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

God Smiles.

 

We alone, of all God’s creatures,
Laugh when things delight.
That’s because our quickened senses
Know the wrong from right.

He’s the source of jubilation
Found in me and you.
Even when we laugh at blunders,
God is smiling too.

Author: Amy C. Ellis.
Saint of the day

Aug 14 - St Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) Franciscan martyr

 

 
Summary of St Maximilian Kolbe: Priest, Martyr. Born near Lódz (Poland) in 1894; died at Auschwitz.Oswiecim on this day in 1941. A Conventual Franciscan priest. Used the printing press in Poland and in Japan to promote devotion to the Virgin Mary. Interned in Auschwitz in 1941, he endured hard labour and offered his life in place of a fellow prisoner who had a family. Condemned to death by starvation and finally killed by lethal injection. Noted for his energy and poverty, his compassionate ministry, and his self-sacrifice.
Max1St Maximilian Kolbe was a Franciscan friar who volunteered himself to take the place of a man who pleaded to be spared in a death cell in Auschwitz. He was also a missionary, an evangeliser and publicist of note. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Founded the Knights of the Immaculate
Raymond Kolbe was born of religious parents at Zdanska Wola near Lodz in Poland. As a teenager, he became a Conventual Franciscan taking the name Maximilian Mary. He was sent to Rome to study philosophy and theology and was ordained a priest there in 1919. He had a great devotion to Our Lady. Seeing the opposition to Popes Pius X and Benedict XIV he began a religious movement called the Militia Immaculata, or Knights of the Immaculate, and when he returned to Poland he built a religious complex on land given him by Polish Prince Jan Drucko-Lubecki just west of  Warsaw, which he called the "City of the Immaculate", Niepokalonów. He also published a newspaper and started a radio station.

A missionary in Japan and India

In 1930, with little money and no knowledge of Japanese, St. Maximilian and four brothers travelled to Nagasaki, Japan, where they began their missionary work teaching children.

In 1930 Maximilian went as a missionary to Japan.Here he founded a monastery at the outskirts of Nagasaki, an evangelising newspaper in Japanese and a seminary.

The monastery he founded remains prominent in the Roman Catholic Church in Japan. Kolbe decided to build it on a mountain side that, according to Shinto beliefs, was not the side best suited to be in tune with nature. When the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Kolbe’s monastery was saved because the blast of the bomb hit the other side of the mountain, which took the main force of the blast. Had Kolbe built the monastery on the preferred side of the mountain as he was advised, his work and all of his fellow monks would have been destroyed. A similar venture started in India did not continue through lack of personnel.

Return to Poland
Due to ill health Kolbe returned to Poland in 1936 to become superior of the religious complex at Niepokalonów with some 762 priests and brother friars. When the war started in 1939 he provided shelter for refugees, including 2,000 Jews whom he hid from Nazi persecution. On February 17, 1941 he was arrested by the German Gestapo and later transferred to Auschwitz.

Auschwitz August 1941
St Maximilian Kolbe 9In July 1941 a man from Kolbe’s barracks vanished, prompting the deputy camp commander to pick 10 men from the same barracks to be starved to death in a cell in Block 13 (notorious for torture), in order to deter further escape attempts. (The man who had disappeared was later found drowned in the camp latrine.) One of the selected men, Franciszek Gajowniczek, cried out, saying he had a family, Kolbe moved by his pleas,volunteered to take his place.

Max dies"A saint without relics!"
During the time in the starvation cell he led the men in songs and prayer. After three weeks of dehydration and starvation, only Kolbe and three others were still alive. Finally he was murdered with an injection of carbolic acid. When this story and the cremation of his body was reported to the Auschwitz commandant, a former Catholic, he laughed, saying, "A saint without relics!"

Canonisation
The man Kolbe had stood in for, Franciszek Gajowniczek, survived the concentration camp, but found that his teenage sons had died in the Warsaw uprising at the end of the war and his wife never recovered from the death of her children. This man went to the Knights of the Immaculate to tell them what Father Kolbe had done for him. His testimony started the process of canonisation. He was present at Maximilian's beatification by Pope Paul VI in 1971 and at his canonisation by Pope John Paul II in 1982.

A 20th Century martyr
Western WallAt his canonisation Maximilian Kolbe was proclaimed a martyr, which strictly speaking is not correct, since he was not put to death in odium fidei ("out of hatred of the faith").  He is one of ten 20th-century martyrs from across the world whose statues stand above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, London. After his canonization in 1982 St. Maximilian Kolbe’s feast day was included on 14th August in the General Roman Calendar used of the Roman rite of the Catholic Liturgy (ordinary form).

