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Thought for today

The Pharisee and the Publican.


Today’s Gospel, the story of the Pharisee and the publican, is a wonderful story that has a lot to teach us about ourselves and our relationship with God.

The parable makes is clear that the verdict of justification is on the side of the publican. Forgiveness can only be found when we finally face our darkness, “our sin”, and admit that it is a part of us, needing exposure and healing. In addition, we can stop pretending when we admit we are sinners. We no longer have to wear a mask that we present to the world – we can be who we are. We are a mixture of “weeds and wheat.” When we reach that point, a real pressure is lifted from our shoulders and we become free. God loves all of me, although it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that “God only loves the good”. God wants all of me but sees the contradiction in my life – he loves me just the same.

The fact that both the Pharisee and the publican went to pray is significant. Although the prayer of the Pharisee was self-justifying, there was a small spark in him that required a relationship with God. The two men went to pray – we need to pray also. Without prayer, it is not possible to maintain a relationship with God or to deepen that relationship.

Deirdre Powell

Source: by Fr. Martin Tierney (adapted).
Saint of the day

Oct 23 - St John of Capistrano (1386-1456) reforming Franciscan

Joseph of CupertinoJohn of Capistrano was a leading figure in the Observant (strict observance of poverty) movement in the Franciscan Order in the fifteenth century. Because he rallied an army to defend Belgrade against the Turks, he is the patron of military chaplains. His zeal in persecuting Hussites and his anti-Semitic sentiments have been points of criticism of him by later historians. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Early career as lawyer and governor of Perugia
John was born in Capestrano, a medieval fortress town in the Abruzzo region, east of Rome. His father was possibly a French or German knight who came to Italy with the army of Louis I of Anjou, but he died when John was still young. John studied law at the University of Perugia and worked as a lawyer in Naples. In 1412 he was appointed governor of Perugia by King Ladislas of Naples and married the daughter of a Perugian nobleman. When war broke out between Perugia and Sigismundo Malatesta of Rimini in 1416, John tried to broker a peace, but his opponents ignored the truce, and took John as a prisoner of war.

Conversion experience
While in prison, John had a conversion experience in which St Francis appeared to him in a dream telling him to enter the Franciscan order. His marriage had not been consummated, so with his wife's consent John got an annulment. On the feast of St. Francis, October 4, 1415, he was received into the Franciscans of the Strict Observance at Perugia.

J Capis2An ascetic
Although he had been a successful secular man, John cultivated extraordinary asceticism and genuine humility. A disciple of St Bernardine of Siena, after his ordination in 1418 both worked successfully as itinerant preachers throughout the Italian peninsula and later in Germany, Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Russia, preaching to tens of thousands.

Obversants and Conventuals
At this time there was a split in the order between the Conventuals and the Obvservants about the interpretation of the rule of St Francis. The Conventuals stressed the value of community life and choral recitation of the Divine Office; the Observants stressed the strict observance of poverty. Bernardine and John were on the Observant side.

Accused to Rome of heresy for preaching devotion to the Holy Name, John in speaking in his defence so impressed the commission of cardinals that from then on he was frequently employed as a papal legate and as an inquisitor by Popes Eugene IV and Nicholas V, visiting all part of the empire.

As legate or inquisitor John went into action against heretical groups in Italy - the Fraticelli of Ferrara, the Jesuati of Venice - and around Europe - especially the Hussites of Germany, Hungary and Bohemia. He is also accused of anti-Semitism. His methods and attitudes were those of his time, but would not be condoned today.

J Capis 2Crusade against the Turks
In 1454 Pope Callistus III ordered John to preach a crusade against the Muslim Turks who under Mahomet II were then outside Belgrade. Early in 1456 he rallied an army led by the Hungarian general, John Hunyadi, to defend Belgrade. Hunyadi conquered the foe by sea on July 14. Friar John, personally headied the troops on July 21, and, invoking the Holy Name, was principally responsible for the land victory and was hailed as the "apostle of Europe."

Death, influence and patronage
However, soon after the battle of Belgrade he took ill and died. He was canonised in 1724. Two missions of San Juan Capistrano were founded by Spanish Franciscans in the 18th century - one in California and one in San Antonio, Texas. It is the one in California that inspired the popular song When the swallows come back to Capistrano. St John of Capistrano is the patron saint of jurists and military chaplains.
Today's Readings
FIRST READING:         Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14. 16-19
The humble person's prayer pierces the clouds.

The Lord is a judge
who is no respecter of personages.
judge-godHe shows no respect of personages to the detriment of a poor man,
he listens to the plea of the injured party.
He does not ignore the orphan's supplication,
nor the widow's as she pours out her story.

