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

Rest awhile.


“If we are not to become a people who are totally stressed out and in danger of losing hope or falling into despair, we have got to retreat into pockets of silence where we can gain an inner peace. It is true to say that many people have so lost touch with their inner selves that they lack the courage to face up to who they are as human beings. Resting can make them feel guilty and the very idea of going off on their own, in search of solitude, can be unnerving. Like the crowd who heard Jesus preach on the lakeshore of Galilee and who hungered after his every word, we too are searching for meaning and direction in our lives. If only we invite Jesus Christ to make his home in us, the power and strength of God himself is ours for the asking.”

Source: “Preaching God’s Word on Sunday” by Fr. Desmond Knowles.
Saint of the day

Jul 22 - St Mary Magdalene (1) (1st century) disciple

Summary: St Mary Magdalene, Apostle: A faithful disciple of Christ, Mary ministered to his needs after having seven devils cast out from her. Witnessed his crucifixion, was present at his burial, and was the first to see the risen Lord. Commissioned by Christ to proclaim the good news of his resurrection to the apostles (John 20:17-18). Noted in the East as the "Apostle to the Apostles."
Who was Mary Magdalne?
Most Christian traditions assume that Mary was from the place called Magdala near Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus landed (Mt 15:39, cp. Mk 8:10), even though there is no information to indicate whether this was her home, her birthplace, or whether she had some other connection with the place. Patrick Duffy tells her story.

mary mThe New Testament
Mary Magdalene is first mentioned in Luke's gospel as one of the group of women disciples of Jesus, "who provided for them out of their resources" and she is the one "from whom seven demons hadgone out" (Luke 8:2-3).

She is also among the women who were present at the crucifixion of Jesus when the male disciples, with the exception of John, abandoned him. She stood with his mother Mary "near the cross" (Jn 19:25), "watching from a distance" (Mk 15:40) and saw the tomb and how his body was laid (Mk 15:47; Lk 23:55; Mt 27:61).

She is among the women who very early in the morning on the first day of the week went with spices to the tomb to anoint the body (Mk 16:2+; Mt 28:1+), but found the tomb empty. She went to tell Simon and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved (Jn 20:1-2).

J+MMShe is the first to whom Jesus shows himself after the resurrection, though at first she doesn't recognise him till he called her name, Mary. Then she cried 'Rabbuni.' He said "Do not cling to me, for I have not ascended to my Father. but go and find the brothers and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God" (Jn 20:11-18).

The Fathers of the Church
For the first five centuries Mary Magdalene is highly regarded. Ambrose and Augustine both associate her with the New Eve who faithfully clings to Christ the new Adam, reversing the sin of the first Eve.

However, at the end of the sixth century an influential sermon of Pope St Gregory the Great (540-604) used the word peccatrix ("a sinful woman") of Mary Magdalene. He also wrongly identified her with Mary of Bethany, sister of Lazarus and Martha (Jn 12:1-8), on the one hand, and, on the other, with the woman who was a sinner (Lk 7:36-50), both of whom had brought precious oil to anoint the feet of Jesus. Gregory also wrongly identified her with the woman taken in adultery (Jn 8:1-11).

Good Mary/Bad Mary
These confusions have persisted into the tradition about Mary Magdalene and it's a short step from peccatrix (sinner) to meretrix (prostitute). Because of this, the complexity of "Marys" in the New Testament became reduced to a simple dualism: Good Mary, the ever virgin mother, and the repentant sinner, Bad Mary. Far from lessening Magdalene's role in popular devotion, this reduction only served to feed a fascination about her. Artistic depictions fuelled it even more.

Eastern tradition
The tradition in the East was that Magdalene went with the Blessed Virgin and John the Apostle to Ephesus, where she died and was buried. The English bishop Willibald is said to have seen her tomb when he visited there in the 8th century.

The town of Vézelay in Burgundy had from the 11th century claimed relics of Mary Magdalene, which, it was said, a monk Baudillon brought from St Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in Provence. The legend was that she, her brother Lazarus and her sister Martha had all evangelised Provence. The Cluniac Benedictines of Vézelay and the Dominicans of Saint-Maximin for the next few centuries competitively reported miracles in support of their respective claims.

