Father Michael Barrow

From the parish of St Francis of Assisi

"Where Did God Touch Me Today?" A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

"Where Did God Touch Me Today?"                                            
  A Reflection by Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

God is in every part of our lives, but I wonder how many of us are restricted to a religious God, in other words, finding God only in the churchy part of our lives. God is not more present in church than at a cricket match or in my home or at work. God is present in every part of my life; the difference is not in God's presence, but in my awareness.

I think it is true to say that nine out of ten practising Christians see real holiness and the work of God in terms of prayer and religious practice. Whilst it is generally accepted that other mundane occupations of eating, sleeping, working and playing are seen as necessary, they are more or less regarded a distraction from the real work of God. But the truth is that God is constantly at work in our world, and is to be found in every aspect of human existence. God is active in every event in our lives, if only we know how to see. Our normal daily occupations are not a distraction from the service of God, but the very fabric of it. But it takes time to learn "how to see."

To do this we need to set aside some special time to reflect prayerfully where God has touched us. We can't usually do it during the day while we are working. For instance, a teacher may be quite moved by something that one of the children has said, but if she stops to reflect on it at the time she will have chaos in the classroom.It is necessary later on to reflect about our experience of God.Each day before going to bed a person should look back and see "Where did God touch me today?" and then reflecting on what happened, talk to the Lord about it. If this is done regularly over a period of time a person becomes more and more aware of God's presence in every aspect of their lives.

Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

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