal – usually in an extreme form. And to a certain extent the same idea is echoed in the Church.Reading today's gospel, do you think...
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Salt And Light: A Gospel Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Salt And Light: A Gospel Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​Jesus used two brilliant images to describe us. "You are the salt of the earth" he said and, "You are the light of the world". Usually if we say of someone that he is the salt of the earth we mean that he is a wonderfully good person. But Jesus was not referring simply to extraordinary Christians. If you are a disciple of Jesus, you are supposed t...
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Turning Persecution into Blessings: A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Turning Persecution into Blessings: A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
Miss Universe Canada, Siera Bearchell who has gone to the Philippines to take part in the Miss Universe competition, has recently been plagued by anonymous online comments made about her need to lose weight. Those attacks really hurt her but eventually made her realise what was more important in her life​. As she said, "We always focus on things we...
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The Smile In God's Voice:A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

The Smile In God's Voice:A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​THE SMILE IN GOD'S VOICE"Don't look at me in that tone of voice." I wonder how much is conveyed to us in our early years by looks and how much by tone of voice. Nobody teaches us how to laugh or smile. Nobody sits us down and gives us lessons on how to love – we learn that by growing up in a loving family. New-born children learn love and security...
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Mary, The Mother Of God: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By: Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Mary, The Mother Of God: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                           By: Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​A story is told of a group of religious Sisters who were captives of the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. They were allowed to hold their services and they had a novena leading up to Christmas. Each day they brought up in procession a small statue of the infant Jesus and placed it on the altar. The Japanese guard watched all this w...
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Emmanuel - God With Us: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Emmanuel - God With Us: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                    By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
Gospel [Matthew 1:18-24] Emmanuel – God with us. What is meant by 'with' in this phrase? How is God with us? "Just stay with him." "But can't I do something to help?" "No, just stay with him – he can't communicate but he knows you are there." I was watching at the bedside of a close friend who had had a stroke and was in a coma. I wanted to be ac...
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ADVENT: OH, WHEN IS HE COMING? A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

ADVENT: OH, WHEN IS HE COMING? A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
WHY WAIT?GET IT NOW! - The adverts tell us. We live in an age where we expect everything instantly, instant coffee, instant mash, instant credit (if you dare risk it). Do you remember not so long ago when you had to wait for films to be developed? "Should be ready by Monday, sir." No wonder people begin to wonder what happened to the promises of Ch...
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John The Baptist - The Voice: A Reflection By Fr Michael Barrow S.J.

John The Baptist - The Voice:  A Reflection By Fr Michael Barrow S.J.
​To prepare for Sunday Mass of Advent it is a good idea to read and give thought to the readings in your missal or Bible. Here are some questions to ponder. First Reading [Isaiah 11: 1-10] The gifts of the Holy Spirit, mentioned here: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and wonder and awe in the presence of God. Cho...
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Advent - Becoming Aware Of God's Presence: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Advent - Becoming Aware Of God's Presence: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel  By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​ADVENT – BECOMING AWARE OF GOD'S PRESENCE"Wake up, you're daydreaming!" I don't know how many times my primary school teacher had to say that to me. I used to wonder why she said "Wake up" when she knew that I was not asleep. But she knew I was not paying attention or even aware of what was going on in the classroom. I think that's what Jesus mean...
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Not The End Of The Story: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

Not The End Of The Story:  A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
To prepare for Sunday Mass it is a good idea to read and give thought to the readings in your missal or Bible. Here are some questions to ponder. First Reading [Malachi 3:19-20a] "But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays." Fear my name means: being filled with wonder and awe. Does God's name affect me...
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All Saints And All Souls: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

All Saints And All Souls: A Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULSOn Tuesday and Wednesday this week we celebrate the two feasts of All Saints and All Souls.They are so close in what they celebrate that they could almost be considered one feast-day.Most days during the year we commemorate one saint or another, canonised saints that have been recognised by the Church. So each saint has his ...
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When God Seems To Disappear: A Reflection by Fr Michael Barrow, SJ

When God Seems To Disappear: A Reflection by Fr Michael Barrow, SJ
It's not easy to put into words what I mean when I say God is in my life. Occasionally I may have a real awareness of God's presence, but usually just confidence that God is caring for me. There's a lovely image in the Bible. "In the wilderness, too, you saw him: how the Lord carried you, as a man carries his little child, all along the road you tr...
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Aware Of The Touch Of God: A Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Aware Of The Touch Of God: A Sunday Gospel Reflection                                 By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​AWARE OF THE TOUCH OF GODSome years ago the BBC broadcast an interview with Carl Jung, the psychiatrist, already by then an old man. At one point the interviewer said to him, "When you were young, you were very religious." "Yes, we were all religious in those days." Then the interview asked "Do you still believe?" The old man paused for a little w...
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How Can I Ever Thank You: Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

How Can I Ever Thank You: Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                          By Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.
​To prepare for Sunday Mass it is a good idea to read and give thought to the readings in your missal or Bible. Here are some questions to ponder. First Reading [Kings 5:14-17] Naaman expected special and involved treatment. To communicate with you does God use more often, extraordinary signs or ordinary ones Second Reading [1 Timothy 2:8-13] ...
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