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Well known.

 

A nun writes that God knows us better than we know ourselves. She writes that sometimes, she feels relieved when she thinks about this, but that, at other times, this makes her feel ashamed. God knows her thoughts, and she cannot hide her selfishness from God. God knows when she tries to avoid doing what is good for herself and others, when arrogance and pride take over.

The nun writes that even though she does not always like the fact that God knows everything about her, she knows that it is really something for which she should be thankful. True, God knows our sinfulness, but He has also created our potential and purpose. It is not possible to escape God’s loving guidance and the constant invitation to humility and conversion. God knows how to reach out and speak to us, even if we’re dense or life is stormy. God knows just what we need in order to grow into the people we are made to be.

Let us pray: God, help me to have the grace to accept the mystery of your guidance and respond with love.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

Catholicireland.net

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).

Sep 24 - St Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury (602-690)

Summary: Theodore of Canterbury began religious life as a Greek monk living in Rome who was sent by Pope Vitalian (657-672) to be the archbishop of Canterbury. Through making visitations, holding synods and through prudent administration, he brought order and peace to the Church in England.

Patrick Duffy tells his story.

A Greek monk
  theodore Theodore was a 66 year-old monk of proven integrity, a native of Tarsus in Cilicia, who had been educated at Antioch and Constantinople. He was staying in Rome when Pope Vitalian, on the advice of the abbot Adrian, ordained him and appointed him to be archbishop of Canterbury.

St Theodore, monk, missionary, Archbishop of Canterbury

His journey
Accompanied by the abbot Adrian, who had made the journey before, he set out in May 668 and, after passing to Marseilles, travelled overland through France, he arrived in Canterbury a year later.

An able administrator
Theodore made a visitation of the English Churches to see the situation for himself and appointed bishops to the various sees that had been vacant for some time.

Settled disputes
He had to mediate in a dispute between the hot-tempered Wilfrid, whom he appointed archbishop of York, and the rather milder and meek Chad, whom he had previously appointed to York, and now persuaded instead to become bishop of Lichfield.

St. Augustine's Tomb, Front ViewOrganising synods
In 672 Theodore held the first synod of the Anglo-Saxon Church at Hertford and again at Hatfield in 675.

Founded school at Canterbury
He also founded an important school at Canterbury, where not only Latin and Greek, but also Roman Law and biblical exegesis were taught. He  encouraged the use of plainchant and the Roman way of calculating the date for Easter.

Death and influence
When he died, he was buried beside St Augustine, the first archbishop of Canterbury (597-604). Bede said of him: "The Churches of England made greater progress during his pontificate than they had ever done before."
Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 24th September, 2020

Thursday of 25th week of Ordinary Time, Year 2


FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes        1:2-11
There is nothing new under the sun.

Vanity of vanities, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity! For all his toil, his toil under the sun, what does man gain by it?

A generation goes, a generation comes, yet the earth stands firm for ever. The sun rises, the sun sets; then to its place it speeds and there it rises. Southward goes the wind, then turns to the north; it turns and turns again; back then to its circling goes the wind. Into the sea all the rivers go, and yet the sea is never filled, and still to their goal the rivers go. All things are wearisome. No man can say that eyes have not had enough of seeing, ears their fill of hearing. What was will be again; what has been done will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun. Take anything of which it may be said, 'Look now, this is new'. Already, long before our time, it existed. Only no memory remains of earlier times, just as in times to come next year itself will not be remembered.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 89
Response                            O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

1. You turn men back into dust
and say: 'Go back, sons of men:
To your eyes a thousand years
are like yesterday, come and gone,
no more than a watch in the night.           Response

2. You sweep men away like a dream,
like grass which springs up in the morning.
In the morning it springs up and flowers:
by evening it withers and fades.                Response

3. Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?
Show pity to your servants.                        Response

4. In the morning, fill us with your love;
we shall exult and rejoice all our days.
Let the favour of the Lord be upon us:
give success to the work of our hands     Response

Gospel  Acclamation     Ps 118: 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
Open my eyes, O Lord, that I am consider
the wonders of your law.
Alleluia !

or                                   Jn 14: 6
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me .
Alleluia !

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 9:7-9
I beheaded him. So who is this I hear such reports about?'

