Father Michael Barrow

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

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 they suddenly realise, "Hey, that piece doesn't fit into the side wall but look, if you use it as a cornerstone it's just perfect and will hold all the rest together." The world which is developing so rapidly and so wonderfully needs Christ as the cornerstone.

How does Christ look on the world? Consider each of these sayings of Jesus; they are all true but which would you prefer at the present moment?

1). "You do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world" (John 17.16) and "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18.36).

2) "I am the light of the world." (John 8.12) or of yourself "You are the light of the world" (Matt 5.14)

3) "God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son" (John 3.16), not to condemn the world but to bring healing.

These sayings offer quite different meanings of the World, and perhaps choosing one rather than another may indicate how you view the world. If you look at the state of the world today, can you picture God looking on it and smiling like a mother doting over her child, whether the child is good or bad – just loving her son or daughter?

Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

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