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

Be satisfied


Be satisfied with what you have,

Thank God for what is yours,

The Lord walks close beside you

As long as time endures.

The bitter disappointments,

He will gently brush away,

His loving arms will hold you close,

Forever and a day.


In spite of all you may desire,

The dear Lord knows what’s best

And through our weakest moments,

He helps us pass the test.

“To err is only human,

But to forgive, divine”…

And in God’s heart, forgiveness,

…Is exactly what we find.


Author: Grace E. Easley.
Saint of the day

Dec 15 - St Venantius Fortunatus (535-605) poet and bishop of Poitiers

VenatiusSt Venantius Fortunatus is famous as the composer of Christian Latin hymns, such as Vexilla regis prodeunt ("The royal banners forward go") which have become part of the perennial Latin liturgical tradition. He had the reputation of having the gift of being a great troubadour. As a well-connected Christian gentleman, he provided security for Queen Radegund, Abbess Agnes and the nuns of Holy Cross Convent in Poitiers. In his later years he was elected bishop of Poitiers.

A student at Ravenna
Venantius was born near Treviso, north of Venice, and was educated in law, logic and rhetoric at Ravenna, then Italy's main city and a centre of Christian development. He almost lost his sight, but recovered through rubbing his eyes with oil from a lamp burning before an image of St Martin of Tours. In thanksgiving he went to visit the shrine of St Martin at Tours and was well-received in the great houses along the way. He repaid the hospitality he received with poems in praise of his hosts.

Venantius Fortunatus Reading His Poems to Radegonda VI.

A secure presence at Holy Cross Monastery, Poitiers

Not wanting to return to Italy, then war-torn by the invading Lombards, Venantius was fortunate (is that the origin of his second name?) in meeting with Queen Radegund, who was sheltering in the Holy Cross Monastery at Poitiers after her husband Clotaire had murdered her brother. The abbess and the queen both thought this civilised poet would make a good chaplain. So he was ordained a priest and moved in! The convent was comfortable: Radegund became a "mother" to him and the Abbess Agnes a "sister". Since Venantius had become familiar with the high officials of Church and State, his presence provided security for the monastery and its 200 nuns. He was deferential to the local bishop, Gregory of Tours, and wrote poems for public occasions.

His writings
In 567 the emperor Justinian II sent a relic of the true cross to Holy Cross Monastery. Venantius composed the great hymn Vexilla regis prodeunt ("The royal banners forward go") to celebrate the occasion. This was used in the liturgy of Passiontide and in celebrations of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. He also composed Pange lingua gloriosi lauream certaminis ("Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle") which with its versicles of Crux fidelis ("Faithful cross") and Dulce lignum ("Sweet wood") has been sung in the Good Friday liturgy for centuries. Another beautiful hymn he composed is used for the Easter liturgy, Salve festa dies ("Hail festive day"). Among his other writings were prose and verse Lives of Saints.

Bishop of Poitiers
Around the year 600 Venantius was elected bishop of Poitiers, but not much is known of his short term of office.
Today's Readings

 A reading from the prophet Isaiah        48:17-19
If only you had been alert to my commandments.

Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is good for you,Lost-and-found
I lead you in the way that you must go.
If only you had been alert to my commandments,
your happiness would have been like a river,
your integrity like the waves of the sea.
Your children would have been numbered like the sand,
your descendants as many as its grains.
Never would your name have been cut off or blotted out before me.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps: 1
Response                         Anyone who follows you, Lord, will have the light of life.

1  Happy indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord
and who ponders his law day and night.   Response

2  He is like a tree that is plantedlike a tree
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper.             Response

3  Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they like winnowed chaff
shall be driven away by the wind.
For the Lord guards the way of the just
but the way of the wicked leads to doom.Response

Gospel  Acclamation        Is 45:8:8
Alleluia, alleluia!
See,the king, the lord of the world, will come.
He will free us from the yoke of out bondage.

Alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord will come, go out to meet him.
Great is his begining and his reign will have no end.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew     11:16-19
They heed neither John nor the Son of Man.

Jesus spoke to the crowds: 'What description can I find for this generation?we played pipes
It is like children shouting to each other as they sit in the market place:

"We played the pipes for you,
and you wouldn't dance;
we sang dirges,
and you wouldn't be mourners". 

