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Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today

God answers every prayer.


Have you ever wanted to sit and watch a seed sprout? You can’t, can you – it’s not possible. The seed stays in the ground until the time is right for it to emerge. We can learn a lesson here – God has planted certain things within you, and you must be patient and wait for them to take root and grow. This process can be undermined by unresolved issues of your past. Prayer and counselling may be needed to bring these issues to the surface so that you can deal with them effectively. In God’s eyes, a delay does not mean a denial.

God answers every prayer – it’s just that sometimes he says that “the time is not right yet”. We may be tempted to ask, as Job did in the Bible, how long will this trial last or why doesn’t God answer? However, there’s good news – eventually prayer becomes less about getting answers and more about connecting with God. By letting Him work, we begin to realise that he is with us, that we develop a deeper level of intimacy with Him, and we discover that we can trust Him for our entire journey of life.

Deirdre Powell

Source: The Word for Today (UCB Ireland) (adapted).
Saint of the day

Sep 4 - St Mac Nissi (died c. 514) monk and bishop

st-macAlong with St Patrick, St MacNissi is the co-patron of the diocese of Down and Connor. The image shows St McNissi's College, Garron Tower, Co Antrim. Patrick Duffy tells what is known about him.

Associated with Kells and Connor in Dal Riada
Aengus MacNissi is reputed to have been baptised by St Patrick. He is associated with Kells and later with the district of Connor in Dal Riada. He seems to have become the leader of the Church there, possibly a bishop.

Friend of St Colman of Dromore
He was a friend of St Colman, whom he advised to set up a monastery in Dromore. There is a legend that he had such a veneration for Scripture that he would not carry his Gospel book in a leather satchel, but carried it on his shoulders.

Patron of Down and Connor
Along with St Malachy, St MacNissi is patron of the Catholic diocese of Down and Connor. St MacNissi's College was opened as a residential college at Garron Tower (see image) on the north-east Antrim coast in the 1950s and remained a prominent second level college in the diocese until 2010, when it amalgamated with two other Antrim schools to become St Killian's College.

St MacNissi's. Church  The Risen Christ
Today's Readings
Friday of the Twenty Second Week Optional memorial of St Mac Nissi, bishop. Oengus Mac Nissi took his name from his mother Cnes or Ness. It is claimed that Patrick baptised him and taught him the psalms. He chose the district of Connor for his hermitage, but later became bishop of his clan. He died early in the sixth century.

Scripture Theme
We recommend that each person should choose some form of penance  for Fridays, in memory of the passion and death of our Lord (Irish Bishops 1983)

FIRST READING:               Colossians 1:15-20
All things were created through him and for him.

Christ Jesus is the image of the unseen God
and the first-born of all creation,
for in him were created
all things in heaven and on earth:
everything visible and everything invisible,
Thrones, Dominations, Sovereignties, Powers
Jesus worldAll things were created through him and for him.
Before anything was created, he existed,
and he holds all things in unity.
Now the Church is his body;
he is its head.
As he is the Beginning,
he was first to be born from the dead,
so that he should be first in every way;
because God wanted all perfection
to be found in him
and all things to be reconciled through him. and for him,
everything in heaven and everything on earth,
when he made peace
by his death on the cross.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps  99
Response :                             Come before the Lord, singing for joy.

1. Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy.               Response

2. Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him,
We are his people, the sheep of his flock.  Response

3. Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.    Response

4. Indeed, how  good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age.                     Response

Gospel  Acclamation                  Ps 18: 9

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words gladden the heart, O Lord,
they give light to the eyes.

or                                                          Jn 8: 12

Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light ofthe world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows me
will have the light of life.

GOSPEL:                                       Luke:5:33-39
When the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast.

jeus taken awayThe Pharisees and the scribes said to Jesus, 'John's disciples are always fasting and saying prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees too, but yours go on eating and drinking.' Jesus replied, 'Surely you cannot make the bridegroom's attendants fast while the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come, the time for the bridegroom to be taken away from them; that will be the time when they will fast.'

He also told them this parable. 'No one tears a piece from a new cloak to put it on an old cloak; if he does, not only will he have torn the new one, but the piece taken from the new will not match the old.

'And nobody puts new wine into old skins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and then run out, and the skins will be lost. No; new wine must be put into fresh skins. And nobody who has been drinking old wine wants new. "The old is good" he says.'

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
AN CHÉAD LÉACHT:        Colosaigh 1:15-20
Is trídsean agus dósan a cruthaíodh an t-iomlán.

