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“It is an occasion where hundreds of thousands of people gather. Wherever people gather is the place to be and it is what Pope Francis wants us to do – to get out and be out among the people,” says Bishop Fintan Monahan.
The most asked question at the Ploughing was “Is Pope Francis coming to Ireland?” That has not been confirmed yet – not even by Bishops Denis Nulty and Fintan Monahan who visited the World Meeting of Families 2018 stand on the first day.
"On the 24th (September) we always have Mercy Day celebrations. But this year on our 190th anniversary of the founding of the house, we will live stream to the ‘Mercy family’, so to speak. We are in 44 countries of the world.. "
1. Why should I fear in evil days
the malice of the foes who surround me,
men who trust in their wealth,
and boast of the vastness of their riches? Response
2. For no man can buy his own ransom,
or pay a price to God for his life.
The ransom of his soul is beyond him.
He cannot buy life without end,
nor avoid coming to the grave. Response
3. Then do not fear when a man grows rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
He takes nothing with him when he dies,
his glory does not follow him below. Response
4. Though he flattered himself while he lived:
'Men will praise me for doing well for myself,'
yet he will go to join his fathers,
who will never see the light any more. Response
Gospel Acclamation Ps 94: 8
Harden not your hearts today
but listen to the voice of the Lord.
The Gospel of St Matthew, directed Jewish Christians, stressing that the pagans have also come to God’s mercy and are to be accepted. As Christ came to call sinners, so the Church must accept them. God’s thoughts of justice are beyond ours, his mercy cannot be measured. That is the point of the Gospel story today, whatever about the details. No one can be content with his own state of sanctity and despise or judge others. God’s judgement may be quite different.
The Word of the Lord.
1. I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.
The Lord is great, highly to be praised,
his greatness cannot be measured. 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. The Lord is just in all his ways
and loving in all his deeds.
He is close to all who call him,
who call on him from their hearts. Response
1. Beannóidh mé thú gach uile lá
agus molfaidh mé thú dé shíor.
Is mór é an Tiarna, is is ionmholta go mór é,
ní féidir a mhórgacht a mheas. 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. Is fíréanta an Tiarna ina shlite uile
is is naofa é ina oibreacha go léir.
Is gairid an Tiarna dá ngaireann air,
dá ngaireann air go fírinneach. Freagra