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

Striving to speak openly.


A convert reveals that she has great admiration for St. Paul, who was also a convert. She says that although she did not persecute others before converting, neither has she evangelized with words in the manner he did.

She believes very deeply but finds it very difficult to share her beliefs with others. She notes that St. Paul did so at great peril, receiving punishment and even imprisonment for what he believed, for the sake of salvation.

However, she takes comfort and hope in the following expression: “Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”
Let us pray: Gracious God, why do I feel that I can’t get beyond my fear of what others might think? Why do I hesitate to speak openly to others of your goodness? How grateful I am for your mercy and forgiveness. Know that I put my trust in you.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).
Saint of the day

Oct 18 - St Luke Evangelist and author of Acts

Summary: St Luke, Evangelist, Missionary. By early Christian tradition, Luke is named as author of the Third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Almost certainly a Gentile and perhaps a companion of Saint Paul (29 June), he wrote to reassure those who had grown uncertain toward the end of the first century. In his gospel, the compassion of Christ is inclusive of all:Gentile and Jew, the poor and the rich, women and men, the outcast and the privileged.

LUKESt Luke is the author of the third gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles. He is also the patron of medical doctors, and of artists and painters. In art, Luke is represented by a winged ox. This may indicate that the Gospel of St. Luke hints at the priestly and sacrificial work of Jesus. The ox may symbolise the sacrificial aspect of Jesus’ ministry with the wings suggesting that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to travel throughout the world. Patrick Duffy introduces him.

From Antioch in Syria
According to the historian Eusebius (Church History III.4.6) Luke was a Greek-speaking physician who lived at Antioch in Syria.

An educated man and reliable historian
The composition of the third Gospel and of Acts and the range of their vocabulary indicate that Luke was an educated man. Professor E.M. Blaiklock compares Luke's work with that of the classical historian Thucydides (460-395 BC) "for accuracy of detail and for evocation of atmosphere". The Acts of the Apostles, he says, is not a shoddy product of pious imagining, but a trustworthy record, that is confirmed by archaeology.

Paul's First Missionary Journey The book of Acts was written by Luke. He traveled with Paul on some of Paul's missionary journeys,

Paul's companion on his missionary journeys
Paul makes several mentions of Luke in his letters (Philemon 24 - "Epaphras, a prisoner with me in Christ Jesus, sends his greetings; so do my colleagues Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke"), Colossians 4:14 - "Greetings from my dear friend Luke, the doctor, and from Demas") and 2 Timothy 4:11 - "Only Luke is with me"). The "we" passages in Acts show he travelled with Paul as a companion on at least some of his missionary journeys: crossing from Troas in Asia Minor over to Philippi (16:11-16); Troas to Miletus and on to Jerusalem via Cos, Rhodes, Patara, Ptolemais and Caesarea (20:6-21:18) and finally on the journey through the shipwreck on Malta and on to Rome. (27-27).

Not a Jew
The distinction Paul makes in Colossians 4:10-11 and 14 between his colleagues "of the circumcision" and his other co-workers including Luke and Demas indicate that he may have been a Gentile or at least that if he was a Jew he did not strictly adhere to the rituals of Judaism.

Luke's theology and iconography
L icon manIn the Gospel according to Luke the parts proper to him include the account of the birth and hidden life of John the Baptist and Jesus: this includes the annunciation, the visitation, the presentation and the hidden life (Luke 1-2). All this is an introduction to the transcendent nature of the person of Jesus. Two other outstanding characteristics of the theology of Luke are: firstly, his emphasis on the compassion of Jesus as articulated especially in the parables of Lk 15 - the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son; and secondly, his emphasis on the role of women. In the Acts of the Apostles he stresses the movement away from Jerusalem into the Gentile world and finally on to Rome, hinting at the universality of Christianity.

There is a Christian tradition, especially strong in Eastern Orthodoxy, that Luke was the first iconographer, and that he painted pictures of Jesus and Mary. Guilds of St Luke were formed in the cities of Flanders and at Rome to protect and promote painters.
Today's Readings

A reading from the Second letter of St Paul to  Timothy    4:10-17
Only Luke is with me.

paulDemas has deserted me for love of this life and gone to Thessalonika, Crescens has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia; only lukeLuke is with me.

Get Mark to come and bring him with you; I find him a useful helper in my work. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, and the scrolls, especially the parchment ones. Alexander the coppersmith has done me a lot of harm; the Lord will repay him for what he has done.