Is íomhá den Dia dofheicthe é Íosa Criost
agus céadghin gach dúile cruthaithe
mar is trídsean a cruthaíodh
a bhfuil ar neamh agus ar talamh
bídís sofheicthe nó dofheicthe,
idir Thróin agus Thiarnais
idir Phrionsachtaí agus Chumhachtaí.
Is trídsean agus dósan a cruthaíodh an t-iomlán.
Jesus worldTá tosach aige orthu uile
agus is ann a choinnítear ar bun iad.
Is é ceann an choirp é,
ceann na hEaglaise.
Is é an tús é,
an chéadghin ó mhairbh
i dtreo go mbeadh an tosach aige ar gach slí.
Mar is ann ab áil
le lánmhaireacht iomlán Dé a bheith ina cónaí,
agus is trídsean ab áil leis
gach a bhfuil ar neamh agus ar talamh
a thabhairt chun athmhuintearais leis féin,
agus síocháin a dhéanamh leo trí fhuil a chroise.

Salm le freagra                  Sm 99: 2-5, R v2
Freagra :                                Tagaigí i láthair lan Tiarna le hamhráin áthais

1. Fónaigí don Tiarna
go lúcháireach.
Tagaigí ina láthair le hamhráin áthais         Freagra

2.Bíodh a fhios agaibh gurb é an Tiarna is Dia ann.
Eisean a rinne sinn; is leis féin sinn.
Sinne a phobal agus caoirigh a pháirce.      Freagra

3. Gabhaigí buíochas leis ag dul isteach ina dhoirse daoibh.
Siúlaigí isteach ina chúirteanna le cainticí.
Tugaigí moladh dó agus móraigí a ainm.    Freagra

4. Nach maith é go deimhin an Tiarna;
maireann a bhuanghrá go brách.
Is dílis é ó ghlúin go chéile.                            Freagra

AN SOISCÉAL                     Lúcás:5:33-39
Nuair a bheidh an fear nuaphósta tógtha uathu, ansin déanfaidh said troscadh.

jeus taken awaySan am sin dúirt na Fairisínigh agus na scríobhaithe le Íosa: “Bíonn deisceabail Eoin ag troscadh go minic agus ag déanamh urnaithe, agus deisceabail na bhFairisíneach mar an gcéanna; ach iad seo agatsa, bíonn siad ag ithe agus ag ól.” Dúirt Íosa leo: “An féidir libh a thabhairt ar ógánaigh na bainse troscadh a dhéanamh, le linn don fhear nuaphósta bheith leo? Ach tiocfaidh na laethanta, agus nuair a bheidh an fear nuaphósta tógtha uathu, ansin déanfaidh said troscadh sna laethanta sin.”

Agus dúirt sé parabal leo: “Ní shracann aon duine píosa as casóg nua lena chur mar phreabán ar sheanchasóg: má dhéanann, beidh an chasóg nua sractha aige, agus fós ní réiteoidh an preabán as an gcasóg nua leis an sean. Ná ní chuireann aon duine fíon nua i seanseithí: má chuireann, pléascfaidh an fíón nua na seithí; doirtfear an fíon agus millfear na seithí. Ach fíon nua i seithí nua is cóir a chur. Agus ní áil le haon duine an nua tar éis dó an sean a ól; óir deir sé: ‘Is é an sean an fíon maith.’”

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Sunday's Readings
Twenty third Sunday in Ordinary time
Scripture Theme
The Messiah has come in Jesus Christ and we are witnesses to his presence in the life of the Church. Ears have been opened to the Good News and the response of faith has been spoken.

FIRST READING                 Isaiah 35:4-7
The ears of the deaf unsealed, and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy.

Say to all faint hearts,

'Courage! Do not be afraid.
'Look, your God is coming,
vengeance is coming,God said it
the retribution of God;
he is coming to save you.'

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
the ears of the deaf unsealed,
then the lame shall leap like a deer
and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy;
for water gushes in the desert,
streams in the wasteland,
the scorched earth becomes a lake,
the parched land springs of water.

Response                                  My soul, give praise to the Lord.
or                                                 Alleluia!
1. It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free.         Response
2. It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord, who protects the stranger. Response

3. The Lord upholds the widow and orphan,
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion's God, from age to age.                 Response
SECOND READING             James 2:1-5
It was the poor that God chose to be the heirs to the kingdom.

the poorMy brothers, do not try to combine faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord, with the making of distinctions between classes of people. Now suppose a man comes into your synagogue, beautifully dressed and with a gold ring on, and at the same time a poor man comes in, in shabby clothes, and you take notice of the well-dressed man, and say, 'Come this way to the best seats;' then you tell the poor man, 'Stand over there' or 'You can sit on the floor by my foot-rest.' Can't you see that you have used two different standards in your mind, and turned yourselves into judges, and corrupt judges at that?

Listen, my dear brothers: it was those who are poor according to the world that God chose, to be rich in faith and to be the heirs to the kingdom which he promised to those who love him.

