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

May thy holy angels tend

This poem is said to have been recited by St. Patrick but is reckoned to date from the late 10th or early 11th century. In the poem, Patrick asks God to send his holy angels to watch over his people, and to protect and preserve them from all harm in both their waking and sleeping.
Quoth Patrick:
May thy holy angels,
O Christ, son of the living God,
tend our sleep, our rest,
our bright bed.

Let them reveal true visions
to us in our sleep,
O High-price of the universe,
O great mysterious King.

May no demons, no ill, no injury
or terrifying dreams
disturb our rest,
our prompt and swift repose.

May our waking, our work
and our activity be holy;
our sleep, our rest,
unhindered and untroubled.

Translation by Gerard Murphy. 1998. Early Irish Lyrics, Dublin. p.45

Source: Lón Anama, Poems for Prayer from the Irish Tradition. Editor: Ciarán Mac Murchaidh.

Saint of the day

Jul 30 - St Peter Chrysologus (d. 450) bishop

CRYPeter was bishop of Ravenna, the city famous for its mosaics, in the mid 5th century, when the Empress Galla Placidia was living there. On hearing his homilies she is said to have given him the name Chrysologus "Golden-worded". His surviving 176 homilies show what an excellent preacher he was. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

A native of Imola
Peter was born at the city of Imola (30 miles west of Ravenna) and was ordained a deacon there by its bishop Cornelius. During a visit with his bishop to Rome, Pope Sixtus III appointed him bishop of Ravenna in 433.

Chrysologus (= "Golden-worded")
AsPeter chy a preacher Peter was afraid of boring his audience and became famous for his short, inspiring homilies, 176 of which have survived. He spoke about the incarnation in simple and clear language. His homilies are an indication of how the liturgical year was celebrated at that time and also show how he stood against the christological heresies at that time. The imperial princess Galla Placidia on hearing his first homily is said to have given him the name Chrysologus, "Golden-worded", and she later became a patron of many of his projects.

Against paganism; for frequent communion
As bishop Peter was concerned with the survival of paganism. He preached especially against the annual carnival, saying: "He who delights in the devil cannot rejoice in Christ". But he urged his listeners to have confidence in the forgiveness offered through Christ. He was also an advocate of frequent communion.

cry2A supporter to Pope St Leo I
When Leo I became pope in 440 Peter became an advisor to him and one of his staunchest supporters both in opposing the heresies of the time and in defending the primacy of the Church of Rome.

Friend of Germanus of Auxerre
When Germanus of Auxerre visited Ravenna to plead the cause of the rebellious Bretons with the emperor, Peter warmly received him and when he died there Peter presided at his funeral.

Death and influence
Peter himself died in 450 while on a visit to his native Imola. A contemporary portrait of him exists in the mosaics of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Ravenna, where he is depicted among the members of the eastern and western imperial family, showing his extraordinary influence. A collection of his 176 homilies was made by Felix, Bishop of Ravenna (707-17). Peter was declared a doctor of the Church in 1729.

Today's Readings
17th Week in Ordinary Time Optional memorial of St Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the Church.He died c. 450. Bishop of Ravenna, famous for his preaching.
Scripture theme
The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, God of Hosts. In the Sunday meeting Christ is present to the assembly, in his word and in Eucharist.

FIRST READING:                Exodus 40:16-21. 34-38
The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of the Lord God filled the tabernacle.

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Moses did exactly as the Lord had directed him. The tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. Moses erected the tabernacle. He fixed the sockets for it, put up its frames, put its crossbars in position, set up its posts. He spread the tent over the tabernacle and on top of this the covering for the tent, as the Lord had directed Moses. He took the Testimony and placed it inside the ark. He set the shafts to the ark and placed the throne of mercy on it. He brought the ark into the tabernacle and put the screening veil in place; thus he screened the ark of Yahweh, as the Lord had directed Moses.

The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because of the cloud that rested on it and because of the glory of the Lord that filled the tabernacle.

At every stage of their journey, whenever the cloud rose from the tabernacle the sons of Israel would resume their march. If the cloud did not rise, they waited and would not march until it did. For the cloud of the Lord rested on the tabernacle by day, and a fire shone within the cloud by night, for all the House of Israel to see. And so it was for every stage of their journey.

Responsorial Psalm :        Ps 83
Response :                             How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord, God of hosts.

1. My soul is longing and yearning,
is yearning for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my soul ring out their joy
to God, the living God.                                  Response

2. The sparrow herself finds a home
and the swallow a nest for her brood;
she lays her young by your altars
Lord of hosts, my king and my God.          Response

3. They are happy, who dwell in your house,
for ever singing your praise.
They are happy, whose strength is in you,
they walk with ever growing strength.     Response

4. One day within your courts
is better than a thousand elsewhere.
The threshold of the house of God
I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.   Response

Gospel  Acclamation        Jn 15: 15

Alleluia, alleluia!
I call you friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.

or                                              Acts 16: 14

Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.

