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Idol thoughts.


Who among us wouldn’t like to be cleansed from our idols – we may squirm a bit and declare that we do not worship idols. However, if you examine the meaning of an idol, you begin to see things in a different light. What are the things in your life that you think you cannot live without – what do you give energy to that does not bless? It could be trends, possessions, addictions – even your own opinion. It might be helpful to list your idols.

There is a passage from Ezekiel (36:25) that could prove helpful “…and from all your idols I will cleanse you.” You could decide to make this short phrase a meditative prayer in your life for a few weeks – the image of being sprinkled with clean water is inspiring. When you use holy water and make the Sign of the Cross, you can pray “Cleanse me from my idols.” Can you think of ways you could make this your prayer?

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

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

Aug 24 - St Bartholomew (1st century) apostle

Summary: St Bartholomew, Apostle. Named in the list of apostles and generally identified with Nathaniel of Cana, the "Israelite without guile" (John 1:47) who was led to Jesus by the apostle Philip (3 May). Said to have preached the gospel in India and in Armenia, where tradition indicates he was martyred.
bart1Bartholomew is identified with Nathanael, from Cana in Galilee. Bartholomew appears to be a family or surname, formulated with reference to the father's name. It means "the son of Tolmay".He is said to have preached the gospel in India or Armenia. An extraordinary tradition for the Middle Ages led to his being regarded as the patron saint of tanners. Patrick Duffy explains what is known about him.

In New Testaments lists
In the lists of the apostles in the New Testament, Bartholomew is always placed between Philip and Matthew (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14) though in Acts Thomas comes in before him (Acts 1:13)

Nathanael from Cana in Galilee
Traditionally, Bartholomew is identified with Nathanael: a name that means "God has given". Nathanael was from Cana (Jn 21:2) and therefore may have witnessed the great "sign" made by Jesus in that place when the water was changed into wine (Jn 2:1-11).

"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" (Jn 1:43-51)
Nathanael is prominent in John's Gospel. In Jn 1:45 Philip meets him and tells him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law and the prophets, Jesus the son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael replied, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" "Come and see," replied Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, he said, "There is a true Israelite in whom there is no guile." Jesus's interesting quotation from the penitential Ps 31(32):2. The full quotation of that verse would be:
"O happy the man to whom the Lord imputes no guilt,."

An encounter leading to faith
Many insights are suggested from reflection on this little scripture passage. Firstly, Nathanael's forthrightness and scepticism about a man from Nazareth!. Secondly, his being told to "Come and see", an invitation to a personal encounter leading to faith. And then
in whose spirit is no guile".
bart4The reference seems to startle Nathanael: is there a suggestion that his meeting with Jesus is a conversion experience, that his sin is no longer held against him? Is he startled that Jesus knows so much about him, his inner thoughts: "How do you know me?" he asks. Jesus promises Nathanael that like Jacob in his dream, he will have an even greater revelation of the mystery of God: "You will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending".

The historian Eusebius in the fourth century reports that Bartholomew went to India. Another tradition locates him on apostolic activity in Armenia.

Skin flayed before martyrdom?St Bartholomew, flayed for his faith, caries his own skin
In the Middle Ages there was a tradition that Bartholomew was flayed - that is, his skin was removed from his body before he was martyred. In the bottom corner of Michelangelo's Last Judgment painting on the wall of the Sistine Chapel St Bartholomew is depicted holding the knife of his martyrdom and his flayed skin.

Also in Milan Cathedral (see image right) there is an extraordinary statue by Marco d'Agrate of St. Bartholemew draped with his own skin (1562).

He has been referred to the patron saint of tanners!
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 24th August, 2019

A reading from the Book of the Apocalypse              21:9-14
Each of the twelve foundation stones bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The angel came to speak tome and said :'Come here and I will show you the bride that the Lamb has married.' In the spirit, he took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond.

The walls of it were of a great height, and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an angel, and over the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; on the east there were three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. The city walls stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 144:10-13, 17-18
Response                                  Your friends, O Lord, make known the glorious splendour of your reign.

1. All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God.                Response

2. They make known to me your mighty deeds
and the glorious splendour of your reign.
Yours is an everlasting kingdom;
your rule lasts from age to age.                  Response

3. The Lord is just in all his ways
and loving in all his deeds.
He is close to all who call him,
who call on him from their hearts.            Response

Gospel  Acclamation           Jn 1: 49
Alleluia, alleluia!
Rabbi, you are the Son of God,
you are the King of Israel.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John      1:45-51
There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.

