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

She said to him, “I’ll be with you, my child.” (extract)



Since you love us infinitely,

your presence to each one of us

must be infinite,

Real presence,

total presence,

always and everywhere.


Nothing can separate us from you, Lord,

Nothing that comes from you,

But only what comes from us

And above all…

Our lack of faith.

This evening, Lord,

You are saying to me once again:

‘I will be with you until the end of time’

And you are asking me quietly,

‘Do you believe that?’

Yes, Lord, I do believe it,

But please increase my faith.   […]


Source: Keeping Hope, Favourite Prayers for Modern Living by Michel Quoist.
Saint of the day

Jul 26 - Saints Joachim and Anne - parents of Mary

J&AHistorically, there has been some hesitancy on the part of the official Church to authorise a feast of the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but eventually in the reform of the General Roman Calendar of 1969, it did. Patrick Duffy looks at the background to this feast.

Scripture or apocryphal?
Neither Joachim nor Anne is mentioned in Scripture. The 2nd century non-canonical Gospel of James (the author presents himself as a son of Joseph from a previous marriage, and so a stepbrother of Jesus) tells the story of the birth of Mary in a way that has some resemblances with the story of the birth of Samuel (1 Kings 1), whose mother Hannah had also been childless. According to this story, Anne and her husband Joachim, after years of childlessness, were visited by an angel who told them that they would conceive a child. Anne promises to dedicate the child to God's service.

Dedication of churches at Constantinople, Jerusalem and Rome
Devotion to St Anne is evidenced from the fact that at Constantinople in the middle of the sixth century the Emperor Justinian I dedicated a church to her and relics were taken from it to Jerusalem and Rome where there are pictures of St Anne at S. Maria Antiqua  (8th century).

Feasts of the Birth and Presentation of Mary
In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, both the feasts of the Birth of Mary (8th September) and the Presentation of Mary in the Temple (21st November) are celebrated as two of the Twelve Great Feasts in the Orthodox tradition and are also celebrated today in the Liturgical Calendar of the Roman Rite.

Official recognition
The Roman Church has had some hesitancy in giving official recognition to a feast of St Joachim (authorised by Julius II, suppressed by Pius V , restored by Gregory XV). The joint feast of Saints Joachim and Anne was recognised by the General Roman Calendar 1969 which contains only those celebrations that are intended to be observed in the Roman Rite in every country of the world.

One of the most famous paintings of late medieval painter Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337) depicts the meeting of Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gate.

Today's Readings
FIRST READING:           Jeremiah 14:17-22
Remember, Lord, do not break your covenant with us.

The Lord said to me
'Say this word to them,
"Tears flood my eyes
night and day, unceasingly,
since a crushing blow falls on the daughter of my people,
a most grievous injury.
If I go into the countryside,
there lie men killed by the sword;
if I go into the city,
I see people sick with hunger;
even prophets and priests
plough the land:
they are at their wit's end.'

'Have you rejected Judah altogether?
Does your very soul revolt at Zion?
Why have you struck us down without hope of cure?
We were hoping for peace - no good came of it!
For the moment of cure - nothing but terror!
Lord, we do confess our wickedness
and our fathers' guilt:
we have indeed sinned against you.
For your name's sake do not reject us,
do not dishonour the throne of your glory.
Remember us; do not break your covenant with us.
Can any of the pagan
Nothings make it rain? Can the heavens produce showers?
No, it is you, Lord.
O our God, you are our hope,
since it is you who do all this.'
Responsorial Psalm:          Ps 78
Response:                           Rescue us, O Lord,
for the glory of your name.

1. Do not hold the guilt of our fathers against us.
Let your compassion hasten to meet us.
for we are in the depths of distress.               Response

2. O God our saviour, come to our help,
come for the sake of the glory of your name.
O Lord our God, forgive us our sins;
rescue us for the sake of your name.            Response

3. Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
let your strong arm reprieve those condemned to die.
But we, your people, the flock of your pasture,
will give you thanks for ever and ever.
We will tell your praise from age to age.       Response

Gospel  Acclamation     1 Pt 1: 25
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of the Lord remains for ever:
What is this word?
It is the Good News that has ben brought to you.

Alleluia, alleluia!
The seed is the word of God, Christ the sower;
whoever finds the seed will remain for ever.

GOSPEL:                         Matthew 13:36-43
Just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time.