GOSPEL:                             Matthew 13:47-53
They collect the good ones  in a basket and throw away those that are of no use.

Jesus-fishing-Jesus said to the crowds: The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.

'Have you understood all this?' They said, 'Yes. 'And he said to them, 'Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.'

When Jesus had finished these parables he left the district.

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:                 Exodus 40:16-21. 34-38
Chlúdaigh an néal Both na Teagmhála, agus líon glóir an Tiarna an taibearnaca.

Rinne Maois amhlaidh; rinne sé sa tslánchruinne mar a d’ordaigh an Tiarna dó.
An chéad mhí den dara bliain, an chéad lá den mhí sin, cuireadh suas an taibearnacal,
Maois a thóg an taibearnacal, a leag a cheapa, a chuir suas a fhra.maí, agus a d’ardaigh a phollaí. Leath sé an bhoth ar an taibearnacal, agus ar a bharrsan díon na botha mar a d’ordaigh an Tiarna do Mhaois. Ghlac sé chuige an Fhianaise agus chuir san arkáirc í,chuir sé na cuaillí leis an áirc agus chuir cathaoir na trócaire ina luí ar an áirc; thug sé an áirc isteach sa taibearnacal, chuir an fial folaithe i bhfearas, agus d’fholaigh sé áirc na Fianaise mar a d’ordaigh an Tiarna do Mhaois.

Chlúdaigh an néal Both na Teagmhála, agus líon glóir an Tiarna an taibearnaca. Níor fhéad Maois dul isteach i mBoth na Teagmhála mar gur luigh an néal uirthi agus gur líon glóir an Tiarna an taibearnacal.

Gach céim dá n-aistear, aon uair a ardaítí an néal ón taibearnacal, chuireadh clann Iosrael chun siúil arís. Mura n-ardófaí an néal, d’fhanaidís gan bogadh ar aghaidh go dtí go ndéanfaí. Óir luíodh néal an Tiarna ar an taibearnacal sa lá, agus bhíodh tine ar
lasadh ann san oíche, agus sin le feiceáil ag teaghlach Iosrael go léir, gach céim dá

Salm le Freagra                       Sm 83
Freagra:                                       Nach álainn go dearfa d’áras, a Thiarna na slua

1. Ag meirtniú le méin do m’anam,, a thiarna
Santaíonn sé cúirteanna an Tiarna.
Gairdíonn mo chroí is mo cholainn,
i nDia – an Dia bithbheo.                                                      Freagra

 2. An gealbhan féin, fuair sé teach;
fuair an fháinleog nead di féin
mar a gcuirfeadh sí a hál ag d’altóirí;
a Thiarna na slua, a rí liom is a Dhia.                             Freagra

3. Is méanar dá ndéanann cónaí i do theach;
beidh siad do do mholadh de shíor.
Is méanar dóibh siúd gur tusa a neart;
an dream a mbíonn do shlite ina gcroí.                         Freagra

4. B’fhearr liom aon lá amháin i do chúirteanna
ná míle lá in aon áit eile.
B’fhearr liom bheith ar thairseach theach Dé
ná bheith i mo chónaí i mbothanna na bpeacach.   Freagra

AN SOISCÉAL:                                Matha 13:47-53
Is cosúil ríocht na bhflaitheas le heangach a cuireadh san fharraige agus a ghabh gach uile shórt.

Jesus-fishing-San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: “Nó fós, is cosúil ríocht na bhflaitheas le heangach a cuireadh san fharraige agus a ghabh gach uile shórt. Ar bheith lán di, tharraing siad aníos ar an gcladach í, shuigh siad síos ansin ag cnuasach gach tairbhe i soithí agus ag caitheamh na dramhaíola uathu. Sin mar a bheidh i ndeireadh an tsaoil: rachaidh na haingil amach agus scarfaidh siad na drochdhaoine ó na fíréin agus teilgfidh siad san fhoirnéis tine iad. Is ann a bheidh gol agus díoscán fiacla.

“Ar thuig sibh na nithe sin uile?” “Thuigeamar,” ar siad leis. Dúirt sé leo: “Sin an fáth, gach scríobhaí a bhíonn ina dheisceabal de ríocht na bhflaitheas, gur cosúil é le fear tí a thógann amach as a stór nithe nua agus sean.”

Ansin, nuair a bhí deireadh na bparabal sin inste aige, d’fhág Íosa an áit sin.

