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

God’s Guarantee.

God gives a lifetime guarantee
To everyone on earth,
With benefits we start to reap
The moment of our birth.
He furnishes an endless sky
That arches over all
And sprinkles it with silver stars
That sometimes flame and fall.
Supplies us with a sun and moon,
With fog and winter snow,
And rain to nourish all the trees,
And other things that grow.
He gives to us the gift of clouds,
In all their great array,
Then sends us winds from everywhere
To blow them all away.
The animals, the birds in air,
The teeming life at sea,
The singing whales, the strange and rare,
All free to you and me.

Author: Betty Lou Hebert.
Saint of the day

Oct 23 - St John of Capistrano (1386-1456) reforming Franciscan

Joseph of CupertinoJohn of Capistrano was a leading figure in the Observant (strict observance of poverty) movement in the Franciscan Order in the fifteenth century. Because he rallied an army to defend Belgrade against the Turks, he is the patron of military chaplains. His zeal in persecuting Hussites and his anti-Semitic sentiments have been points of criticism of him by later historians. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Early career as lawyer and governor of Perugia
John was born in Capestrano, a medieval fortress town in the Abruzzo region, east of Rome. His father was possibly a French or German knight who came to Italy with the army of Louis I of Anjou, but he died when John was still young. John studied law at the University of Perugia and worked as a lawyer in Naples. In 1412 he was appointed governor of Perugia by King Ladislas of Naples and married the daughter of a Perugian nobleman. When war broke out between Perugia and Sigismundo Malatesta of Rimini in 1416, John tried to broker a peace, but his opponents ignored the truce, and took John as a prisoner of war.

Conversion experience
While in prison, John had a conversion experience in which St Francis appeared to him in a dream telling him to enter the Franciscan order. His marriage had not been consummated, so with his wife's consent John got an annulment. On the feast of St. Francis, October 4, 1415, he was received into the Franciscans of the Strict Observance at Perugia.

J Capis2An Ascetic
Although he had been a successful secular man, John cultivated extraordinary asceticism and genuine humility. A disciple of St Bernardine of Siena, after his ordination in 1418 both worked successfully as itinerant preachers throughout the Italian peninsula and later in Germany, Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Russia, preaching to tens of thousands.

 Observants and Conventuals
At this time there was a split in the order between the Conventuals and the Observants about the interpretation of the rule of St Francis. The Conventuals stressed the value of community life and choral recitation of the Divine Office; the Observants stressed the strict observance of poverty. Bernardine and John were on the Observant side.

Accused to Rome of heresy for preaching devotion to the Holy Name, John in speaking in his defence so impressed the commission of cardinals that from then on he was frequently employed as a papal legate and as an inquisitor by Popes Eugene IV and Nicholas V, visiting all part of the empire.

As legate or inquisitor John went into action against heretical groups in Italy - the Fraticelli of Ferrara, the Jesuati of Venice - and around Europe - especially the Hussites of Germany, Hungary and Bohemia. He is also accused of anti-Semitism. His methods and attitudes were those of his time, but would not be condoned today.

J Capis 2Crusade against the Turks
In 1454 Pope Callistus III ordered John to preach a crusade against the Muslim Turks who under Mahomet II were then outside Belgrade. Early in 1456 he rallied an army led by the Hungarian general, John Hunyadi, to defend Belgrade. Hunyadi conquered the foe by sea on July 14. Friar John, personally headied the troops on July 21, and, invoking the Holy Name, was principally responsible for the land victory and was hailed as the "apostle of Europe."

Death, influence and patronage
However, soon after the battle of Belgrade he took ill and died. He was canonised in 1724. Two missions of San Juan Capistrano were founded by Spanish Franciscans in the 18th century - one in California and one in San Antonio, Texas. It is the one in California that inspired the popular song When the swallows come back to Capistrano. St John of Capistrano is the patron saint of jurists and military chaplains.
Today's Readings
FIRST READING             

 A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans      4:20-25
Scripture says that our faith too will be considered if we believe in Him.

faith in god's wordSince God had promised it, Abraham refused either to deny it or even to doubt it, but drew strength from faith and gave glory to God, convinced that God had power to do what he had promised. This is the faith that was 'considered as justifying him'.  Scripture however does not refer only to him but to us as well when it says that his faith was thus 'considered'; our faith too will be 'considered' if we believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, Jesus who was put to death for our sins  and raised to life to justify us.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Lk 1, 69-75
Response                                 Blessed  be the Lord, the God of Israel! He has visited his people.

