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Taking up the challenge now

Taking up the Christian challenge now

During the week, one of my friends was wearing a company sweater with a project slogan on it stating how committed his company is to excellence in research and development. It read, 'Making the time to do it right.' What a great slogan! As Christians, we ought to adopt that slogan as our own. Making the time to do it right! Making the time to do the right thing in our lives always.

In the gospel so often we hear Jesus himself proclaim the good news,
'This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.'
Time is definitely one connection woven through Jesus' words.

What is interesting is that the different groups of people reacted the same way when they heard the message of repentance. Their reaction was immediate. Not tomorrow, not next week or next year, but immediate. In the gospel we hear how the first disciples reacted to their call. They acted immediately by following the Lord. They didn't say, 'Oh let's have dinner and talk about this!' No, they immediately followed by dropping their fishing nets and following him.

Brendan Mc Guire

Seeds for the Soul


Jan 24 - St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) bishop and doctor

St Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church. Born in Savoy (France) in 1567; died in Lyons in 1622. As a presbyter and as bishop of Geneva, he played a major part in the renewal of 17th-century French Catholicism. Seen by many as an early proponent of ecumenical dialogue. Founded the Visitation order with Saint Jane Frances de Chantal (12 December). His writings promoted a spirituality for laypeople. Honoured as a most influential preacher, writer, and spiritual director, who combined firmness with patience and gentleness.

Fancis de Sales


Patrick Duffy traces his life.

St Francis de Sales lived in the troubled times that followed the Protestant Reformation. He was an influential bishop, spiritual director, author and preacher. With St Jane Frances de Chantal, he co-founded the Visitation nuns.

Early life
Francis was the first of twelve children born into a Savoyard noble family, near Annecy in Savoy. A delicate child, he was educated privately at first, but later went to Paris. His father wanted him to become a lawyer. Francis studied rhetoric, philosophy and theology. From there he went on to Padua where he became a doctor of law. Already he had decided to become a priest and was probably still in a state of tension with his father when he was ordained in 1593.

Preaching campaign and service of the poor
Since the Reformation, the seat of the Catholic diocese of Geneva had been moved  to Annecy. The bishop of Geneva, Claude de Garnier, appointed Francis provost of the cathedral chapter. Francis soon distinguished himself for his service of the poor. In a preaching campaign throughout the Chablais area south of Lake Geneva he succeeded in winning back many Calvinists to Catholicism. He also wrote and distributed a series of pamphlets explaining true Catholic doctrine.

Co-adjutor Bishop of Geneva and visits to Rome and Paris
Francis was made coadjutor bishop in 1599 and travelled to Rome where he made friends with Robert Bellarmine and Cardinal Camillo Borghese who later became Pope Paul V. In 1602 after the diocesan bishop died, Francis succeeded to Geneva.

At Paris
Francis preached during Lent in Paris at the court of King Henry IV, Henry of Navarre. Though a Protestant, Henry sought to bring peace and freedom to France. In 1598 Henry enacted the Edict of Nantes guaranteeing religious freedom to Protestants. Henry is said to have offered Francis a bishopric if he would stay in Paris. Francis replied: "Sir, I have married a poor wife and I cannot desert her for a rich one".

Fancis andJane Frances de Chantal and founding the Visitation sisters
While preaching in Dijon Francis noticed a widow Baroness Jane Frances de Chantal listening very attentively to his sermon and spoke to her. Jane wanted Francis to be her spiritual director. At first, he was hesitant. Jane was on a path to mystical union with God and, in directing her, Francis was compelled to follow her and become a mystic himself.

Through a number of coincidences they were given a building in Annecy and were able in 1610 to found the community of Visitation Sisters, whose most striking characteristics were not difficult penances, but moderation and common sense.

Spirituality for ordinary people
At that time, the prevailing idea was that holiness was only for monks and nuns and not for ordinary people. Francis changed this by giving spiritual direction to lay people living ordinary lives in the world. He knew from his own experience that people who live a very active life can also grow in holiness.

