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The Chef and others

The Chef, Serving and Cleaning staff etc

When we go into a restaurant, who is it that serves us?
The waiter or waitress, right? Maybe the host or hostess, or bartender?
But who else serves us when we are eating out? Yes, of course- the cook or chef! Without them the waiter or waitress would have nothing to serve. Without them there would be no food. Without them there would be no restaurant.

A chef is behind everything that goes on in a restaurant, but we hardly ever see him or her. Every chef works extremely hard and serves without being seen. The only time we see the chef is when we want to complain. So it is with our lives and faith. We seem to remember Christ only when we want to complain to God. Yet like the chef in the kitchen, there would be no eternal life if it were not for Christ. Christ is behind our every breath here on earth and in eternal life.

Without Jesus presence we would be nobody, nowhere and nothing. It pays to remember that!

Brendan McGuire

Seeds for the Soul


Jan 22 - St Vincent of Saragossa (d. 304) Deacon,Martyr

St Vincent, Deacon, Martyr. Vincent died in 304, martyred in Valencia (Spain) during the persecution of the emperor Diocletian. A deacon of Saragossa. His cult spread rapidly through the whole Church of the West. Honoured as the first martyr of Spain.

Three martyred deacons were given special honour in the early centuries of the Church: Stephen in Palestine, Lawrence in Rome and Vincent in Spain. Vincent is the earliest Spanish martyr whose name is known to us.

Patrick Duffy tells what is known about him and his cult.

vincentHis life and death
Vincent served as the deacon of Saint Valerius, bishop of Saragossa. His fellow Spaniard Prudentius (348-405) wrote a poem commemorating his life and death, telling how he was brought to trial along with his bishop Valerius. Valerius had a speech impediment, so Vincent spoke for both. His fearless manner so angered the governor that Vincent was tortured and killed at Valencia, while Bishop Valerius was sent into exile.


His cult spreads in Spain, France and Englandvincent deacon,martyr
Prudentius's poem and four homilies preached by St Augustine on his feastday show that Vincent's fame had spread "throughout the Roman empire and wherever you find the name Christian". Though Vincent's tomb in Valencia was the earliest centre of his cult, he was also honoured at Saragossa. The eighth century city of Oviedo in Asturias in northern Spain grew up around a church dedicated to Saint Vincent.

Honoured at Cordoba
When the Catholic bishops of Visigothic Iberia succeeded in converting King Reccared (586–601) and his nobles from Arianism to Trinitarian Christianity they built the cathedral of Córdoba in honour of St Vincent the Deacon. Later under the Moors this became the Mezquita, the "Great Mosque" of Córdoba.

In Paris
In 531 Childebert I (496–558), the Frankish king of Paris, was besieging the city of Saragossa. From there he took what was said to be Vincent's deacon's tunic (or stole) and brought it to Paris where he built the famous monastery of St Vincent in honour of it at the gates of Paris. This later was changed to the famous church of St Germain-de Prés. Vincent's cult also spread to England where there were several churches in his honour.

To Portugal and Africa
Another tradition holds that Christians, to escape the persecution of a Moorish king at Valencia, took the body of St Vincent with them first to the Algarve and that finally King Alphonsus Henry in 1139 had it brought by sea to Lisbon. Since then an annual feast to celebrate the translation of his body is celebrated in Lisbon on 15th September each year. Visitors to the cathedral there can see evidence of the honour in which he is held - statues and stained glass windows. The Cape Verde island of São Vicente, a former Portuguese colony, was named to honour him.

St Vincent the Deacon is also the patron of vintners and vinegar-makers.
Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 22nd January, 2021

Friday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary time

FIRST READING: Hebrews 8:6-13

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:

See, 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: Mark 3:13-19

Jesus 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.