1. He has raised up for us a mighty saviour
in the house of David his servant,
as he promised by the lips of holy men,
those who were his prophets from of old.   Response

2. A saviour who would free us from our foes,
from the hands of all who hate us.
So his love for our fathers is fulfilled
and his holy covenant remembered.            Response

3. He swore to Abraham our father
to grant us, that free from fear,
and saved from the hands of our foes,
we might serve him in holiness and justice
all the days of our life in his presence.         Response

Gospel  Acclamation           Ps 24: 54.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Teach me your paths, my God,
make me walk in your truth.

or                                                  Mt 5: 3
Alleluia, alleluia!
How happy are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to  Luke      12:13-21
This hoard of yours, whose will it be.

moneyA man in the crowd said to Jesus, 'Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance'. 'My friend,' he replied-'who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?' Then he said to them,
'Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind,
for a man's life is not made secure by what he owns,
even when he has more than he needs'.

Then he told them a parable: 'There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, "What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops." Then he said, "This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time". But God said to him, "Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?". So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection      Monday,       Twenty Ninth Week in Ordinary Time     Luke 12:13-21

Inheritance disputes can be very contentious. Families can fall out over such disputes. In this morning’s gospel reading an attempt is made to draw Jesus into a family dispute over inheritance. A man wants Jesus to take his side against his brother in the dispute. Very wisely, Jesus does not allow himself to get drawn into this dispute. Instead, he addresses the issue that is likely to be at the heart of the dispute, greed. Jesus recognizes that underneath the greed that seeks to accumulate can be a great insecurity. Some people accumulate more than they need and hang on to it because they want their lives to be secure. We all need to find some level of financial security. What Jesus warns about is thinking that genuine, enduring security is to be found in accumulating wealth or possessions. ‘A person’s life is not made secure by what he owns’, Jesus declares. This truth is illustrated by the parable of the rich man who put huge energy into accumulating, holding onto and storing large quantities of grain. His was a false security; when his life came to a sudden end, his real insecurity was revealed. He had built his house on sand. Jesus declares that genuine security comes from making ourselves rich in the sight of God. Jesus was the person who was supremely rich in the sight of God. Rather than accumulating, he emptied himself in the service of God and God’s people. Insofar as we can enter into that self-emptying love of the Lord, we too will be rich in God’s sight and our lives will be truly secure.


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: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017 by Martin Hogan published by  The Messenger c/f
AN CHÉAD LÉACHT          Rómhánaigh 4.20-25
áiríodh a chreideamh seo mar fhíréantacht againn.

A bhráithre, ní raibh ceist ná amhras air mar gheall ar ghealltanas Dé; go deimhin is amhlaidh a neartaíodh ina chreideamh é agus thug sé glóir do Dhia mar go raibh sé lánchinnte de go bhféadfadh Dia a raibh geallta aige a chur i gcrích. Sin é an fáth ar “áiríodh a chreideamh mar fhíréantacht aige”. Agus ní ina thaobh sin amháin a scríobhadh na focail seo: “Áiríodh mar fhíréantacht aige é” ach inár dtaobhna chomh maith. Mar áireofar mar fhíréantacht againne é, de bhrí go gcreidimid sa té a thóg ó mhairbh Íosa ár dTiarna, a tugadh suas mar gheall ar ár gcionta agus a tógadh ó mhairbh i gcomhair ár bhfíréanaithe.

