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Monkey Business! By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

Monkey Business!  By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
​A cat can look at a king and a king can look at a cat! Two priests can look at two Barbadian Green Monkeys and two Barbados Green Monkeys can look at two priests! Why not? Who's to stop them?Fr. Clement and I were in the chapel chanting the Evening Prayer of the Church, with God very much on our minds and in our hearts. Taking turns to sing the ve...
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A Reflection on Matthew 22: 1-14 By Fr. Isidore, Clarke, OP

A Reflection on Matthew 22: 1-14 By Fr. Isidore, Clarke, OP
Greetings, from Fr. Isidore Clarke. Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Matthew 22. 1-14.This contains two related parables. In these the Kingdom of Heaven is presented as the wedding banquet of a certain king's son -obviously God's. Firstly, the invitation and how people respond to it. Such an invitation woul...
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"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 awarenes...
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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 ...
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A Reflection On The Gospel Of Matthew 21:33-43 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

A Reflection On The Gospel Of Matthew 21:33-43 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Over the past few weeks we have had a series of parables about the Kingdom of Heaven.God has called us to work for His Kingdom and rewards us beyond what any of us deserves; some respond better than others to God's call, but most of us very imperfectly.In today's Scripture Readings the theme of working for the King...
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An Awesome Place By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

An Awesome Place By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​"How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven," Jacob exclaimed in what most of us would consider the most unlikely of places -a stony wilderness (Gen. 28. 17). I have found the patriarch's words to be so true in what most people would dismiss as secular, as distinct from sacred, places such as ch...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.In last Sunday's Gospel Jesus told a parable showing God's generosity, in rewarding with the gift of His very self even to those who are late in coming to work for Him.This surpasses what any of us deserves.In today's Gospel for 26th Sunday, Matthew 21. 28-32, Jesus switches His attention from God to us and our me...
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Which One Are You? A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel Matthew 21:28-32 By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Which One Are You?  A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel Matthew 21:28-32 By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​In this Sunday's gospel Jesus tells a story and then asks a question to interpret it. The story is about a father who asks his two boys separately to go and work in his vineyard. One says Yes but doesn't go, whereas the other one refuses to go, but later changes his mind and does the work. Which of the two did his father's will?One seems quite rud...
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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 landowner employs a number of men and seems quite unfair in the way he pays them. All are paid the same amount, some for a full day's work and others just an hour or two.It is important to remember that this is a parable not a lesson in industrial relations. It is a parable and its purpose is to illustrate the generosity ...
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It's Not Fair! A Reflection On Matthew 20. 1-16 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

It's Not Fair!  A Reflection On Matthew 20. 1-16                            By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Matthew 20. 1-16.It's not fair!That was the reaction of the labourers who'd worked all day in the heat.They expected to receive a higher wage than those who'd worked for only an hour in the cool of the evening.I'm sure we would agree with th...
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Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​When Jesus was asked by St Peter about forgiveness he replied with a parable, because it is much easier for us to judge the lack of forgiveness in other people and so anyone hearing Jesus' outrageous story about a man unwilling to forgive cannot fail to see the injustice of it. When King David reacted angrily to a similar parable and said "That ma...
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Reflection For The 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Reflection For The 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A)        By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Last week's Scripture Readings taught us that love for the community and the individual demanded that we should correct each other's faults.In the Gospel for this, the 24th Sunday of Ordinary time, Jesus teaches the need for us to forgive those who harm us.That's Matthew 18. 21-35."Forgive us our trespasses, as we ...
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Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross: A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross:                                           A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke as we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.What a crazy thing to do; what a barbaric thing to do –to glorify in the brutal instrument used to execute a criminal! And yet that is what we Christians do. We have crucifixes in our homes and wear them round our necks. But Paul tells us that the folly of t...
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Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Sunday Gospel Reflection By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​In this Sunday's gospel we are told, "If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him."I can imagine what our parish would be like if we all did that literally. First we would have a host of busybodies until in the end, nobody would be listening or talking to anyone. But obviously it means that we act with compassion and love, no...
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Reflection For The 23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Reflection For The 23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A)        
By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the readings for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. They're all about our duty to correct each other.Not my problem!I'm not getting involved!That can so easily be our reaction when we see someone doing what is wrong.But today's 1st Reading and Gospel shout, "Wrong, wrong, wrong!"God exp...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Michael Barrow, SJ
​If you believe the newspapers in most parts of the world, Christianity is doomed and the Church has no future. There's nothing new in that. It has been like it since the beginning of the Church. When you think how the Church started and the people Jesus chose to establish it, you would be forgiven for thinking that it didn't stand a chance. It was...
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Reflection On The Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP.

Reflection On The Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP.
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, (Matt. 16. 13-20).What's in a name?Well, we use a name to distinguish one person from another. Our names give us a personal identity. Titles, such as 'Prime Minister' or 'Prior' denote someone's role in the community.In today's Gospel we fir...
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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...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew ch. 15. 21-28) For 20th Sunday Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew ch. 15. 21-28) For 20th Sunday Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, (Matthew ch. 15. 21-28).This is about Jesus curing the daughter of the Canaanite woman.How could Jesus treat this poor woman with such contempt?How could Hecall her a dog?We'd be in serious trouble with the law if we spoke in such a way to p...
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In Celebrating The Assumption of Our Lady: A Reflection By Fr.Michael Barrow,S.J.

In Celebrating The Assumption of Our Lady: A Reflection By Fr.Michael Barrow,S.J.
IN CELEBRATING THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY we are celebrating the fact that Jesus has put an end to death. Dying is not the end of everything but the beginning of a wonderful life. After Mary had come to the end her life on earth her body was taken up to heaven and became alive again. What makes this so significant is not just what happened to Mary....
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