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Calling out in truth.


These days, we can hear a lot of people calling on the Lord. They are on radio, TV, YouTube and on lots of Internet sites. In fact, we can find someone calling on the Lord to provide whatever we desire – assurance of our prosperity, righteousness, and even revenge. And we can find people who claim that they know why God chose them, or their candidate, or smote a given city with a natural disaster.

Is the Lord close to all of them? Probably not, as their claims are often contradictory. So how do we find those who do call upon the Lord in truth and are sufficiently close to the Lord to offer us guidance on the spiritual path?

You can look for two signs. First, that they answer your questions from a wider perspective than that from which was asked and, second, that they claim no credit to themselves and seek no applause. The truly holy ones seek to give much more than they take, and they are content with receiving only what they need.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell


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

Aug 14 - St Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) Franciscan martyr

Summary of St Maximilian Kolbe: Priest, Martyr. Born near Lódz (Poland) in 1894; died at Auschwitz.Oswiecim on this day in 1941. A Conventual Franciscan priest. Used a printing press in Poland and in Japan to promote devotion to the Virgin Mary. Interned in Auschwitz in 1941, he endured hard labour and offered his life in place of a fellow prisoner who had a family to support. Condemned to death by starvation and finally killed by lethal injection. Noted for his energy and poverty, his compassionate ministry, and his self-sacrifice.

Max1St Maximilian Kolbe was a Franciscan friar who volunteered himself to take the place of a man who pleaded to be spared in a death cell in Auschwitz. He was also a missionary, an evangeliser and publicist of note.

Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Founded the Knights of the Immaculate
Raymond Kolbe was born of religious parents at Zdanska Wola near Lodz in Poland. As a teenager, he became a Conventual Franciscan taking the name Maximilian Mary. He was sent to Rome to study philosophy and theology and was ordained a priest there in 1919. He had a great devotion to Our Lady. Seeing the opposition to Popes Pius X and Benedict XIV he began a religious movement called the Militia Immaculata, or Knights of the Immaculate, and when he returned to Poland he built a religious complex on land given him by Polish Prince Jan Drucko-Lubecki just west of  Warsaw, which he called the "City of the Immaculate", Niepokalonów. He also published a newspaper and started a radio station.

A missionary in Japan and India

In 1930, with little money and no knowledge of Japanese, St. Maximilian and four brothers travelled to Nagasaki, Japan, where they began their missionary work teaching children.

In 1930 Maximilian went as a missionary to Japan.Here he founded a monastery at the outskirts of Nagasaki, an evangelising newspaper in Japanese and a seminary.

The monastery he founded remains prominent in the Roman Catholic Church in Japan. Kolbe decided to build it on a mountain side that, according to Shinto beliefs, was not the side best suited to be in tune with nature. When the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Kolbe’s monastery was saved because the blast of the bomb hit the other side of the mountain, which took the main force of the blast. Had Kolbe built the monastery on the preferred side of the mountain as he was advised, his work and all of his fellow monks would have been destroyed. A similar venture started in India did not continue through lack of personnel.

Return to Poland
Due to ill health Kolbe returned to Poland in 1936 to become superior of the religious complex at Niepokalonów with some 762 priests and brother friars. When the war started in 1939 he provided shelter for refugees, including 2,000 Jews whom he hid from Nazi persecution. On February 17, 1941 he was arrested by the German Gestapo and later transferred to Auschwitz.

Auschwitz August 1941
St Maximilian Kolbe 9In July 1941 a man from Kolbe’s barracks vanished, prompting the deputy camp commander to pick 10 men from the same barracks to be starved to death in a cell in Block 13 (notorious for torture), in order to deter further escape attempts. (The man who had disappeared was later found drowned in the camp latrine.) One of the selected men, Franciszek Gajowniczek, cried out, saying he had a family, Kolbe moved by his pleas,volunteered to take his place. He was allowed to do so.