'For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and they say, "He is possessed". The Son of Man came, eating and drinking, and they say, "Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners". Yet wisdom has been proved right by her actions.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection         
Friday        Second Week of Advent        Matthew 11:16-19

Weddings and funerals are very much part of what goes on in every church. There is obviously a great difference between the mood of a wedding and the mood of a funeral. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus associates the mood of John the Baptist’s ministry with that of a funeral and the mood of his own ministry with that of a wedding. He criticizes his contemporaries for rejecting both the ministry of John the Baptist and that of Jesus. They reject John the Baptist as being too sorrowful and severe, ‘He is possessed’. They reject Jesus as being too joyful and lax, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners’. Jesus compares his contemporaries to truculent children in the market place who refuse to join in other children’s games, whether it is the game of funerals or the game of weddings. These children, like Jesus’ contemporaries, will neither dance or be mourners. It is striking that Jesus identifies his ministry with the joy of a wedding feast and with the dance that is inspired by the playing of flutes. Jesus’ ministry was good news; it celebrated the presence of the compassionate mercy of God. This was certainly good news for ‘tax collectors and sinners’, and for all who felt that God had cast them aside. Jesus’ ministry remains good news for us today. He continues to make present to us the compassionate mercy of God. He calls us to join in this celebration of God’s merciful love for sinners, to dance with joy to the music of the kingdom of God.

The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.

The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2017/2018; ‘Let the Word of Christ dwell in you.' by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f



Sliocht as an fáidh Íseáia                48:17-19
Och, dá mba gur thug tú aire do m’aitheanta!

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna, d’fhuascailteoir, Neach Naofa Iosrael:Lost-and-found
Is mise, an Tiarna do Dhia, a thugann teagasc do leasa duit,
is mé a threoraíonn thú sa treo is dual duit.

Och, dá mba gur thug tú aire do m’aitheanta!
Ar nós abhainn is ea a bheadh do shonas
agus an rath ba dhual duit ar nós tonnta na farraige!

Mar an ngaineamh is ea bheadh do shliocht
agus bheadh clann do bhroinne chomh tiubh lena ghráinní!
Choíche go deo ní bheadh d’ainm stoite scriosta os mo chomhair.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra           Sm 1: 1-4. 6. Rv Jn 8:12
Freagra                           An té a leanfaidh mise, beidh aige solas na beatha.

I. Is aoibhinn don fhear
nach leanann de chomhairle na n-éagráifeach,
is nach seasann i slí na bpeacach,
is nach suíonn in éineacht Ie scigirí;
ach a bhaineann taitneamh as dlí an Tiarna,
is a dhéanann machnamh ar a dhlí de lá is d'oíche.  Freagra

like a tree2. Is cosuil é le crann
atá curtha cois na habhann,
a thugann toradh uaidh go tráthúil,
nach bhfeonn a dhuilliúr;
agus bíonn an rath ar a ndéanann sé.                          Freagra

3. Ní hamhlaidh do na héagráifigh, ní hamhlaidh!
Ach amhail cáith a scaiptear leis an ngaoth.
Óir is cúram don Tiarna slí na bhífréan,
ach rachaidh slí na n-éagráifeach ar ceal.                   Freagra

Alleluia                           Lc 3:4, 6
Alleluia, alleluia!
A spéartha, fearaigí anuas fíréantacht mar bheadh drúcht ann, ligeadh na néalta anuas í ina báisteach!
Osclaíodh an talamh lena gabháil agus tagadh an slánú aníos ina gheamhar!


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Matha        11:16-19
Ach cad leis a gcuirfidh mé an ghlúin seo i gcomparáid?

Dúirt Iosa, “Ach cawe played pipesd leis a gcuirfidh mé an ghlúin seo i gcomparáid? Tá sí cosúil leis na leanaí a bhíonn ina suí sna háiteanna margaidh
agus iad ag glaoch chun a gcomrádaithe á rá:

‘Rinneamar píobaireacht daoibh
ach ní dhearna sibh rince;
rinneamar caoineadh,
ach níor bhuail sibh bhur n-ucht.’

“Mar tháinig Eoin agus ní raibh sé ag ithe ná ag ól, agus deir siad:‘Tá deamhan ann.’ Tháinig Mac an Duine agus bíonn sé ag ithe agus ag ól, agus deir siad: ‘Féach, fear craois agus póite, cara do phoibleacánaigh agus do pheacaigh.’ Agus fuair an eagna a ceart as a hoibreacha féin.”