St BartPhilip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one about whom the prophets wrote: he is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.' 'From Nazareth?' said Nathanael 'Can anything good come from that place?' 'Come and see' replied Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, 'There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit'. 'How do you know me?' said Nathanael 'Before Philip came to call you,' said Jesus 'I saw you under the fig tree.' Nathanael answered, 'Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel'. Jesus replied, 'You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. so You will see greater things than that.'

And then he added 'I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Reflection    24th August,     Saint Bartholomew      John 1:45-51

Bartholomew is listed as one of the twelve apostles. He is traditionally identified with the figure of Nathanael, who features in today’s gospel reading. When Philip shared with Nathanael his emerging faith in Jesus of Nazareth, Nathanael dismissed it with the remark, ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Yet this dismissive, sceptical attitude would not go on to define Nathanael. There was some little openness in him, because when Philip went on to say to him, ‘Come and see’, Nathanael did come and he saw for himself. When Jesus saw Nathanael, he drew attention not to his initial dismissive attitude but to his openness: ‘an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit’. Jesus admired his honesty; there was no pretence in him. As a result of his meeting with Jesus, Nathanael goes on to make his confession of faith in Jesus of Nazareth: ‘You are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel’. Nathanael had moved from scepticism to faith, yet Jesus assures him that he is still only at the beginning of his journey; he has only begun to see. Jesus promises him, ‘You will see greater things … you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending’. Nathanael will come to recognise Jesus as the meeting point of heaven and earth, as God in human form. Like Nathanael, we are all on a journey. The Lord invites us to ‘come and see’, no matter where we are on that journey, and, if we do manage to see something of the Lord, he promises us that one day we will see greater things than what we now see.


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 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ  by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger  c/f



Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 24th August, 2019

Sliocht as an céad Leabhar Apacailipsis        21:9-14
Dhá chloch déag bhoinn faoi mhúr na cathrach, agus orthusan dhá ainm déag dháréag aspal an Uain.

Tháinig ceann de na haingil ag a raibh na seacht soitheach a bhí lán de na seacht bplá dheiridh agus d’agaill sé mé á rá: “Tar, agus taispeánfaidh mé duit an nuathair, céile an Uain.” Agus rug sé leis mé sa spiorad faoi shliabh mór ard, agus thaispeáin sé Iarúsailéim, an chathair bheannaithe, dom agus í ag tuirlingt ó neamh ó Dhia, agus glóir Dé aici. Ba chosúil a lonradh le cloch rólómhar, mar chloch sheaspair ar ghile an chriostail. Agus múr mór ard ina timpeall, ar a raibh dhá gheata dhéag, agus ar na geataí bhí dhá aingeal déag, agus ainmneacha arna scríobh ar na geataí, ainmneacha dhá threibh dhéag mhac Iosrael; bhí trí gheata ar an taobh thoir, trí gheata ar an taobh thuaidh, trí gheata ar an taobh theas, agus trí gheata ar an taobh thiar. Agus dhá chloch déag bhoinn faoi mhúr na cathrach, agus orthusan dhá ainm déag dháréag aspal an Uain.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra        Sm 144
Freagra                       A Thiarna, nochtfar do chumhacht do dhaoine glóir-réim do ríochta.

1. Ceiliúrfaidh d’oibreacha uile thú, a Thiarna;
agus beannóidh do dhaoine dílse thú.
Canfaidh siad glóir-réim do ríochta;
agus foilseoidh siad uile do chumhacht.             Freagra

2. Ionas go nochtfar do chumhacht do dhaoine
agus niamhracht agus glóir-réim do ríochta.
Mairfidh do ríochtsa feadh saol na saol,
agus do cheannas go brách na breithe.                Freagra

3. Is fíréanta é an Tiarna ina shlite uile;
agus is naofa é ina oibreacha go léir.
Is gairid é an Tiarna dá ngaireann air,
dá ngaireann air go fírinneach ó chroí.                Freagra

Alleluia Véarsa            Eo 1: 49                                                               
Alleluia, alleluia!
A raibí, is tú mac Dé, is tú rí Iosrael
go ndéanfaí clann Dé díobh


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir NaomhEoin     1:45-51
Sin Iosraelach dáiríre nach bhfuil aon fheall ann.