P.S.
(Here is a commemorative song by Father Kevin McGee, called Maximilian Kolbe. It is well worth copying and googling:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1EsJdJz2lQ

 
Today's Readings
FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel       2:8- 3: 4
He gave me the scroll to eat and it tasted sweet as honey.

eat scrollI, Ezekiel, heard a voice speaking. It said, 'You, son of man, listen to the words I say; do not be a rebel like that rebellious set. Open your mouth and eat what I am about to give you.' I looked. A hand was there, stretching out to me and holding a scroll. He unrolled it in front of me; it was written on back and front; on it was written 'lamentations, wailings, moanings'. He said, 'Son of man, eat what is given to you; eat this scroll, then go and speakto the House of Israel'. I opened my mouth; he gave me the scroll to eat and said, 'Son of man, feed and be satisfied by the scroll I am giving you'. I ate it, and it tasted sweet as honey.

Then he said, 'Son of man, go to the House of Israel and tell them what I have said.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 118
Response                                 Your promise is sweet to my taste, O Lord.

2. The law from your mouth means more to me
than silver and gold.
Your promise is sweeter to my taste
than honey in the mouth.                     Response

3. Your will is my heritage for ever,
the joy of my heart.
I open my mouth and I sigh
as I yearn for your commands.           Response

3. Your will is my heritage for ever,
the joy of my heart.
I open my mouth and I sigh
as I yearn for your commands.           Response

Gospel  Acclamation                   Mt 11: 29
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children .
Alleluia !

or                                                      2 Thess 2: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, says the Lord,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Alleluia !

GOSPEL   

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew             18:1-5. 10. 12-14
See that you never despise any of these little ones.

Jesus blessed kidsThe disciples came to Jesus and said, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, 'I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
'Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.

'See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.
'Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? I tell you solemnly, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection           Tuesday           Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time         Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Sometimes the kinds of questions people ask reveal their values, their priorities, what they think important. The question that the disciples put to Jesus in today’s gospel reading, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ suggests a certain interest on their part in status and standing. In response to their question, Jesus both did something and said something. He first of all called a child over and placed the child in front of them; he then informed them that they needed to become like that child just to enter the kingdom of heaven, never mind become the greatest in the kingdom. Jesus was calling on his disciples to become child-like not childish, child-like in the sense of having child-like trust in a loving Father, a trust that awaits everything from God and grabs at nothing, including status and standing. Greatness comes to those who make themselves as dependent on God as children are dependent on adults for their existence and well-being. Jesus’ response to the question of his disciples is a kind of a commentary on the first beatitude which he had spoken earlier in Matthew’s gospel, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’.
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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 from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU' by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f   www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
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CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as Leabhar Ezícéal, Fáidh.     2:8- 3: 4
Thug sé an scrolla dom le hithe, agus bhí blas na meala air i mo bhéal.

eat scrollCuala mise Ezícéal, guth ag caint. Dúirt sé: “Ach tusa, a mhic an duine, éist lena ndeirim leat; ná bí ceannairceach mar an dream ceannairceach úd; oscail do bhéal agus caith siar a dtugaim duit.” Agus ar dhearcadh uaim, féach, bhí lámh ansin ag síneadh i mo threo agus scrolla inti. D’oscail sé é os mo chomhair agus bhí scríbhneoireacht ann ar thosach agus ar chúl, agus is é bhí [scríofa] air “caointe agus tuirimh agus marbhnaí”.

“A mhic an duine” ar sé, “ith mar a thairgtear duit, caith siar an scrolla seo agus imigh agus labhair le muintir Iosrael.” D’oscail mé mo bhéal agus thug sé an scrolla dom le hithe, agus dúirt: “A mhic an duine, ith an scrolla seo a thugaim duit agus sásaigh do ghoile leis.” D’ith mé é agus bhí blas na meala air i mo bhéal.

Dúirt sé liom ansin: “A mhic an duine, imigh chuig muintir Iosrael agus labhair mo bhriathra leo.

Briathar Dé.


Salm le freagra                      Sm 118
Freagra                                      Is milse do bhriathra le mo charbal.
1. Gairdím i slí d’fhorálacha
amhail san uile shaibhreas.
Óir is iad d’fhorálacha m’aoibhneas;
is iad do reachtanna mo chomhairleoirí.          Freagra

2. Is fearr liom go mór fada dlí do bhéilse
ná na mílte d’ór agus d’airgead.
Is milse do bhriathra le mo charball;
ná mil le mo bhéal.                                                 Freagra

3. Is iad d’fhorálacha mo oidhreacht go brách;
cuireann siad áthas ar mo chroí.
Bíonn mo bhéal ar leathadh ag osnaíl dom
agus mé ag tnúth le d’aitheanta.                          Freagra
SOISCÉAL                       

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha       18:1-5. 10. 12-14
Aire daoibh gan bheith neamhshuimiúil i nduine ar bith de na rudaí beaga seo


