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

A Prayer II.

 

Almighty God of creation and eternity,

do not stay far from me when trouble is near.

Allow my unique life to discover its true meaning
within your caring providence.

Be near me when my courage falters,
when my emotions are raw and threaten to overwhelm me.

Calm me, comfort me, forgive me.

Be my strength and source of truth.

Within the loving and healing arms of Jesus

I make this prayer. Amen.
Source: “The Psalms: Human Voices of Prayer and Suffering” by Carmel McCarthy RSM.
Saint of the day

Jan 20 - Saints Fabian (d. 250) and Sebastian (d. 288)


Ss Fabian and Sebastian -
are honoured together since their names are linked together in the Calendar of Filocalus of 354, which gives the commemoration dates of past popes and martyrs. They are also named together as companions in the Litany of the Saints. Patrick Duffy tells their story.

Pope St FabianFabian - lay man become pope and an excellent administrator
Fabian was a layman who became pope in 236, chosen, according to Eusebius, because a dove landed on his head when the community gathered for the election. He was a good administrator. He divided Rome into seven areas each served by a deacon.He organised building works in the cemeteries (Catacombs) and brought back the bodies of Saints Pontian and Hippolytus from Sardinia. His fourteen years as pope seem to have been mostly a period of peace, but when the persecution of Decius took place he was one of its first victims. His epitaph in the catacomb of St Callistus reads: "Fabian, bishop, martyr."

Sebastian - soldier and martyr shot with arrowsSab 1
Sebastian was probably a native of Milan, born of Christian parents. He was drafted into the army and became the captain of the guard of Maximinian at Rome. Because of this he was able to help some Christians arrested during the persecution of Diocletian. But on finding this out, the Emperor Diocletian ordered him to be shot with arrows.

Thrown into the sewer
Sab2A legend tells how a Christian widow Irene found him still breathing, carried him to her home and nursed him back to health. He then went to the Emperor to confront him for the cruelty of his persecution. The enraged emperor had him beaten to death and his body thrown in the Cloaca Maxima, Rome's main sewer. The Christians recovered his body, washed it and wrapped it in a shroud and buried it outside outside the walls along the Appian Way in the vaults now known as the catacombs of St Sebastian.

Sebastian a theme of artists
The figure of St Sebastian pierced by arrows is one of the most recognisable images in art and has been the theme of many artists both of the renaissance and the modern era.
Today's Readings
First Reading                 Hebrews 8:6-13
It is a better covenant of which he is the mediator.

We have seen that Jesus has been given a ministry of a far higher order, and to the same degree it is a better covenant of which he is the mediator, founded on better promises. If that first covenant had been without a fault, there would have been no need for a second one to replace it. And in fact God does find fault with them; he says:

Jesus covenantSee, the days are coming - it is the Lord who speaks –
when I will establish a new covenant
with the House of Israel and the House of Judah,
but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors
on the day I took them by the hand
to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
They abandoned that covenant of mine,
and so I on my side deserted them. It is the Lord who speaks.
No, this is the covenant I will make with
the House of Israel
when those days arrive - it is the Lord who speaks.
I will put my laws into their minds
and write them on their hearts.
Then I will be their God
and they shall be my people.
There will be no further need for neighbour to try to teach neighbour,
or brother to say to brother,
'Learn to know the Lord'.
No, they will all know me,
the least no less than the greatest,
since I will forgive their iniquities
and never call their sins to mind.

By speaking of a new covenant, he implies that the first one is already old. Now anything old only gets more antiquated until in the end it disappears.

Responsorial Psalm    Ps 84
Response:                         Mercy and faithfulness have met.

1. Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
and give us your saving help.
His help is near for those who fear him
and his glory will dwell in our land.       Response


2. Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring,from the earth
and justice look down from heaven.     Response


3. The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him"
and peace shall follow his-steps.             Response


Gospel  Acclamation  2 Thess2: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Through the Good News that we brought he called us to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Alleluia!


or                                           2 Cor 5: 19
Alleluia, alleluia!
God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself, and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.
Alleluia!


Gospel                                Mark 3:13-19
He summoned those he wanted to be his companions.

Jesus appoints the twelveJesus went up into the hills and summoned those he wanted. So they came to him and he appointed twelve; they were to be his companions and to be sent out to preach, with power to cast out devils.