The Gospel of the Lord


Gospel Reflection

In today’s gospel reading Jesus calls twelve from among the larger group of disciples. There were two elements to the Lord’s call. Firstly, he called these twelve to be his companions, to be with him, and, secondly, he called them to be sent out to preach and to heal, to share in his own work. They would first need to be with him before they could go out on his behalf. They needed to get to know the Lord of the work before they could take up the work of the Lord. The pattern that applies to the twelve in our gospel reading applies to all of us, to some degree or another. We too are called to share in the Lord’s work, to witness to him, to bring his gospel into the world by our lives. Yet, prior to that, we are called to become the Lord’s companions, to be with him. One of the primary ways we spend time with the Lord is through prayer. In prayer we attune ourselves to the Lord’s presence to us, we become present to him as he is to us. That is true of all prayer, whether it is the public prayer of the church, like the Eucharist, or our own personal and private prayer. Our prayerful presence with the Lord creates space for the Lord to work in and through us. The gospel reading suggests that we need to grow in our relationship with the Lord by spending time with him, before we can go forth in his name, as his ambassadors.


The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection comes with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2020-2021:  You have the Words of Eternal life: by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 22nd January, 2021

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  Eabhraig          7:25-8:6
Is féidir leis na daoine a thagann chun Dé tríd a shlánú go hiomlán de bhrí go maireann sé de shíor chun idirghuí a dhéanamh ar a son.

Across bhráithre, is féidir leis na daoine a thagann chun Dé tríd a shlánú go hiomlán de bhrí go maireann sé de shíor chun idirghuí a dhéanamh ar a son.

Ba é a leithéid sin d’ardsagart a bhí oiriúnach dúinn: sagart naofa, neamhurchóideach, gan smál, a bhí scartha ó na peacaigh agus tógtha suas os cionn na bhflaitheas; sagart nár ghá dó, faoi mar ba ghá do na hardsagairt eile úd, íobairt a ofráil go laethúil in éiric a pheacaí féin ar dtús agus ansin in éiric peacaí an phobail. Níor ofráil seisean íobairt ach aon uair amháin riamh agus sin nuair a d’ofráil sé é féin. Rinne an dlí ardsagairt de dhaoine a raibh laige éigin iontu. Ach an briathar a neartaíodh le mionn a thug Dia i bhfad níos déanaí ná an dlí, rinne sé sin ardsagart den Mhac, eisean a bhfuil buaic na foirfeachta bainte amach aige go deo.

Is é seo anois an rud is tábhachtaí dá bhfuil á rá againn: tá ardsagart den sórt sin againn. Chuaigh sé ina shuí ar dheis ríchathaoir na Mórgachta diaga sna flaithis, mar a bhfuil sé ag freastal mar shagart sa sanctóir, is é sin, san fhíorbhoth nach duine a thóg í ach an Tiarna. Ceaptar gach ardsagart, áfach, chun tabhartais agus íobairtí a ofráil. Mar sin de, ní mór don sagart seo againne freisin rud éigin a bheith aige lena ofráil. Dá mbeadh sé ar talamh ní bheadh sé ina shagart ar aon chor mar tá sagairt ann cheana chun na tabhartais a ofráil de réir an dlí, siúd is nach ndéanann siad freastal ach i sanctóir nach bhfuil ach ina scáil agus ina scáth dá bhfuil ar neamh. Is léir é seo ón ordú seo a leanas a thug Dia do Mhaois nuair a bhí sé ar tí an bhoth a thógáil: “Féach chuige,” ar sé, “go ndéanfaidh tú gach rud de réir an tsampla a taispeánadh duit ar an sliabh.”

Ach 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.

Briathar Dé

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 39
Freagra                                     Féach, táim ag teacht, a Thiarna, chun do thoil a dhéanamh.

I. Íobairt ná ofráil níor thoil leat,
ach d'oscail tú cluasa dom.
II-Ioscadh níor theastaigh uait, na íobairt in éiric an pheaca.
Ansin dúirt mé: 'Feach, táim ag teacht.'                   Freagra   

2. 'I rolla an leabhair tá scríofa i mo thaobh:
is áil liom do thoil a dhéanamh, a Dhia,
agus tá do dhlí go domhain i mo chroí.'                   Freagra  

3. D'fhoilsigh mé d'fhiréanTáeht sa mhórdháil.
Féach, níor chuir mé cosc le mo bheola:
is eol duitse é, a Thiarna.                                             Freagra  

4. Go ndéana lueht d'iarrata uile
áthas is lúcháir ionat.
Iad siúd arb áil leo do chúnamh,
go ndeire siad  Dé shíor: 'Moladh leis an Tiarna.'  Freagra


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas        3:7-12
Nuair a d’fheiceadh na spioraid mhíghlana é,  screadadh siad amach: “Is tú Mac Dé!” Ach d’ordaigh sé go dian dóibh gan é chur in iúl.

