Father Michael Barrow

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

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 a long time read that piece of the gospel and thought that God was speaking personally to herself, to go on praying when all seems lost and God is silent. Often enough she felt like giving up and could take no more of God's silence and lack of response. All the time her faith has been growing stronger, but it certainly didn't feel like it. That is what was happening to the woman in the gospel. Jesus' silence and apparent lack of compassion brought her to a deeper faith.

If you are serious about praying and growing closer to God, there will come times when God simply seems to disappear. If you remain faithful to praying and growing in the love of God there were surely come a time when your prayer will seem to be meaningless and you may even feel you have lost your faith - or rather as some people express it, feel that your faith is drying up and will soon be gone completely. But your real faith is growing deeper, dependent entirely on God.​

Then just occasionally will come a brief and vivid flash of awareness of God's presence, as if the Lord is saying "Do not be afraid. Stay with it, I have not forgotten you."Stay faithful to the Lord until eventually you will hear him say, "You have great faith. Let you wish to be granted."

Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

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