The man who with his whole heart serves God will be accepted,
his petitions will carry to the clouds.
The humble man's prayer pierces the clouds,
until it arrives he is inconsolable,
nor will he desist until the Most High takes notice of him,
acquits the virtuous and delivers judgement.
And the Lord will not be slow,
nor will he be dilatory on their behalf.

Responsorial Psalm:   Ps 32
Response                          This poor man called; the Lord heard him.

1. 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. The Lord turns his face against the wicked
to destroy their remembrance from the earth.
The just call and the Lord hears
and rescues them in all their distress.                     Response 

3. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted;
those whose spirit is crushed he will save.
The Lord ransoms the souls of his servants.
Those who hide in him shall not be condemned.  Response

SECOND READING:    2 Timothy 4:6-8. 16-18
All there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me

My life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.

The first time I had to present my defence, there was not a single witness to support me. Every one of them deserted me - may they not be held accountable for it. But the Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion's mouth. The Lord will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel  Acclamation  Mt 11: 25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.

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.

GOSPEL:                           Luke 18:9-14
The publican, I tell you, went home again at rights with God; the Pharisee did not.

JPublican and Phariseeesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else,

'Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, "I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like the rest of mankind, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get."

The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner".
This man, I tell you, went home again at rights with God; the other did not. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.'

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: Sírach35:12-14. 16-19
Gabhann guí an duine uirísil trí na néalta suas.

Is breitheamh é an Tiarna,
agus is ionann íseal agus uasal aige.
Ní dhéanfaidh sé leathchuma ar an duine bocht,
ach éistfidh sé le hachainí an té a ndearnadh éagóir air.
Ní thabharfaidh sé cluas bhodhar d’achainí an dílleachta,
ná don bhaintreach nuair a inseoidh sí a scéal dó.

An té a fhónann le dea-thoil, glacfar leis,
agus bainfidh a achainí na néalta féin amach.
Gabhann guí an duine uirísil trí na néalta suas,
agus ní bhfaighidh sé sólás go mbainfidh sí ceann sprice amach.
Ní stopfaidh sé choíche go dtabharfaidh an té is Airde aird air,
agus go seasfaidh sé ceart don dream macánta agus go dtabharfaidh sé breithiúnas
Ní dhéanfaidh an Tiarna aon mhoill,
ná ní dhéanfaidh sé foighne ar a son,

Freagra :                        Scread an t-ainniseoir is chuala an Tiarna é.

1. Beannóidh mé an Tiarna gach uile thráth,
beidh a mheladh ar mé bhéal de shíor.
Déanann m'anam mórtas as an Tiarna:
cluineadh lucht na huirísle is déanaidís lúcháir.                  Freagra

2.Bíonn gnúis an Tiarna iompaithe ó lucht déanta an oilc
chun go scriosfadh sé a gcuimhne as an talamh.
Glaonn na fíréin ar chabhair, is éisteann an Tiarna leo
agus saorann sé iad óna n-anacraí go léir.                             Freagra

3. Is gairid an Tiarna do lucht an chroí bhrúite,
agus tarrthaíonn sé lucht an spioraid bhriste.
Saorann an Tiarna anamacha a sheirbhíseach,
ní ghearrfar pionós ar aon dúine a thriallann chuige.       Freagra

AN DARA LÉACHT:  2 Timóteas4:6-8. 16-18
Tá craobh na fíréantachta in áirithe dom feasta. 

I dtaca liom féin de, táim do mo dhoirteadh amach cheana féin mar a bheadh deoch íobartha agus tá uair na scarúna buailte liom. Tá an comhrac maith tugtha agam, tá mo rás rite, tá an creideamh coinnithe agam. Tá craobh na fíréantachta in áirithe dom feasta agus bronnfaidh an Tiarna féin, an breitheamh cóir, orm í an lá sin agus ní ormsa amháin é ach ar an uile dhuine a bheidh ag tnúth lena thaibhsiú.

Ag plé mo chúise dom don chéad uair ní raibh duine ar bith a sheas ceart dom; thréig an uile dhuine mé. Nár agraí Dia orthu é. Sheas an Tiarna liom, áfach, agus thug an neart dom go bhfógróinn an teachtaireacht ina hiomláine agus go n-éisteodh na gintlithe uile léi. Saoradh mé ó bhéal an leoin agus saorfaidh an Tiarna mé ó gach olc agus tabharfaidh sé slán chun a ríochta ar neamh mé, moladh go deo leis. Amen.