Max dies"A saint without relics!"
During the time in the starvation cell he led the men in songs and prayer. After three weeks of dehydration and starvation, only Kolbe and three others were still alive. Finally he was murdered with an injection of carbolic acid. When this story and the cremation of his body was reported to the Auschwitz commandant, a former Catholic, he laughed, saying, "A saint without relics!"

The man Kolbe had stood in for, Franciszek Gajowniczek, survived the concentration camp, but found that his teenage sons had died in the Warsaw uprising at the end of the war and his wife never recovered from the death of her children. He went to the Knights of the Immaculate to tell them what Father Kolbe had done for him. His testimony started the process of canonisation. He was present at Maximilian's beatification by Pope Paul VI in 1971 and at his canonisation by Pope John Paul II in 1982.

A 20th Century martyr
Western WallAt his canonisation Maximilian Kolbe was proclaimed a martyr, which strictly speaking is not correct, since he was not put to death in odium fidei ("out of hatred of the faith").  He is one of ten 20th-century martyrs from across the world whose statues stand above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, London. After his canonization in 1982 St. Maximilian Kolbe’s feast day was included on 14th August in the General Roman Calendar used of the Roman rite of the Catholic Liturgy (ordinary form).

(Here is a commemorative song by Father Kevin McGee, called Maximilian Kolbe. It is well worth checking on, copying and googling:


Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 14th August, 2020

Friday of 19th week of Ordinary Time


A reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel               16:1-15. 60. 63
You were perfect in beauty because I had clothed yon with my own splendour; and you have.made yourself a prostitute.

The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows, 'Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her filthy crimes. Say, "The Lord says this: By origin and birth you belong to the land of Canaan. Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. At birth, the very day you were born, there was no one to cut your navel-string, or wash you in cleansing water, or rub you with salt, or wrap you in napkins. No one leaned kindly over you to do anything like that for you. You were exposed in the open fields; you were as unloved as that on the day you were born.

I saw you struggling in your blood as I was passing, and I said to you as you lay in your blood: Live, and grow like the grass of the fields. You developed, you grew, you reached marriageable age. Your breasts and your hair both grew, but you were quite naked. Then I saw you as I was passing. Your time had come, the time for love. I spread part of my cloak over you and covered your nakedness; I bound myself by oath, I made a covenant with you - it is the Lord who speaks - and you became mine. I bathed you in water, I washed the blood off you, I anointed you with oil. I gave you embroidered dresses, fine leather shoes, a linen headband and a cloak of silk. I loaded you with jewels, gave you bracelets for your wrists and a necklace for your throat. I gave you nose-ring and earrings; I put a beautiful diadem on your head. You were loaded with gold and silver, and dressed in fine linen and embroidered silks. Your food was the finest flour, honey and oil. You grew more and more beautiful; and you rose to be queen. The fame of your beauty spread through the nations, since it was perfect, because I had clothed you with my own splendour - it is the Lord who speaks.

You have become infatuated with your own beauty; you have used your fame to make yourself a prostitute; you have offered your services to all comers... but I will remember the covenant that I made with you when you were a girl, and I will conclude a covenant with you that shall last for ever. and so remember and be covered with shame, and in your confusion be reduced to silence, when I have pardoned you for all that you have done - it is the Lord who speaks."'

The Word of the Lord

Alternative First Reading:

A reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel            16:59- 63
I will remember the covenant that 1 made: with,you and you will be in covered with shame.

The Lord says this: “Jerusalem, I will treat you as you deserve, you who have despised your oath even to the extent of breaking a covenant, but I will remember the covenant that I made with you when you were a girl, and I will conclude a covenant with you that shall last for ever. And you for your part will remember your past behaviour and be covered with shame when I take your elder and younger sisters and make them your daughters, although this was not included in this covenant. I am going to renew my covenant with you; and you will learn that I am the Lord, and so remember and be covered with shame, and in your confusion be reduced to silence, when I have pardoned you for all that you have done - it is the Lord the Lord who speaks."'

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm          Is 12
Response                               Your anger has passed, O Lord, and you give me comfort.