Jul 22 - St Mary Magdalene, (2)The first evangelist



Summary: St Mary Magdalene, Apostle: A faithful disciple of Christ, Mary ministered to his needs after having seven devils cast out from her. Witnessed his crucifixion, was present at his burial, and was the first to see the risen Lord. Commissioned by Christ to proclaim the good news of his resurrection to the apostles (John 20:17-18). Noted in the East as the "Apostle to the Apostles."


The Da Vinci Code has stirred up a new interest in Mary Magdalene, but it seems obsessed with an imagined sexual relationship between her and Jesus. Fr John Murray PP takes this as his starting point, but goes on to highlight the more authentic tradition about the saint.

The novel, The Da Vinci Code, has stirred up a good deal of controversy, with its theories about the lost cup of the Last Supper and the identity of the 'beloved apostle'. The book claims that Mary Magdalene was this anonymous disciple, and that the Church has kept this secret from mankind in its efforts to maintain its power and control over people's lives.

MMAuthentic sources
Yes, it all sounds a bit fanciful, doesn't it? Yet, lots of people are currently buying into the fiction. Perhaps we need to look at the Scriptures to get a clearer picture of the real Mary Magdalene and her true message for today.

The sources I will suggest are not the various Gnostic texts which abounded in the early centuries, but the four gospels which were accepted by the Church as authentic, virtually from the beginning. These are the texts which were accepted by saints and theologians like Ignatius of Antioch, who died in Rome in 108, and Irenaeus of Lyons, who was bishop from 180-203. There were other 'gospels', but in time they were rejected, because they weren't consistent and authentic to the real Jesus, who had revealed himself as God and man in Palestine in the early years of the first century.

Various Marys
There are various Marys mentioned in the New Testament. None receives as much attention as Mary, the Mother of Jesus, but close behind her is Mary of Magdala. The Catholic Church, in its latest edition of the Calendar of Saints, distinguishes between Mary of Magdala, Mary the sister of Lazarus, and the sinful woman who weeps over the feet of Jesus (Lk 7:36-50). Nor is she to be confused with the nameless woman caught in adultery (Jn.8:3-11).

MM1Ministry of service
Mary of Magdala, I believe, has four messages to give us.

First of all, she is a disciple of Jesus. It was unknown at that time for women to be disciples of rabbis, and yet all four evangelists mention her, while Luke and Matthew specifically state that she and some others looked after Jesus and his closest disciples.

Her message here is one of service, for she considered it an honour to minister to the Lord. This she did to the end, when she came with others to anoint his crucified body as it lay in the tomb.

Throughout the centuries, women have ministered to the Lord, often in quiet and humble ways. Increasingly, that role has been, and will be, extended, as they seek to serve the modern Church in positions of leadership and responsibility. Pastors must have eyes to see and hearts that are open to their many and varied gifts. 

A damaged person
We are told that Mary had 'seven demons' cast out of her by Jesus. We don't know if these were spirits of a sinful nature, or if they refer to some sickness from which Jesus freed her.

In another passage, Jesus mentions a man who was freed in a similar way, but who later succumbed to seven other demons. Mary, once freed, never fell prey again to the power of her former problems, and followed Jesus resolutely, even to the foot of the cross on the hill of Calvary.

You could say she was a fragile person, but what a beautiful lesson for us to know that Jesus can use us even when we are damaged and have known sin or distress or sickness.

A greater love
As a result of books like The Da Vinci Code, there is much unhealthy speculation these days about the supposed relationship of Mary with Jesus. Did the Church keep hidden a 'terrible secret' that their relationship was more than platonic? We know there is no foundation for such speculation, which sometimes says more about the authors than the matter they write about.

The Church today is increasingly highlighting the beauty and sanctity of marriage. How sad it is, then, that the world cannot recognise the dignity and beauty of chastity!

Twenty-five years ago, the lyrics of Mary Magdalene's song in the pop musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, gave a revealing insight into this beautiful relationship: 'I don't know how to love him / What to do, how to move him. / I've been changed, yes, really changed. / In these past few days, when I've seen myself / I seem like someone else'.
In meeting Jesus, Magdalene discovered a love greater and deeper than she had ever known before. How exciting and wonderful it is for anyone - woman or man - to fall in love with the truly Great Lover! The world needs to hear that message. Maybe that's the real reason why the figure of Mary Magdalene is so prominent today.