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Sunday's Readings
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME St Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop, and St Peter Julian Eymard, priest, are not celebrated this year. The Indulgence of St Mary of the Portiuncula may be gained on 2 August, or on another day determined by the Ordinary for the convenience of the people, by visiting the parish church, reciting there the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed, in addition to sacramental confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Pope. The visit may be made from noon the previous day until midnight of the day itself.

Like the manna in the desert, bread in plenty for the crowds is seen as a sign of the coming of the kingdom and of the heavenly banquet in the end times. The actions of Jesus in the desert are described in the same way as his actions at the Last Supper: he takes, blesses, breaks and gives. But he gives the Bread of Life.

FIRST READING                    1 Exodus 16:2-4. 12-15
I will rain down bread for you from the heavens.

The whole community of the sons of Israel began to complain against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness and said to them, 'Why did we not die at the Lord's hand in the land of Egypt, when we were able to sit down to pans of meat and could eat bread to our heart's content! As it is, you have brought us to this wilderness to starve this whole company to death!.'

MANNA-FALLING-FROM-HEAVENThen the Lord said to Moses, 'Now I will rain down bread for you from the heavens. Each day the people are to go out and gather the day's portion; I propose to test them in this way to see whether they will follow my law or not.'

'I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel. Say this to them, "Between the two evenings you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have bread to your heart's content. Then you will learn that I, the Lord, am your God." And so it came about: quails flew up in the evening, and they covered the camp; in the morning there was a coating of dew all round the camp. When the coating of dew lifted, there on the surface of the desert was a thing delicate, powdery, as fine as hoarfrost on the ground. When they saw this, the sons of Israel said to one another, 'What is that?' not knowing what it was. 'That' said Moses to them 'is the bread the Lord gives you to eat.'

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:     Ps 77:3-4.23-25.54.
Response                                    The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

1. The things we have heard and understood,
the things our fathers have told us,
we will tell to the next generation:
the glories of the Lord and his might.                       Response

2. He commanded the clouds above
and opened the gates of heaven.
He rained down manna for their food,
and gave them bread from heaven.                        Response

3. Mere men ate the bread of angels.
He sent them abundance of food.
He brought them to his holy land,
to the mountain which his right hand had won.       Response

SECOND READING             Ephesians 4:17.2O-24
Put on the new self that has been created in God's way
living in Jesus
I want to urge you in the name of the Lord, not to go on living the aimless kind of life that pagans live. Now that is hardly the way you have learnt from Christ, unless you failed to hear him properly when you were taught what the truth is in Jesus. You must give up your old way of life; you must put aside your old self, which gets corrupted by following illusory desires. Your mind must be renewed by a spiritual revolution so that you can put on the new self that has been created in God's way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth.

Gospel  Acclamation           Jn 14: 5

Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me.

or                                           Mt 4: 4                      

Alleluia, alleluia!
Man does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God

GOSPEL                          John 6:24-35
He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.

When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, 'Rabbi, when did you come here?' Jesus answered:

'I tell you most solemnly,
you are not looking for me
because you have seen the signs
but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.
Do not work for food that cannot last,
but work for food that endures to eternal life,
the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you,
for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal'

Then they said to him, 'What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?' Jesus gave them this answer, 'This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.' So they said, 'What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'

Jesus answered:walking-with-jesus1

'I tell you most solemnly,
it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven,
it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven,
the true bread;
for the bread of God
is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.'

'Sir,' they said 'give us that bread always.' Jesus answered:

'I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me
will never be hungry;
he who believes in me will never thirst.'

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          Exodus 16:2-4. 12-15
Fearfaidh mé arán anuas ó neamh daoibh

Chrom comhthionól uile chlann Iosrael ar mhonabhar in aghaidh Mhaois agus Árón san fhásach, agus deiridís leo: “Uch gan sinn a fháil bháis ó láimh an Tiarna i gcríocha na hÉigipte agus sinn inár suí ag potaí na feola agus ag ithe aráin go lán boilg. Óir thug tú amach san fhásach seo sinn chun an comhthionól go léir a chur chun báis den ghorta.”

MANNA-FALLING-FROM-HEAVENAnsin dúirt an Tiarna le Maois: “Anois fearfaidh mé arán anuas ó neamh daoibh. Rachaidh an pobal amach gach lá chun cuid an lae sin a chnuasach, d’fhonn iad a phromhadh féachaint an siúlfaidh siad i mbealaí mo dhlí nó nach ndéanfaidh siad.

“Chuala mé,” ar sé, “gearáin chlann Iosrael. Abair é seo leo: ‘Idir dhá sholas tráthnóna beidh feoil le hithe agaibh, agus ar maidin líonfar sibh le harán go smig; beidh a fhios agaibh ansin gur mise, an Tiarna, bhur nDia.’”