SALM le freagra              Lúcás 1
Freagra                                “Moladh don Tiarna, Dia Iosrael,
                                                   Rinne sé a phobal a fhiosrú 

1. Thóg sé dúinn Slánaitheoir neartmhar
i dteaghlach Dháiví a sheirbhíseach
de réir mar a labhair
trí bhéal a naomhfháidh anallód .                                     Freagra 

2. Mar shaoradh dúinn ónár naimhde
agus óna láimh siúd uile ar fuath leo sinn,
ag déanamh trócaire mar sin ar ár n-aithreacha,
agus ag cuimhneamh ar a thiomna naofa                   Freagra 

3. ar an mionn a mhionnaigh sé d’Abrahám ár n-athair –
go dtabharfadh sé dúinn,
tar éis ár saortha as láimh ár naimhde,
bheith ag seirbhís dó gan eagla,
i gcrábhadh agus i bhfíréantacht ina láthair gach lá dár saol.

AN SOISCÉAL                           Lúcás 12:13-21
An cnuasach atá déanta agat, cé aige a mbeidh sé?

moneySan am sin dúirt duine as an slua le h’ Íosa: “A Mháistir, abair le mo dheartháir mo chion féin den oidhreacht a thabhairt dom.” Ach dúirt seisean leis: “A chara, cé a cheap mise chun bheith i mo bhreitheamh ná i mo mholtóir oraibh?” Dúirt sé leo ansin:

“Bígí ar bhur gcoimeád go haireach ar an uile shórt sainte, óir, fiú amháin an té a mbíonn raidhse aige, ní thugann a chuid maoine aon áirithe ar a shaol dó.”

Agus labhair sé parabal leo:

“Bhí fear saibhir ann ar thug a chuid talún barraí breátha uaithi, agus dúirt sé leis féin as a mhachnamh: ‘Cad a dhéanfaidh mé, mar níl slí stórála agam do mo chuid barraí?’ Dúirt sé ansin: ‘Is é a dhéanfaidh mé, mo sciobóil a leagan anuas agus cinn níos mó a thógáil, agus an t-arbhar go léir agus mo chuid maitheasaí a chur i dtaisce iontu; agus déarfaidh mé le m’anam: A anam, tá go leor maitheasaí de chúltaca agat go cionn na mblianta fada: fan go socair, bí ag ithe agus ag ól agus ag aoibhneas.’ Ach dúirt Dia leis: ‘A dhuine gan chiall, san oíche anocht féin, táthar chun d’anam a iarraidh ort ar ais; agus an cnuasach atá déanta agat, cé aige a mbeidh sé?’ Sin mar a bhíonn ag an té a thaisceann a chuid in ionad é féin a dhéanamh saibhir de réir Dé.”

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Sunday's Readings

Today's Scripture Themes
‘The Church of the Third Millennium will need to encourage all the baptised and confirmed to be aware of the their active responsibility in the Church’s life. Together with the ordained ministry, other ministries, whether formally instituted or simply recognised, can flourish for the good of the whole community, sustaining it in all its many needs: from catechesis to liturgy, from the education of the young to the widest array of charitable works’ (Pope John Paul II, Nova Millennio Ineunte).

FIRST READING                     

A reading from the book of Exodus      22:20-26
If you are harsh with the widow or orphan; my anger will flare against you.

widowsThe lord said to Moses, Tell the sons of Israel this, "You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh with the widow, or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry; my anger will flare and I shall kill you with the sword, your own wives will be widows, your own children orphans.

"If you lend money to any of my people, to any poor man among you, you must not play the usurer with him: you must not demand interest from him.

"If you take another's cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him before sunset. It is all the covering he has; it is the cloak he wraps his body in; what else would he sleep in? If he cries to me, I will listen, for I am full of pity.

The Word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm          Ps 17
Response                                 I love you, Lord, my strength.

1. I love you, Lord, my strength,
my rock, my fortress, my saviour.
My God is the rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
The Lord is worthy of all praise:
when I call I am saved from my foes.           Response

2. Long life to the Lord, my rock!
Praised be the God who saves me.
He has given great victories to his king
and shown his love for his anointed.             Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians     1:5-10
You broke with idolatry and became servants of the real, and  you are now waiting for his Son.

ou observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, and you were led to become imitators of us, and of the Lord; and it was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you. This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread - and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for the news of your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God; and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which is coming.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation         Acts 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.

or                                              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!


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew      22:34-40
'You must love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself.

hen the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees they got together and,
to disconcert him, one of them put a question,
'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?'I meant that
Jesus said,
'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.

The second resembles it:
You must love your neighbour as yourself.
On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.'

