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Some people hold fast to traditional ways of undertaking things as a way of handing down long-revered customs. It constitutes one way of preserving rites and rituals of the past, as these can yet inform the present. There are others who hold to a more revolutionary and active form of tradition, who are aware that tradition can have as its fuel the need to update, change and transform. These two aspects of tradition exist in the Church.

They coexist in a healthy tension that inspires the Church to constantly learn from its past as it is born anew in the present. The Word is the living presence of Jesus, and through it Jesus is discovered anew in each situation and in each culture. Jesus awaits our arrival as we move into places, encounters and problems that are new. It is in these places that we ask him to make our hearts fresh and new that we might leave behind former ways of thinking and seeing and move ahead.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell


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


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

Margaret of HungrySummary of  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).
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 18th January, 2020
FIRST READING               

A reading from the first book of Samuel.                    9: 1-4, 17-19, 10:1a
The Lord told Samuel, ‘That is the man of whom I told you; Saul shall rule my people.'

Among the men of Benjamin there was a man named Kish son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah; a Benjaminite and a man of rank. He had a son named Saul, a handsome man in the prime of life. Of all the Israelites there was no one more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders taller than the rest of the people. Now some of the she-donkeys of Saul's father Kish had strayed, so Kish said to Saul, 'My son, take one of the servants with you and be off; go and look for the she-donkeys'. They passed through the highlands of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but did not find them; they passed through the land of Shaalim, they were not there; they passed through the land of Benjamin, but did not find them.

When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, 'That is the man of whom I told you; he shall rule my people'. Saul accosted Samuel in the gateway and said, 'Tell me, please, where the seer's house is?' Samuel replied to Saul, 'I am the seer. Go up ahead of me to the high place. You are to eat with me today. In the morning I shall take leave of you and tell you all that is in your heart.Samuel anoints Saul

Samuel took a phial of oil and poured it on Saul's head; then he kissed him, saying, 'Has not the Lord anointed you prince over his people Israel? You are the man who must rule the Lord's people, and who must save them from the power of the enemies surrounding them.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm                Ps 20
Response                                     O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king.

O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king;
how your saving help makes him glad!
You have granted him his heart's desire;
you have not refused the prayer of his lips.                             Response

You came to meet him with the blessings of success,
you have set on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked you for life and this you have given,
days that will last from age to age.                                            Response

Your saving help has given him glory.
You have laid upon him majesty and splendour,
you have granted your blessings to him for ever.
You have made him rejoice with the joy of your presence. Response

Gospel  Acclamation                  Ps 118: 29
Alleluia, alleluia!
Bend my heart to your will, O Lord,
and teach me your commands.

or                                                        Lk 4: 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord has sent me to bring the Good News to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark       2: 13-17
I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.

Jesus calls sinnersJesus went out again to the shore of the lake; and all the people came to him, and he taught them. As he was walking on he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus, sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, 'Follow me'. And he got up and followed him.

When Jesus was at dinner in his house, a number of tax collectors and sinners were also sitting at the table with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many of them among his followers. When the scribes of the Pharisee party saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, 'Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?' When Jesus heard this he said to them,
'It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection        Saturday        First Week in Ordinary Time          Mark 2:13-17

Pope Francis wrote a book whose title is ‘The Name of God is Mercy’. It takes the form of an interview with Pope Francis by an Italian journalist. In the course of that lengthy interview, Pope Francis says that God’s logic is a logic of love that scandalizes the doctors of the Law. I was reminded of what the Pope said there by today’s gospel reading. Jesus scandalizes the doctors of the Law, the scribes of the Pharisees, by sharing table with people who were considered sinners by the same doctors of the Law. Pope Francis has spoken of Jesus as the human face of God’s mercy. God’s logic of love is reflected in everything Jesus says and does. Jesus reveals a God who doesn’t wait for us to be perfect or blameless before engaging with us. Jesus engaged with people as they were, in all their frailty and weakness. That is how the Lord engages with each one of us. In the gospel reading we have just heard, Jesus calls Levi, or Matthew, as he is named in one of the other gospels, to become one of his disciples. Levi was a tax collector. The doctors of the Law would have considered such people to be beyond redemption because they kept breaking the Law. However, that was not Jesus’ logic; it is not God’s logic of love. Jesus called Levi out of love, just as he calls each one of us out of love. Jesus went on to share table with Levi’s friends, other tax collectors and sinners. To share table with people in that culture was to enter into real communion with them. In sharing table with tax collectors and sinners Jesus was showing that God wants to be in communion with us just as we are. It is that experience of God’s loving communion with us that will empower us to become the person God wants us to be and to live the life God calls us to live.        

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


Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 18th January, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT         

Sliocht as an Chéad leabhar Samúéil.              9: 1-4, 17-19; 10:1
Sin é an fear a dúirt mé leat! 'Sin é an té a bheidh ag rialú mo phobail.'

