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

Enjoy Today


Enjoy today, it will not come again,

Waste not the hours thinking of tomorrow,

More than half our heartache and our sorrow

Are over what the future may contain.

The darkest doubts and worries never changed

The color of the sky nor turned the tide,

But he whose faith burns like a light inside,

Questions not the things God has arranged.

“For everything a season,” every man

Must journey from the old to reach the new,

Discovering as he is passing through

The desert, an oasis in the sand.

For there are dreams that really do come true,

…And this is all we need to understand.


Author: Grace E. Easley.
Saint of the day

Jan 18 - St Margaret of Hungary (1242-70)

Margaret of Hungry  Margaret was vowed to God even before she was born. She was a daughter of the king of Hungary,  The extravagance of the penances she undertook as a Dominican nun may have shortened her life. Patrick Duffy tells her story.

Vowed to God
Margaret was born to King Bela IV of Hungary and his wife Mary Lascaris at a time when the Tatars were invading Hungary. The king offered to dedicate their child to the Church if Hungary was freed from the Tatars. It was, and so Margaret was brought to the Dominican convent at Vesprem at the age of three.

Somewhat later, Bela and his queen built a convent for their daughter on an island in the Danube near Buda, and there, when she was twelve years old, she made her profession.

Refuses marriage
When Margaret was 18, Ottokar, King of Bohemia, sought her hand in marriage, even after he had seen her in her religious dress. A dispensation could easily have been arranged, and Bela was inclined to favour it for political reasons. But Margaret declared that she would cut off her nose and lips rather than consent to leave the cloister. In fact, when she became aware of a tendency to treat her with special consideration, she deliberately sought to perform the services that were most menial and repulsive, and with an extraordinary tenderness and charity. Probably she was allowed her own way in this where a stronger superior might have prevented excesses.

Margaret and poorExcesses and miracles
In the process for her beatification begun soon after death, many of her contemporaries told of these excesses and of miracles in which Margaret was involved. The sacristan told how Margaret would stroke her hand and coax her to leave the door of the choir open after Compline so that she might spend the night before the Blessed Sacrament when she ought to have been sleeping.

One of the convent maids fell into a well and was on the point of drowning but was saved by Margaret's prayers. Asked what she thought of Margaret, she said, "She was good, holy and edifying in her conduct, a lot more humble than we serving-maids". Intense too were Margaret's prayer life and penance. She spent every Friday in tears, contemplating the suffering of Jesus.  She worked much for the relief of the poor and sick.

Extravagance of holiness shortened her life
Margaret of Hungry.2
No doubt Margaret shortened her life by her austerities. At the end of every Lent she would be exhausted by fasting and lack of sleep. On Holy Thursday she claimed  the right as the daughter of the convent's founders to wash the feet not only of the sisters but also the servants. Worn out by her efforts, she died on 18 January 1270 aged only twenty-eight.

Her cause began soon after and there is much contemporary evidence of her life, but she was not canonised till 1943 (by Pope Pius XII).
Today's Readings

1 Sam. 18: 6-9 19:1-7
Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands

On their way back, as David was returning after killing the Philistine, the women came out to meet King Saul from all the towns of Israel, singing and dancing to the sound of tambourine and lyre and cries of joy; and as they danced the women sang:

'Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.'

Saul was very angry; the incident was not to his liking. 'They have given David the tens of thousands,' he said 'but me only the thousands; he has all but the kingship now.' And Saul turned a jealous eye on David from that day forward.

Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants of his intention to kill David. Now Jonathan, Saul's son, held David in great affection; and so Jonathan warned David; 'My father Saul is looking for a way to kill you,' he said 'so be on your guard tomorrow morning; hide away in some secret place.  Then I will go out and keep my father company in the fields where you are hiding, and will talk to my father about you; I will find out what the situation is and let you know.'

So Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father; he said, 'Let not the king sin against his servant David, for he has not sinned against you, and what he has done has been greatly to your advantage. He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine, and The Lord brought about a great victory for all Israel. You saw it yourself and rejoiced; why then sin against innocent blood in killing David without cause?'  Saul was impressed by Jonathan's words and took an oath, 'As the Lord lives, I will not kill him'. Jonathan called David and told him all these things. Then Jonathan brought him to Saul, and David attended on him as before.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm   Ps  55
Response                         In God I trust; I shall not fear.