J Vs Unclean spiritsChuaigh Íosa i leataobh i dtreo na farraige, é féin agus a dheisceabail, agus lean slua mór ón nGailíl é – ó Iúdáia fós, ó Iarúsailéim, ó Idiúmáia, ón taobh thall den Iordáin, agus ó thimpeall na Tuíre agus na Síodóine, tháinig slua mór chuige, nuair a chuala siad a raibh á dhéanamh aige. Agus dúirt sé lena dheisceabail bád a bheith ullamh acu dó mar gheall ar an slua le heagla go mbeidís ag brú air. Mar bhí sé tar éis mórán daoine a leigheas, sa chaoi, iad seo uile a raibh aicídí orthu, go mbídís ag plódú air chun baint leis. Agus nuair a d’fheiceadh na spioraid mhíghlana é, chaithidís iad féin síos roimhe agus screadadh siad amach: “Is tú Mac Dé!” Ach d’ordaigh sé go dian dóibh gan é chur in iúl.

Soiscéal Dé

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Readings for Friday  Week 2 Ordinary time


Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  hEabhraig      8:6-13

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-aigne 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.

Briathar Dé

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

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

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


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Marcas       3:13-19

Chuaigh Íosa 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, 19agus Iúdás Isceiriót an fear a bhraith é.

Soiscéal Dé


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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 24th January, 2021
Today's Scripture Themes 
Mark presents the Gospel of salvation within the context and plan of the life of Jesus Christ. That life is the story of the suffering Messiah, now seen in the light of the Resurrection. The faithful learn that the path to victory is by suffering discipleship. But the ‘between times’ are difficult and there is no other way. The call to follow Christ is the call to repent and believe.

FIRST  READING                           

A reading from the prophet  Jonah                3:1-5. 10
Theme: And the people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviour.

Nineveh repentsThe word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: 'Up!' he said 'Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.'  Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day's journey. He preached in these words, 'Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.' And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.

God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour. And God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm                           Ps  24:4-9
Response                                                 Lord, make me know your ways.

1. Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.                         Response

2. Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.             Response

3. The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.                   Response

SECOND READING                

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians        7:29-31
The world as we know it is passing away.

Brothers: our time is growing short.world passing away

Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it.

I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

Gospel  Acclamation                      1 Sam 3:9
Alleluia, alleluia!
The kingdom of God is close at hand;
believe the good news.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark       1:14-20
Repent, and believe the Good News.

jesus calls peter and andyAfter John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. 'The time has come' he said 'and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.' 

As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake - for they were fishermen.

And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.'

And at once they left their nets and followed him.

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.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 24th January, 2021

Sliocht as an fáidh  Ióna                          3:1-5.10
Chreid muintir Nínivé i nDia agus thréig siad a ndrochiompar.

háinig Briathar an Tiarna go Ióna athuair:  “Éirigh! Gread leat go dtí cathair mhór Nínivé Nineveh repentsagus fógair ina haghaidh an t-oracal a thabharfaidh mé duit.” D’éirigh Ióna ach an uair seo as go brách leis go Nínivé faoi mar a d’ordaigh an Tiarna dó. Dar ndóigh, cathair as cuimse mór ba ea Nínivé; thógfadh sé trí lá ó dhuine í a thrasnú. Isteach le Ióna sa chathair agus is ar éigean a bhí turas aon lae amháin siúlta aige agus an t-oracal seo á fhógairt aige: “I gceann daichead lá eile scriosfar Nínivé,”nuair a chreid muintir Nínivé i nDia. D’fhógair siad troscadh agus chuir siad go léir, idir uasal agus íseal sacéadach orthu féin.