Alleluia Véarsa              Mt 11:25  
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tugaim buíochas duit, a Athair,  a Thiarna neimhe agus talún,
de chionn mar a cheil tú na nithe seo ar lucht eagna agus éirime agus mar a d’fhoilsigh tú do naíonáin iad.                                         

Publican and PhariseeAN SOISCÉAL:                           Lúcás 18:9-14
Chuaigh sé seo síos abhaile fíréanaithe, ní ionann is é siúd.

San am sin labhair Íosa an parabal seo chun daoine áirithe a bhí teann astu féin bheith fíréanta, agus gur bheag orthu cách eile: “Chuaigh beirt fhear suas don Teampall ag guí; Fairisíneach duine acu agus poibleacánach an duine eile. Rinne an Fairisíneach, agus é go ceannard, guí mar seo leis féin: ‘A Dhia, tugaim a bhuíochas duit nach bhfuilim ar nós cách eile, atá ina sladaithe, ina lucht éagóra, ina n-adhaltranaigh, ná fiú amháin ar nós an phoibleacánaigh úd. Déanaim troscadh dhá uair sa tseachtain, íocaim na deachúna ar gach ní dá bhfaighim.’ Ach sheas an poibleacánach i bhfad siar, agus níorbh áil leis fiú amháin a shúile a ardú chun na bhflaitheas, ach é ag bualadh a uchta, ag rá: ‘A Dhia, glac trua dom, an peacach.’ Deirim libh, chuaigh sé seo síos abhaile fíréanaithe, ní ionann is é siúd. Óir gach aon duine a ardaíonn é féin, ísleofar é, agus an té a íslíonn é féin ardófar é.”

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Sunday's Readings
FIRST READING:        Wisdom 11:22-12:2
You are merciful to all because you love all that exists.

God + WorldIn your sight the whole world is like a grain of dust that tips the scales,
like a drop of morning dew falling on the ground.
Yet you are merciful to all, because you can do all things
and overlook men's sins so that they can repent.
Yes, you love all that exists, you hold nothing of what you have made in abhorrence,
for had you hated anything, you would not have formed it.
And how, had you not willed it, could a thing persist,
how be conserved if not called forth by you?
You spare all things because all things are yours, Lord, lover of life, you whose imperishable spirit is in all.
Little by little, therefore, you correct those who offend,
you admonish and remind them of how they have sinned,
so that they may abstain from evil and trust in you, Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 144
Response                        If I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

1. I will give you glory, O God my King,
I will bless your name for ever.
I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.            Response

2. The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.      Response

3. All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God.           Response

4. The Lord is faithful in all his words
and loving in all his deeds.
The Lord supports all who fall
and raises all who are bowed down.   Response

Second Reading:          2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
The name of Christ will be glorified in you and you in him.

We pray continually that our God will make you worthy of his call, and by his power fulfil all your desires for goodness and complete all that you have been doing through faith;  because in this way the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified in you and you in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

To turn now, brothers, to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we shall all be gathered round him:  please do not get excited too soon or alarmed by any prediction or rumour or any letter claiming to come from us, implying that the Day of the Lord has already arrived.

Gospel  Acclamation   Lk 19:38
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens! 

or                       Jn 3: 16
Alleluia, alleluia!
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.

:        Luke 19: 1-10
The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost.

 ZacchaeusJesus entered Jericho and was going through the town when a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. He was anxious to see what kind of man Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him: 'Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I must stay at your house today.' And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully.

They all complained when they saw what was happening. 'He has gone to stay at a sinner's house' they said. But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, 'Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost'.

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright
AN CHÉAD LÉACHT: hEagna 11:22-12:2
Óir tá grá agat do gach uile ní atá ann.

God + WorldI do láthairse, a Thiarna, tá an domhan go léir mar dhúradán deannaigh
a chuireann an mheá ó chothrom
agus mar bhraon drúchta a thiteann ar an talamh go moch ar maidin.
Tá trua agat do gach uile ní
mar is féidir leat gach uile ní a dhéanamh;
scaoileann tú tharat peacaí an domhain
le súil go ndéanfaidh siad aithrí iontu.
Óir tá grá agat do gach uile ní atá ann
agus ní ábhar déistine duit aon ní dá ndearna tú.
Mar dá mba fhuath leat ní ar bith
ní bheifeá tar éis é a chruthú.
Conas a d’fhéadfadh aon ní maireachtáil
murach gur toil leatsa é?
Conas a d’fhéadfaí aon ní a chaomhnú
dá mba rud é nach raibh gairm faighte aige uaitse?
Coiglíonn tú gach uile ní mar is leatsa iad,
AThiarna, a chara na mbeo.
Óir tá do spiorad domhillte féin i ngach uile ní.
Beagán ar bheagán, mar sin,
ceartaíonn tú na daoine a dhéanann peacaí;
cuireann tú a gcionta i gcuimhne dóibh
agus tugann tú rabhadh dóibh fúthu
d’fhonn go scarfar iad ón olc
agus go gcuirfidh siad a muinín ionatsa, a Thiarna.