1.Have mercy on me, God, men crush me;
they fight me all day long and oppress me.
My foes crush me all the day long,
for many fight proudly against me.                      Response

You have kept an account of my wanderings;
you have kept a record of my tears;
(are they not written in your book?)
Then my foes will be put to flight
on the day I call to you.                                          Response

This I know, that God is on my side.
In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not fear;
what can mortal man do to me?                            Response

I am bound by the vows I have made you.
O God, I will offer you praise
for you rescued my soul from death,
you kept my feet from stumbling
that I may walk in the presence of God
in the light of the living.                                          Response

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Your words are spirit , Lord, and they are life.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark        3:7-12
The unclean spirits would  shout, 'You are the Son of God!' But he warned them strongly not to make him known.

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lakeside, and great crowds from Galilee followed him. From Judaea, Jerusalem, Idumaea, Transjordania and the region of Tyre and Sidon, great numbers who had heard of all he was doing came to him. And he asked his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, to keep him from being crushed.For he had cured so many that all who were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before him and shout, 'You are the Son of God!' But he warned them strongly not to make him known.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Reflection            Thursday,          Second Week in Ordinary Time         Mark 3:7-12

In today’s gospel reading, Mark gives us a very vivid picture of the popularity of Jesus during the early stages of his Galilean ministry. Great crowds from a very large area came to him, from as far north as Tyre and Sidon in modern day Lebanon, and as far east as Transjordania, modern day Jordan. They came to him in their need. In the words of the gospel reading, they were ‘afflicted’, and they recognized in Jesus one who could heal their affliction. It is often the way that we seek out the Lord with greatest passion and energy when we or someone we love is afflicted. Our vulnerability, whether it is physical, emotional or mental, opens us up to the Lord’s presence. When all is well with us, we can go along without too much reference to the Lord. Our relationship with the Lord can deepen in times of personal crisis. It is not that our need of the Lord is any greater at such times, it is just that we become more aware of our need of the Lord when the sense of our own self-sufficiency is undermined. Those experiences of brokenness, which we might lament because of the pain they cause us, can be surprising moments of grace. Saint Paul made this discovery for himself. He came to recognize that what he termed the ‘thorn in the flesh’ he so desperately wanted to be rid of created an opening for the Lord to work powerfully in and through him, as he heard the Lord say to him, ‘my power is made perfect in weakness’.

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 Chéad leabhar  Samúéil.               18:6- 9; 19:1-7
Tá m’athair Sól ag iarraidh thú a mharú.

Nuair a bhí siad ar an mbealach abhaile agus Dáiví ag filleadh tar éis dó an Filistíneach a mharú, tháinig na mná amach as cathracha Iosrael go léir in airicis an rí, Sól, iad ag canadh agus ag rince agus ag seinm tiompán, agus gléasanna ceoil agus ag tógáil gártha áthais. Is é a bhí á chanadh ag na mná agus iad ag rince:

 “Mharaigh Sól a mhílte,
agus Dáiví a dheicheanna de mhílte.”

Tháinig cuthach ar Shól agus ghoill an chaint sin air. Agus dúirt sé: “Chuir siad na deicheanna de mhílte i leith Dháiví agus níor chuir siad i mo leithse ach na mílte. Níl de dhíth air anois ach an ríocht.” Agus bhí Sól ag faire go géar ar Dháiví ón lá sin amach.

Dúirt Sól lena mhac Iónátán agus lena shearbhóntaí go léir nárbh fholáir Dáiví a mharú. Ach bhí an-chion ag Iónátán mac Shóil ar Dháiví agus thug Iónátán rabhadh do Dháiví á rá: “Tá m’athair Sól ag iarraidh thú a mharú. Bí ar d’fhaichill, mar sin, maidin amárach; gabh i bhfolach in áit uaigneach éigin. Agus gabhfaidh mise amach agus fanfaidh mé i gcomhluadar m’athar sa ghort mar a mbeidh tusa agus labhróidh mé le m’athair fút. Má fhaighim fios an scéil inseoidh mé duit é.”  