St BartFuair Pilib Natanael agus dúirt sé leis: “An té úd ar ar scríobh Maois sa dlí agus ar ar scríobh na fáithe, fuaireamar é, Íosa mac Iósaef ó Nazarat.” Dúirt Natanael: “As Nazarat? An féidir aon ní fónta a theacht as sin?” “Tar agus feic,” a dúirt Pilib leis. Chonaic Íosa Natanael ag teacht chuige agus dúirt ina thaobh: “Sin Iosraelach dáiríre nach bhfuil aon fheall ann.” “Cén chaoi a n-aithníonn tú mé?” arsa Natanael leis. D’fhreagair Íosa: “Sular ghlaoigh Pilib ort,” ar sé leis, “agus tú faoin gcrann fígí, chonaic mé thú.” D’fhreagair Natanael é: “A raibí, is tú mac Dé, is tú rí Iosrael.” D’fhreagair Íosa: “De bhrí go ndúirt mé leat,” ar sé leis, “go bhfaca mé thú faoin gcrann fígí creideann tú. Feicfidh tú nithe is mó ná iad seo. Go deimhin féin, a deirim libh,” ar sé leis, “go bhfeicfidh sibh na flaithis ar oscailt agus aingil Dé ag dul suas agus ag teacht anuas ar Mhac an Duine.”

Soiscéal Dé.

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 25th August, 2019

A reading from the Book of Isaiah          66:18-21
They will bring all your brothers from all the nations.

Jesus final comingThe Lord says this: I am coming to gather the nations of every language. They shall come to witness my glory. I will give them a sign and send some of their survivors to the nations: to Tarshish, Put, Lud, Moshech, Rosh, Tubal, and Javan, to the distant islands that have never heard of me or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory to the nations. As an offering to the Lord they will bring all your brothers, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules, on dromedaries, from all the nations to my holy mountain in Jerusalem, says the Lord, like Israelites bringing oblations in clean vessels to the Temple of the Lord. And of some of them I will make priests and Levites, says the Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 116
Response                            Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News.
or                                           Alleluia!

1. O praise the Lord, all you nations,
acclaim him all you peoples!          Response

2. Strong is his love for us;
he is faithful for ever.                        Response

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Hebrews       12:5-7
The Lord trains the one that he loves.

ave you forgotten that encouraging text in which you are addressed as sons? My son, when the Lord corrects you, do not treat it lightly; but do not get discouraged when he reprimands you. For the Lord trains the ones that he loves and he punishes all those that he acknowledges as his sons. Suffering is part of your training; God is treating you as his sons. Has there ever been any son whose father did not train him? Of course, any punishment is most painful at the time, and far from pleasant; but later, in those on whom it has been used, it bears fruit in peace and goodness. So hold up your limp arms and steady your trembling knees and smooth out the path you tread; then the injured limb will not be wrenched, it will grow strong again.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation     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.

Or                                         Jn 14: 6
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me.


A reading from the Gospel according to Luke 13:22-30
People from east and west will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.

Jesus & JerusalemThrough towns and villages he went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, 'Sir, will there be only a few saved?' He said to them, 'Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

'Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, "Lord, open to us" but he will answer, "I do not know where you come from". Then you will find yourself saying, "We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets" but he will reply, "I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men !"

'Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 'Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.'

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.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 25th August, 2019

Sliocht as  Leabhar Íseáia, Fáidh         66:18-21
Tabharfaidh siad leo bhur muintir go léir go dtí mo shliabh beannaithe.

Jesus final comingSeo mar a deir an Tiarna:  Tá mé ag teacht chun ciníocha na n-uile theanga a chruinniú le chéile. Tiocfaidh siad a bhreathnú ar mo ghlóir. Tabharfaidh mé comhartha dóibh agus cuirfidh mé cuid dár tháinig slán díobh amach chuig na náisiúin: chuig Tairsís, Pút, Lúd, Móiséic, Róis, Túbal agus Iáván, i dtreo insí na farraige i gcéin nár chuala trácht orm agus nach bhfaca mo ghlóir. Agus ar ais as na náisiúin uile, ina dtabhartais don Tiarna, tabharfaidh siad leo bhur muintir go léir – ar muin capaill, i gcarbaid agus ar eileatroim, ar mhiúileanna agus ar chamaill rásaíochta – go dtí mo shliabh beannaithe in Iarúsailéim, a deir an Tiarna, ar nós mar iompraíonn clann Iosrael an tabhartas i soithí glana go teampall an Tiarna. Agus cuid acu, déanfaidh mé sagairt agus Léivítigh díobh dom féin, a deir an Tiarna.