Leaving the crowds, Jesus went to the house; and his disciples came to him and said, 'Explain the parable about the darnel in the field to us.' He said in reply, 'The sower of the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed is the subjects of the kingdom; the darnel, the subjects of the evil one; the enemy who sowed them, the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels. Well then, just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that provoke offences and all who do evil, and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. Then the virtuous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Listen, anyone who has ears!'

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: Irimia 14:17-2
Cuimhnigh orainn. Ná bris do chonradh linn.

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna:
‘Sileann deora ó mo shúile
de lá agus d’oíche, gan scor,
óir is mór é an leagan a baineadh as iníon mo mhuintire,
buille rónimheanta.
Má théim amach faoin tuath,
féach na mairbh sínte leis an gclaíomh!
Má théim isteach sa chathair,
feicim an dream atá tinn le hocras;
fiú na fáithe agus na sagairt,
treabhann siad talamh, tá siad i mbarr a gcéille.’”

Ar thréig tú Iúdá amach agus amach?
An fuath le d’anam Síón?
Cad chuige ar bhuail tú síos sinn agus gan súil le leigheas againn?
Bhí súil againn le síocháin – ach níl maith ar bith ansin!
Le ham tarrthála – ach féach scanradh!
A Thiarna, admhaímid ár n-olc
agus éigeart ár n-aithreacha;
go dearfa pheacaíomar i d’aghaidhse.
Ar son d’ainmse ná diúltaigh sinn,
ná tarcaisnigh ríchathaoir do ghlóire.
Cuimhnigh orainn. Ná bris do chonradh linn.
An bhfuil aon cheann de dhéithe na bpágánach a thabharfadh fearthainn?
An bhféadann na spéartha ceathanna a thabhairt?
Ach is tusa féin é, a Thiarna.
Ó a Dhia linn, is tú ár ndóchas,
is tú a dhéanann gach ní acu seo.
Salm le Freagra         Sm 78
Freagra:                        Fuascail sinn agus maith dúinn ár bpeacaí as ucht d’ainm.
1. Ná leag orainne coireanna ár sean agus ár sinsear;
go dtaga do thrua inár ndáil gan mhoill
mar tá srathair na hainnise ag brú orainn go dóite.              Freagra

2. Dhia ar slánaithe, brostaigh chun ár gcúnaimh;
cuidigh linn ar mhaithe le glóir d’ainm féin.
Fuascail sinn agus maith dúinn ár bpeacaí as ucht d’ainm.  Freagra

3. Go dtaga i do láthair osnaí bróin na bpríosúnach;
agus go saora tú le do chumhacht an dream a daoradh chun báis.
Ach sinne, do phobal agus caoirigh do pháirce,
tabharfaimid buíochas duit go brách na breithe;
agus foilseoímid do mholadh ó ghlúin go chéile.                     Freagra
AN SOISCÉAL:             Matha 13:36-43
Amhail mar a bhailítear an cogal chun é dhó sa tine, sin mar a bheidh i ndeireadh an tsaoil.

San am sin d’fhág Íosa na sluaite an uair sin agus chuaigh sé isteach sa teach. Tháinig a dheisceabail chuige agus dúirt siad: “Mínigh dúinn an parabal úd an chogail sa ghort.” D’fhreagair sé iad á rá: “An té a chuireann an síol maith, sin é Mac an Duine. Is é an domhan an gort. An síol maith muintir na ríochta. Dream an oilc an cogal, agus is é an diabhal an namhaid a scaipeann é. Is é deireadh an tsaoil an fómhar agus is iad na haingil na buanaithe. Amhail mar a bhailítear an cogal chun é dhó sa tine, sin mar a bheidh i ndeireadh an tsaoil. Cuirfidh Mac an Duine a aingil amach agus baileoidh siad gach ábhar scannail as a ríocht agus na daoine a thaobhaíonn an t-olc, agus teilgfidh siad san fhoirnéis tine iad. Is ann a bheidh gol agus díoscán fiacla. Beidh na fíréin an uair sin ag lonradh ar nós na gréine i ríocht a nAthar. An té a bhfuil cluasa air, éisteadh sé!”

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Sunday's Readings
FIRST READING:                 Ecclesiastes 1: 2. 2: 21-23
What does a man gain for all his toil?

Vanity of vanities, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity!