Gospel  Acclamation     1Sam 3:9

Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.

or                                           Mt 4: 23                  

Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus proclaimed the Good News of the kingdom
and cured all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people.

GOSPEL                             Mark 7:31-37
He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.

Jesus and bartimeusReturning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man's ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, 'Ephphatha,' that is, 'Be opened.' And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. 'He has done all things well,' they said, 'he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.'

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
AN CHÉAD LÉACHT           Íseáia 35:4-7
réiteofar cluasa na mbodhar agus teanga an bhalbháin ag gabháil ceoil le lúcháir.

Abraigí le lucht an chroí mhearaithe:
“Músclaígí bhur misneach; ná bíodh eagla oraibh.
Breathnaígí! Is é bhur nDia atá ann,
tá sé chugaibh leis an díoltas atá ag dul daoibh;
Dia atá ann ag agairt a chúitimh,eyes of the blind
agus é ag teacht do bhur slánú.”

Déanfar a súile do na daill an uair sin
agus réiteofar cluasa na mbodhar;
beidh an bacach ag léimneach mar a bheadh fia ann
agus teanga an bhalbháin ag gabháil ceoil le lúcháir.

Óir brúchtfaidh uisce aníos san fhásach
agus srutháin i bhfearann an triomaigh;
déanfar linn den talamh spallta
agus toibreacha uisce de thír an tarta.

SALM LE FREAGRA.         Sm 145
Freagra :                               Tabhair moladh don Tiarna, a anam liom.
Malairt freagra                  Alleluia!

1. Is é an Tiarna a sheasann lena bhriathar de shíor,
agus a dhéanann ceart don drong atá faoi chois;
is é an Tiarna a scaoileann na braighdeanaigh.            Freagra

2. Osclaíonn sé súile na ndall,
tógann sé suas an dream atá crom.
Cumhdaíonn an Tiarna an coimhthíoch,
déanann tacaíocht don dílleachta is don bhaintreach  Freagra

3. Tugann an Tiarna grá don fhíréan,
ach cuireann sé slí na bpeacach trí chéile.
Beidh an Tiarna i réim go brách,
ina Dhia, a Síón, ó ghlúin go glúin.                                   Freagra

AN DARA LÉACHT     Séamus 2:1-5
Thogh Dia an mhuintir atá bocht le bheith ina n-oidhrí ar an ríoch.

Seachain an fabhar sibhse, a bhráithre, a bhfuil creideamh ár dTiarna Íosa Críost, Tiarna na glóire, agaibh. Mar má thagthe poorann fear faoi fháinní óir agus é dea-ghléast isteach in bhur dtionól, agus má thagann fear eile isteach agus é bocht agus gan ach drochéadach air, agus má thugann sibhse ómós don té a bhfuil an t-éadach maith air agus a rá leis: “Bíodh an suíochán maith anseo agat,” agus a rá leis an bhfear bocht: “Seas ansiúd thall,” nó: “Suigh ar an urlár le hais stól mo chos,” nach bhfuil sibh ag déanamh leathchuma, agus nach bhfuil breithiúna déanta díbh, breithiúna na mbreitheanna éagóra?

Éistigí, a bhráithre ionúine, nach iad an mhuintir atá bocht os comhair an tsaoil a thogh Dia le bheith saibhir sa chreideamh agus le bheith ina n-oidhrí ar an ríocht a gheall sé dóibh siúd a thugann grá dó?

Alleluia Véarsa         1Sam3:9, Eo 6:68.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Labhair, a Thiarna, tá do sheirbhíseach ag éisteacht.
Is agatsa atá briathra na beatha síoraí

AN SOISCÉAL          Marcas 7:31-37
Thug sé éisteacht do bhodhráin agus caint do bhalbháin.

Jesus and bartimeusSan am sin ar dhul amach dó arís as críocha na Tuíre, chuaigh Íosa tríd an tSíodón go farraige na Gailíle trí lár chríocha Dheacapoil. Agus thug siad chuige duine bodhar a raibh bascadh ar a chaint agus d’iarr siad air a lámh a chur air. Thug sé i leataobh ón slua é ar leithligh agus chuir a mhéara ina chluasa, le seile as a bhéal bhain sé lena theanga, agus, ag breathnú suas ar neamh dó, rinne sé osna agus dúirt leis: “Eafatá!” – focal a chiallaíonn: “Osclaítear thú.” Agus osclaíodh a chluasa láithreach, agus scaoileadh an sreangán dá theanga agus labhair sé i gceart. Agus d’ordaigh sé dóibh gan a insint do dhuine ar bith, ach dá ghéire a d’ordaigh sé dóibh is ea ba mhó a bhí siad á fhógairt, agus bhí ionadh saoil orthu ag rá: “Rinne sé gach aon ní go maith: thug sé éisteacht do bhodhráin agus caint do bhalbháin.”

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