Soiscéal Dé.

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Sunday's Readings

Today's Scripture Themes
As we journey in Advent and look forward to Christmas, we celebrate our joy at the coming of the Lord. Joy, prayer and thanksgiving should characterise Christian worship. Because the man of integrity has come with good news for the poor, we can exult for joy.
But his coming will mean that we also will practice justice and integrity.

FIRST READING               

A reading from the prophet Isaiah          61:1-2. 10-11
I exult for joy in the Lord.

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up hearts that are broken;                     

to proclaim liberty to captives,
freedom to those in prison;
to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord,

'I exult for joy in the Lord,isaiah1
my soul rejoices in my God,
for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation,
he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity,
like a bridegroom wearing his wreath,
like a bride adorned in her jewels.

'For as the earth makes fresh things grow,
as a garden makes seeds spring up,
so will the Lord the Lord make both integrity and praise
spring up in the sight of the nations.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm               Lk 1
Response                                My soul rejoices in my God.

1. My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her nothingness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.    Response

2. The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.                                  Response

3. He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy.                               Response

SECOND READING               

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians        5:16-24
May you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord

e happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God, because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus.
Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt; think before you do anything - hold on to what is good and avoid every form of evil.
May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you and he will not fail you.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation        Is 61:1
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor


 A reading from the holy Gospel according to John                1:6-8. 19 -28
There stands among you - unknown to you - the one who is coming after me.

A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.John the B2
He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light.

This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, 'Who are you?' he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, 'I am not the Christ'. 'Well then,' they asked 'are you Elijah?' 'I am not' he said. 'Are you the Prophet?' He answered, 'No'. So they said to him, 'Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?' So John said, 'I am, as Isaiah prophesied:

a voice that cries in the wilderness:
Make a straight way for the Lord'.

Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, 'Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?' John replied, 'I baptise with water; but there stands among you - unknown to you - the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap'. This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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.


 CHÉAD LÉACHT          

Sliocht as an fáidh Íseáia             61:1-2. 10-11
Gáirim le gairdeas sa Tiarna

Tá spiorad an Tiarna Dia orm
de bhrí go ndearna an Tiarna mé a choisreacan,
chun dea-scéala a bhreith liom chuig na dearóile,
chun cóir leighis a chur ar chroíthe brúite,

chun cead a gcos a fhógairt do na cimí
agus fuascailt do phríosúnaigh;isaiah1
chun bliain logha a fhógairt thar ceann an Tiarna,

“Gáirim le gairdeas sa Tiarna,
tá lúcháir ar m’anam i mo Dhia.
Óir chuir sé an slánú umam ina éadach,
rinne sé mé a chuachadh i mbrat na fíréantachta,
ar nós buachaill óg ag cur bláthfhleasc air chun a phósta
nó brídeach á maisiú féin lena seoda.
Óir, mar a chuireann an talamh aníos a gheamhair,
ar nós gairdín ag geamhrú ón síolchur,
is amhlaidh a chuirfidh an Tiarna Dia aníos mar gheamhar
fíréantacht agus moladh i bhfianaise na gciníocha go léir.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                 Lc 1
Freagra                                  Tá lúcháir ar m'anam i mo Dhia.

I. Mórann m'anam an Tiarna,
agus rinne mo spiorad gairdeas inDia mo Shlánaitheoir. .
Óir dhearc sé Ie fabhar ar ísle a bhanóglaigh;
mar féach, déarfaidh na glúine uile feasta gur méanar dom.  Freagra

2. Óir rinne an Té atá cumhachtach nithe móra dom
agus is naofa a ainm,
agus a thrócaire ó ghlúin go glúin
dóibh séo ar a mbíonn a eagla.                                                       Freagra

3. Líon sé lucht an ocrais le nithe maithe,
agus chuir sé na saibhre uaidh folamh.
D'fhóir sé ar Isráél a sheirbhíseach,
ag cuimhneamh dó ar a thrócaire.                                                 Freagra

DARA LÉACHT          

Sliocht as an céad litir N.Pól chuig na Teasalónaigh         5:16-24
Go gcoimeádtar slán gan locht sibh idir spiorad agus anam agus chorp i gcomhair theacht ár dTiarna.

