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In union with God

Each time we pray the Our Father, we pray for God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven. God’s words are heard in the world, when we speak. God’s works are visible in the world, through our actions. Are we able to say with certainty of ourselves “whoever has seen me has seen the Father”?

Jesus knew that we would have difficulty conforming to the will of God because he knew first-hand about human temptations and weaknesses. The Word Made Flesh teaches us how to love, forgive and pray so that we, too, may be in union with God.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

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

May 21 - St Christopher Magellanes and companions (19th & 20th cent)

 

Summary of Ss Christopher Magallanes and companions. Born in 1869; died on 25 May 1927 at Colotitlan (Mexico). Parish priest, Christobal Magallanes, founder of a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, is commemorated with 21 other diocesan priests and three laymen. Martyred in Mexico, mostly in 1926-1928, during a fierce religious persecution which outlawed the celebration of the sacraments. Noted for their courageous faith, for forgiving their executioners, and for their final cry, Viva Christo Rey!

ChrisDuring the millenium year 2000 Pope John Paul II canonised a number of Mexican saints.:Christobal Magallanes and his 24 companion martyrs, priests and laymen; José María de Yermo y Parres, priest and founder of the Religious Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and María de Jesús Sacramentado Venegas, foundress of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.The pope rejoiced with the Church of Mexico that it now had intercessors in heaven, models of supreme charity, who followed in the footsteps of Jesus, dedicating their lives to God and their brethren through martyrdom or by generously serving the needy. Patrick Duffy writes about these Mexican martyrs and saints.

Father Christobal Magallanes Jara (1869-1927) and twenty four companions martyrs
Born in Totaltiche, Jalisco, in the archdiocese of  Guadalajara, Mexico, to a farming family, Christobal worked as a shepherd in his youth. He entered the seminary at 19 and became parish priest in his native parish. He was eager to spread the Gospel. He founded schools, a newspaper, catechetical centres for children and adults, carpentry shops, an electric plant to power the mills and also helped set up agricultural co-ops.

christobalWhen the anti-Church government closed down the seminaries, Father Christobal gathered displaced seminarians, and started his own seminary, which was quickly suppressed. He formed another, and another, and when they were all closed, the seminarians conducted classes in private homes.

Christobal wrote and preached against armed rebellion, but was falsely accused of promoting the Cristero guerilla revolt. Arrested on 21st May 1927 while en route to celebrate Mass, he was executed without a trial four days later. He gave away his last remaining possessions to his executioners, absolved them, and turned to his companion Fr Agustine Caloca before he was shot, said: "Be at peace, my son; just a minute and then we're in heaven".

chris 2José María de Yermo y Parres (1851-1904)
The son of a lawyer, his mother died when he was only seven weeks old. At sixteen José joined the Vincentians, but was ordained priest for the diocese of Leon in 1879. One day he was shocked when he discovered some pigs eating two newly-born babies. This triggered his opening a welcoming place for the needy and abandoned. He also founded the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Poor to help in the orphanages, hospitals and schools he founded.

St María de Jesús Sacramentado Venegas (1868-1959)
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Maria was born at Zapotlanejo, a municipality of Jalisco, Mexico. Her mother died when she was young, and she was brought up by a sister of her husband. She had a great devotion to the Holy Eucharist. At 37 during a retreat, she decided to join a group of ladies caring for the sick in the Hospital of the Sacred Heart founded by the local bishop. All remarked on the love and humility with which she cared for the sick and the poor. In 1921 she became the superior of the group of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, now recognised as a religious community in the diocese. She died in 1959.
Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 21st May, 2019
FIRST READING   

 A reading from the Acts of the Apostles     14:19-28
They gave an account of all that God had done with them.

Some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium, and turned the people against the apostles. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the town, thinking he was dead. The disciples came crowding round him but, as they did so, he stood up and went back to the town. The next day he and Barnabas went off to Derbe.

Having preached the Good News in that town and made a considerable number of disciples, they went back through Lystra and Iconium to Antioch. They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith. 'We all have to experience many hardships' they said, 'before we enter the kingdom of God.' In each of these churches they appointed elders, and with prayer and fasting they commended them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.

They passed through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. Then after proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia and from there sailed for Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.

On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the pagans. They stayed there with the disciples for some time.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 144
Response                             Your friends, O Lord, shall make known the glorious splendour of your reign.
Or                                          Alleluia!