Herod the tetrarch had heard about all that was going on; and he was puzzled,
because some people were saying that John had risen from the dead,
others that Elijah had reappeared,
still others that one of the ancient prophets had come back to life.

But Herod said, 'John? I beheaded him.
So who is this I hear such reports about?'
And he was anxious to see Jesus.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection        
Thursday, Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time      Luke 9:7-9

The author of the Book of Ecclesiastes, from which our first reading is taken, seems to have a rather jaundiced view of life. He looks out upon the natural world and, rather than being inspired by its wonder, he says of it, in the words of our reading, ‘all things are wearisome’. All he sees in nature, and in life generally, is tiresome repetition, ‘there is nothing new under the sun’. In the gospel reading, Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great, seems to look upon the life-giving ministry of Jesus and his disciples with somewhat jaundiced eyes. The reading says that Herod was puzzled by Jesus and was anxious to see him. That could suggest that there was a certain openness in Herod to Jesus. However, a few chapters later in this gospel of Luke, the Pharisees come to Jesus and warn him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you’, and, of course, Herod had already killed John the Baptist. Both readings invite us to reflect on how we see the world, how we see other people, how we see ourselves. Like the author of Ecclesiastes, are we prone to seeing wearisome monotony where, in reality, there is wonderful diversity; like Herod, are we prone to seeing a threat when, in reality, this is a moment of opportunity through which the Lord is calling out to us. How we see the world shapes who we are, how we behave, how we relate to others. We need to keep refining the eyes of our minds and hearts, so that we see the world with the Lord’s eyes, eyes that are attuned to the signs of life and creativity all around us.

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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 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop

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Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 24th September, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT 

Sliocht as Leabhar Cóhelet            1:2-11
Níl aon ní nua ann faoi luí na gréine.

Buaic na baoise a deir Cóheilit, buaic na baoise! Níl in aon ní ach baois! Cén tairbhe
do dhuine an saothar uile a dhéanann sé faoi luí na gréine?

sun

Imíonn glúin amháin as agus tagann ceann eile ina háit ach fanann an domhan ann go
deo. Éiríonn an ghrian ach téann sí faoi arís agus brostaíonn sí léi chun na háite ar éirigh sí as. Séideann an ghaoth ó dheas agus casann sí ó thuaidh ansin; siúd léi timpeall arís agus arís eile agus leanann sí dá timchuairt gan stad. Ritheann na haibhneacha go léir isteach san fharraige ach ní líontar í choíche; mar sin féin coinníonn na haibhneacha orthu ag déanamh ar a gceann cúrsa go brách. Tá gach uile ní lán leimhe agus ní féidir leis an duine trácht a dhéanamh orthu; ní bhíonn an tsúil sásta lena bhfeiceann sí ná an chluas sásta lena gcloiseann sí. An ní a bhí ann tráth, is é a bheidh ann go brách; an ní a rinneadh cheana, is é a dhéanfar arís; mar níl aon ní nua ann faoi luí na gréine. Fiú amháin an ní a ndeirtear faoi: “Féach, is rud nua é seo,” bhí sé ann romhainn anallód. Ní chuimhnítear anois ar na glúine a bhí ann fadó; ná ní bheidh cuimhne ar na glúine atá le teacht ag na glúine a thiocfaidh ina ndiaidh.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le freagra      Sm 89
Freagra :                  A Thiarna, is tú ba thearmann dúinn, ó ghlúin go glúin.
1.Déanann tú deannach arís den duine
á rá: “Ar ais libh, a Ádhamhchlann.”
Óir níl míle bliain i d’fhianaise
ach mar an lá a d’imigh tharainn inné,
nó mar a bheadh faire na hoíche.                      Freagra

2. Sciobann tú chun siúil iad amhail aisling,
nó mar fhéar úrghlas na maidine.
Eascraíonn sé ar maidin agus bláthaíonn sé
baintear é agus feonn sé um thráthnóna.        Freagra

3. Múin dúinn giorra shaoil an duine
chun go bhfaighimid críonnacht inár gcroí.
Fill orainn; cá fhad a bheidh tú feargach?
Déan trócaire ar do shearbhóntaí, a Thiarna. Freagra

4. Tabhair ár sáith de do bhuanghrá ar maidin dúinn,
go mbeidh áthas orainn agus gairdeas go deo.
Go dtaga grásta ár dTiarna Dia anuas orainn
agus go soirbhí tú saothar ár lámh.                    Freagra
SOISCÉAL

Sliocht asan Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás       9:7-9
Bhain mé féin an ceann de Eoin.

