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Thought for today

Never alone.


There may be times in our lives when our everyday plans are shattered by a completely unexpected announcement. These events could be illness, failure, loss of a job, the abrupt end of a cherished relationship, or a necessary uprooting or relocation. It may seem as though discerning a way forward appears impossible in the light of the daunting realities. At such times, let us remember and cling to the comforting promise that God made to Moses in the Old Testament (Exodus 3:11-12) – “I will be with you.” In other words, we and a loving God are in these events together.

Deirdre Powell

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

Jul 19 - St Macrina the younger (330-379)

MacrinaMacrina belonged to a family of saints associated with the city of Caesarea in Cappadocia. Much of what we know about her and her family is from a treatise On the soul and resurrection, also known as the Macriniae, written by her younger brother, St Gregory of Nyssa.  Patrick Duffy tells her story.

A family of saints
Her grandmother, St Macrina the Elder, had to flee with her husband during the Diocletian persecutions (303-4). Her parents, rhetorician Basil the Elder, and Emmelia, her mother, are honoured as saints as are four of her brothers - Basil of Caesarea (2 Jan), Gregory of Nyssa (9 Mar) and Peter of Sebaste and the monk Naucratius. Macrina was the eldest child of the family of ten.

Helping with the upbringing of the other children
From her early years her parents taught her the Scriptures and the Psalms. Betrothed to a steady young man who died, she did not want to marry, but stayed with her mother Emmelia helping with the upbringing of the other children.

Mac's famBasil becomes a monk and bishop
When Basil had finished his studies of rhetoric at Athens, he was rather full of himself. Macrina took him in hand and he soon gave up rhetoric and became a monk and went on eventually to become bishop of Caesarea. Macrina led the life of a consecrated virgin in the family home.

Gregory also
Gregory, five years younger than she, married and taught rhetoric, then (after his wife either died or became a nun) he became a monk and was appointed bishop of Nyssa in 371.

A religious community
When Macrina was about forty, her father died. She and her mother joined in setting up a religious community near Pontus, on the banks of the River Iris (northern Turkey). Macrina later became the leader of the community and its spiritual director.

Death and influence
Basil died in 379. Gregory, in grief for his brother, went to visit his sister. He had not seen her for eight years and now she was almost on her death bed. She consoled Gregory in his grief with thoughts of the resurrection, quoting John 12:24: "Unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." God's abundance, she adds, makes many additions. Macrina was so poor when she died that Gregory had to provide a shroud in which to bury her.
Today's Readings

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah         26:7-9. 12. 16-19
Awake, exult, all you who lie in the dust.

The path of the upright man is straight,
you smooth the way of the upright.
Following the path of your judgements,
we hoped in you, Lord,
your name, your memory are all my soul desires.

At night my soul longs for you
and my spirit in me seeks for you;
when your judgements appear on earth
the inhabitants of the world learn the meaning of integrity.

Lord, you are giving us peace,
since you treat us
as our deeds deserve.

Distressed, we search for you, Lord;
the misery of oppression was your punishment for us.
As a woman with child near her time
writhes and cries out in her pangs,

So are we, O Lord, in your presence:
we have conceived, we writhe
as if we were giving birth;
we have not given the spirit of salvation to the earth,
no more inhabitants of the world are born.

Your dead will come to life,
their corpses will rise;
awake, exult,
all you who lie in the dust,
for your dew is a radiant dew
and the land of ghosts will give birth.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 101
Response                          The Lord looked down from heaven to the earth.

1. You, O Lord, will endure for ever
and your name from age to age.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion:
for this is the time to have mercy,
for your servants love her very stones,
are moved with pity even for her dust.                  Response

2. The nations shall fear the name of the Lord
and all the earth's kings your glory,
when the Lord shall build up Zion again
and appear in all his glory.
Then he will turn to the prayers of the helpless;
he will not despise their prayers.                           Response

3. Let this be written for ages to come
that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord;
for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary on high.
He looked down from heaven to the earth
that he might hear the groans of the prisoners
and free those condemned to die.                         Response

Gospel  Acclamation            Ps 129: 5
Alleluia, alleluia!
My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word.

or                                                   Mt 11: 28-30
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to  Matthew     11:28-30
I am gentle and humble in heart.

Jesus exclaimed:
'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.
Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heartand you will find rest for your souls.

Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection         Thursday           Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time             Matthew 11:28-30

In the gospel reading, Jesus addresses himself to those who were burdened. We can all find ourselves burdened for many reasons. We may feel overworked; some relationship in our lives may have become a burden over time; we may struggle with ill health occasionally. Jesus addresses his words to those who felt burdened by the demands of the Jewish Law. These were demands they struggled to meet, and in failing to meet them they felt themselves to be religious outcasts. To such people, Jesus does not offer a new law. Rather, he offers them himself; he calls them and all of us into a personal relationship with himself. ‘Come to me’, he says, ‘learn from me’. We are to come to him and learn from him; he is a teacher whose teaching is visible in his person, in who he is and how he lives. To learn from someone, we need to be around them over time. In saying, ‘Come’, Jesus is really saying, ‘Come and remain’. We are called into an ongoing relationship with the Lord. It is in and through that relationship that we learn to live as he calls us to live, as he wants us to live. We live out of our relationship with him, or more fundamentally, out of his relationship with us, because it is he who initiates that relationship, it is he who keeps on saying to us ‘Come’. He promises us that if we come to him and remain with him, we will discover that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Yes, his way of life is demanding, but his relationship with us and ours with him makes it much less demanding than it would otherwise be. As Saint Paul says in one of his letters, ‘his power at work within us is able to accomplish immeasurably far more than all we can ask or imagine’. It is by remaining in Jesus, as branches in the vine, that our lives will bear much fruit.

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 Leabhar Íseáia, Fáidh                 26:7-9. 12. 16-19
Músclaígí, déanaigí gairdeas, sibhse uile atá sínte sa láib.

Is díreach bealach an fhíréin,
réitíonn tú bóthar díreach don fhíréan.
Is ea, ar bhealach do chuid breithiúnas
tá muid ag fanacht ort, a Thiarna,
is é d’ainm agus do chuimhne tnúthán ár n-anama.

Bíonn m’anam ag dréim leat san oíche,
agus mo spiorad do do lorg ionam féin istigh;
nuair a fhoilsítear do bhreithiúnais ar talamh,
foghlaimíonn muintir an domhain ceart agus cóir.

A Thiarna, is tú a thugann síocháin dúinn,
óir caitheann tú linn
de réir mar tá tuillte againn.

A Thiarna, san anbhroid dúinn tá muid do do lorg;
anacair agus ansmacht, ba iad siúd do phionós orainn.
Mar bhean ag iompar, ag lúbarnach is ag screadach i dtinneas clainne,
is amhlaidh dúinn féin, a Thiarna, os do chomhair;
ghabh muid gin, tá muid i bpriacal mar bheimis ag saolú;
ach níor thug muid spiorad an tslánaithe ar an saol,
níl áitritheoirí á mbreith don domhan níos mó.

Beidh saol ag do chuid marbhánach arís,
éireoidh a gcoirp as an nua;
músclaígí, déanaigí gairdeas,
sibhse uile atá sínte sa láib;
óir is geal é mar dhrúcht do dhrúchtsa,
agus tiocfaidh sliocht ar thír na scáth.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra             Sm 101
Freagra                             Bhreathnaigh an Tiarna ó neamh ar an talamh.
1. Maireann tú, a Thiarna, go brách na breithe;
maireann d’ainm ó ghlúin go glúin.
Éireoidh tú agus déanfaidh tú trócaire ar Shíón,
óir is mithid duit trua a dhéanamh di,
toisc gur tháinig a hionú isteach.
Óir tugann do sheirbhísigh taitneamh dá clocha;
agus is trua leo fiú amháin a fothracha.                   Freagra

2. Beidh eagla ar na ciníocha roimh d’ainm, a Thiarna;
agus ar ríthe uile an domhain roimh do ghlóir.
Nuair a athnuafaidh an Tiarna Síón,
nuair a thaispeánfaidh sé a ghlóir,
claonfaidh sé ansin chun urnaithe na ndealbh;
agus ní eiteoidh sé a n-achainíocha chuige.              Freagra

3. Scríobhtar an ní seo le haghaidh na glúine atá le teacht;
moladh pobal nár rugadh fós an Tiarna.
“D’fhéach an Tiarna anuas óna shanctóir in airde;
bhreathnaigh sé ó neamh ar an talamh.
i dtreo go gcluinfeadh sé osnaí na mbraighdeanach;
agus go saorfadh sé a ndaoradh chun báis”.             Freagra
AN SOISCÉAL:            

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha     11:28-30
Táim ceansa uiríseal ó chroí

San am sin dúirt Íosa:

“Tagaigí chugam, sibhse uile a bhfuil saothar agus tromualach oraibh, agus tabharfaidh mé faoiseamh daoibh. Tógaigí oraibh mo chuing agus tagaigí ar scoil chugamsa,

mar táim ceansa uiríseal ó chroí,
agus gheobhaidh sibh faoiseamh do bhur n-anamacha;
óir tá mo chuing so-iompair agus m’ualach éadrom.”

Soiscéal Dé

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Sunday'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.

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