1. Truly, God is my salvation,
I trust, I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.                                                Response

2. With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!      Response

3. Declare the greatness of his name,
sing a psalm to the Lord!
For he has done glorious deeds,
make them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.  Response

Gospel  Acclamation              Ps 110: 7. 8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your precepts, O Lord, are all of them sure; they stand firm for ever and ever.
Alleluia !

or                                                    1Thess 2: 13
Alleluia, alleluia!
Accept God's message it for what it really is, God's message and not some human thinking.
Alleluia !


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew         19:3-12
You were so unteachable that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but it was not like this from the beginning.

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and to test him they said, 'Is it against the Law for a man to divorce his wife on any pretext whatever?' He answered, 'Have you not read that the creator from the beginning made them male and female and that he said: This is why a man must leave father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one body? They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide'.

They said to him, 'Then why did Moses command that a writ of dismissal should be given in cases of divorce?' 'It was because you were so unteachable' he said 'that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but it was not like this from the beginning. Now I say this to you: the man who divorces his wife - I am not speaking of fornication - and marries another, is guilty of adultery.'

The disciples said to him, 'If that is how things are between husband and wife, it is not advisable to marry'. But he replied, 'It is not everyone who can accept what I have said, but only those to whom it is granted. There are eunuchs born that way from their mother's womb, there are eunuchs made so by men and there are eunuchs who have made themselves that way for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Reflection      Friday        Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time      Matthew 19:3-12

The gospels show that Jesus was often tested by his opponents. They sought in various ways to trip him up. We have an example of that in today’s gospel reading. The Pharisees put a thorny question to Jesus, ‘Is it against the Law for a man to divorce his wife on any pretext whatever?’ In the time of Jesus, there was a school of teachers of the Law who held this view; a man could divorce his wife for any reason. There was another school of teachers who held that a man could only divorce his wife on certain grounds. Jesus was being tested as to which school he favoured. It is simply presumed that it is the man who divorces the woman. There was no provision in Jewish Law for a woman to divorce her husband. This left women in marriage rather vulnerable. As often when Jesus is asked a testing question, he doesn’t answer directly. Instead, he goes behind the divorce law which is to be found in the Book of Deuteronomy to God’s original intention for marriage, which is be found in the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. When a man and woman marry, they are one body, one flesh. In other words, a husband is to treat his wife as if she were himself, and the wife is to treat her husband as if he were herself. Man and woman are equal in marriage; they belong to each other equally. This original intention of God for marriage was much more enlightened that the divorce law that was current at the time, regardless of how that law was interpreted by the two schools. Jesus speaks here as the authoritative interpreter of God’s will for marriage. We can broaden that out and say that Jesus is the authoritative interpreter of God’s will for our lives in regard to every issue he speaks about. He is the one who lights up God’s purpose for our lives and our world. That is why, as followers of Jesus, we always read the Jewish Scriptures in the light of Jesus’ teaching and way of life.


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/The 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 www.messenger.ie/bookshop/

Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 14th August, 2020

Sliocht as Leabhar Ezícéal, Fáidh.         16:1-15, 60. 63
Craoladh clú do scéimhe ar fud na gciníocha
Tháinig briathar an Tiarna chugam arís: “A mhic an duine, cuir in iúl a himeachtaí
gránna do Iarúsailéim. Abair: Seo mar a deir an Tiarna Dia le Iarúsailéim: Is de thír na gCanánach do bhunadh agus do bhreith; ba Amórach d’athair agus Hiteach do?mháthair. Ar bhreith duit, ar lá do bhreithe féin, níor gearradh d’imleacán, níor níodh in?uisce thú le do ghlanadh; níor sailleadh thú ná níor cuireadh i gcrios ceangail thú. Níor?dhearc aon duine ort le trua duit, le haon ghníomh trócaire díobh seo a dhéanamh duit;?teilgeadh amach thú ar an mblár folamh i d’ábhar déistine an lá a rugadh thú.

Ar ghabháil tharat dom agus tú a fheiceáil i do chróluí féin, dúirt mé leat agus an?fhuil umat: ‘Mair, agus fás amhail féar na páirce.’ D’fhás tú, mhéadaigh agus tháinig ann?duit; bhí do chíocha cumtha agus do ghruaig fásta, ach bhí tú lom tarnocht go fóill.