M+J2Finally, there is the role of Mary Magdalene as the 'first announcer of the Resurrection'. Even when the other disciples doubt her word, she is faithful in proclaiming the message that he is risen. Did Jesus choose a woman for this role because of the inherent fidelity of a woman's heart? Despite the apostles' incredulity, she stuck to her guns. In Zeffirelli's film, Jesus of Nazareth, Mary is given the line, 'He told me to tell you, and I have done so!' That about sums up her courage and fidelity.

Today, in a world of faithlessness, we also are called to proclaim the truth of his resurrection, even when others do not believe, or give in to doubt. Mary Magdalene knew that Christ had died. Was she not one of the few beneath the cross at that terrible moment? Yet she was unwavering in her belief that he was risen.

No one was going to stop her telling that Good News to everyone she met. As she came away from the tomb on that first Easter morning, she already knew in her heart what St. Paul would say to the Corinthians a couple of decades later: 'If Christ has not been raised, your faith is pointless, and you have not been released from your sins... In fact, however, Christ has been raised from the dead as the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep' (1 Cor. 15:17.20). Mary Magdalene was the first to grasp this astonishing truth, and to proclaim it to the world.

P.S Pope Francis has established that from now on the celebration of St Mary Magdalene be inscribed  in the General Roman Calendar as a Feastday for the whole church.

This article first appeared in The Messenger (April 2005), a publication of the Irish Jesuits.

Today's Readings
Scripture themes
Jesus has compassion on the crowd that has need of teaching and guidance. His teaching is given with authority, it is confirmed by miracles. It brings together those who share his message. The Church always needs shepherds who are prepared to teach and build up the unity of the flock.

FIRST READING               

A reading from the book of the Prophet Jeremiah        23:1-6
The remnant of my flock I will gather and I will raise up shepherds to look after them.

'Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered - it is the Lord who speaks! This, therefore, is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds in charge of my people: You have let my flock be scattered and go wandering and have not taken care of them. Right, I will take care of you for your misdeeds - it is the Lord who speaks! But the remnant of my flock I myself will gather from all the countries where I have dispersed them, and will bring them back to their pastures: they shall be fruitful and increase in numbers. I will raise up shepherds to look after them and pasture them; no fear, no terror for them any more; not one shall be lost -
it is the Lord who speaks!

See, the days are coming - it is the Lord who speaksgod's shep
when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David,
who will reign as true king and be wise,
practising honesty and integrity in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel dwell in confidence.
And this is the name he will be called:The Lord-our-integrity.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm    
   Ps 22.
Response                                 The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

1. The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.                          Response

2. He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort.                    Response

3. You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing.                                     Response

4. Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord's own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever.                                              Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians        2:13-18
Christ Jesus is the peace between us, and has made the two into one.

J unifies usIn Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law. This was to create one single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God. In his own person he killed the hostility. Later he came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation                Jn 10:27  
Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark       6:30-34
They were like sheep without a shepherd.

sheep in dangerThe apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, 'You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while'; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.

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.

Sliocht as Leabhar Irimia, Fáidh.    23:1-6
Cruinneoidh mé féin fuüleach ma thréada agus cuirfidh mé aoirí gcionn a bheathóidh iad.

“Is mairg do na haoirí a ligeann do chaoirigh m’innilte imeacht ar aimhleas agus ar fán – an Tiarna a labhraíonn. Dá bhrí sin, is é seo a deir an Tiarna, Dia Iosrael, I dtaobh na n-aoirí a bheathaíonn mo phobal: Lig sibh scaipeadh agus seachrán a theacht ar mo thréad agus níor thug aon aire dóibh. Féach, agróidh mise oraibhse olc bhur ngníomhartha – an Tiarna a labhraíonn. Ach cruinneoidh mé féin fuílleach mo thréada as gach uile thír inar dhíbir mé iad, agus tabharfaidh mé ar ais iad chun a dtalamh féaraigh: beidh siad síolmhar agus méadófar iad. Cuirfidh mé aoirí os a gcionn a bheathóidh iad; ní bheidh eagla orthu níos mó, ná uamhan; ní bheidh easnamh arbith orthu – an Tiarna a labhraíonn.; god's shep

'Feach, tá na laethanta ag teacht – an Tiarna a labhraíonn –
agus ardóidh mé do Dháiví beangán fíréanta;
rialóidh sé ina rí go críonna,
agus déanfaidh sé breithiúnas agus ceart sa talamh.
Ina laethanta siúd sábhálfar Iúdá agus cónóidh Iosrael faoi dhóchas.
Is é seo an t-ainm a bhéarfar air: An Tiarna ár bhfíréantacht.'