And so he appointed the Twelve: Simon to whom he gave the name Peter, James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom he gave the name Boanerges or 'Sons of Thunder'; then Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the man who was to betray him.
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Reflection on today's Gospel text
The gospel reading says that Jesus summoned those he wanted and it lists the names of twelve of his disciples. The last disciple is named as Judas Iscariot, the man who was to betray him. Mark the evangelist was writing with hindsight, knowing that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus to his enemies. Yet Mark acknowledges at the beginning of that gospel reading that Judas Iscariot was among that group whom Jesus wanted. Jesus made a clear choice of these twelve from among the other disciples; these are the ones he wanted. There is no suggestion in the gospels that when Jesus chose Judas he knew at the time that Judas would betray him. It seems that although Jesus wanted Judas, Judas, in the end, did not want Jesus. The Lord calls each one of us to be his followers. His call is made anew to us every day of our lives. The Lord wants us to respond to his call. Yet, we also have to want to respond. The Lord cannot force our response, no more than he could have forced the response of Judas. The Lord needs our free response to his call. Otherwise it would not be a fully human response. What does the Lord call us to? The gospel reading says that he wanted the twelve to be his companions and to be sent out. The Lord calls us, wants us, to be his companions firstly. He calls us to be with him as he is with us; this is the call to prayer. He also calls us to be sent out. From our prayerful companionship with the Lord we are sent out by him as his ambassadors, as people who witness to his values, his attitudes and his whole way of life.

Martin Hogan
Weekday Reflections: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017
www.messenger.ie

 
An Chéad Léacht          Eabhraig 8:6-13
Is é fírinne an scéil é go bhfuil ministreacht shagartúil níos uaisle ag Íosa sa mhéid gurb uaisle é an conradh a bhfuil seisean ina idirghabhálaí air

A bhráithre, is é fírinne an scéil é go bhfuil ministreacht shagartúil níos uaisle ná sin faighte ag Íosa sa mhéid gurb uaisle é an conradh a bhfuil seisean ina idirghabhálaí air. Óir, is fearr na gealltanais ar a bhfuil an conradh sin bunaithe.

Dá mbeadh an chéad chonradh gan locht ní bheadh call leis an dara ceann. Ach, déanta na fírinne, lochtaíonn Dia a phobal nuair a deir sé:

“Féach! a deir an Tiarna, tá na laethanta ag teacht a ndéanfaidh mé conradh nua
le teaghlach Iosrael agus le teaghlach Iúdá.
Ní bheidh sé cosúil leis an gconradh a rinne mé lena sinsir
an lá úd ar rug mé ar láimh orthu
chun iad a sheoladh amach as tír na hÉigipte.
Ach ní raibh siad dílis don chonradh a rinne mé leo
agus mar sin de thréig mé iad, a deir an Tiarna.
Agus seo é an conradh a dhéanfaidh mé le teaghlach Iosrael
tar éis na laethanta sin, a deir an Tiarna:
Cuirfidh mé mo dhlíthe isteach ina n-aignejesus crucified
agus scríobhfaidh mé ar a gcroí iad
agus beidh mise i mo Dhia acu
agus beidh siadsan ina bpobal agamsa.
Ní bheidh ar aon duine acu a chomharsa
nó a bhráthair a mhúineadh, á rá:
Bíodh aithne agat ar an Tiarna.
Óir beidh aithne ag cách orm ó liath go leanbh.
Maithfidh mé a gcionta dóibh
agus ní chuimhneoidh mé ar a bpeacaí feasta.”

Ag lua an chonartha nua dó, tá an chéad chonradh curtha as dáta aige. Agus an rud atá as dáta agus atá ag dul in aois is gearr go rachaidh sé ar ceal ar fad.

Salm le Freagra           Sm 84
Freagra :                         Casadh ar a chéile an trócaire is an dílseacht.


I. Táispeain dúinn, a Thiarna, do thrócaire,
agus tabhair dúinn do shlánú.
Tá a shlánú i ngar do lucht a eaglaithe
chun go gcónóidh an ghlóir inár dtir.                          Freagra

2. Casadh ar a chéile an trócaire is an dílseacht,
phóg an fhíréantacht is, an tsíocháin a chéile.
Eascróidh an dílseacht as an tálámh
agus breathnóidh an fhíréantacht anuas ó neamh.  Freagra

3. Tabharíaidh an Tiarna fós an mhaith,
agus Tábharíaidh an talámh a toradh uaithi.
Rachaidh an fíréantacht roimhe amach,
agus an tsíochcáin i lorg a choiscéimeanna.              Freagra


An Soiscéal
                        Marcas 3:13-19
Tháinig siad chuige, agus cheap sé dáréag mar chompánaigh aige féin

Jesus appoints the twelveChuaigh sé an sliabh suas agus ghlaoigh sé chuige iad seo ab áil leis féin. Tháinig siad chuige, agus cheap sé dáréag mar chompánaigh aige féin agus chun go gcuirfeadh sé uaidh iad ag seanmóir, agus údarás acu chun na deamhain a chaitheamh amach.