Jesus blessed kidsTháinig na deisceabail san am sin ag triall ar Íosa chun a rá: “Cé hé mar sin an té is mó i ríocht na bhflaitheas?” Ghlaoigh sé leanbh chuige, chuir ina sheasamh ina lár é agus dúirt: “Deirim libh go fírinneach, mura gcasa sibh arís chun bheith ar nós na leanaí, ní rachaidh sibh isteach i ríocht na bhflaitheas choíche. Mar sin, duine ar bith a dhéanfaidh é féin uiríseal ar nós an linbh seo, beidh sé sin ar an té is mo i ríocht na bhflaitheas. Agus cibé duine a ghlacfaidh a leithéid seo de leanbh ar son m’ainm, glacann sé mise. Ach

“Aire daoibh gan bheith neamhshuimiúil i nduine ar bith de na rudaí beaga seo, óir deirim libh, bíonn a n-aingil ar neamh ag breathnú de shíor ar ghnúis m’Athar atá ar neamh.

“Cad is dóigh libh? Má bhíonn céad caora ag duine agus aon chaora amháin díobh a dhul amú, nach bhfágfaidh sé an naoi nóchad ar na sléibhte agus dul ag lorg an tseachránaí? Agus más rud é go bhfaigheann sé í, deirim libh go fírinneach, is mó is cúis áthais leis í ná an naoi nóchad a bhí gan dul amú. Mar an gcéanna, ní hé toil i láthair bhur nAthar atá ar neamh go gcaillfí aon duine amháin de na rudaí beaga seo



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Sunday's Readings
Scriptural theme
Wisdom invites us to eat her bread and drink her wine. Christ, the true Wisdom, invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. The life that the Father communicates to the Son comes to the faithful through the Eucharist.

FIRST READING  

A reading from the Book of  Proverbs                   9:1-6
Eat my bread, drink the wine I have prepared for you.

Wisdom has built herself a house,
she has erected her seven pillars,
she has slaughtered her beasts, prepared her wine,
she has laid her table.
She has despatched her maidservantscome and eat
and proclaimed from the city's heights:
'Who is ignorant? Let him step this way.'
To the fool she says,
'Come and eat my bread, .
drink the wine I have prepared!
Leave your folly and you will live,
walk in the ways of perception.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm              Ps 33:2-3. 10-15.
Response                                  Taste and see that the Lord is good.

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. Revere the Lord, you his saints.
They lack nothing, those who revere him.
Strong lions suffer want and go hungry
but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing. Response

3. Come, children, and hear me
that I may teach you the fear ofthe Lord.
Who is he who longs for life
and many days, to enjoy his prosperity?           Response

4. Then keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn aside from evil and do good;
seek and strive after peace.                                 Response

SECOND READING Ephesians 5:15-2O
Recognise what is the will of the Lord.

fill up on godBe very careful about the sort of lives you lead, like intelligent and not like senseless people. This may be a wicked age, but your lives should redeem it. And do not be thoughtless but recognise what is the will of the Lord. Do not drug yourselves with wine, this is simply dissipation; be filled with the Spirit. Sing the words and tunes of the psalms and hymns when you are together, and go on singing and chanting to the Lord in your hearts, so that always and everywhere you are giving thanks to God who is our Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation          Jn 1: 12. 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Word was made flesh, and lived among us;
to all who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God.
Alleluia!

or                                                Jn 6: 56
Alleluia, alleluia!
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me and I live in him.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John         6:51-58
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.

Jesus said to the crowd:

'I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that 1 shall give
is my flesh, for the life of the world.'

Then the Jews started arguing with one another: 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?' they said. Jesus replied:

'I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man
and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my bloodJesus comes
has eternal life,
and 1 shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and 1 live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.'

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.

CÉAD LÉACHT 

Sliocht as Leabhar tSeanfhocail      9:1-6
Téanaigí, ithigí mo chuid aráin, agus ólaigí an fíon atá ullamh agam.


Tá a teach tógtha ag an Eagna,come and eat
agus a seacht gcolún curtha ina seasamh aici.
Tá sí tar éis a mairt a mharú
a cuid fíona a ullmhú,
agus a bord a chóiriú.
Tá a cuid banseirbhíseach curtha amach aici,
le glaoch amach ó arda na cathrach:
“Cibé ar bith duine atá saonta, casadh sé isteach anseo!”
agus le lucht na díchéille deir sí:
“Téanaigí, ithigí mo chuid aráin,
agus ólaigí an fíon atá ullamh agam.
Tréigigí bhur mbaois agus mairfidh sibh;
siúlaigí ar bhealach na tuisceana.”