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 Exodus      22:20-26
Má dhéanann tú iad a bhuaireamh agus godtagann a nglao chugam, éistfidh mé leo

widowsDúirt an Tiarna le Maois: Abair é seo le clann Isráel: Ná déan éagóir ar dheoraí ná leatrom, mar ba dheoraithe sibh féin i gcríocha na hÉigipte. Ná ciap baintreach ná dílleachta. Má dhéanann tú iad a bhuaireamh agus godtagann a nglao chugam, éistfidh mé leo, éistfead sin.  Adhnfaidh m’fhearg agus maróidh mé sibh leis an gclaíomh, agus fágfar bhur mná gan chéile agus bhur gclann gan athair.

Má thugann tú iasacht airgid d’aon bhochtán de mo phobal le d’ais, ná himir cleas an úsaire air agus ná héiligh ús uaidh.

Má thogann tú riamh brat duine mar gheall tabhair ar ais dó é roimh luí na gréine; óir sin a bhfuil aige d’éadach, sin é an brat a bhíonn faoina chorp aige, agus cad eile atá aige le codladh ann?

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra          Sm 17
Freagra                           Mo ghrá thú, a Thiarna, mo neart thú.

I. Mo ghrá thú, a Thiarna, mo neart thú,
mo charraig thú, mo dhaingean is mo shlánaitheoir.  Freagra

2. Mo Dhia thú, mo charraig, is mo dhídean;
mo sciath, adharc me shlánaithe, mo dhún.
Glaoim ar an Tiarna dar dleacht moladh
agus déantar mo shaoradh ó mo naimhdé.                     Freagra

3. Go maire an Tiarna! Is é mo charraig é!
Go raibh Dia mo shlánaitheoir á mhóradh.
Thug sé caithréimeanna dá Rí
agus nocht sé a ghrá dá Ungthach.                                    Freagra

DARA LÉACHT           

Sliocht as an céad litir N.Pól chuig na Teasalónaigh      1:5-10

A bhráithre, tá a fhios agaibhse mar a thugamar ár saol, fad a bhíomar in bhur measc, ar mhaithe libh. Agus rinne sibhse aithris orainn agus ar an Tiarna, mar d’ainneoin gach anacra ghlac sibh leis an mbriathar uainn le lúcháir an Spioraid Naoimh, sa tslí go raibh sibh mar shampla ag a bhfuil de chreidmhigh sa Mhacadóin agus in Acháia. Mar is uaibhse amach a leath briathar Dé, agus ní sa Mhacadóin agus in Acháia amháin é, mar tá scéal bhur gcreidimh i nDia scaipthe san uile áit, i dtreo nach gá dúinne aon ní a rá faoi. Tá na daoine féin ag cur síos ar an bhfáilte a chuir sibh romhainn agus mar a chas sibh ar Dhia ó na déithe bréige chun dul ag seirbhís don fhíorDhia beo agus chun feitheamh lena Mhac Íosa a theacht ó na flaithis – an Mac a thóg sé ó mhairbh agus atá dár bhfuascailt ón bhfearg atá le teacht.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa                 Gniom 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Oscail ár gcroí,A Thiarna,
Cun aird a thabhairt ar bhraithra do Mhic


 Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Matha      22:34-40
Gráóidh tú do Thiarna Dia agus gráóidh tú do chomharsa mar thú féin

San am sin nuair a chuala na Fairisínigh nár fhág Íosa focal ag na Sadúcaigh,love-your-neighbour-as-yourself
chruinnigh siad féin le chéile, agus duine acu, a bhí ina dhlíodóir, chuir sé ceist air ag baint trialach as:
“A Mháistir, cén aithne mhór sa dhlí?”
Dúirt sé leis: “‘Gráóidh tú do Thiarna Dia ó do chroí go hiomlán agus
ó d’anam go hiomlán agus ó d’aigne go hiomlán’ – is í sin an aithne mhór agus an phríomhaithne.
Agus is cosúil léise an dara ceann:
‘Gráóidh tú do chomharsa mar thú féin.’
Ag brath ar an dá aithne sin atá an dlí ar fad agus na fáithe.”

Soiscéal Dé.

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