Cheap sé an dáréag, Síomón ar ar thug sé Peadar mar ainm, Séamas mac Zeibidé agus Eoin deartháir Shéamais ar thug sé Bóanaeirgis mar ainm orthu, is é sin, clann na toirní, Aindrias, Pilib, Parthalán, Matha, Tomás, Séamas mac Alfáias, Tadáias, Síomón an Cananáiach, agus Iúdás Isceiriót an fear a bhraith é.



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Sunday's Readings

-  22 Jan 2017 -


First Reading               Isaiah 8:23-9:3
In Galilee of the nations the people have seen a great light.

In days past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in days to come he will confer glory on the Way of the Sea on the far side of Jordan, province of the nations.

DamascusThe people that walked in darkness
has seen a great light;
on those who live in a land of deep shadow
a light has shone.
You have made their gladness greater,
you have made their joy increase;
they rejoice in your presence
as men rejoice at harvest time,
as men are happy when they are dividing the spoils.

For the yoke that was weighing on him,
the bar across his shoulders,
the rod of his oppressor,
these you break as on the day of Midian.
The Word of the Lord 

Responsorial Psalm   Ps 26
Response                        The Lord is my light and my help.

1. The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?         Response


2. There is one thing I ask of the Lord,
for this I long,
to live in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life,
to savour the sweetness of the Lord,
to behold his temple.                     Response


3. I am sure I shall see the Lord's goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!                          Response


SECOND READING               1 Corinthians 1:10-13. 17
Make up the difference between you instead of disagreeing among youslves

I appeal to you, brothers, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, to make up the differences between you, and instead of disagreeing among yourselves, to be united again in your belief and practice. From what Chloe's people have been telling me, my dear brothers, it is clear that there are serious differences among you. What I mean are all these slogans that you have, like: 'I am for Paul,' 'I am for Apollos,' 'I am for Cephas,' 'I am for Christ'. Has Christ been parcelled out? Was it Paul that was crucified for you? Were you baptised in the name of Paul?

For Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the Good News, and not to preach that in the terms of philosophy in which the crucifixion of Christ cannot be expressed.

The Word of the Lord 

Gospel Acclamation  Mt 4:23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus proclaimed the Good News of the kingdom,
and cured all kinds of sickness among the people
Alleluia!

or                                       Jn 1:14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven  and glory in the highest heavens!
Alleluia!


Gospel                               Matthew 4:12-23
Jesus went and settled in Capernaum: in this way the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled

Hearing that John had been arrested Jesus went back to Galilee,  and leaving Nazareth he went and settled in Capernaum, a lakeside town on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali.  In this way the prophecy of Isaiah was to be fulfilled:

'Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali!
Way of the sea on the far side of Jordan,
Galilee of the nations!
The people that lived in darkness
has seen a great light;
on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death
a light has dawned.'

From that moment Jesus began his preaching with the message, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.'

call by JesusAs he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.' And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogue proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds diseases and sickness among the people.

The Gospel of the Lord    

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Shorter form of the Gospel:     Matthew 4:12-23
Jesus went and settled in Capernaum: in this way the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled

Hearing that John had been arrested Jesus went back to Galilee,  and leaving Nazareth he went and settled in Capernaum, a lakeside town on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali.  In this way the prophecy of Isaiah was to be fulfilled:

'Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali!
Way of the sea on the far side of Jordan,
Galilee of the nations!
The people that lived in darkness
has seen a great light;
on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death
a light has dawned.'

From that moment Jesus began his preaching with the message, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand'.
The Gospel of the Lord       

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An Chéad Léacht           Íseáia 8:23-9:3
I nGailíl na gciníocha chonaic an pobal solas mór.

San am atá thart thug sé béim síos do thír Zabúlun agus do thír Naftáilí, ach san amatá ag teacht ardóidh sé bealach na farraige, an taobh thall den Iordáin, Gailíl nagciníocha.

DamascusAn pobal a bhí ag siúl sa dorchadas,
chonaic siad solas mór;
agus ar mhuintir na tíre gruama
tá solas ag lonrú.
Chuir tú go mór lena n-áthas,
mheadaigh tú ar a lúcháir;
tá siad ag déanamh gairdis os do chomhair,
mar a dhéanann in aimsir an fhómhair,
amhail an gairdeas lena roinntear an chreach.

Óir an chuing a bhí anuas orthu,
an choirb ar a nguaillí,
agus slat an aintiarna,
déanann tú smionagar díobh mar a rinne tú lá Midian

Salm le Freagra           Sm  26
Freagra:                           Is é an Tiarna mo sholas is mo shlánú.