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra           Sm 33
Freagra                           Blaisigí agus féachaigí a fheabhas atá an Tiarna.

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


2. A mhuintir naofa an Tiarna, gabhadh a eagla sibh.
Bíonn easpa agus ocras ar leoin óga,
ach ní bhíonn easpa ar lucht iarrtha an Tiarna.  Freagra


3. Teanaigí, a chlann ó, éistigí liom,
go múinfidh mé daoibh eagla an Tiarna.
Cé hé an duine a shantaíonn an bheatha
agus fad saoil faoi shéan agus shonas?                  Freagra


4. Coinnigh do theanga ón olc,
agus do bhéal ó bhriathra bréagacha.
Seachain an t-ole agus déan an mhaith;
bí ar lorg na síochána agus lean di.                        Freagra


fill up on godDARA LÉACHT

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na hEifísigh           5:15-20
Tuigigí go cruinn cad is toil don Tiarna.

A
bhráithre, bígí cúramach faoi bhur gcuid iompair, dá bhrí sin, agus gan a bheith ar nós daoine gan chiall ach ar nós daoine ciallmhara ag cur na huaire chun sochair, mar is olc iad na saolta seo. Ná bíodh aon mhearbhall oraibh, dá bhrí sin, ach tuigigí go cruinn cad is toil don Tiarna. Agus ná bíodh meisce fíona oraibh mar níl ansin ach drabhlás, ach bígí lán den Spiorad, ag rá salm agus iomann agus laoithe spioradálta le chéile, ag cantain agus ag salmaireacht chun an Tiarna in bhur gcroí istigh, ag gabháil buíochais gan stad le Dia an tAthair ar son an uile ní in ainm ár dTiarna Íosa Críost.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa                     Eo 6: 56 
Alleluia, alleluia!
An té a itheann m’fheoil agus a ólann m’fhuil, a deir an Tiarna
cónaíonn sé ionamsa agus cónaímse ann. 
Alleluia! 

SOISCÉAL 

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin             6:51-58
Is bia go fíor mo chuid feola agus is deoch go fíor mo chuid fola.

S
an am sin dúirt Íosa leis na sluaite:

Is mise an t-arán beo
a tháinig anuas ó neamh.
Má itheann duine an t-arán seo
mairfidh sé go deo,
agus an t-arán a thabharfaidh mé uaim
is é m’fheoil é [a thabharfar] ar son bheatha an domhain.”
Bhí na Giúdaigh ansin ag aighneas le chéile á rá: “Conas is féidir don duine seo a fheoila thabhairt dúinn le hithe?”

Dúirt Íosa leo:


“Amen, Amen, a deirim libh
mura n-íosfaidh sibh feoil Mhac an Duine,
agus a chuid fola a ól,Jesus comes
ní bheidh beatha agaibh ionaibh.
An té a itheann m’fheoil
agus a olann m’fhuil,
tá an bheatha shíoraí aige,
agus tógfaidh mé suas é an lá deireanach.
Is bia go fíor mo chuid feola
agus is deoch go fíor mo chuid fola.
An té a itheann m’fheoil agus a ólann m’fhuil
cónaíonn sé ionamsa agus cónaímse ann.
Amhail mar a chuir an tAthair beo mise uaidh,
agus mar is beo mise tríd an Athair,
mar an gcéanna, an té a itheann mise,
mairfidh sé tríom.
Is é seo an t-arán a tháinig anuas ó neamh.
Ní ionann is an manna ar ith bhur n-aithreacha é
agus go bhfuil siad marbh;
an té a itheann an t-arán seo,
mairfidh sé go deo.”


Soiscéal Dé

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh
Tar éis béile a ithe le h’Íosa
Nuair a thugamar cuireadh do dhaoine cuairt a thabhairt orainn, cuirimid bia agus deoch ar fáil dóibh chun iad a chothú agus iad a mhúscailt. Tugann Íosa cuireadh dúinn chun a chuid tábla agus cuireann sé féin roimh ré mar bhia agus deoch chun ár spiorad a chothú. i dteanga daring, dearbhaíonn sé gurb é ár mbia agus an deoch é, an duine ar féidir leo ár n-ocras is an tart is mó a shásamh, ár n-ocras agus an tart ar feadh an tsaoil. Tugann Íosa geallúintí go bhfuil 'an té a itheann mo chuid feoil agus deochanna mo shaol fola.' Faigheann muid an Eocairist saol spioradálta agus spreagadh a tharraingt ón Tiarna ardú. Cuirfear amach as an Eocairist as bealaí den saol sin dá chéile. i ndáiríre, cuirfimid amach ón Eocairist mar thógálaithe beatha, mar ghníomhairí ar shaol Dé agus ar ghrá ár dtithe, inár sochaí, ar fud an domhain.

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