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,
to make known to men your mighty deeds
and the glorious splendour of your reign.       Response


2. Yours is an everlasting kingdom;
your rule lasts from age to age.                         Response

3. Let me speak the praise of the Lord,
let all mankind bless his holy name
for ever, for ages unending.                               Response


Gospel Acclamation   Lk 24:46. 26
Alleluia, alleluia!
It was ordained that the Christ should suffer
and rise from the dead,
and so enter into his glory.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL               

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John     14:27-31
My own peace I give you.


Jesus said to his disciples:

'Peace I bequeath to you,
my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return.
If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,
for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you this now before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe.
I shall not talk with you any longer,
because the prince of this world is on his way. He has no power over me,
but the world must be brought to know
that I love the Father
and that I am doing exactly what the Father told me.'

The Gospel of the Lord.



 

 Gospel Reflection          Tuesday,            Fifth Week of Easter       John 14:27-31

The opening words of Jesus in today’s gospel reading may sound familiar to you: ‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you’. A version of those words has made its way into the text of our Mass, just before the sign of peace: ‘Lord Jesus Christ who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you’. Jesus spoke those words to his disciples in the setting of the Last Supper. They had heard Jesus say to them that he was going away and that he would return. They were disturbed by his talk of going away. The full reality of what was about to happen on the following day was beginning to dawn on them. Their hearts were troubled and afraid. In that sombre setting, Jesus gives them the gift of his own peace, which he identifies as a peace the world cannot give. Jesus was at peace in this hour and he wanted his disciples to experience something of his own peace. Jesus was at peace in spite of the fact that, as he says in the gospel reading, ‘the prince of the world is on his way’. This is a likely reference to Satan and to all those who are in Satan’s power. Jesus is at peace in the full knowledge that evil stalks the land. His peace is rooted in his loving relationship with God his Father. This is the peace that Jesus gives to his disciples, to all of us. It is a peace that is rooted in God’s love for us through Jesus. Because it has such deep roots, it can endure even in the face of the world’s hostility.

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The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/

TThe 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   www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
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Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 21st May, 2019
CÉAD LÉACHT   

Sliocht as Leabhar Gníomhartha na nAspal        14:19-28
D’eachtraigh dóibh a raibh déanta ag Dia i gcomhar leo.

Tháinig roinnt Giúdach ó Aintíoch agus ó Iocoiniam, thug siad na sluaite ar a dtaobh agus tar éis dóibh Pól a chlochadh tharraing siad amach as an mbaile é agus iad á cheapadh go raibh sé marbh. Ach nuair a tháinig na deisceabail ina thimpeall, d’éirigh sé ina sheasamh agus chuaigh ar ais isteach sa chathair. An lá dár gcionn d’imigh sé féin agus Barnabas leo go Deirbé.

Tar éis dóibh an dea-scéal a fhógairt sa bhaile sin agus mórán deisceabal a dhéanamh, d’fhill siad arís ar Liostra agus ina dhiaidh sin ar Iocoiniam agus Aintíoch, ag cur misnigh ar na deisceabail agus á spreagadh chun bheith dílis don chreideamh, “mar,” ar siad, “ní foláir dúinn mórán a fhulaingt chun dul isteach i ríocht Dé.” Thogh siad seanóirí dóibh ar gach Eaglais acu agus tar éis urnaithe agus troscadh a dhéanamh chuir siad iad faoi choimirce an Tiarna ina raibh a gcreideamh.

Shiúil siad an Phisíde ar fad nó gur tháinig siad go Paimfile; agus tar éis dóibh an briathar a chraobhscaoileadh i bPeirgé chuaigh siad síos go hAtailia agus as sin ar bord loinge go hAintíoch – an áit ar cuireadh faoi choimirce ghrásta Dé iad le haghaidh na hoibre a bhí anois curtha i gcrích acu.

Ar theacht dóibh, thionóil siad an Eaglais le chéile, agus d’eachtraigh dóibh a raibh déanta ag Dia i gcomhar leo agus mar a d’oscail sé doras an chreidimh do na págánaigh. Thug siad tamall fada ansiúd i bhfochair na ndeisceabal.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le freagra            Sm 144
Freagra                            Foilseoidh do dhaoine naofa glóir-réim do ríochta, a Thiarna
Malairt le freagra      Alleluia!