1. Is é an Tiarna mo sholas is mo shlánú.:
cé a chuirfidh eagla orm?
Is é an Tiarna dúnáras me bheatha:
cé a chuirfidh ar crith me?                                  Freagra

2. Aon ní amhain a iarraim ar an Tiarna,
eilím é seo:
bheith i mo chónaí i dteach an Tiarna
fad a bheidh mé beo,
chun go mblaisfinn aoibhneas an Tiarna
agus go bhfeicfinn a theampall.                         Freagra

3. Creidim go bhfeicfidh mé maitheas an Tiarna,
i dtír na mbeo.
Fan leis an Tiarna; bí cróga;
bíodh do chroí go tréan is fan leis an Tiarna. Freagra

An Dara Léacht            1 Coirintigh 1:10-13. 17

Impím oraibh, a bhráithre, in ainm ár dTiarna Íosa Críost, sibh go léir a bheith ar aon fhocal agus gan aon siosmaí a bheith eadraibh, ach sibh a bheith dlúite le chéile ar aon aigne agus ar aon intinn. Mar tá sé curtha ar mo shúile dom ag muintir Chlóé, a bhráithre, go mbíonn sibh in achrann le chéile. Is é atá i gceist agam go mbíonn gach duine agaibh á rá: “leanaimse Pól,” nó “leanaimse Apollós,” nó “leanaimse Céafas,” nó “leanaimse Críost.” An amhlaidh atá Críost roinnte ina choda? An é Pól a céasadh ar an gcrois ar bhur son? An in ainm Phóil a baisteadh sibh?

Mar ní ag baisteadh a chuir Críost uaidh mé ach ag fógairt an dea-scéil agus é a dhéanamh gan dul i muinín
eagna urlabhra ar eagla cros Chríost a choilleadh.

Alleluia Véarsa             Mth 4: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
D'fógair Íosa Dea-Scéal na ríochta, agus leigheas sé gach galar
agus gach éagruas i measc an phobail.
Alleluia!

An Soiscéal                    Matha 4:12-23
Chuir sé faoi i gCafarnáum chun go gcomhlíonfaí a ndúradh trí Íseáia fáidh.

Nuair a chuala Íosa go raibh Eoin tugtha ar láimh, chuaigh sé i leataobh go dtí an Ghailíl. D’fhág sé Nazarat agus chuir faoi i gCafarnáum cois na farraige, i gcríocha Zabúlun agus Naftáilím chun go gcomhlíonfaí a ndúradh trí Íseáia fáidh:

“Talamh Zabúlun, talamh Naftáilím,
bóthar na farraige, an taobh eile den Iordáin,
Gailíl na gciníocha,
an pobal a bhí ina suí sa dorchadas,
chonaic siad solas mór,
an mhuintir a chónaigh i dtír scáilmhear an bháis,
d’éirigh solas chucu.”

call by JesusÓn am sin amach, thosaigh Íosa ag seanmóir agus ag rá: “Déanaigí aithrí, mar tá ríocht na bhflaitheas in achmaireacht.”

Ag siúl dó cois farraige na Gailíle, chonaic sé beirt dearthár, Síomón ar a dtugtar Peadar agus Aindrias a dheartháir, ag caitheamh eangacha san fharraige, mar iascairí a bhí iontu. Labhair sé leo: “Tagaigí i mo dhiaidh, agus déanfaidh mé iascairí ar dhaoine díbh.” D’fhág siad na líonta láithreach agus lean siad é. Bhuail sé ar aghaidh, agus chonaic sé beirt dearthár eile, Séamas mac Zeibidé agus Eoin a dheartháir: bhí siad sa bhád in éineacht lena n-athair, Zeibidé, ag cóiriú a gcuid líonta; agus ghlaoigh sé iad. D’fhág siad an bád agus a n-athair láithreach agus lean siad é.

Agus ghabh Íosa ar fud na Gailíle go léir, ag teagasc sna sionagóga, ag fógairt
dea-scéil na ríochta, agus ag leigheas gach galar agus gach éagruas i measc an phobail.

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Malairt Soiscéal gearr   Matha 4:12-17


Chuir sé faoi i gCafarnáum chun go gcomhlíonfaí a ndúradh trí Íseáia fáidh.

Nuair a chuala Íosa go raibh Eoin tugtha ar láimh, chuaigh sé i leataobh go dtí an Ghailíl. D’fhág sé Nazarat agus chuir faoi i gCafarnáum cois na farraige, i gcríocha Zabúlun agus Naftáilím chun go gcomhlíonfaí a ndúradh trí Íseáia fáidh:

“Talamh Zabúlun, talamh Naftáilím,Waiting for God
bóthar na farraige, an taobh eile den Iordáin,
Gailíl na gciníocha,
an pobal a bhí ina suí sa dorchadas,
chonaic siad solas mór,
an mhuintir a chónaigh i dtír scáilmhear an bháis,
d’éirigh solas chucu.”

Ón am sin amach, thosaigh Íosa ag seanmóir agus ag rá: “Déanaigí aithrí, mar tá ríocht na bhflaitheas in achmaireacht.”



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