Agus is amhlaidh a bhí; an tráthnóna sin tháinig gearga aníos agus líonadar an campa go léir; agus ar maidin bhí brat drúchta timpeall an champa. Nuair a scaip an drúcht bhí an rud mín plurach, mion mar an sioc liath, ina luí ar dhromchla an fhásaigh. Nuair a chonaic clann Iosrael é dúradar lena chéile: “Cad é seo (man hú)?” mar nárbh fhios dóibh cad é. “Sin é,” arsa Maois, “an t-arán a thug an Tiarna

SALM LE FREAGRA.         Sm 77
Freagra :                               Thug an Tiarna dóibh arán ó neamh.

I. Na nithe ba chlos dúinn is ab eol dúinn
agus na nithe a d'inis ár n-aithreacha dúinn,
inseoimid iad don ghlúin atá le teacht:
moltaí an Tiarna is a chumhacht.                         Freagra

2. D'ordaigh sé do na néalta teacht anuas
agus d'oscail sé doirse neimhe.
D'fhear sé anuas orthu manna le hithe
agus thug dóibh arán ó neamh.                            Freagra

3. D'ith an duine arán na n-aingeal.
Chuir sé a sáith bia chucu.
Sheol sé isteach ina thalamh naofa féin iad,
chun na séibhte a bhuaigh a dheaslámh dóibh. Freagra

AN DARA LÉACHT             hEifísigh 4:17. 20-24
Ghabháil chugaibh, an nádúr a cruthaíodh in íomhá Dé.
living in Jesus
A bhráithre, is é a deirim libh, mar sin, in ainm an Tiarna, gan bhur saol a chaitheamh ar nós na bpágánach a mbíonn a n-aird ar nithe baotha, Ní mar sin a chuir sibhse eolas ar Chríost, áfach, má éist sibh leis i gceart agus más í an fhírinne atá in Íosa a múineadh daoibh. Agus is é teagasc a fuair sibh bhur seansaol a chaitheamh uaibh, an sean-nadúr a bhíonn á thruailliú ag ainmhianta claona; athnuachan a dhéanamh ar bhur meon agus ar bhur n-aigne agus an nadúr úrnua a ghabháil chugaibh, an nádúr a cruthaíodh in íomhá Dé ar fhíréantacht agus ar naofacht fhíor.

Alleluia Véarsa                   Mth 4:4

Alleluia, alleluia!
Ní ar arán amháin a mhairfidh an duine,
ach ar an uile fhocal a thagann as béal Dé.   

AN SOISCÉAL                      Eoin 6:24-35
n té a thagann chugamsa ní bheidh ocras air choíche:an té a chreideann ionamsa ní bheidh tart air choíche.

an am sin nuair a chonaic an slua mar sin nach raibh Íosa ná a dheisceabail san áit, chuaigh siad ar bord na long agus tháinig siad go Cafarnáum ar lorg Íosa. Nuair a fuair siad é taobh thall den fharraige dúirt siad leis: “A raibí, cén uair a tháinig tú anseo?”
D’fhreagair Íosa:

“Amen, Amen, a deirim libh,
tá sibh ar mo lorg,
agus ní de bhrí go bhfaca sibh comharthaí
ach de bhrí gur ith sibh na builíní
agus go bhfuair sibh bhur sáith.
Ná saothraigí an bia a théann amú,
ach saothraigí an bia a mhaireann chun na beatha síoraí,
é siúd a thabharfaidh Mac an Duine daoibh.
Óir is air sin a chuir Dia an tAthair a shéala.”

Dúirt siad leis ansin: “Cad tá le déanamh againn ionas go ndéanfaimis oibreacha Dé?” D’fhreagair Íosa: “Is í seo obair Dé,” ar sé leo, “go gcreidfeadh sibh sa té a chuir sé uaidh.” Dúirt siad leis: “Cén comhartha mar sin atá tú a dhéanamh ionas go bhfeicfimis é agus go gcreidfimis ionat? Cad atá tú a dhéanamh? D’ith ár n-aithreacha manna san fhásach faoi mar atá scríofa: ‘Thug sé arán ó neamh dóibh le hithe.’” Dúirt Íosa leo ansin:

“Amen, Amen, a deirim libh,walking-with-jesus1
ní hé Maois a thug an t-arán ó neamh daoibh,
ach is é m’Athair a thugann an t-arán ó neamh daoibh,
an t-arán fírinneach.
Óir is é arán Dé an té a thagann anuas ó neamh
agus a thugann beatha don domhan.”
“A dhuine uasail,” ar siad ansin leis, “tabhair dúinn an t-arán sin i gcónaí.” Dúirt Íosa leo:
“Mise arán na beatha,
an té a thagann chugamsa ní bheidh ocras air choíche,
agus an té a chreideann ionamsa ní bheidh tart air choíche.

© An Sagart