Father Michael Barrow

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

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 like that? 

Second Reading [2 Thessalonians 3:7-12] "We wanted to present ourselves as a model for you." Which saints or people in the Church or world are models for me?

Gospel [Luke 21:5-19] Jesus says, "Not a hair of your head will perish." reminding us that we are completely in God's hands!

Just imagine what it must have felt like when everyone was admiring the fantastic beauty of the Temple in Jerusalem and Jesus said, "All these things you are now staring at – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another; everything will be destroyed." They must have thought he was a real miserable spoilsport, but years later when it actually happened what a blessing it was to remember him saying, "Don't worry, this is not the end of everything."

This weekend we honour those who have sacrificed their lives in wars in our own time. When you see the violence and evil and suffering that is taking place in different parts of the world, you may wonder if God has completely abandoned us. And that is precisely why Jesus gave us the warning. He never explained suffering. He came and shared our suffering, but never explained it. Only a fool would try to explain why so much goes wrong in the world, whether from natural causes or from the evil of men and women. If God loves us so much, how can God allow all this to happen? No explanation. Jesus came to share it but never explained. He simply assured us that this is not the end of the story. "I have told you all this so that you may find peace in me. In the world you will have trouble but the brave; I have conquered the world."

Fr. Michael Barrow, S.J.

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