Bhí duine de mhuintir Bhiniáimin darbh ainm Cís, mac Aibíéil, mac Zarór, mac Bhacórat, mac Aifía; Biniáimineach ba ea é agus fear an-saibhir. Bhí mac aige darbh ainm Sól, fear óg dathúil a bhí i mbláth a mhaitheasa. Ní raibh fear níba dhathúla ná é i measc na nIosraelach go léir; bhí airde an chinn aige ar an gcuid eile den phobal. Chuaigh asail Chís, athair Shóil, ar strae, agus dúirt Cís lena mhac Sól: “A mhic, tabhair leat duine de na seirbhísigh, agus cuir chun bóthair; imigh leat a chuardach na n-asal.” Ghabh siad trí ardáin Eafráim, agus trí chríoch Sháilíseá, ach ní bhfuair siad na hasail. Ghabh siad trí chríoch Sheáilím, ach ní raibh siad ann. Ghabh siad trí chríoch Bhiniáimin, ach ní bhfuair siad iad.

Nuair a chonaic Samúéil Sól, dúirt an Tiarna leis: “Sin é an fear a dúirt mé leat! Sin é an té a bheidh ag rialú mo phobail.” Dhruid Sól le Samúéil sa gheata agus dúirt: “Inis dom, más é do thoil é, cá bhfuil teach fhear na bhfíseanna?” D’fhreagair Samúéil Sól: “Mise fear na bhfíseanna. Gabh suas romham don ardionad. Íosfaidh sibh bia liomsa inniu. Scaoilfidh mé uaim thú ar maidin amárach agus inseoidh mé duit a bhfuil ar d’intinn agat.Samuel anoints Saul

Samúéil soitheach ola ansin agus dhoirt ar cheann Shóil é agus phóg é agus dúirt: “Nach ndearna an Tiarna thú a ungadh le go mbeifeá i do thaoiseach ar do
phobal Iosrael? Rialóidh tú pobal an Tiarna agus saorfaidh tú iad ó chumhacht a naimhde atá ina dtimpeall. Beidh sé seo mar chomhartha agat gur cheap an Tiarna thú i do thaoiseach ar a oidhreacht.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra                   Sm 20
Freagra                                  Gairdíonn an rí as do chumhacht, a Thiarna           

1. Gairdíonn an rí as do chumhacht, a Thiarna,
cá hionadh lúcháir air de chionn do chúnaimh!
Thug tú mian a chroí go deimhin dó,
is níor eitigh tú air achainíocha a bhéil.                       Freagra

2. Tháinig tú ina airicis le beannachtaí búidhe,
agus chuir tú coróin de ghlanór ar a cheann.
D’iarr sé an bheatha ort agus bhronn tú fadsaol air
a mhairfidh go brách ó aois go haois.                           Freagra

3. Is mór é a ghradam de bharr do chúnaimh.
Bronnann tú maorgacht agus maise rómhór air.
Rinne tú ábhar beannachta go brách de;
cuireann do láithreacht ríméad is lúcháir air.            Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marc        2: 13-17
Ní fíréin a tháinig mé a ghlaoch ach peacaigh.

San am sin chuaigh Íosa amach arís cois na farraige, Jesus calls sinnersagus bhí an slua go léir ag teacht chuige agus eisean á dteagasc. Agus ag dul thar bráid dó, chonaic sé Léiví mac Alfáias ina shuí in oifig an chustaim agus dúirt leis: “Lean mise.” D’éirigh seisean agus lean sé é. Agus nuair a bhí sé ag bord ina theach, bhí mórán poibleacánach agus peacach ina suí le hÍosa agus lena dheisceabail, mar bhí mórán díobh á leanúint. Nuair a chonaic scríobhaithe na bhFairisíneach go raibh sé ag ithe leis na peacaigh agus na poibleacánaigh, dúirt siad lena dheisceabail: “Cén fáth a mbíonn sé ag ithe agus ag ól le poibleacánaigh agus le peacaigh?” Ar a chloisteáil sin d’Íosa dúirt sé leo: “Ní ag na daoine atá slán a bhíonn gá le lia ach ag na daoine atá tinn. .”

Soiscéal Dé.

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 19th January, 2020


 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A


A reading from the book of the Prophet  Isaiah       49:3.5-6
I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

The Lord  said to me, 'You are my servant  Israel
in whom I shall be glorified';
I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord, GOD IS LIGHT
my God was my strength.
And now the Lord has spoken,
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
to gather Israel to him:

'It is not enough for you to be my servant,
to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel;
I will make you the light of the nations
so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.'

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 39
Response                                Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

1.  I waited, I waited for the Lord
and he stooped down to me;
he heard my cry.
He put a new song into my mouth,
praise of our God.                                 Response

2. You do not ask for sacrifice
and offerings, but an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust
and victim. Instead, here am I.           Response

3. In the scroll of the book it stands
written that I should do your will.
My God, I delight i~ your law
in the depth of my heart.                      Response

4. Your justice I have proclaimed
in the great assembly.
My lips I have not sealed;
you know it, O Lord.                              Response


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians           1:1-3
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.

I, Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle, together with brother Sosthenes,
send greetings to the church of God in Corinth, to the holy people of Jesus Christ,
who are called to take their place among all the saints everywhere who pray to our Lord Jesus Christ;
for he is their Lord no less than ours. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens!

or                                          Jn 1: 14. 12
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Word was made flesh and lived among us;
to all who did accept him he gave power to become children of God..


A reading from the Gospel according to John        1:29-34
Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.

Jesus lamb of God.2Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, 'Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptising with water.' John also declared, 'I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, "The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit."

Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.'

The Gospel of the Lord

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


Commentaries on the Gospel can be found in the Homily Section on our Home page


Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 19th January, 2020

Sliocht as Leabhar Íseáia         49:3.5-6
Ceapfaidh mé thú i do sholas do na ciníocha, chun go dté mo shlánú go críocha na cruinne.

Dúirt an Tiarna lio,

 “Is tú mo ghiolla Iosrael
trína saothróidh mé glóir dom féin.”
Bhí maise orm i súile an Tiarna,
ba é mo Dhia mo neart.

Agus anois tá an Tiarna tar éis labhairt,
an té a dhealbhaigh mé ón mbroinn i leith i mo ghiolla dó,light-of-the-ntions
le go mbailínn Iacób ar ais chuige,
le go gcruinnínn Iosrael le chéile dó:

“Is fánach an mhaise duit a bheith i do ghiolla agam

chun treibheanna Iacóib amháin a thabhairt chucu féin,
chun ar slánaíodh d’Iosrael a thabhairt ar ais.
Ceapfaidh mé thú i do sholas do na ciníocha,
chun go dté mo shlánú go críocha na cruinne.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra            Sm39
Freagra                           Féach, táim ag teacht, a Thiarna, chun do thoil a dhéanamh

1. Bhí dóchas agam, bhí dóchas agam sa Tiarna,
agus chlaon sé a chluas chugam
agus d'éist le m'éamh.
Chuir sé amhrán nua i mo bhéal,
amhrán molta dár nDia.                                Freagra

2. Íobairt ná ofráil níor thoil leat,
ach d'oscail tú cluasa dom.
loseadh níor theastaigh uait, ná íobairt in éiric an pheaca.
Ansin dúirt mé: 'Féach, táim ag teacht.'    Freagra

3.  'I rolla an leabhair tá scríofa i mo thaobh:
is ail liom do thoil a dhéanamh, a Dhia,
agus tá do dhlí go domhain i mo chroí.'    Freagra

4. D'fhoilsigh mé d'fhíréantaeht sa mhórdhail.
Feach, níor chuir mé cosc le mo bheola:
is eol duitse é, a Thiarna.                             Freagra


Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig Coirintigh           1:1-3
An té is Tiarna orainne agus orthusan: grásta chugaibh agus síocháin ó Dhia ár nAthair agus ón Tiarna Íosa Críost.

Mise Pól, a bhfuil glaoite air de dheoin Dé chun bheith ina aspal ag Íosa Críost, agus an bráthair Sóstainéas in éineacht liom, chuig eaglais Dé i gCorant, chucu sin atá coisricthe in Íosa Críost agus a bhfuil glaoite ina naoimh orthu mar aon leis an uile dhuine a ghlaonn i ngach áit ar ainm ár dTiarna Íosa Críost, an té is Tiarna orainne agus orthusan: grásta chugaibh agus síocháin ó Dhia ár nAthair agus ón Tiarna Íosa Críost.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa            Eoin: 1:14. 12   
Alleluia, alleluia!
Rinneadh feoil den Bhriathar
agus chónaigh sé inár measc,an uile dhuine a ghlac é,
thug sé de cheart dóibh
go ndéanfaí clann Dé díobh


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh   Eoin         1:29-34
“Seo é Uan Dé a thógann peaca an domhain.
Jesus lamb of God.2
San am sin chonaic Eoin Íosa ag teacht chuige agus dúirt sé: “Seo é Uan Dé a thógann peaca an domhain. Eisean an té a ndúirt mé faoi: ‘Tá duine ag teacht i mo dhiaidh a bhfuil tosach aige orm, mar bhí sé ann romham.’ Níorbh aithnid dom féin é, ach is chun, go nochtfaí d’Iosrael é a tháinig mé ag baisteadh le huisce.” Agus thug Eoin fianaise: “Chonaic mé,” ar sé, “an Spiorad, mar cholm, ag tuirlingt air ó na flaithis agus ag fanacht air. Níorbh aithnid dom féin é, ach an té a sheol mé ag baisteadh le huisce, dúirt seisean liom:

‘An té ar a bhfeicfidh tú an Spiorad ag tuirlingt agus ag fanacht air, eisean an té a bhaisteann leis an Spiorad Naomh.’
Chonaic mé agus is finné mé gurb é seo Mac Dé.”

Soiscéal Dé

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