For so it is that a man who has laboured wisely, skilfully and successfully must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled for it at all. This, too, is vanity and great injustice; for what does he gain for all the toil and strain that he has undergone under the sun? What of all his laborious days, his cares of office, his restless nights? This, too, is vanity.

Responsorial. Psalm:                Ps 89
Response                                         O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

1,You turn men back into dust
and say: 'Go back, sons of men.'
To your eyes a thousand years
are like yesterday, come and gone,
no more than a watch in the night.             Response

2. You sweep men away like a dream,
like grass which springs up in the morning.
In the morning it springs up and flowers:
by evening it withers and fades.                  Response

3. Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?
Show pity to your servants.                          Response

4 In the morning, fill us with your love;
we shall exult and rejoice all our days.
Let the favour of the Lord be upon us:
give success to the work of our hands.         Response


Alternative Responsorial Psalm Ps 94:1-2,6-9,Rv 7-8
Response: O that today you would listen to his voice! 'Harden not your hearts

Come ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.                                 Response

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.                              Response

O that today you would listen to his voice!
'Harden not your hearts at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work. Response 

SECOND READING:                   Colossians 3: 1-5. 9-11
You must look to the things that are in heaven, Where Christ is.

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God's right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed - and he is your life - you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.

That is why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as worshipping a false god; and never tell each other lies. You have stripped off your old behaviour with your old self, and you have put on a new self which will progress towards true knowledge the more it is renewed in the image of its creator; and in that image there is no room for distinction between Greek and Jew, between the circumcised or the uncircumcised, or between barbarian and Scythian, slave and free man. There is only Christ. he is everything and he is in everything.

Gospel  Acclamation     Jn 17: 17
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is truth, O Lord,
consecrate us in the truth.

or                                            Mt 5: 3
Alleluia, alleluia!
How happy are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

GOSPEL:                                            Luke 12: 13-21
This hoard of yours, whose will it be?

A man in the crowd said to him, 'Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.' 'My friend,' he replied-'who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?' Then he said to them, 'Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man's life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.'

Then he told them a parable: 'There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, "What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops." Then he said, "This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time." But God said to him, "Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?" So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.'



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:                  Cóhelet 1:2.2: 21-23
Cén tairbhe a bhaineann duine as a shaothar?

Buaic na baoise a deir Cóheilit, buaic na baoise! Níl in aon ní ach baois!

VanityÓir aon duine ar bith a oibríonn go saothrach le heagna agus le heolas agus le gaois, bíonn air toradh a shaothair a fhágáil mar oidhreacht ag duine eile nach bhfuil faic dá dhua faighte aige. Baois agus olc mór is ea é seo. Mar cén tairbhe a bhaineann duine as a chuid saothair uile agus as an dianmhachnamh a chaitheann sé leis abhus faoi luí na gréine? Óir, bíonn a laethanta uile lán dóláis agus a chuid saothair lán dobróin; fiú amháin san oíche ní fhaigheann sé suaimhneas croí. Baois is ea é seo chomh maith.

SALM LE FREAGRA.                  Sm 89:3-6, 12-14, 17. fv.1
Freagra :                                         A Thiarna, is tú ba thearmann dúinn, ár ndídean ó ghlúin go glúin.

1. Déanann tú deannach arís den duine
á rá: “Ar ais libh, a Ádhamhchlann.”
Óir níl míle bliain i d’fhianaise
ach mar an lá a d’imigh tharainn inné,
nó mar a bheadh faire na hoíche.                            Freagra

2. Sciobann tú chun siúil iad amhail aisling,
nó mar fhéar úrghlas na maidine.
Eascraíonn sé ar maidin agus bláthaíonn sé
baintear é agus feonn sé um thráthnóna.             Freagra

3. Múin dúinn giorra shaoil an duine
chun go bhfaighimid críonnacht inár gcroí.
Fill orainn; cá fhad a bheidh tú feargach?
Déan trócaire ar do shearbhóntaí, a Thiarna.      Freagra

4. Tabhair ár sáith de do bhuanghrá ar maidin dúinn,
go mbeidh áthas orainn agus gairdeas go deo.
Go dtaga grásta ár dTiarna Dia anuas orainn
agus go soirbhí tú saothar ár lámh;
sea, go soirbhí tú saothar ár lámh!                        Freagra

Malairt SALM LE FREAGRA. Sm 94
Freagra :                                         Á, dá n-éistfeadh sibh lena ghuth inniu: 'Ná calcaigí bhur gcroí.'

