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Thought for today

A gift of ‘Sundae’


A writer tells a story about the day of her grandson’s first Communion, when the extended family went to his favourite restaurant to celebrate. The family told him that he could have anything he wanted for dessert, so he ordered a “Brownie Sundae Supreme.” When it arrived, his three-year-old cousin took one look at the towering treat and started to cry. Without hesitation, he slid the dessert to her and said, “It’s okay. You can have it.”

When the adults protested that he did not have to do that, he assured them that his cousin would not eat all of it and that there would be plenty left for him. He was right, because, after a few bites, she happily returned the dessert to him.

The writer says that witnessing her grandson’s spontaneous generosity reminded her that the true gifts are always freely offered and come from the best place in our hearts. That is what the young boy had received that morning in the Eucharist and what he passed on to his cousin.

Deirdre Powell

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

Nov 21 - Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


As a child, tradition tells us that Mary was taken to the temple, where she was offered, presented to God.

The Feast Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated both in the Roman and the Eastern Orthodox rites. In the East it takes its origin from the dedication of the Church of Our Lady near the Temple area in Jerusalem which took place on 21st November 543. Patrick Duffy recalls some of the themes of the feast.

A church was built on the  above site in honour of this mystery. The feast is found in the liturgical documents of the East in the 11th century and was brought to the papal chapel in Avignon in 1373. A year later King Charles V introduced it to the royal Chapel in Paris, from where it spread through Spain and Germany. It is also now celebrated in the Roman Calendar.

The Protoevangelium of James
As with Mary’s birth, we read of Mary’s presentation in the temple only in apocryphal literature. In the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James we read that offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was three years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless.

Stressing the holiness of Mary
The feast is best linked with the other feasts of the birth of Mary (8th September) and of the Immaculate Conception (8th December). It highlights the holiness of Mary from the beginning of her life on earth that continued through her early childhood and beyond.


Icon of the feast
It is sometimes difficult for modern Westerners to appreciate a feast like this. The Eastern Church has a special icon for this feast included in the top of the iconostasis in every church. This stresses that Mary from the beginning of her life was dedicated to God. She became a greater temple than any made by human hands. God came to dwell in her in a marvelous way and sanctified her for her unique role in God's saving work. At the same time, the magnificence of Mary redounds on her children. They, too, are temples of God and sanctified so that they may enjoy and share in God's saving work.

Homily of St Germanus
Some of the enthusiasm of the feast is expressed in the homily of St Germanus:
"Hail, holy throne of God, divine sanctuary, house of glory, jewel most fair, chosen treasure house, and mercy seat for the whole world, heaven showing forth the glory of God.

Purest Virgin, worthy of all praise, sanctuary dedicated to God and raised above all human condition, virgin soil, unplowed field, flourishing vine, fountain pouring out waters, virgin bearing a child, mother without knowing man, hidden treasure of innocence, ornament of sanctity, by your most acceptable prayers, strong with the authority of motherhood, to our Lord and God, Creator of all, your Son who was born of you without a father, steer the ship of the Church and bring it to a quiet harbour."

Today's Readings

A reading from the book of  Zechariah       2:14-17
Rejoice, daughter of Zion; for I am coming.

Sing, rejoice,
daughter of Zion;
for I am coming
to dwell in the middle of you –
it is the Lord who speaks.Marys Presentation
Many nations will join the Lord,
on that day; they will become his people.
But he will remain among you,
and you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.
But the Lord will hold Judah
as his portion in the Holy Land,
and again make Jerusalem his very own.
Let all mankind be silent before the lord!
For he is awaking and is coming from his holy dwelling.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm          Lk 1:46-55
Response                          The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name

or                                       Blessed is the Virgin Mary who bore the Son of the eternal Father.

mary wondering 1. My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my saviour.       Response

2. Henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!                                          Response

3.  His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.
He puts forth his arm in strength
and scatters the proud-hearted.            Response

4. He casts the mighty from their thrones
and raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.                              Response

5. He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers,
to Abraham and his sons for ever.                  Response

Gospel Acclamation            Lk 11: 28
Alleluia, alleluia!
Happy are those who hear the word of God, and keep it.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew    12:46-50
Stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers.'

jesus-heals-2Jesus was still speaking to the crowds when his mother and his brothers appeared; they were standing outside and were anxious to have a word with him. But to the man who told him this Jesus replied, 'Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?'

And stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers.
Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection       
Tuesday,     Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary      Matthew 12:46-50

Today we commemorate the presentation of the child Mary in the temple at Jerusalem. This feast celebrates the consecration of Mary’s life to the Lord. From the beginning of her life, she was dedicated to God by her parents, given over to God’s purposes for her life. According to the gospels of Matthew and Luke, in her teenage years, Mary was called by God to become a greater temple than the magnificent temple in Jerusalem in which she was presented as a child. The temple in Jerusalem was the house of God, the place where God was believed to be present in a special way. God wanted Mary to become the house of the Lord in an even greater way, because she was to carry the Lord in her womb, until she gave birth to him. God came to dwell in her, through Jesus, God’s Son. Because she was open to God’s presence from the earliest years of her life, she said ‘yes’ to this wonderful calling. She gave herself over to God’s will for her life. She is the prime example of the group that Jesus refers to in this morning’s gospel reading as those ‘who do the will of my Father in heaven’. Today’s feast celebrates the fact that from her childhood Mary had always done the will of God, and was therefore ready to become the temple of God’s Son at the time of God’s choosing. In this morning’s gospel reading Jesus declares that this true family are those who do the will of his Father in heaven. We look to Mary to show us what it means to say ‘yes’ to God’s call in our lives. Insofar as we can enter into Mary’s ‘yes’, we too will become temples of the Lord, like her. The Lord will be formed in us and we will offer him to the world by our lives, as she did.

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

Chéad Léacht       

 Sliocht as leabhar  Zachária          2:14-17
Abair amhrán agus déan gairdeas, a iníon Shíón;óir, féach, táimse ag teacht.

Abair amhrán agus déan gairdeas,
a iníon Shíón;
óir, féach, táimse ag teacht
chun cónaí a dhéanamh i do lár, a deir an Tiarna.Marys Presentation
Ceanglófar a lán náisiún leis an Tiarna an lá sin;
beidh siad ina bpobal aige,
agus cónóidh sé in bhur measc,
agus aithneoidh tú gurbh é Tiarna na Slua
a chuir chugat mé.
Ach beidh seilbh ag an Tiarna ar Iúdá,
mar a chomhroinn féin sa talamh naofa,
agus déanfaidh sé rogha de Iarúsailéim athuair.
Bíodh gach duine ina thost i láthair an Tiarna;
óir, tá sé ag éirí chun teacht amach as a áitreabh naofa.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Fragra           Lk 1: 46-55
Freagra                        Óir rinne an Té atá cumhachtach nithe móra dom agus is naofa a ainm.

1. “Mórann m’anam an Tiarna,
agus rinne mo spiorad gairdeas i nDia mo Shlánaitheoir.  Freagra

2. Óir dhearc sé le fabhar ar ísle a bhanóglaigh;
mar féach, déarfaidh na glúine uile feasta gur méanar dom.
Óir rinne an Té atá cumhachtach nithe móra dom agus
is naofa a  ainm.                                                                           Freagra 

mary wondering

3.  Tá a thrócaire ó ghlúin go glúin
dóibh seo ar a mbíonn a eagla.
Thaispeáin sé neart a láimhe:
scaip sé an dream a bhí uaibhreach i smaointe a gcroí.  Freagra

4.   Leag sé prionsaí óna gcathaoireacha,
agus d’ardaigh sé daoine ísle;
Líon sé lucht an ocrais le nithe maithe,
agus chuir sé na saibhre uaidh folamh.                               Freagra

5. D’fhóir sé ar Iosrael a sheirbhíseach,
ag cuimhneamh dó ar a thrócaire –
de réir mar gheall sé dar n-aithreacha –
d’Abrahám agus dá shliocht go brách.”                                                                                                Freagra

Comhgháir/Alleluia             Mth 11: 28
Alleluia!  Alleluia
“Is mó is méanar dóibh seo a chluineann briathar Dé agus a choimeádann é.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Matha          12: 46-50
Síneadh íosa a lámha faoina chuid deisceabal, dúirt: “Féach mo mháthair agus mo bhráithre!