Be on your guard against him yourself, because he has been bitterly contesting everything that we say. The first time I had to present my defence, there was not a single witness to support me. Every one of them deserted me - may they not be held accountable for it. But the Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion's mouth.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps  144
Response                            Your friends, O Lord, shall make known the glorious splendour of your reign.

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. They make known to men your mighty deeds
and the glorious splendour of your reign.
Yours is an everlasting kingdom;
your rule lasts from age to age.                     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

Gospel Acclamation          Jn 15: 16
Alleluia, alleluia!
I chose you from the world
to go out and to bear fruit,
fruit that will last, says the Lord.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke     10:1-9
The harvest is rich but the labourers are few.

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, "Peace to this house!" And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house.

Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, "The kingdom of God is very near to you".

The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Reflection      
18 Oct     Saint Luke, evangelist             Luke 10:1-9

The gospel of Luke, whose feast we celebrate today, could be termed the gospel of mercy. Luke portrays Jesus as the face of God’s mercy, which is one of Pope Francis’ favourite ways of referring to Jesus. Some of the most memorable passages of mercy are only to be found in Luke’s gospel, such as the story of the sinful woman anointing the feet of Jesus, the parable of the prodigal son, the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, the meeting of Jesus and Zacchaeus, the dialogue between the good thief and Jesus on the cross. It is above all in Luke that Jesus is portrayed as revealing the hospitable love of God to the broken in spirit or body. A symbol has traditionally been associated with each of the four gospels. The symbol of Luke’s gospel is the ox. This is an animal that is capable of carrying heavy burdens. In Luke’s gospel, Jesus takes upon himself the burdens of others, especially the burden of sin which weighs heavily on a person’s spirit. There is a saying of Jesus in Luke which is unique to this gospel and which sums up Luke’s portrait of Jesus, ‘the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost’. Today’s gospel reading is also unique to Luke. It is only this gospel who gives us this passage of Jesus sending out seventy two as labourers in God’s harvest to proclaim in word and deed the message of the kingdom, the message of God’s merciful and hospitable love. We all belong among that large group of seventy two. If Jesus is the face of God’s merciful love, he sends us all out to reveal something of that same face of God’s mercy to all those we encounter in life.


The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.

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











Sliocht as an dara litir N.Pól chuig Thiomóid          4:10-17
Níl i mo theannta anois ach Lúcás.

paullukeMar thit Déamas i ngrá leis an saol seo, thréig sé mé agus d’imigh leis go Teasaloinicé. D’imigh Créiscéas go Galait agus Títeas go Dalmait. Níl i mo theannta anois ach Lúcás. Faighse Marcas agus beir leat é, mar ba mhór an chabhair dom é i mo ghnó. Chuir mé Tichiceas chun siúil go hEifeasas. Nuair a bheidh tú ag teacht beir leat an clóca a d’fhág mé ag Carpas i dTróas agus beir leat na leabhair chomh maith, go háirithe na meamraim. Is mór an dochar a rinne Alastar, an gabha copair, dom ach cúiteoidh an Tiarna a ghníomhartha leis. Seachainse tú féin air siúd mar is dian a chuir sé i gcoinne ár dteagaisc.

Ag plé mo chúise dom don chéad uair ní raibh duine ar bith a sheas ceart dom; thréig an uile dhuine mé. Nár agraí Dia orthu é. Sheas an Tiarna liom, áfach, agus thug an neart dom go bhfógróinn an teachtaireacht ina hiomláine agus go n-éisteodh na gintlithe uile léi.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra           Sm 144
Freagra                          A Thiarna, nochtfar do chumhacht do dhaoine glóir-réim do ríochta.

1. Ceiliúrfaidh d’oibreacha uile thú, a Thiarna;
agus beannóidh do dhaoine dílse thú.
Canfaidh siad glóir-réim do ríochta;
agus foilseoidh siad uile do chumhacht.                Freagra

2. Ionas go nochtfar do chumhacht do dhaoine
agus niamhracht agus glóir-réim do ríochta.
Mairfidh do ríochtsa feadh saol na saol,
agus do cheannas go brách na breithe.                  Freagra

3. Is fíréanta é an Tiarna ina shlite uile;
agus is naofa é ina oibreacha go léir.
Is gairid é an Tiarna dá ngaireann air,
dá ngaireann air go fírinneach ó chroí.                  Freagra

Comhghair an tSoisceil      Eo 15: 16    
Alleluia, alleluia!
Is mise a rinne sibhse a thoghadh, agus a cheapadh chun go n-imeodh sibh, a deir an Tiarna
agus toradh a thabhairt agus go mairfeadh bhur dtoradh


