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

The limits we impose on others.

Although Jesus was able to heal people and to minister to them in general, he was unable to heal and minister to those in his hometown. They viewed him as just being “the carpenter’s son” and could not understand where he got his wisdom and his mighty deeds. However, for many people growing up, these types of attitudes can foster a lifetime of underachievement.

How many of us have heard that “girls” or “fat kids” or “our people” of whatever kind “can’t do that” when “that” was getting selected for a special job, winning a prize or going to college? Such types of statements have a way of creeping under our skin so that we recite the limits to ourselves. Even those of us who rebelled against the limits and succeeded anyway can often feel like frauds in our success because we were not meant or supposed to succeed.

We have to be aware of what we say to people, especially younger people, and be careful not to impose limits on them. Who are we to limit each other, if God gives us all freedom to succeed?

Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).
Saint of the day

Jul 29 - St Martha of Bethany (1st century)

Martha1Martha is the patron saint of active, practical women, perhaps unfairly contrasted with her more laid back and "contemplative" sister Mary. Both were sisters of Lazarus of Bethany. But Martha is also the woman of faith, who said: "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into the world" (Jn 11:27). Patrick Duffy reviews her profile.

Patron of food professionals and home-makers
In Aramaic the name Martha means "the lady, the mistress", the feminine counterpart of "the master". In the incident described by Luke 10:38-42, Martha is introduced as the woman who "welcomed Jesus into her house". So hospitality is her paramount virtue. This probably accounts for her cult as the patron saint of food professionals, butlers, hotel-keepers and home-makers and why she is often depicted in art with a ladle, a broom or a set of keys as her symbol.

Jesus's disconcerting reply a rebuke?
When Martha asked Jesus if it didn't concern him that Mary was leaving her to do the serving all by herself, Jesus's reply of praise Mary for having "chosen the better part that would not be taken from her" must have disconcerted her. It could even be interpreted as a rebuke. But in the Gospel of John, Martha appears in two incidents that puts her in a more favourable light.

Practical woman of faith
When Lazarus had died and was buried, it is Martha who goes out to meet Jesus when he was coming to their house and accosts him (Jn 11:21-22): "If you had been here my brother would not have died, but I know that even now whatever you ask of God, he will grant you". And when questioned by Jesus, she shows she is a woman of faith: "I believe that you are the Christ, the son of God, the one who was to come into this world." And when Jesus goes to the tomb and says to take away the stone, it is she who, ever practical, objects: "Lord, by now he will smell, it is now the fourth day."

At a meal held in Jesus honour
Martha appears again in John 12:1-8, where she serves at a meal held in Jesus' honour at which her brother is also a guest.  During this meal Mary (no further specification - can we presume it's again Martha's sister?) anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair. This occasioned Judas's question, "Why wasn't this ointment sold for 300 denarii and the money given to the poor?" and Jesus's remark: "She had to keep this scent for the day of my burial. You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me." It is Martha who provides the context.

Did the three go as evangelisers to Provence?
According to legend, after Jesus's death, Martha left Judea  around AD 48, and went to Provence with her sister Mary (conflated with Mary Magdalene) and her brother Lazarus. They settled in and are said to have evangelised the Provence area of southern France. Among the legends associated with Martha is the one associated with the town of Tarascon-sur-Rhône. A mythological monster, the Tarasque, said to have lived in the town during the 1st century, was purportedly tamed by Martha in 48 AD.

Villajoyosa, Spain
The town of Villajoyosa, Spain, honours St. Martha as its patron saint and celebrates a Festival of Moors and Christians annually in her honour. The 250-year old festival commemorates the attack on Villajoyosa by Berber pirates led by Zalé-Arraez in 1538, when, according to legend, St. Martha came to the rescue of the townsfolk by causing a flash flood which wiped out the enemy fleet, thus preventing the pirates from reaching the coast.

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, by Jan Vermeer Van Delft, 1654

Marthan tradition: Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
In the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic traditions, Martha and her sister Mary are commemorated collectively among the Myrrh-bearing Women on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers (the Third Sunday of Pascha/Easter).

 Lazarus Saturday: Martha also figures in the commemorations of Lazarus Saturday (the day before Palm Sunday). This has a resonance in the Roman Lectionary when the gospel of Lazarus is read on that day.
Today's Readings
St Martha, Woman of Faith and Service

Scriptue theme
In welcoming a guest we welcome Christ: we show our Christian spirit of service; and we ready ourselves to be welcomed as guests in the Kingdom of God. Patron of innkeepers, cooks and dieticians.

FIRST READING:            1 John 4:7-16
As long as we love one another God will live in us.

My dear people,
let us love one another
since love comes from God
and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Anyone who fails to love can never have known God,
because God is love.

God's love for us was revealed
when God sent into the world his only Son
so that we could have life through him;
this is the love I mean:
not our love for God,
but God's love for us
when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.

My dear people,
since God has loved us so much,
we too should love one another.
No one has ever seen God;
but as long as we love one another
God will live in us
and his love will be complete in us.
We can know that we are living in him
and he is living in us because he lets us share his Spirit.
We ourselves saw and we testify
that the Father sent his Son as saviour of the world.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
God lives in him, and he in God.
We ourselves have known
and put our faith in God's love towards ourselves.
God is love
and anyone who lives in love lives in God,
and God lives in him.

Responsorial Psalm:          Ps 33
Response                             I will bless the Lord at all times.
Or                                       Taste and see that the Lord is good.