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,
ionas go nochtfar do chumhacht do dhaoine
agus niamhracht agus glóir-réim do ríochta.     Freagra 

2. Mairfidh do ríochtsa feadh saol na saol,
agus do cheannas go brách na breithe.                Freagra 

3. Go gcana mo bhéal moladh an Tiarna
agus go mbeannaí gach aon neach a ainm naofa;
go brách agus go síoraí suthain.                           Freagra 

SOISCÉAL      

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh     Eoin 14:27-31
Tugaim mo shíocháin daoibh.


San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail:

'Fágaim síocháin agaibh;
tugaim mo shíocháin daoibh.
Ní thugaim daoibh í mar a thugann an saol í.
Ná bíodh bhur gcroí buartha agus ná bíodh eagla air.
Chuala sibh mé á rá libh:
‘Táim ag imeacht uaibh,
agus tiocfaidh mé ar ais chugaibh.’
Dá mbeadh grá agaibh dom,
bheadh áthas oraibh,
óir táim ag dul go dtí an tAthair,
mar is mó an tAthair ná mise.
Agus anois, tá sé inste agam daoibh,
sula dtiocfaidh sé chun críche,
ionas, nuair a thiocfaidh sé chun críche,
go gcreidfidh sibh.
Ní labhróidh mé mórán eile libh,
mar tá prionsa an tsaoil seo ag teacht
agus níl neart ar bith aige ormsa.
Ach caithfidh an saol a aithint
go bhfuil grá agam don Athair,
agus go ndéanaim de réir mar a d’ordaigh an tAthair dom.
Éirígí, agus téimis as seo.'

Soiscéal Dé.



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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 26th May, 2019
FIRST READING      Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2. 22-29
It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, 'Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved'. This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders.

Then the apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this. They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood, and gave them this letter to take with them:

'The apostles and elders, your brothers, send greetings to the brothers of pagan birth in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds. They acted without any authority from us; and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul, men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accordingly we are sending you Judas and Silas, who will confirm by word of mouth what we have written in this letter. It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols; from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these, and you will do what is right. Farewell.'

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm Ps 66
Response                          Let the peoples praise you, 0 God; let all the peoples praise you.
Or                                        Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1. O God, be gracious and bless us
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth.
and all nations learn your saving help.    Response


2. Let the nations be glad and exult
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples,
you guide the nations on earth.                Response


3. Let the peoples praise you, 0 God;
let all the peoples praise you.
May God still give us his blessing
till the ends of the earth revere him.       Response


SECOND READING        Apocalypse 21:10-14. 22-23
He  showed me the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven.

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.

I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation       Jn 14: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus said: 'If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL                            John 14:23-29
The Holy Spirit, will  remind you of all I have said to you.


Jesus said to his disciples:

'If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him
and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.
I have said these things to you
while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.
Peace I bequeath to you,
my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me say:
I am going away, and shall return.
If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,
for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you this now before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe.


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.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 26th May, 2019
CÉAD LÉACHT                         Gníomhartha na nAspal 15:1-2. 22-29
Tá beartaithe ag an Spiorad Naomh agus againn féin gan aon ualach breise a leagan oraibh ach an méid seo atá riachtanach.

Tháinig daoine anuas ó Iúdáia agus thosaigh siad ag teagasc na mbráithre: “Mura ndéantar sibh a thimpeallghearradh de réir ghnás Mhaois,” ar siad, “ní féidir bhur slánú.”Bhí aighneas agus argóint fhada ag Pól agus ag Barnabas leo, agus shocraigh siad go rachadh Pól agus Barnabas agus roinnt eile acu go Iarúsailéim chun dul I gcomhairle leis na haspail agus leis na seanóirí faoin gceist seo.