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Luke       10:1-9
Tá an fómhar fairsing, ach níl ann ach meitheal bheag.

harvestSan am sin cheap an Tiarna a dó seachtód eile agus chuir sé amach roimhe féin iad ina mbeirt agus ina mbeirt go dtí gach cathair agus gach áit a raibh sé féin le teacht ann. Dúirt sé leo: “Tá an fómhar fairsing, ach níl ann ach meitheal bheag. Dá bhrí sin, guígí Máistir an fhómhair go gcuirfeadh sé meitheal uaidh isteach ina fhómhar. Imígí: féach, táim do bhur gcur uaim ar nós uan i measc faolchon. Ná beirigí sparán libh, ná tiachóg, ná cuaráin, agus ná beannaígí d’aon duine ar an mbóthar. Cibé teach a rachaidh sibh isteach ann, abraigí ar dtús: ‘Síocháin don teach seo,’ agus má bhíonn mac síochána ann, fanfaidh bhur síocháin aige; ach mura mbíonn fillfidh sí oraibh féin. Fanaigí sa teach sin, ag ithe agus ag ól na nithe a bhíonn acu; óir is fiú an fear oibre a thuarastal. Ná bígí ag aistriú ó theach go teach. Agus cibé cathair a rachaidh sibh isteach inti agus go nglacfar sibh, ithigí na nithe a chuirfear os bhur gcomhair agus leigheasaigí na daoine tinne a bhíonn inti, agus abraigí leis na daoine: ‘Tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht daoibh.’

Soiscéal Dé.

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Sunday's Readings

A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah          53:10-11
If he offers his life in atonement, he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life.

The Lord has been pleased to crush his servant with suffering.
If he offers his life in atonement,carrying the cross
he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life
and through him what the Lord wishes will be done.

His soul's anguish over
he shall see the light and be content.
By his sufferings shall my servant justify many,
taking their faults on himself.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 32:4-5. 18-20.22.
Response                                 May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

1. The word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.       Response

2 .The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.            Response

3 .Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.        Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Hebrews        4:14-16
Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace.Jesus deep in thought

Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin. Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and
find grace when we are in need of help.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation      Jn 14:15
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the way, the truth and the life, says the lord:
no one can come to the Father excpt through me.

or                                          Mk 10: 45
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Son of Man came to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 10: 35-45
The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many.

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus. 'Master,' they said to him 'we want you to do us a favour.' He said to them, 'What is it you want me to do for you?' They said to him, 'Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’ You do not know what you are asking" .Jesus said to them. 'Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised’ They replied, 'We can.' Jesus said to them, 'The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.'Jesus serves

When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called them to him and said to them, 'You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

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 Íseáia, Fáidh Íseáia        53:10-11
Má thugann sé a anam in éiric an pheaca, feicfidh sé a shliocht, cuirfidh sé fad lena shaol.

Ba thoil leis an Tiarna é a bhascadh le breoiteacht.
Má thugann sé a anam in éiric an pheaca,carrying the cross
feicfidh sé a shliocht, cuirfidh sé fad lena shaol,
agus rachaidh toil an Tiarna chun cinn ina lámha.
“Tar éis saothar a anama,
feicfidh sé an solas agus beidh sásamh air.
Lena phianta déanfaidh mo ghiolla fíréin de na sluaite,
á luchtú féin le hualach a gcionta.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra         Sm 32
Freagra                         Tabhair dúinn do bhuanghrá, a Thiarna, de réir an dóchais a chuirimid ionat.

1. Is dílis é briathar an Tiarna,
agus is iontaofa a obair uile.
Is ionúin leis an chóir is an ceart;
tá an talamh lán de bhuanghrá an Tiarna.   Freagra

2. Féach, tá súile an Tiarna ar lucht a eaglaithe,
orthu sin a chuireann a ndóchas ina bhuanghrá,
chun go bhfuadódh sé a n-anamacha ón mbas
is go gcothódh sé iad in am an ghorta.          Freagra

3. Bíonn ár n-anam ag feitheamh leis an Tiarna:
is é sin ár gcabhair is ár sciath.
Tabhair dúinn do bhuanghrá, a Thiarna,
de réir an dóchais a chuirimid ionat.            Freagra


Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Eabhraig       4;14-16
Druidimis go muiníneach le ríchathaoir an ghrásta.