1. Tagaigí, déanaimis gairdeas don Tiarna,
tógaimis gártha áthais do Charraig ár slánaithe.
Tagaimis ina láthair le moltaí,
déanaimis gairdeas dó le laoithe.                                Freagra

2. Tagaigí, adhraimis agus sléachtaimis,
feacaimis ár nglúine don Tiarna a rinne sinn.
Óir is é ar nDia é, agus is sinne
pobal a aoireachta agus caoirigh a lámh.                   Freagra

3. Á, dá n-éistfeadh sibh lena ghuth inniu:
'Ná calcaigí bhur gcroí.' mar a tharla i MerÍba,
mar a tharla an lád ud ag Masá san fhásach
mar ar chuir bllur n-aithreacha cath orm,
mar ar thriail siad mé cé go bhfaca siad m'obair.'  Freagra

AN DARA LÉACHT :                  Colosaigh 3:1-5. 9-11
Lorgaígí na nithe atá thuas mar a bhfuil Críost.

A bhráithre, agus ós rud é go bhfuil sibh éirithe ó mhairbh mar aon le Críost, bíodh lorg agaibh ar na nithe atá thuas mar a bhfuil Críost ina shuí ar dheis Dé. Bíodh bhur n-aire ar na nithe atá thuas agus ní ar na nithe atá ar talamh. Mar tá sibh tar éis bháis agus tá bhur mbeatha folaithe i nDia i bpáirt le Críost. Is é Críost bhur mbeatha, agus nuair a nochtfaidh seisean chugainn nochtfaidh sibhse chomh maith faoi ghlóir in éineacht leis.

Básaigí dá bhrí sin an taobh saolta díbh féin: an drúise, an neamhghlaine, an paisean, an ainmhian agus an tsaint úd nach bhfuil inti ach íoladhradh. Agus ná hinsígí bréaga dá chéile mar go bhfuil bhur sean-nádúr bainte díbh agaibh mar aon lena chuid gníomhartha agus nádúr nua curtha umaibh – nádúr a bhíonn á shíornuachan ar dheilbh an té a chruthaigh é go dtí go mbeidh fíoraithne agaibh air. Ní Giúdach ná Gréagach atá ann feasta, duine timpeallghearrtha ná duine gan timpeallghearradh, barbarach ná Scíotach, saor ná daor ach Críost amháin – Críost an uile agus é san uile ní.

Alleluia Véarsa                             Eo 17: 17
Alleluia, alleluia!
Is fírinne do bhriathar A Thiarna,.
déan sinn a naomhú san fhírinne.

AN SOISCÉAL:                              Lúcás 12: 13-21
An cnuasach atá déanta agat, Cé aige a mbeidh sé?

San am sin dúirt duine as an slua le h Íosa : “A Mháistir, abair le mo dheartháir mo chion féin den oidhreacht a thabhairt dom.” Ach dúirt seisean leis: “A chara, cé a cheap mise chun bheith i mo bhreitheamh ná i mo mholtóir oraibh?” Dúirt sé leo ansin: “Bígí ar bhur gcoimeád go haireach ar an uile shórt sainte, óir, fiú amháin an té a mbíonn raidhse aige, ní thugann a chuid maoine aon áirithe ar a shaol dó.”

Agus labhair sé parabal leo: “Bhí fear saibhir ann ar thug a chuid talún barraí breátha uaithi, agus dúirt sé leis féin as a mhachnamh: ‘Cad a dhéanfaidh mé, mar níl slí stórála agam do mo chuid barraí?’ Dúirt sé ansin: ‘Is é a dhéanfaidh mé, mo sciobóil a leagan anuas agus cinn níos mó a thógáil, agus an t-arbhar go léir agus mo chuid maitheasaí a chur i dtaisce iontu; agus déarfaidh mé le m’anam: A anam, tá go leor maitheasaí de chúltaca agat go cionn na mblianta fada: fan go socair, bí ag ithe agus ag ól agus ag aoibhneas.’ Ach dúirt Dia leis: ‘A dhuine gan chiall, san oíche anocht féin, táthar chun d’anam a iarraidh ort ar ais; agus an cnuasach atá déanta agat, cé aige a mbeidh sé?’ Sin mar a bhíonn ag an té a thaisceann a chuid in ionad é féin a dhéanamh saibhir de réir Dé.”


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