Ansin shocraigh na haspail agus na seanóirí agus an Eaglais ar fad ar dhaoine áirithe acu féin a thoghadh agus a chur go hAintíoch in éineacht le Pól agus le Barnabas. Agus chuir siad beirt a raibh ardchéim acu i measc na mbráithre, Iúdás ar a dtugtaí Barsabas agus Síleas. Thug siad dóibh an litir: “Beatha agus sláinte ó na bráithre idir aspail agus sheanóirí, chun na mbráithre de bhunadh págánach atá in Aintíoch agus sa tSír agus sa tSiléis. Is clos dúinn go ndeachaigh daoine áirithe dár muintirne amach chugaibh agus go ndearna siad sibh a bhuaireamh agus bhur n-aigne a shuaitheadh lena gcuid teagaisc agus gan aon údarás acu uainne. Bheartaíomar dá bhrí sin nár mhiste dúinn teacht le chéile agus teachtaí a thoghadh agus iad a chur chugaibh in éineacht lenár mbráithre ionúine Pól agus Barnabas, beirt a bhfuil a n-anam curtha sa bhfiontar acu ar son ainm ár dTiarna Íosa Críost. Dá réir sin táimid ag seoladh Iúdáis agus Shíleas chugaibh agus tabharfaidh siadsan an tuairisc chéanna ó bhéal daoibh. Tá beartaithe ag an Spiorad Naomh agus againn féin gan aon ualach breise a leagan oraibh ach an méid seo atá riachtanach: sibh a staonadh ó nithe íobartha agus ó fhuil agus nithe tachtaithe agus ón bposadh coil. Má staonann sibh ó na nithe seo, beidh an ceart á dhéanamh agaibh. Slán agaibh.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra             Sm 66
Freagra                            Go mola na ciníocha thú, a Dhia;go mola na ciníocha go léir thú.
Malairt Freagra             Alleluia

1. Bí trócaireach linn, a Dhia, agus beannaigh sinn;
taispeáin dúinn solas do ghnúise,
chun go n-aithnítear do shlí ar talamh
agus do shlánú i measc na náisiún uile.  Freagra


2. Go ndéana na náisiúin lúcháir agus gairdeas
toisc go rialaíonn tú an domhan go fíréanta.
Rialaíonn tú na ciníocha le cothromas;
treoraíonn tú na náisiúin ar talamh.      Freagra


3. Go mola na ciníocha thú, a Dhia;
go mola na ciníocha go léir thú.
Go mbeannaí ar nDia i gcónaí sinn,
gurab eagal le críocha na cruinne é.      Freagra


DARA LÉACHT        Apacailipsis 21:10-14. 22-23
Thaispeáin sé an chathair bheannaithe dom agus í ag tuirlingt ó neamh.


Rug an t-aingeal 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. Ní fhaca mé teampall inti, óir is é an Tiarna Dia Uilechumhachtach, agus an tUan, is teampall aici. Agus ní gá don chathair grian ná gealach chun soilsiú uirthi, mar is í glóir Dé ba sholas di, agus ba é an tUan a lóchrann.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa                    Eo 14:23
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Má bhíonn grá ag duine dom, coinneoidh sé mo bhriathar,
agus beidh grá ag m'Athair dó,
agus tiocfaimid chuige,' a deir an Tiarna.
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL                 Eoin 14:23-29
Cuirfidh an Spiorad Naomh, i gcuimhne daoibh, ar inis mise daoibh.

San am sin d’fhreagair Íosa a dheisceabail:
“Má bhíonn grá ag duine dom,” ar sé leis,
“coinneoidh sé mo bhriathar,
agus beidh grá ag m’Athair dó,
agus tiocfaimid chuige,
agus déanfaimid cónaí mar aon leis.
An té nach mbíonn grá aige dom,
ní choinníonn sé mo bhriathra.
Ach an briathar a chluineann sibh, ní liom féin é,
ach leis an Athair a chuir uaidh mé.
Tá an méid sin inste agam daoibh,
fad a bhí mé ag fanacht agaibh,
ach an tAbhcóide, an Spiorad Naomh,
a chuirfidh an tAthair uaidh i m’ainmse,
múinfidh seisean an uile ní daoibh,
agus cuirfidh sé i gcuimhne daoibh,
ar inis mise daoibh.
Fágaim síocháin agaibh;
tugaim mo shíocháin daoibh.
Ní thugaim daoibh í mar a thugann an saol í.
Ná bíodh bhur gcroí buartha agus ná bíodh eagla air.
Chuala sibh mé á rá libh:
‘Táim ag imeacht uaibh,
agus tiocfaidh mé ar ais chugaibh.’
Dá mbeadh grá agaibh dom,
bheadh áthas oraibh,
óir táim ag dul go dtí an tAthair,
mar is mó an tAthair ná mise.
Agus anois, tá sé inste agam daoibh,
sula dtiocfaidh sé chun críche, ionas,
nuair a thiocfaidh sé chun críche,
go gcreidfidh sibh.

Soiscéal Dé



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