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 22
Freagra                                     Is é an Tiarna m'aoire, ní bheidh aon ní de dhíth orm.

I. Is é an Tiarna m'aoire,
ní bheidh aon ní de dhíth orm.
Cuireann sé i mo luí mé
i móinéar féaruaithne.
Seolann sé ar imeall an uisce mé,
mar a bhfaighim suaimhneas.          Freagra

2. Seolann sé mé ar rianta díreacha
mar gheall ar a ainm.
Fiú dá siúlfainn i ngleann an dorchadais,
níor bhaol liom an t-olc
agus tú faram le do shlat is do bhachall
chun sólás a thabhairt dom.              Freagra

3. Cóiríonn tú bord chun béile dom
i bhfianaise mo naimhde;
Ungann tú mo cheann le hola;
tá mo chupán ag cur thar maoil.       Freagra

4. Leanfaidh cineáltas is fabhar mé
gach uile lá de mo shaol.
I dteach an Tiarna a mhairfidh mé
go brách na breithe.                             Freagra

DARA LÉACHT                 hEifísigh 2:13-18
Is eisean ár gceann réitigh: is é a rinne aon bhuíonon amháin den dá phobal.

J unifies usA bhráithre, tá sibh i gCríost Íosa; sibhse a bhí tráth I bhfad i gcéin, tá sibh tagtha i ngaire de bharr fhuil Chríost. Mar is eisean ár síocháin; is é a rinne aon bhuíon amháin den dá phobal nuair a leag sé ar lár an balla deighilte, an naimhdeas ina cholainn, agus chuir ar ceal an dlí agus a chuid aitheanta agus forálacha d’fhonn aon duine nua amháin a dhéanamh den bheirt ann féin trí shíocháin a dhéanamh eatarthu, agus an dá bhuíon a thabhairt chun athmhuintearais le Dia in aon chorp amháin leis an gcrois ar ar chuir sé an naimhdeas chun báis. Tháinig sé ag fógairt dea-scéal na síochána daoibhse a bhí i bhfad uaidh agus dóibh sin a bhí ina chóngar; mar is tríd atá teacht againn araon ar an Athair faoi luí an aon Spioraid.

Alleluia Véarsa              Eo 10: 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
Éisteann mo chaoirigh le mo ghlór,a deir the Tiarna
agus aithním iad, agus leanann siad mé.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas       6:30-34
Bhí siad mar a bheadh caoirigh gan aoire.

sheep in dangerSan am sin tháinig na haspail le chéile timpeall ar Íosa agus d’inis siad dó a raibh déanta acu agus a raibh de theagasc tugtha acu. Dúirt sé leo: “Tagaigí sibhse go dtí áit uaigneach ar leithligh agus glacaigí bhur suaimhneas tamall” – óir bhí mórán daoine ag teacht agus ag imeacht agus ní raibh am chun bia féin acu. D’imigh siad leo i mbád go dtí áit uaigneach ar leithligh. Agus chonaic mórán ag imeacht iad agus d’aithin siad iad, agus rith siad ann dá gcois as na cathracha uile agus bhain siad an áit amach rompu.

Ag teacht i dtír dó chonaic sé slua mór, agus ghlac sé trua dóibh mar go raibh siad mar a bheadh caoirigh gan aoire, agus thosaigh sé ag muineadh mórán nithe dóibh.

Soiscéal Dé

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Aoirí don aimsear láithreach

i ngach réimse inniú tá géarchéim údaráis ann. Díreach mar gheall ar bheith i gceannas ní chinntíonn dé a thuilleadh géilliúntais dílseacht agus neamhcheistiú. An ceannaire oiriúnach do’n lá atá inniu ann, ní mór dóibh bheith ábalta meas agus iontaobhas a ghiniúint, duine de dhearcadh freagrachta soiléir, ar féidir leis (nó léí) rudaí a cchur chun cinn gan dearmad a dhéanamh ar mothúcháin daoine eile. Is iad na haoirí sa chreideamh daoine a thugann aire do dhaoine eile (Jeremiah); ceannairí a chuidíonn linn leanúint ar an mbealach ceart (Salm), agus a thaispeánann trua ar dhaoine eile ina laige (Soiscéal). Ní bhaineann an íomhá an aoire leis na heaspaig mar tréadaithe oifigiúla agus oidhrí na n’aspal, nó leis na sagairt pharóiste amháin. Baineann glaochaint an aoire ar shlí éigean le gach cineál ceannaireachta, sa réimse teaghlaigh agus sóisialta chomh maith agus le cúrsaí creidimh. Tugann focal Dé cuiúinn inniu scrúdú a dhéanamh ar an gcineál ceannaireachta a chuireann muid féin ar fáil do dhaoine eile