S
an am sin chuala Héaród, an rí cúige, faoi na nithe uile a bhí ag titim amach,
agus bhí mearbhall air de bhrí go raibh sé de scéal ag daoine áirithe gurbh é Eoin a bhí tar éis éirí ó mhairbh;
ag daoine eile, Éilias a bheith á thaibhsiú.
ag daoine eile fós, fáidh éigin de na sinsir a bheith aiséirithe.

Ach dúirt Héaród: “Maidir le hEoin, bhain mé féin an ceann de;
ach cé hé an duine seo a gcluinim tuairiscí mar iad seo air?”
Agus bhí sé ag iarraidh radharc a fháil air.

Soiscéal Dé



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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 27th September, 2020

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time


Scripture Theme
God gives us the gift of repentance. In the parable of the two sons, Jesus holds up the example of the public sinners in his time being converted while the establishment figures refuse to listen to his message. Ezekiel reminds us that repentance is always possible, for the Lord remembers his mercy.


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FIRST READING

A reading from the book of Ezekiel          18:25-28
When the sinner renounces sin, he shall certainly live.

repentant sinnerThe word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows: You object, "What the Lord does is unjust".
Listen, you House of Israel: is what I do unjust? Is it not what you do that is unjust?
When the upright man renounces his integrity to commit sin and dies because of this,he dies because of the evil that he himself has committed.
When the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest,
he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 24
Response                               Remember your mercy, Lord.

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.
Do not remember the sins of my youth.
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 letter of St Paul to the Philippians     2:1-11
In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.


If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. That is the one thing which would make me completely happy. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, So that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other s people's interests instead. In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus:

His state was divine,
yet he did not cling
to his equality with God but emptied himself
to assume the condition of a slave,
and became as men are;
jesus crucifiedand being as all men are,
he was humbler yet,
even to accepting death,
death on a cross.
But God raised him high
and gave him the name
which is above all other names
so that all beings
in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,
should bend the knee at the name of Jesus
and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.


The Word of the Lord.


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Alternative shorter
SECOND READING


A reading from the letter to the Philippians      2:1-5
In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.


If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. That is the one thing which would make me completely happy. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, So that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other s people's interests instead. In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.

The Word of the Lord.
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Gospel Acclamation        Jn 14: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.
Alleluia!

or                                            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.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

 A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew      21:28-32
Afterwards he thought better of it and went, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: 'What is your opinion?
A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, "My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today".
He answered, "I will not go", but afterwards thought better of it and went.
The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, "Certainly, sir", but did not go.
Which of the two did the father's will?' 'The first' they said.
Jesus said to them,
'I tell you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.
For John came to you, a pattern of true righteousness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in 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, 27th September, 2020
CHÉAD LÉACHT 

Sliocht as leabhar Ezícéal         18:25-28
Má thréigeann an drochdhuine a pheaca, mairfidh sé go deimhin.

repentant sinnereo mar a deir an Tiarna: “Deir tusa: ‘Ní cóir iad gníomhartha an Tiarna.’ Éistigí liom, a mhuintir Iosrael; nach cóir iad mo ghníomhartha? Nach iad bhur ngníomhartha féin atá míchóir? Má thréigeann an fíréan a fhíréantacht agus peacú, éagfaidh sé dá bharr; éagfaidh sé de bharr an oilc atá déanta aige. Arís, má thréigeann an drochdhuine a pheacaí agus déanamh mar is ceart agus mar is cóir, tabharfaidh sé a bheatha slán. De bhrí gur mhachnaigh sé agus gur thréig sé a pheacaí go léir mairfidh sé go deimhin; ní bhfaighidh sé bás.

An Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra               Sm 24
Freagra                               Cuimhnigh ar do thrócaire, a Thiarna.

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


2. Ortsa a bhím ag feitheamh ar feadh an lae,
mar gheall ar dó chineáltas, a Thiarna.
Cuimhnigh ar do thrócaire, a Thiarna,
agus ar do bhuanghrá atá ann ó na cianta.
Ná cuimhnigh ar chionta m'óige,
ach amháin ar do bhuanghrá féin.                      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 litir N.Pól chuig na Filipigh   2:1-11
Bígí ar aon mheon le hÍosa Críost.