Arghabháil tharat arís dom d’amharc mé ort. Bhí tú aibí chun grá; leath mé beann mo?chlóca ort agus chlúdaigh do tharnochtacht: sea, thug mé mionn duit, chuaigh mé i?gconradh leat – an Tiarna Dia a labhraíonn – agus ba liomsa thú. Ansin nigh mé thú le?huisce, nigh mé fós do fhuil uait agus chuir mé ola ort. Thug mé éadach bróidnéirithe?duit, bróga leathair, filéad lín agus clóca síoda. Sciamhaigh mé thú le hornáidí, le?bráisléid thar chaolta do lámh agus slabhra faoi do mhuineál. Chuir mé fáinne ar do?shrón, cluasfháinní ar do chluasa agus coróin niamhrach ar do cheann. Mar sin a?maisíodh thú le hór agus le hairgead. Ba de líon mín agus de shíoda bróidnéirithe do?chuid éadaí; plúr mín, mil agus ola a bhí mar bhia agat. D’éirigh tú an-sciamhach agus?tháinig tú in inmhe banríona. Craoladh clú do scéimhe ar fud na gciníocha, óir bhí sí foirfe de thairbhe na niamhrachta a bhronn mise ort – an Tiarna Dia a labhraíonn.

“Ach d’éirigh tú teann as clú d’áilleachta; bhain tú feidhm as do chlú le haghaidh striapachais agus dhoirt tú do dhrúis amach ar chách a chuaigh an bealach.

Ach cuimhneoidh mise ar an gconradh a rinne mé leat nuair a bhí tú óg, agus bunóidh mé conradh leat a mhairfidh go deo. ionas go mba chuimhin leat agus go gcuirfí cotadh ort agus go gcuirfí i do thost go deo thú de bharr do náire, nuair a mhaithfidh mise duit a bhfuil déanta agat – an Tiarna Dia a labhraíonn.”

Briathar Dé.  


Malairt Léacta Gearr               

Sliocht as Leabhar Ezícéal, Fáidh       16:59-63
Cuimhneoidh tú ansin ar do ghníomhartha agus beidh náire ort.

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna Dia: Sea, roinnfidh mé leat mar atá tuillte agat, tusa a  mhaslaigh an gealltanas nuair a bhris tú an conradh; ach cuimhneoidh mise ar an gconradh a rinne mé leat nuair a bhí tú óg, agus bunóidh mé conradh leat a mhairfidh go deo. Cuimhneoidh tú ansin ar do ghníomhartha agus beidh náire ort nuair a ghlacfaidh mé do dheirfiúracha, an sinsear agus an t-óg, lena mbronnadh ort mar iníonacha, cé nach den chonradh leat é seo. Daingneoidh mé mo chonradh leat agus tuigfidh tú gur mise an Tiarna, ionas go mba chuimhin leat agus go gcuirfí cotadh ort agus go gcuirfí i do thost go deo thú de bharr do náire, nuair a mhaithfidh mise duit a bhfuil déanta agat – an Tiarna Dia a labhraíonn.”

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freagra             Is 12
Freagra                              Tá d’fhearg síothlaithe, a Thiarna agus thug tú sólás dom
1. An bhfeiceann sibh, is é Dia mo shlánaitheoir,
tá muinín agam agus nílim eaglach níos mó,
óir is é an Tiarna mo neart agus mo cheol;
is é mo shlánú é.”                                      Freagra

2. Agus beidh sibh ag tarraingt uisce go lúcháireach
as toibreacha an tslánaithe.
“Tugaigí buíochas don Tiarna,
glaoigí air ina ainm!
Fógraígí a éachtaí don phobal.                Freagra

3. Meabhraígí gurb oirirc dá ainm.
Canaigí don Tiarna, óir tá iontais déanta aige;
ní mór iad a fhoilsiú ar fud an domhain iomláin.
Gáirigí le háthas agus liúirigí,
sibhse a bhfuil cónaí oraibh i Síón,
óir is mór le rá é in bhur measc
Neach Naofa Iosrael.”                               Freagra

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha          19:3-12
Is de dheasca bhur gcroí a bheith stuacach,” ar seisean leo, “a thug Maois cead daoibh bhur mná a scaoileadh uaibh; ach ní mar sin a bhí ó thús.