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

© An Sagart
Sunday's Readings
Scripture themes
Jesus shows himself to be the true Messiah and the true prophet by the miracle of the loaves and fishes. In taking, giving thanks and distributing, Jesus performs the actions that will distinguish the Eucharist.

Elisha & Bread


FIRST READING                     2 Kings 4:42-44
They will eat and have some left over.

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing Elisha, the man of God, bread from the first-fruits, twenty barley loaves and fresh grain in the ear. 'Give it to the people to eat,' Elisha said. But his servant replied, 'How can I serve this to a hundred men?' 'Give it to the people to eat' he insisted 'for the Lord says this, "They will eat  and have some left over." He served them; they ate and had some over, as the Lord had said.

The Word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm         Ps 144:10-11. 15-18.
Response                             You open wide your hand, O Lord,and grant our desires.

1. 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

2. The eyes of all creatures look to you
and you give them their food in due time.
You open wide your hand,
grant the desires of all who live.           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

SECOND READING          A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians     4:1-6Faces_of_ChristOne Body, one Lord, one faith, one baptism.

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, through all and within all.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation          Jn 6: 63. 68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life:
you have the message of etemal life.

or                                                Eph 1: 17. 18 
Alleluia, alleluia!
A great prophet has appeared among us;
God has visited his people.


 A reading from the holy Gospel according to John            6:1-15
Jesus gave out as much as was wanted to all who were sitting ready.

Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee or of Tiberias and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.

Jesus feeding the 5000Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, 'Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?' He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, 'Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.' One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said, 'There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?' Jesus said to them, 'Make the people sit down.' There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, 'Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.' So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, 'This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.' Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.

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.
Elisha & BreadCÉAD LÉACHT 

Sliocht as an dara Leabhar na Rithe    4:42-44
Íosfaidh siad agus beidh fuíoll fágtha acu.

Tháinig fear ó Bhál Seáiliseá agus thug leis chun giolla Dé arán a rinneadh de na céadtorthaí, fiche builín eorna agus arbhar úr [sa dias]. “Tabhair don phobal é le hithe,” arsa Eilíseá. D’fhreagair a sheirbhíseach: “Conas is féidir liom é seo a roinnt ar chéad duine?” “Tabhair don phobal é le hithe,” ar seisean go daingean, “óir seo mar a deir an Tiarna: ‘Íosfaidh siad agus beidh fuíoll fágtha acu.’” Roinn sé orthu é. D’ith siad agus bhí fuíoll fágtha acu, mar a dúirt an Tiarna.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra                    Sm144
Freagra                                     Osclaíonn tú do lámh a Thiarna agus sásaíonn tú sinn.

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

2. Bíonn súile cách ag feitheamh ort,
agus tugann tú bia dóibh in am tráth.
Osclaíonn tú do lámh
is sásaíonn tú a bhfuil beo le do chinéaltas    Freagra

3. Is fíréanta an Tiarna ina shlite uile
is is naofa é ina oibreacha go léir.
Is gairid an Tiarna dá ngaireann air,


Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  hEifísigh    4:1-6
Aon chorp amháin, aon Tiarna amháin, aon chreideamh amháin agus aon bhaisteadh amháin.Faces_of_Christ