Mhol Iónátán Dáiví dá athair, Sól, dá bhrí sin agus dúirt leis: “Ná déanadh an rí peaca in aghaidh a shearbhónta, Dáiví, mar ní dhearna seisean peaca i d’aghaidh, agus gach a ndearna sé, chuaigh sé go mór i dtairbhe duitse. Chuaigh sé i mbaol a anama nuair a mharaigh sé an Filistíneach, agus nuair a thug Dia bua mór d’Iosrael go léir. Chonaic tú féin é, agus bhí lúcháir ort. Cén fáth mar sin go ndéanfá peaca in aghaidh fola neamhchiontaí agus Dáiví a mharú gan chúis?” Agus thug Sól aird ar a ndúirt Iónátán agus thug Sól mionn á rá: “Dar an Tiarna beo, ní mharófar é.” Ghlaoigh Iónátán ar Dháiví agus d’inis sé an méid sin dó. Ansin thug Iónátán Dáiví leis go dtí Sól agus bhíodh sé ag freastal air faoi mar bhíodh roimhe sin.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                   Sm 55
Freagra                                    As Dia atá mo mhuinín gan eagla,

1.Bí trócaireach liom, a Dhia, óir déantar leatrom orm;
imrítear ansmacht orm in aghaidh an lae.
Gabhann mo naimhde de chosa ionam i gcónaí,
is iomaí duine a bhíonn ag troid liom go huaibhreach.  Freagra

2. Choinnigh tú cuntas ar mo chuid seachrán;
tá mo chuid deor i dtaisce i do bhuidéal;
nach bhfuil siad arna mbreacadh i do leabhar?
Cuirfear mo naimhde ar gcúl
an uair a ghlaofaidh mé ort.                                                 Freagra

Óir is eol dom anois go bhfuil Dia liom.
As Dia, dá dtugaim moladh as ucht a bhriathair,
as Dia atá mo mhuinín gan eagla;
cad a fhéadfaidh fuil is feoil a dhéanamh dom?         Freagra

3. Tá mé faoi cheangal na móideanna a rinne mé duit;
toirbhreoidh mé íobairtí buíochais duit, a Dhia,
toisc gur tharrthaigh tú m’anam ón mbás
agus choinnigh tú mo chosa ó thuisliú,
ionas go siúlfainn i bhfianaise Dé,
is go mbainfinn aoibhneas as solas na mbeo.                      Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Marc          3: 7-12
Screadadh na spioraid mhíghlanaamach: “Is tú Mac Dé!” Ach d’ordaigh sé go dian dóibh gan é chur in iúl.

Chuaigh Íosa i leataobh i dtreo na farraige, é féin agus a dheisceabail, agus lean slua mór ón nGailíl é – ó Iúdáia fós, ó Iarúsailéim, ó Idiúmáia, ón taobh thall den Iordáin, agus ó thimpeall na Tuíre agus na Síodóine, tháinig slua mór chuige, nuair a chuala siad a raibh á dhéanamh aige. Agus dúirt sé lena dheisceabail bád a bheith ullamh acu dó mar gheall ar an slua le heagla go mbeidís ag brú air. Mar bhí sé tar éis mórán daoine a leigheas, sa chaoi, iad seo uile a raibh aicídí orthu, go mbídís ag plódú air chun baint leis. Agus nuair a d’fheiceadh na spioraid mhíghlana é, chaithidís iad féin síos roimhe agus screadadh siad amach: “Is tú Mac Dé!” Ach d’ordaigh sé go dian dóibh gan é chur in iúl.

Soiscéal Dé.



© An Sagart
Sunday's Readings
Today's Scripture Themes 
Mark presents the Gospel of salvation within the context and plan of the life of Jesus Christ. That life is the story of the suffering Messiah, now seen in the light of the Resurrection. The faithful learn that the path to victory is by suffering discipleship. But the ‘between times’ are difficult and there is no other way. The call to follow Christ is the call to repent and believe.

FIRST  READING                           

A reading from the prophet  Jonah                3:1-5. 10
And the people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviour.

Nineveh repents The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: 'Up!' he said 'Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.'  Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day's journey. He preached in these words, 'Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.' And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.

God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour. And God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm                           Ps  24:4-9
Response                                                 Lord, make me know your ways.

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.
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 first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians        7:29-31
The world as we know it is passing away.

Brothers: our time is growing passing away

Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it.

I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation                      1 Sam 3:9
Alleluia, alleluia!
The kingdom of God is close at hand;
believe the good news.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark       1:14-20
Repent, and believe the Good News.

jesus calls peter and andyAfter John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. 'The time has come' he said 'and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.'

As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake - for they were fishermen.

And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.'

And at once they left their nets and followed 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.