Chonaic Dia cad a rinne siad agus conas mar a thréig siad a ndrochiompar. Mar sin de, tháinig aithreachas air i dtaobh na tubaiste a bhí sé tar éis a bhagairt orthu agus níor chuir sé i gcrích í.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra              Sm 24
Freagra                              Taispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna.

I. Taispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna.
agus teagasc dom do rianta.
Treoraigh mé d'fhírinne agus teagasc mé,
óir is tusa, a Dhia, mo Shlánaitheoir.               Freagra

2. Cuimhnigh ar do thrócaire, a Thiarna,
agus ar do bhuanghrá atá ann ó na cianta.
De réir do bhuanghrá cuimhnigh orm,
as ucht do mhaitheasa, a Thiarna.                     Freagra

3. Is maith is is díreach é an Tiarna.
Uime sin múineann sé an tslí do na peacaigh.
Díríonn sé an fear umhal san fhíréantacht;
múineann sé a shlí don fhear umhal.               Freagra

DARA LÉACHT                  

Sliocht as an chéad litir N.Pól chuig na 1 Coirintigh      7:29-31
Tá dreach an tsaoil seo ag síothlú.

fading awayIs é atáim a rá libh, a bhráithre, go bhfuil an uain dulta i ngiorracht;
dá chionn sin, iad seo a bhfuil bean acu, bídís ar chuma daoine nach mbeadh aon bhean acu;
bíodh lucht an ghoil faoi mar nach mbeidís ag gol, agus
bíodh lucht na lúcháire faoi mar nach mbeidís ag déanamh lúcháire.

Iad sin a bhíonn ag ceannach, bídís ar chuma daoine nach mbeadh dada ina seilbh acu; agus iad siúd a bhíonn ag gabháil do ghnóthaí an tsaoil ná bídís gafa iontu, mar tá dreach an tsaoil seo ag síothlú.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa                          Mc 1: 15
Alleluia, alleluia!
tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht.
creidigí sa soiscéal.”


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Marcas         1:14-20
Déanaigí aithrí agus creidigí sa soiscéal.

jesus calls peter and andyT
ar éis Eoin a bheith tugtha ar láimh, tháinig Íosa go dtí an Ghailíl ag fógairt soiscéal Dé agus ag rá: “Tá an tréimhse caite agus tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht. Déanaigí aithrí agus creidigí sa soiscéal.”

Bhí sé ag imeacht leis cois farraige na Gailíle nuair a chonaic sé Síomón agus Aindrias deartháir Shíomóin agus iad ag caitheamh eangaí san fharraige, mar iascairí a bhí iontu. Dúirt Íosa leo: “Tagaigí i mo dhiaidh, agus déanfaidh mé díbh iascairí ar dhaoine.” D’fhág siad na líonta láithreach agus lean siad é.

Bhuail sé ar aghaidh beagán eile agus chonaic sé Séamas mac Zeibidé agus Eoin a dheartháir, iad ina mbádféin ag ceartú na líonta, agus ghlaoigh sé iad láithreach. D’fhág siad a n-athair Zeibidé sa bhád, é féin agus an lucht pá, agus ghabh siad leis.

Soiscéal Dé.

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

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Is léir go bhfuil radharc Dé níos leithne ná radharc an duine. Is éard atá i gceist le glaoch Íosa a fhreagairt ná go gcuirfí ár radharc teoranta féin ar leataobh chun glacadh le fís Dé ar ár saol. Sular iarr Íosa ar Pheadar, ar Aindrias, ar Shéamus, agus ar Eoin é a leanúint, d'fhógair sé, "Tá an t-am tagtha agus tá ríocht Dé gar do lámh. Iompaigí agus creidigí an dea-scéala". Níl teorann ar ríocht Dé; ní ardaíonn sé aon bhalla chun daoine a choinneáil amach. Iarrann Íosa orainn na luachanna ríocht Dé a ghlacadh agus a chur i bhfeidhm inár saolta. Iarrann Naomh Pól orainn gan bheith gafa le luachanna an domhain, gan sinn féin a thabhairt go hiomlán le rudaí fánacha, éadroma.

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