Bhí Íosa ag caint leis na sluaite nuair a tháinig a mháthair agus a bhráithre agus sheas siad amuigh ag iarraidh labhairt ljesus-heals-2eis. Dúirt duine éigin leis: “Feach, tá do mháthair agus do bhráithre lasmuigh ag iarraidh labhairt leat.”
Agus dúirt leis an té a d’inis dó é: “Cé hí mo mháthair agus cé hiad mo bhráithre?” Agus ag síneadh a láimhe faoina chuid deisceabal, dúirt:
“Féach mo mháthair agus mo bhráithre!
óir, duine ar bith a dhéanfaidh toil m’Athar atá ar neamh,
is bráthair dom é agus is siúr agus is máthair.”

Soiscéal Dé.

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Sunday's Readings
FIRST READING                                 

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel             34:11-12.15-17
As for you, my sheep, I will judge between sheep and sheep.

The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view. As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness. I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest - it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.
As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm                Ps 22:1-3. 5-6 Rv 1
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.                      Response

2. Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.
He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.                              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 first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians                         15:20-26.28 I
 He will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, so that God may be all in all.

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.

Gospel Acclamation      Mk 11:10
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David!


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew       25:31-46
He will take his seat on his throne of glory and he will separate men one from another.

esus said to his disciples: 'When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, "Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For 1 was hungry and you gave me food; 1 was thirsty and you gave me drink; 1 was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me." Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?" And the King will answer, "I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." Next he will say to those on his left hand, "Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For 1 was hungry and you never gave me food; 1 was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me." Then it will be their turn to ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?" Then he will answer, "I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me." And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life.'

 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.

Sollútas Ár dTiarna Íosa Chíost R'i na nUile

CHÉAD LÉACHT                          

Sliocht as an fáidh Eziceal       34:11-12. 15-17
Maidir libhse, a thréad, túgaim breith idir caoirigh agus caoirigh.

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna Dia: Cuardóidh mé féin na caoirigh agus beidh a gcúram orm féin amháin. Dála mar a bhíonn cúram na gcaorach ar an treadaí a fhanann i lár an tréada scaipthe, coinneoidh mise súil ar mo chaoirigh. Rachaidh mé i gcabhair orthu nuair a theann siad ar séachrán sa cheo agus sa dorchadas. Beathóidh mise mo chaoirigh agus tabharfaidh mé orthu a scíste a ligean-an Tiarna Dia a labhraíonn. Cuardóidh mé an chaora chaillte, tabharfaidh mé ar ais an seachránaí, ceanglóidh mé an bacach agus cuirfidh mé an t-easlán ina neart. Tabharfaidh mé aire don mhéith agus don láidir agus gheobhaidh siad cothú ceart uaim.

Maidir libhse, a thréad, a deir an Tiarna Dia: tú gaim breith idir caoirigh agus caoirigh, idir reithí agus gabhair fhirinn.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra                           Sm 22:  22:1-3. 5-6 Rv 1
Freagra                                                Is é an Tiarna m'aoire, ní bheidh aon ní de dhíth orm.

1. Is é an Tiarna m'aoire,
ní bheidh aon ní de dhíth orm.
Cuireann sé i mo luí me
i móinéar féaruaithne.                         Freagra

2. Séolann sé ar imeall an uisce mé
mar a bhfaighim suaimhneas.
Seolann sé mé ar rianta díreacha
mar gheall ar a ainm.                           Freagra

3. Cóirlonn tú bord chun béile dom
i bhfianaise mo naimhde.
Ungann tú mo cheann Ie 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


Sliocht as céad litir N.Pól chuig na Coirintigh       15:20-26.28
Tabharfaidh séan ríocht suas aige do Dhia an tAthair, agus sa tslí sin beidh Dia ina mháistir ar an iomlán.