Freagra :                        Beannóidh mé d'ainm de shíor, a Dhia liom, is a Rí

1. Tabharfaidh mé glóir duit, a Dhia liom, is a Ri
     beannóidh mé d'ainm de shíor.
     Beannóidh mé thú gach uile lá
     agus molfaidh mé thú de shíor.              Freagra

2. Is ceansa trócaireach é an Tiarna,
    mall chun feirge agus lán de chineáltas.
    Is maith é an Tiarna don uile ní,
    is is trócaireach é dá oibreacha uile.       Freagra

3. Ceiliúrfaidh d'oibreacha thú, a Thiarna,
    agus beannóidh do dhaoine naofa thú.
    Canfaidh siad glóir do ríochta,
    agus foilseoidh siad do chumhacht.        Freagra

4. Is dílis an Tiarna ina bhriathra uile,
    agus is naofa é ina oibreacha go léir.
    Coinníonn an Tiarna gach duine a bhíonn ag titim
    agus tógann sé suas gach duine a bhíonn ar lár.

AN DARA LÉACHT:  2 Teasalónaigh 1:11-2:2
Beidh moladh agaibh ar ainm ár dTiarna Íosa agus beidh moladh aigesan oraibh.

A bhráithre, Sin é an fáth nach stadaimid ach ag guí oraibh le hionchas go ndéanfadh ár nDia diongbháilte ar bhur ngairm sibh agus go dtabharfadh sé chun críche go héifeachtach gach fonn maitheasa atá oraibh agus gach dea-ghníomh dá spreagann an creideamh ionaibh. Sa tslí sin beidh moladh agaibh ar ainm ár dTiarna Íosa agus beidh moladh aigesan oraibh trí ghrásta ár nDé agus an Tiarna Íosa Críost.

Maidir le téarnamh ár dTiarna Íosa Críost agus lenár mbailiú le chéile ina airicis, impímid oraibh, a bhráithre, gan bheith suaite go héasca in bhur n-aigne ná scéin a ghlacadh ó spiorad nó ó scéal nó litir a cuireadh síos domsa, mar dhea go bhfuil lá an Tiarna tagtha cheana féin.

Alleluia Véarsa             Lc 19: 38         
Alleluia, alleluia!
Is beannaithe an té atá ag teacht ina rí, in ainm an Tiarna!
Síocháin sna flaithis, agus glóire in uachtar

AN SOISCÉAL:             
Lúcás 19:1-10
Tháinig Mac an Duine chun an rud a bhí caillte a lorg agus a shlánú.

 ZacchaeusSan am sin ar theacht isteach in Ireachó d’ Íosa, bhí sé ag gabháil tríd. Agus fear darbh ainm Zacháias a bhí ina cheannphoibleacánach agus é saibhir, bhí sé ag iarraidh radharc a fháil ar Íosa, cérbh é féin; ach ní fhéadfadh de dheasca an tslua, óir bhí sé íseal ina phearsa. Agus rith sé roimhe chun cinn agus chuaigh in airde i gcrann seiceamair chun go bhfeicfeadh sé é, óir is thairis sin a bhí sé le gabháil. Nuair a tháinig Íosa go dtí an áit, bhreathnaigh sé suas agus dúirt leis: “A Zacháias, déan deifir agus tar anuas, óir is i do theachsa nach foláir dom fanacht inniu.” Agus tháinig sé anuas go deifreach agus chuir fáilte roimhe go háthasach.

Ar a fheiceáil sin do chách, bhí siad ag monabhar á rá: “Tá sé tar éis dul ar lóistín ag peacach.” Ach dúirt Zacháias go croíúil leis an Tiarna: “Is é a dhéanfaidh mé, a Thiarna, leath mo mhaoine a thabhairt do na boicht, agus má bhain mé aon ní go héagórach d’aon duine, déanfaidh mé aisíoc leis faoi cheathair.” Dúirt Íosa leis: “Tá slánú tar éis teacht chun an tí seo inniu, mar is mac d’Abrahám an duine seo freisin: óir tháinig Mac an Duine chun an rud a bhí caillte a lorg agus a shlánú.”

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