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freaga        Sm 116
Freagra                      Imígí faoin domhan uile; fógraígí an dea-scéal.
Malairt freagra       Alleluia!

Molaigí an Tiarna, a chiníocha uile;
moladh na náisiúin go léir é.                                     Freagra

Óir is daingean é go deimhin, a bhuanghrá dúinn;
maireann a dhílseacht go brách.                               Freagra


 Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Eabhraigí       12:5-7
Óir is ar an duine a bhfuil grá aige air a chuireann Dia smacht.

A bhráithre, tá dearmad déanta agaibh ar na briathra spreagúla a labhraítear libh mar chlann mhac Dé: “A mhic liom, ná déan neamhní den smacht a chuireann Dia ort, ná bíodh lagmhisneach ort nuair a cheartaíonn sé thú. Óir is ar an duine a bhfuil grá aige air a chuireann Dia smacht agus sciúrsálann sé gach duine a nglacann sé leis mar mhac.” Bígí buanseasmhach, mar sin, ionas go ndéanfar sibh a oiliúint; is mar chlann mhac atá Dia ag caitheamh libh. Cá bhfuil an mac nach gcuireann a athair smacht air? Nuair a chuirtear smacht orainn, ní ábhar áthais dúinn é ag an am ach ábhar dóláis. Ina dhiaidh sin, áfach, tugann an smacht an tsíocháin agus an fhíréantacht uaidh mar thoradh do na daoine a oileadh tríd. Dá bhrí sin, “teannaigí bhur lámha faona agus bhur nglúine laga agus déanaigí cosáin réidhe do bhur gcosa.” Ar an gcuma sin in ionad an chos leonta a chur as alt is amhlaidh a leigheasfar í.

Briathar Dé. 

Alleluia Véarsa             Eo 14:5, 6       
Alleluia, alleluia!
'Is mise an tSlí, an Fhírinne agus an Bheatha,' a deir an Tiarna:
'Ní thagann aon duine go dtí an tAthair ach tríomsa.'


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás    13:22-30
Tiocfaidh siad anoir is aniar ann, aduaidh is aneas, agus beidh siad ina suí chun boird i ríocht Dé.

SJesus & Jerusalemeo mar a bhí Íosa ag gabháil trí chathracha agus trí bhailte ag teagasc, ar a bhóthar dó go Iarúsailéim. Dúirt duine éigin leis: “A Thiarna, an ea nach mbíonn slánaithe ach an beagán?” Dúirt sé leo: “Déanaigí lándícheall ar dhul isteach tríd an doras cúng, óir beidh mórán, deirim libh, ag iarraidh dul isteach agus ní fhéadfaidh siad é. Tar éis d’fhear an tí éirí agus an doras a dhúnadh, agus go dtosóidh sibhse, in bhur seasamh amuigh, ag bualadh an dorais ag rá: ‘A Thiarna, oscail dúinn!’ déarfaidh seisean libh do bhur bhfreagairt: ‘Níl a fhios agam cad as daoibh!’ Beidh sibh á rá ansin: ‘Bhímis ag ithe agus ag ól i do láthair, agus is inár sráideanna a rinne tú teagasc.’ Ach déarfaidh sé: ‘Deirim libh, níl a fhios agam cad as daoibh. Beirigí uaim, sibhse uile a dhéanann an éagóir!’ Is ann a bheidh an gol agus an díoscán fiacal, nuair a fheicfidh sibh Abrahám agus Íosác agus Iacób agus na fáithe uile i ríocht Dé agus gur tiomáineadh sibh féin amach. Agus tiocfaidh siad anoir is aniar ann, aduaidh is aneas, agus beidh siad ina suí chun boird i ríocht Dé.

Agus féach, tá daoine ar deireadh a bheidh ar tosach, agus tá daoine ar tosach a bheidh ar deireadh!”

Soiscéal Dé

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