I. I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad.             Response

2. Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free.                   Response

3. Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress.               Response

4. The angel of the Lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him.             Response

5. Revere the Lord, you his saints.
They lack nothing, those who revere him.
Strong lions suffer want and go hungry
but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.Response

Gospel  Acclamation              Jn 15: 16
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows me
will have the light of life .

GOSPEL:                              John 11:19-27
I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Jesus, Martha,and Mary iconMany Jews had come to Martha and Mary to sympathise with them over their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, 'If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you.' 'Your brother' said Jesus to her 'will rise again.' Martha said, 'I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.' Jesus said:

'I am the resurrection.and the life.
If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live,
and whoever lives and believes in me
will never die. Do you believe this?'

'Yes, Lord,' she said 'I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.'

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:          1Eoin 4:7-16
Má thugaimid grá dá chéile maireann Dia ionainn.

A chairde cléibh,
tugaimis grá dá chéile mar gur ó Dhia
an grá agus an té a thugann grá is ó Dhia a rugadh é,
agus aithníonn sé Dia.
An té nach dtugann grá ní aithnid dó
Dia, mar is é Dia an Grá.
Mar seo a foilsíodh grá Dé inár measc gur sheol sé a aonMhac
sa saol le go mairimis-ne trídsean.

Seo é an grá – ní gur thugamarna grá do Dhia ach
gur thug seisean grá dúinne
agus gur sheol uaidh a Mhac go mbeadh ina íobairt sásaimh
ar ár bpeacaí.

A chairde cléibh,
ós fíor gur thug Dia grá dúinne nach mithid dúinne grá
a thabhairt dá chéile.
Ní fhaca aon duine Dia riamh.
Má thugaimid grá dá chéile
maireann Dia ionainn
agus is lánfhoirfe ionainn a ghrá.
Mar seo a thuigimid go mairimid
ann agus go maireann seisean ionainn,
gur bhronn sé orainn riar dá Spiorad féin.
Agus chonaiceamar agus tugaimid fianaise
gur sheol an tAthair uaidh a Mhac, Slánaitheoir an tsaoil.
Cibé admhaíonn gurb é Íosa Mac Dé
maireann Dia ann agus maireann seisean inDia.
Agus is feasach dúinn
agus creidimid an grá atá ag Dia dúinn.
Is grá é Dia agus an té a mhaireann sa ghrá maireann i nDia
agus maireann Dia ann.

Psalm le Freagra:               Sm 33  
Freagra                                   Beannóidh mé an Tiarna i dtólamh
Malairt Freagra:                Blaisigí is féachaigí a fheabhas atá an Tiarna

1. Beannóidh mé an Tiarna i dtólamh
beidh a mholadh i mo bhéal i gcónaí.
Bíonn m’anam ag déanamh mórtais as an Tiarna:
éistfidh daoine ísle agus beidh áthas orthu.               Freagra

2. Móraigí an Tiarna mar aon liom:
tugaimis adhradh dá ainm in éineacht.
Bhí mé ag lorg an Tiarna agus d’éist sé liom
agus d’fhuascail sé ó m’eagla go léir mé.                     Freagra

3. Féachaigí chuige agus loinnir oraibh
’s na bíodh luisne na náire in bhur leicne.
Nuair a scairt an t-ainniseoir seo d’éist an Tiarna,
agus shaor sé óna chúngaigh go léir é.                         Freagra

4. Bíonn aingeal an Tiarna i gcampa
thart ar lucht a eaglaithe, á bhfuascailt.
Blaisigí is féachaigí a fheabhas atá an Tiarna:
is aoibhinn dá dtagann faoina dhídean.                         Freagra

5. A dhaoine naofa an Tiarna, bíodh a eagla oraibh;
ní bhíonn díth ar an dream lenarb eagal é.
Bíonn easpa agus ocras ar leoin óga:
ní bhíonn aon easpa ar lucht iarrtha an Tiarna.          Freagra

Alleluia Véarsa                  Eo 8: 12   
Alleluia, alleluia!
Is mise solas an tsaoil, a deir an Tiarna;
an té a leanfaidh mise
beidh solas na beatha aige.

:                          John 11:19-27
Creidim gur tú Críost, Mac Dé, atá ag teacht ar an saol

Smarthaan am sin bhí cuid mhór Giúdach tagtha ag triall ar Mharta agus ar Mháire chun sólás a chur orthu i ndiaidh a ndearthár. Nuair a chuala Marta mar sin go raibh Íosa tagtha, chuaigh sí amach ina choinne. D’fhan Máire ina suí sa teach. Dúirt Marta ansin le Íosa: “A Thiarna, dá mbeifeá-sa anseo ní bhfaigheadh mo dheartháir bás. Ach tá a fhios agam anois féin, cibé ní a iarrfaidh tú ar Dhia, go dtabharfaidh Dia duit é.” Dúirt Íosa léi: “Éireoidh do dheartháir arís.” “Tá a fhios agam,” arsa Marta leis, “go n-éireoidh sé arís san aiséirí an lá deireanach.” Dúirt Íosa léi

“Mise an t-aiséirí agus an bheatha;
An té a chreideann ionamsa,
fiú amháin má fhaigheann sé bás, mairfidh sé,
agus gach duine a mhaireann is a chreideann ionamsa,
ní bhfaighidh sé bás choíche.
An gcreideann tú an méid sin?”

“Creidim, a Thiarna,” ar sí, “creidim gur tú Críost, Mac Dé, atá ag teacht ar an saol.”

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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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