Jesus deep in thoughtA bhráithre, ós rud é, mar sin, go bhfuil ardsagart againn atá gafa tríd na flaithis, Íosa, Mac Dé, coinnímis greim docht ar ár gcreideamh. Ní amhlaidh atá ardsagart againn nach féidir dó tuiscint a bheith aige dár laigí ach ceann a triaileadh i ngach slí cosúil linn féin ach nach ndearna peaca riamh. Dá bhrí sin, druidimis go muiníneach le ríchathaoir an ghrásta le súil go ndéanfar trócaire orainn agus go bhfaighimis grásta a chabhróidh linn in am an ghátair.

Briathar Dé. 


Alleluia Véarsa          Marcas 10:45  
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tháinig Mac an Duine chun go ndéanfadh sé féin freastal,
agus a anam a thabhairt mar cheannach ar mhórán.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas        10: 42-45
Tháinig Mac an Duine chun a anam a thabhairt mar cheannach ar mhórán.

San am sin tháinig Séamas agus Eoin, clann Zeibidé; chuig Íosa á rá leis: “A Mhaistir, is mian linn go ndéanfá dúinn cibé ní a iarrfaimid ort.” Dúirt seisean leo: “Cad ab áil libh a dhéanfainn daoibh?” Agus dúirt siadsan leis: “Tabhair dúinn go suífimis, duine againn ar do dheis, agus duine againn ar do chlé, i do ghlóir.” Dúirt Íosa leo: “Níl a fhios agaibh cad atá sibh a iarraidh. An bhféadann sibh an cupa a ól atá á ól agamsa, agus sibh do bhur mbaisteadh leis an mbaisteadh lena bhfuilimse do mo bhaisteadh?”
Dúirt siad leis: “Féadaimid.” Dúirt Íosa leo: “An cupa atáim a ól, ólfaidh sibh, agus leis an mbaisteadh lena bhfuilim do mo bhaisteadh, baistfear sibh; ach maidir le suí ar mo dheis nó ar mo chlé, ní agamsa atá sin le tabhairt, ach is dóibh siúd é dá bhfuil sé i ndán.” Ar a chloisteáil sin don deichniúr thosaigh siad ar a bheith míchéadfach i dtaobh Shéamais agus Eoin.

Jesus servesAgus ghlaoigh Íosa chuige iad agus dúirt sé leo: “Tá fhios agaibh go mbíonn an mhuintir, a shamhlaíonn a bheith ag rialú na ngintlithe, ag tiarnú orthu, agus a gcuid uaisle ag smachtúchán orthu. Ach ní mar sin atá an scéal eadraibhse, ach an duine ar mian leis a bheith ina uasal eadraibh, beidh sé ina sheirbhíseach daoibh, agus an duine ar mian leis a bheith ina cheann oraibh, beidh sé ina sclábhaí ag cách. Óir níor tháinig Mac an Duine chun go mbeifí ag freastal air, ach chun go ndéanfadh sé féin freastal, agus a anam a thabhairt mar cheannach ar mhórán.”

Soiscéal Dé

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Ainseo le freastal ort

Nach minic a bhímid féinéiseach lenár gcuid ama agus fuinnimh. Tá an oiread sin leithscéal inmhuirearaithe chun dul siar ón a’r nduailgasaí agus obair a chaithfear a dhéanamh a chur ar leath-taobh. Cé chomh héasca ná maireachtáil díreach dúinn féin agus ligean don chómharsa cúnamh dó féin. Ach iarrann an Tiarna orainn sinn a cheistiú, "Cad is féidir liom a dhéanamh do mo phobal?" seachas "Cad is féidir le mo phobal a dhéanamh domsa?" Is ceacht bhunúsach í gur mór dúinn a bheith ag fhoghlaim ar fud ár saol. Léiríonn Séamus agus Eoin, sa Soiscéal inniu, sampla ar conas a bheith féinéiseach fiú amháin in ár bpaidreacha. íarann siad ó íosa na suíocháan is áirde ina ríocht. Bfhéidir nach ndéanaimíd urnaí i ndáiríre ach nuair is mian linn rud éigin a thaithneóch go mór linn féin. Ar iarratas an bheirt aspail, freagraíonn Íosa le ceist dá chuid féin, le tuiscint go gcaithfidh siad a gcuid tosaíochtaí a athrú. Is é seo an t-iarratas agus an urnaí is fearr is féidir linn a dhéanamh le Dia: "Déanfar do dhéantar ar an talamh mar atá sé ar neamh" (Mt 6:10). Agus is é toil Dhia ná go mairimid ár saol tar éis eiseamlár Chríost a Mhic, agus ár dtabhairt féin i seirbhís do dhaoine eile.

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

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