A bhráithre, más fiú aon ní an sólás a fhaigheann sibh i gCríost, más fiú aon ní an  spreagadh a thagann ón ngrá, más fiú aon ní bhur gcumann leis an Spiorad, má tá  cion nó trua ar bith ionaibh, cuirigí barr ar mo chuid áthais trí bheith ar aon aigne le chéile, ar aon ghrá, ar aon toil agus ar aon aigne. Ná déanaigí aon ní le teann iomaíochta ná le teann gaisce, ach sibh á mheas go huiríseal gur fearr daoine eile ná sibh féin. Ná bíodh aon duine agaibh ag cuimhneamh ar a leas féin amháin ach ar leas na gcomharsana chomh maith. Bígí ar aon mheon le hÍosa Críost:
An té úd a bhí i riocht Dé ó dhúchas,
níorbh éadáil leis bheith ar chomhchéim le Dia,
Ach lom sé é féin.
Agus chuir áir riocht an sclábha
jesus crucifiedagus tháinig chun bheith ina dhuine mar chách eile.
Agus ar theacht ann dó i gcló daonna,
d’ísligh sé é féin
agus bhí umhal go bás –
go bás na croise féin.
Sin é an fáth ar ardaigh Dia thar na bearta é
agus bhronn air an t-ainm úd atá os cionn gach ainm,
i dtreo nuair a luafaí ainm Íosa
go gcromfadh glúin gach neach
dá bhfuil ar neamh agus ar talamh agus in ifreann
agus go ndearbhódh gach teanga,
in ómós do Dhia an tAthair,
gurb é Íosa Críost an Tiarna.
An Briathar Dé.

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Malairt DARA LÉACHT

Sliocht litir N.Pól chuig na Filipigh   2:1-5
Bígí ar aon mheon le hÍosa Críost.


A bhráithre, más fiú aon ní an sólás a fhaigheann sibh i gCríost, más fiú aon ní an  spreagadh a thagann ón ngrá, más fiú aon ní bhur gcumann leis an Spiorad, má tá  cion nó trua ar bith ionaibh, cuirigí barr ar mo chuid áthais trí bheith ar aon aigne le chéile, ar aon ghrá, ar aon toil agus ar aon aigne. Ná déanaigí aon ní le teann iomaíochta ná le teann gaisce, ach sibh á mheas go huiríseal gur fearr daoine eile ná sibh féin. Ná bíodh aon duine agaibh ag cuimhneamh ar a leas féin amháin ach ar leas na gcomharsana chomh maith. Bígí ar aon mheon le hÍosa Críost:

An Briathar Dé.  

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


SOISCÉAL               


 Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha       21:28-32
Tháinig aiféala air agus chuaigh se. tá tosach ag na poibleacánaigh agus ag na striapacha oraibhse isteach i ríocht Dé.


San am sin dúirt Íosa le huachtaráin ne sagart agus le seanóir an phobail: “bhur mbarúil air seo: Bhí beirt mhac ag duine. D’agaill sé duine acu ar dtús: ‘A mhic,’ ar seisean, ‘téighse inniu ag obair san fhíonghort.’ D’fhreagair sé é: ‘Tá go maith, a dhuine uasail,’ ar seisean; ach ní dheachaigh. D’agaill sé an dara duine ar an gcuma chéanna, agus b’é a fhreagra seo: ‘Ní dhéanfaidh mé,’ ar seisean; ach ina dhiaidh sin tháinig aiféala air agus chuaigh. Cé acu den bheirt a rinne toil a athar?” “An dara duine,” ar siad. Dúirt Íosa leo: “Deirim libh go fírinneach, tá tosach ag na poibleacánaigh agus ag na striapacha oraibhse isteach i ríocht Dé. Óir tháinig Eoin chugaibh ar shlí na fíréantachta agus níor chreid sibh ann; na poibleacánaigh, áfach, agus na striapacha, chreid siad ann; agus cé go bhfaca sibhse é sin, níor bhuail an t aiféala mall féin sibh chun go gcreidfeadh sibh ann.”

An Soiscéal Dé.



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