bhraithre, tá Críost aiseirithe ó mhairbh, ina cheann ródaí orthu sin atá ar shlí na fírinne. Faoi mar a tháinig an bás ann trí bíthin duine, tháinig an t-aiséirí ann trí bhíthin duine mar a gcéanna. Faigheann an uile dhuine bás i gcomhar le hAdhamh; ar an dála céanna athbheofar an uile dhuine i gcomhar Ie Críost. Beidh gach aoinneach ina sheal féin afach: Críost i dtosach; ansin, ar theacht do Chríost, an mhuintir a bheidh i bpáirt leis; agus ar ball tiocfaidh an chríoch nuair a bheidh gach tiarnas agus sin beidh Dia ina mhciistir ar an iomlcin udaras agus cumhacht curtha ar neamhní aige agus an ríocht túgtha suas aige do Dhia an tAthair. Mar ní foláir do Chríost a bheith ina rí nó go mbeidh na naimhde uile curtha faoi chois. Agus is é an namhaid deireanach atá le díothú, an bás. Agus nuair a bheidh an uile ní curtha faoi smacht Chríost ag Dia, rachaidh Críost féin , an Mac, faoi smacht Dé agus sa tslí sin beidh Dia ina mháistir ar an iomlán.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Is beannaithe an té atá ag teacht in ainm an Tiarna!
Is beannaithe ag teacht í, Ríocht ár nAthar, Daivi!


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N.Matha     25:31-36
Rachaidh sé ina shuí an uair sin i ríchathaoir a ghlóire agus déanfaidh sé na daoine a scaradh ó chéile.

San am sin duirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: “Nuair a thiocfaidh Mac an Duine ina ghlóir agus na haingil uile in éineacht leis, rachaidh sé ina shuí an uair sin i ríchathaoir a ghlóire. Beidh na náisiúin uile cruinnithe os a chomhair, agus déanfaidh sé na daoine a scaradh ó chéile, mar a scarann an t-aoire na caoirigh ó na gabhair. Cuirfidh sé na caoirigh ar a láimh dheis agus na gabhair ar a láimh chlé. Ansin déarfaidh an rí le lucht na láimhe deise: ‘Tagaigí, a lucht bheannaithe m’Athar, glacaigí mar oidhreacht an ríocht a ullmhaíodh daoibh ó thúsú an domhain. Óir bhí ocras orm agus thug sibh rud le hithe dom, bhí tart orm agus thug sibh rud le hól dom, bhí mé i mo strainséir agus thug sibh aíocht dom, bhí mé nocht agus chuir sibh éadach orm, bhí mé tinn agus tháinig sibh do m’fheiceáil, bhí mé i bpríosún agus thug sibh cuairt orm.’ Freagróidh na fíréin é ansin: ‘A Thiarna, cén uair a chonaiceamar thú agus ocras ort go dtabharfaimis bia duit, nó tart ort go dtabharfaimis deoch duit? Cén uair a chonaiceamar i do strainséir thú go dtabharfaimis aíocht duit, nó nocht go gcuirfimis éadach ort? Nó cén uair a chonaiceamar tinn thú, nó i bpríosún, go dtabharfaimis cuairt ort?’ Agus déarfaidh an rí á bhfreagairt: ‘Deirim libh go fírinneach, sa mhéid go ndearna sibh é do dhuine den chuid is lú de na bráithre seo agamsa, is domsa a rinne sibh é.’ Ansin déarfaidh sé le lucht na láimhe clé ar a seal: ‘Imígí uaim, a dhream mhallaithe, isteach sa tine shíoraí a ullmhaíodh don diabhal agus dá chuid aingeal. Óir bhí ocras orm agus níor thug sibh aon rud le hithe dom, bhí tart orm agus níor thug sibh aon rud le hól dom, bhí mé i mo strainséir agus níor thug sibh aíocht dom, bhí mé nocht agus níor chuir sibh aon éadach orm, bhí mé tinn agus i bpríosún agus níor tháinig sibh do m’fheiceáil.’ Agus freagróidh siad sin é ansin: ‘A Thiarna, cén uair a bhí tú le feiceáil againn agus ocras nó tart ort, nó i do strainséir, nó nocht nó tinn nó i bpríosún agus nach ndearnamar freastal ort?’ Ansin freagróidh sé iad: ‘Deirim libh go fírinneach, sa mhéid nach ndearna sibh é do dhuine den chuid is lú díobh seo, ní dhearna sibh domsa é ach oiread.’ Agus imeoidh siad leo, iad seo isteach i bpionós síoraí, ach na fíréin i mbeatha shíoraí.”

Soiscéal Dé.  

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