San am sin tháinig Fairisínigh chuig Íosa agus dúradar leis, ag baint trialach as: “An dleathach do dhuine a bhean a scaoileadh uaidh ar gach uile shórt cúise?” D’fhreagair sé agus dúirt: “Nár léigh sibh go ndearna an Cruthaitheoir ó thús iad fireann agus baineann agus go ndúirt: ‘Mar gheall air sin, fágfaidh duine a athair agus a mháthair chun bheith go dlúth i bpáirt lena bhean, agus aon cholainn amháin a bheidh sa bheirt acu.’ Dá réir sin, ní beirt iad feasta ach aon cholainn amháin. Dá bhrí sin, an ní a cheangail Dia ná scaoileadh duine é.”

Dúirt siad leis: “Cén fáth, más ea, ar ordaigh Maois litir idirscartha a thabhairt le linn í a scaoileadh?” “Is de dheasca bhur gcroí a bheith stuacach,” ar seisean leo, “a thug Maois cead daoibh bhur mná a scaoileadh uaibh; ach ní mar sin a bhí ó thús. Ach deirimse libh, duine ar bith a scaoileann uaidh a bhean agus nach de dheasca striapachais é, agus a phósann bean eile, déanann sé adhaltranas, agus an té a phósann bean a scaoileadh, déanann sé adhaltranas.”

Dúirt na deisceabail leis: “Más amhlaidh sin atá an scéal ag an bhfear i leith na mná, is fearr gan pósadh.” Dúirt sé leo: “Ní hé gach aon duine a ghabhann an chaint sin chuige, ach an mhuintir dá bhfuil sé tugtha. Óir tá coillteáin ann ar mar sin a tháinig siad as broinn a máthar, agus tá coillteáin ann ar ag daoine a coilleadh iad, agus tá coillteáin ann arb iad féin a choill iad féin ar son ríocht na bhflaitheas. Gabhadh chuige an té a fhéadann!”

Soiscéal Dé

© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 16th August, 2020

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time


A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah       56:1. 6-7
I will bring foreigners to my holy mountain

God's mountainT
hus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest.

Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants - all who observe the sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant - these I will bring to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar,for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 66
Response                                 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

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, O 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                 Romans 11:13-15. 29-32
With  Israel, God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice.

Let me tell you pagans this: I have been sent to the pagans as their apostle, and I am proud of being sent, but the purpose of it is to make my own people envious of you, and in this way save some of them. Since their rejection meant the reconciliation of the world, do you know what their admission will mean? Nothing less than a resurrection from the dead! God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice.

Just as you changed from being disobedient to God, and now enjoy mercy because of their disobedience, so those who are disobedient now - and only because of the mercy shown to you - will also enjoy mercy eventually. God has imprisoned all men in their own disobedience only to show mercy to all mankind.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation     Jn 10: 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice,
says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.

or                                       Ps 129: 5
Alleluia, alleluia!
My Soul is waiting on the Lord,
I count on his word


A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew        M 15:21-28
Woman, you have great faith.

woman of faithJesus left Genenesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, 'Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.' But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him. 'Give her what she wants,' they said 'because she is shouting after us.' He said in reply, 'I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel'. But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. 'Lord,' she said 'help me.' He replied, 'It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the house-dogs'. She retorted, 'Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master's table'. Then Jesus answered her, 'Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.' And from that moment her daughter was well again.

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, 16th August, 2020

Sliocht as an  Leabhar  Íseáia,  Fáidh         56:1. 6-7
Déanfaidh mé clanf na n-eachtranrdch a chinnireacht go dtí shliabh beannaithe.