A bhráithre, táim ag impí oraibh, dá bhrí sin, agus mé i mo ghéibheannach ag an Tiarna, bhur saol a thabhairt go cuí de réir na gairme atá faighte agaibh agus sibh a bheith lán d’uirísle, de láchas agus d’fhoighne. Cuirigí suas go carthanach le chéile agus déanaigí bhur ndícheall chun an aontacht a thagann ón Spiorad a choimeád faoi cheangal na síochána. Aon chorp amháin agus aon Spiorad amháin atá ionaibh faoi mar nach bhfuil ach aon dóchas amháin agaibh ó fuair sibh bhur ngairm ó Dhia. Níl ann ach aon Tiarna amháin, aon chreideamh amháin agus aon bhaisteadh amháin. Níl ann ach aon Dia amháin atá ina Athair ag cách: é os cionn cách agus ag gníomhú i gcách agus istigh i gcách uile.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa                    Eo 6: 63, 68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Na focail atá ráite agat, a Thiarna, is spiorad agus is beatha iad.
Is agatsa atá briathra na beatha síoraí


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas     6:1-15
Roinn Íosa oiread agus ab áil leo ar na daoine agus iad ina suí.

San am sin d’imigh Íosa anonn thar farraige na Gailíle, is é sin, farraige Thibirias. Lean slua mór é mar chonaic siad na comharthaí a bhí sé a dhéanamh ar lucht tinnis. Ghabh Íosa an sliabh suas agus shuigh ansiúd in éineacht lena dheisceabail.
Bhí féile na nGiúdach, an Cháisc, in achmaireacht.

Jesus feeding the 5000Nuair a d’ardaigh Íosa a shúile, mar sin, agus nuair a chonaic go raibh slua mór ag teacht chuige, dúirt sé le Pilib: “Cá gceannóimid arán chun go mbeadh bia acu seo?” Ag baint trialach as a dúirt sé é sin, mar bhí a fhios aige féin cad a bhí sé chun a dhéanamh. D’fhreagair Pilib é: “Níor leor luach dhá chéad déanar d’arán chun go mbeadh greim an duine acu.” Dúirt duine dá dheisceabail leis – ba é Aindrias é, deartháir Shíomóin Peadar: “Tá ógánach anseo a bhfuil cúig builíní eorna aige, agus dhá iasc, ach cá rachadh an méid sin ar oiread daoine?” Dúirt Íosa: “Cuirigí na daoine ina suí” – bhí mórán féir san áit. Shuigh siad síos mar sin, timpeall cúig mhíle duine. Agus thóg Íosa na builíní, d’altaigh, agus roinn iad ar na daoine agus iad ina suí; agus mar an gcéanna oiread agus a b’áil leo de na héisc. Nuair a bhí siad sách, dúirt sé lena dheisceabail: “Bailígí an bruscar fuíligh chun nach rachadh aon ní amú.” Bhailigh siad ansin lán dhá chiseán déag de bhruscar as na cúig builíní eorna, a d’fhág na daoine a fuair an béile. Nuair a chonaic na daoine, mar sin, cad é mar chomhartha a bhí déanta ag Íosa, dúirt siad: “Is é seo go dearfa an fáidh atá le teacht ar an saol.” Agus ó bhí a fhios ag Íosa go raibh ar aigne acu teacht á fhuadach chun rí a dhéanamh de, chuaigh sé i leataobh arís faoin sliabh ina aonar.

Soiscéal Dé

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh
Arán agus éisg
Ag féachaint ar an slua ocrasach agus an gannchuid bia abhí ar fáil leo, bhí a fhios ag Íosa cérb ollmhór an dúslán abhí ós a chómair, iad go léir a bheathú. Ach níor aontaigh sé leis an easpa mhisnigh a mhothaigh na h’aspail. Chonaic sé gurbh fhéidir rud luachmhar a dhéanamh leis na cúig bullógaí eorna agus dhá iasc a chuir an buachaill beag ar fáil, chun an cúig mhíle duine a bheathú. Ní féidir linn a shamhlú go díreach cad a tharla an lá sin amach sa bhfásach ach is léir go raibh ról ríthábhachtach ag an buachaill beag lena chúig bollóg aráin eorna agus an cúpla éisc. Ann féin, ní raibh ag an mbuachaill ach go leor bia le haghaidh béile simplí dá theaghlach beag. Ach bhí an buachaill sásta a chuid eorna agus a chuid éisc a chur ar fáil le hÍosa. Ar bhealach aisteach, bhí Íosa in ann oibriú le bronntanas croiúil an bhuachaill óg chun gach duine a chothú. Thug fhlaithiúlacht aon duine amháin an t-oscailt a bhí ag teastáil. Trí bhronntanais bheaga agus toilteanacha, is féidir go dtharlóigh miorúiltí eile fós, inár linn agus inár mbeatha féin.

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

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