Sliocht as an fáidh  Ióna                          3:1-5.10
Chreid muintir Nínivé i nDia agus thréig siad a ndrochiompar.

háinig Briathar an Tiarna go Ióna athuair:  “Éirigh! Gread leat go dtí cathair mhór Nínivé Nineveh repentsagus fógair ina haghaidh an t-oracal a thabharfaidh mé duit.” D’éirigh Ióna ach an uair seo as go brách leis go Nínivé faoi mar a d’ordaigh an Tiarna dó. Dar ndóigh, cathair as cuimse mór ba ea Nínivé; thógfadh sé trí lá ó dhuine í a thrasnú. Isteach le Ióna sa chathair agus is ar éigean a bhí turas aon lae amháin siúlta aige agus an t-oracal seo á fhógairt aige: “I gceann daichead lá eile scriosfar Nínivé,”nuair a chreid muintir Nínivé i nDia. D’fhógair siad troscadh agus chuir siad go léir, idir uasal agus íseal sacéadach orthu féin.

Chonaic Dia cad a rinne siad agus conas mar a thréig siad a ndrochiompar. Mar sin de, tháinig aithreachas air i dtaobh na tubaiste a bhí sé tar éis a bhagairt orthu agus níor chuir sé i gcrích í.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra                         Sm 24
Freagra                                          Taispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna.

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

2. Cuimhnigh ar do thrócaire, a Thiarna,
agus ar do bhuanghrá atá ann ó na cianta.
De réir do bhuanghrá cuimhnigh orm,
as ucht do mhaitheasa, a Thiarna.                     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 as an chéad litir N.Pól chuig na 1 Coirintigh      7:29-31
Tá dreach an tsaoil seo ag síothlú.

fading awayIs é atáim a rá libh, a bhráithre, go bhfuil an uain dulta i ngiorracht;
dá chionn sin, iad seo a bhfuil bean acu, bídís ar chuma daoine nach mbeadh aon bhean acu;
bíodh lucht an ghoil faoi mar nach mbeidís ag gol, agus
bíodh lucht na lúcháire faoi mar nach mbeidís ag déanamh lúcháire.

Iad sin a bhíonn ag ceannach, bídís ar chuma daoine nach mbeadh dada ina seilbh acu; agus iad siúd a bhíonn ag gabháil do ghnóthaí an tsaoil ná bídís gafa iontu, mar tá dreach an tsaoil seo ag síothlú.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa                          Mc 1: 15
Alleluia, alleluia!
tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht.
creidigí sa soiscéal.”


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Marcas         1:14-20
Déanaigí aithrí agus creidigí sa soiscéal.

jesus calls peter and andyT
ar éis Eoin a bheith tugtha ar láimh, tháinig Íosa go dtí an Ghailíl ag fógairt soiscéal Dé agus ag rá: “Tá an tréimhse caite agus tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht. Déanaigí aithrí agus creidigí sa soiscéal.”

Bhí sé ag imeacht leis cois farraige na Gailíle nuair a chonaic sé Síomón agus Aindrias deartháir Shíomóin agus iad ag caitheamh eangaí san fharraige, mar iascairí a bhí iontu. Dúirt Íosa leo: “Tagaigí i mo dhiaidh, agus déanfaidh mé díbh iascairí ar dhaoine.” D’fhág siad na líonta láithreach agus lean siad é.

Bhuail sé ar aghaidh beagán eile agus chonaic sé Séamas mac Zeibidé agus Eoin a dheartháir, iad ina mbádféin ag ceartú na líonta, agus ghlaoigh sé iad láithreach. D’fhág siad a n-athair Zeibidé sa bhád, é féin agus an lucht pá, agus ghabh siad leis.

Soiscéal Dé.

© An Sagart


Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Oscailte le hathrú chroí.

Is léir go bhfuil radharc Dé níos leithne ná radharc an duine. Is éard atá i gceist le glaoch Íosa a fhreagairt ná go gcuirfí ár radharc teoranta féin ar leataobh chun glacadh le fís Dé ar ár saol. Sular iarr Íosa ar Pheadar, ar Aindrias, ar Shéamus, agus ar Eoin é a leanúint, d'fhógair sé, "Tá an t-am tagtha agus tá ríocht Dé gar do lámh. Iompaigí agus creidigí an dea-scéala". Níl teorann ar ríocht Dé; ní ardaíonn sé aon bhalla chun daoine a choinneáil amach. Iarrann Íosa orainn na luachanna ríocht Dé a ghlacadh agus a chur i bhfeidhm inár saolta. Iarrann Naomh Pól orainn gan bheith gafa le luachanna an domhain, gan sinn féin a thabhairt go hiomlán le rudaí fánacha, éadroma.

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