A bhráithre, in god'shandsbíodh lúcháir oraibh i gcónaí. Bígí ag guí gan staonadh agus ag gabháil buíochais as gach ní; sin é an ní is áil le Dia uaibh in Íosa Críost.

Ná múchaigí an Spiorad; ná déanaigí neamhshuim de na ráite fáidhiúla. Déanaigí gach ní a thástáil; cloígí leis an maith agus seachnaígí gach aon sórt oilc.

Go ndéana Dia na síochána féin, sibh a naomhú go smior; agus go gcoimeádtar slán gan locht sibh idir spiorad agus anam agus chorp i gcomhair theacht ár dTiarna Íosa Críost. Mar is intaofa an té úd atá ag glaoch oraibh agus déanfaidh sé é sin.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia                                    Lc 4: 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tá Spiorad an Tiarna orm.
Chuir sé uaidh mé
ag tabhairt an dea-scéil do na bochta.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Eoin           1:6-8. 19 -28
Tá duine in bhur measc nach aithnid daoibh, an té atá ag teacht i mo dhiaidh.

Bhí fear a tháinig ina theachtaire ó Dhia,
agus Eoin a ba ainm dó.
Tháinig sé ag déanamh fianaise
chun fianaise a thabhairt i dtaobh an tsolais
chun go gcreidfeadh cách tríd.
Níorbh é féin an solas
ach tháinig ag tabhairt fianaise i dtaobh an tsolais.

John the B2Is í seo an fhianaise a thug Eoin nuair a chuir na Giúdaigh sagairt agus Léivítigh ó Iarúsailéim chuige á fhiafraí de: “Cé hé thusa?” D’admhaigh sé agus níor shéan agus d’admhaigh sé: “Ní hé an Críost mé.” D’fhiafraigh siad de: “Cad eile, más ea? An tú Éilias?” “Ní mé,” ar seisean. “An tú an fáidh?” Agus d’fhreagair: “Ní mé.” Dúirt siad leis mar sin: “Cé hé thú? – chun go mbeadh freagra againn dóibh seo a chuir chugat sinn. Cad tá le rá agat mar gheall ort féin?” Dúirt sé:

“Is glór duine mé ag éamh san fhásach: ‘
Déanaigí díreach bóthar an Tiarna.’

Mar a dúirt Íseáia fáidh.” Ó na Fairisínigh a ba ea na teachtairí, agus chuir siad ceist air: “Cén fáth a mbíonn tú ag baisteadh más ea,” ar siad, “mura thú an Críost, nó Éilias, nó an fáidh?”
Thug Eoin freagra orthu: “Déanaim féin baisteadh le huisce,” ar seisean, “ach tá duine in bhur measc nach aithnid daoibh, an té atá ag teacht i mo dhiaidh, nach fiú mé iall a chuarán a scaoileadh.” I mBeatáine, taobh thall den Iordáin, a tharla an méid sin mar a raibh Eoin ag déanamh baiste.

Soiscéal Dé.


Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Spiorad na seirbhíse áthasach

Tá léachtaí an lae inniú lán d’áthas agus de dóchas. Is brídeóg lonnrach Iosrael atá ag teacht le haghaidh a fhir chéile chun pósadh leis, sa sean-slí bhainise uachtarach oirthearach. Leanann focail aspalda n. Phóil ar aghaidh leis an téama chéanna, an dóchas agus an áthas atá sáite i measg na Críostaí a chónaíonn in aice le Chríost. Léiríonn an Soiscéal spiorad Eoin Baiste, an finné mór le grásta agus solas Dé ar an domhan seo. Níl an-áthas sin lom, leisciúil, gan freagracht. Tá an-fíor-áthas ann nuair a bhíonn daoine ag cóimhlíonadh a mhiséan ar an saol seo. Labhraíonn Isaiah faoi duine íontach a thugann dea-scéal do na bochta - abairt Bíoblach ar a ghlac Íosa chun cur síos a dhéanamh ar a ghairm féin – an spiorad gur cheart go mbeadh cuid de i saol gach Críostaí inniú. Ní mór dúinn atá aithne againn ar Íosa a spiorad a roinnt le daoine eile freisin.?

                                                                                                                                                                              Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp, Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.

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