God's mountainSeo mar a deir an Tiarna: Coinnígí an ceart, cleachtaigí an fhíréantacht, óir tá m’fhuascailt ar tí teacht agus m’fhíréantacht ar tí a foilsithe.

Agus clann na n-eachtrannach chomh maith, a chloígh leis an Tiarna chun fónamh dó, chun grá a thabhairt d’ainm an Tiarna agus chun bheith ina seirbhísigh aige, iad siúd uile a choinníonn an tsabóid gan truailliú agus a chloíonn go docht le mo chonradh, déanfaidh mé a gcinnireacht go dtí mo shliabh beannaithe. Tabharfaidh mé aoibhneas dóibh i mo theach urnaí. Glacfar air m’altóir lena dtabhartais loiscthe agus lena n-íobairtí, óir gairfear de mo theachsa teach urnaí na gciníocha go léir.

Briathar Dé.  

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

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

2. Go nd’eana na náisiúin lúcháir agus gairdeas
toisc go rialaíonn tú an domhan go fíréanta.
Rialaíonn tú na ciníocha le cothromas;
treoraíonn tú na náisiún 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,
is gurb eagal Ie críocha na cruinne ‘e.         Freagra


Sliocht as  Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh            11:13-15. 29-32
Ní cús alféala choiche do Dhia a thíolaicí ná an rogha a bhíonn déanta aige.

Tá rud le rá agam libhse, a ghintlithe: Sa mhéid gurb aspal na ngintlithe mé, is ag méadú m’fheidhmeannais a bheidh mé  le mo chine féin a spreagadh chun iomaíochta agus cuid éigin acu a shlánú. Mar, má tugadh an domhan chun athmhuintearais trína gcaitheamh amach, cad a thiocfaidh dá nglacadh ar ais ach beatha ó mhairbh? mar ní cúis aiféala choíche do Dhia a thíolacthaí ná an rogha a bhíonn déanta aige.

Bhí sibhse tráth easumhal do Dhia ach tá trócaire déanta anois oraibh trína n-easumhlaíochtsan. Is é an dála céanna acu siúd é: tá siadsan éirithe easumhal anois nuair atá trócaire déanta oraibhse chun go ndéanfaí trócaire orthu chomh maith. Mar chuir Dia an uile dhuine i ngeibheann san easumhlaíocht d’fhonn trócaire a dhéanamh orthu uile.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa               Eo 10: 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
Éisteann mo chaoirigh le mo ghlór,a deir the Tiarna
agus aithním iad, agus leanann siad mé.


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha          15:21-28
Ó, is mór é do chreideamh, a bhean!

woman of faithSan am sin chuaigh Íosa i leataobh go dtí ceantar na Tuíre agus Shíodóine. Agus bhí bean Chanánach a tháinig amach as na críocha sin agus thosaigh sí ag glaoch os ard: “Déan trócaire orm, a Thiarna, a mhic Dháiví,” ar sise, “tá iníon agam agus í á crá go géar ag deamhan.” Ach ní dúirt Íosa focal ar bith á freagairt. Tháinig a dheisceabail chuige agus bhí siad ag impí air: “Scaoil uait í,” ar siad, “tá sí ag glaoch inár ndiaidh.” D’fhreagair agus dúirt: “Níor cuireadh mé ach amháin go dtí caoirigh caillte theaghlach Iosrael.” Ach tháinig an bhean agus d’fhan ar a dhá glúin ina láthair: “A Thiarna,” ar sise, “fóir orm.” D’fhreagair agus dúirt: “Níl sé oiriúnach arán na leanaí a thógáil agus é a chaitheamh chun na gcoileán.” Dúirt sise: “Cinnte, a Thiarna, agus itheann na coileáin féin na grabhróga a thiteann ó bhord a máistrí.” Ansin dúirt Íosa léi á freagairt: “Ó, is mór é do chreideamh, a bhean! Bíodh agat mar is áil leat.” Agus bhí a hiníon leigheasta ón nóiméad sin.

Sin é Soiscéal Dé.

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