His writings and spirituality
Two of Francis's books, The Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God, became best sellers among the laity.He believed that the key to love of God is prayer: "By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God. Begin all your prayers in the presence of God." For busy people of the world, he advised: "Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others and talk to God." The test of prayer is a person's actions: "To be an angel in prayer and a beast in one's relations with people is to go lame on both legs." The worst sins, he believed, are gossip and making judgements: even if we think we do them out of love, we're actually doing them to make ourselves look better. And we should be as gentle and forgiving with ourselves just as we ought to be with others.

Francis readingFavourite sayings
Among Francis de Sales' favourite sayings were:

"More flies are attracted by a spoonful of honey than by a whole barrel of vinegar".
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself."
"Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength."

Patron of journalists and communicators
Because of his writings and his idea of distributing of pamphlets, Francis de Sales is the patron saint of journalists. Every year since 1967, on his feast day, the Pope issues a Message in preparation for Communications Sunday, the Sunday of the Ascension.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 24th January, 2021
Today's Scripture Themes 
Mark presents the Gospel of salvation within the context and plan of the life of Jesus Christ. That life is the story of the suffering Messiah, now seen in the light of the Resurrection. The faithful learn that the path to victory is by suffering discipleship. But the ‘between times’ are difficult and there is no other way. The call to follow Christ is the call to repent and believe.

FIRST  READING                           

A reading from the prophet  Jonah                3:1-5. 10
Theme: And the people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviour.

Nineveh repentsThe word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: 'Up!' he said 'Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.'  Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day's journey. He preached in these words, 'Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.' And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.

God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour. And God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm                           Ps  24:4-9
Response                                                 Lord, make me know your ways.

1. Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.                         Response

2. Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.             Response

3. The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.                   Response

SECOND READING                

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians        7:29-31
The world as we know it is passing away.

Brothers: our time is growing short.world passing away

Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it.

I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

Gospel  Acclamation                      1 Sam 3:9
Alleluia, alleluia!
The kingdom of God is close at hand;
believe the good news.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark       1:14-20
Repent, and believe the Good News.

jesus calls peter and andyAfter John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. 'The time has come' he said 'and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.' 

As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake - for they were fishermen.

And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.'

And at once they left their nets and followed him.

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, 24th January, 2021

Sliocht as an fáidh  Ióna                          3:1-5.10
Chreid muintir Nínivé i nDia agus thréig siad a ndrochiompar.

háinig Briathar an Tiarna go Ióna athuair:  “Éirigh! Gread leat go dtí cathair mhór Nínivé Nineveh repentsagus fógair ina haghaidh an t-oracal a thabharfaidh mé duit.” D’éirigh Ióna ach an uair seo as go brách leis go Nínivé faoi mar a d’ordaigh an Tiarna dó. Dar ndóigh, cathair as cuimse mór ba ea Nínivé; thógfadh sé trí lá ó dhuine í a thrasnú. Isteach le Ióna sa chathair agus is ar éigean a bhí turas aon lae amháin siúlta aige agus an t-oracal seo á fhógairt aige: “I gceann daichead lá eile scriosfar Nínivé,”nuair a chreid muintir Nínivé i nDia. D’fhógair siad troscadh agus chuir siad go léir, idir uasal agus íseal sacéadach orthu féin.

Chonaic Dia cad a rinne siad agus conas mar a thréig siad a ndrochiompar. Mar sin de, tháinig aithreachas air i dtaobh na tubaiste a bhí sé tar éis a bhagairt orthu agus níor chuir sé i gcrích í.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra              Sm 24
Freagra                              Taispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna.

I. Taispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna.
agus teagasc dom do rianta.
Treoraigh mé d'fhírinne agus teagasc mé,
óir is tusa, a Dhia, mo Shlánaitheoir.               Freagra

2. Cuimhnigh ar do thrócaire, a Thiarna,
agus ar do bhuanghrá atá ann ó na cianta.
De réir do bhuanghrá cuimhnigh orm,
as ucht do mhaitheasa, a Thiarna.                     Freagra

3. Is maith is is díreach é an Tiarna.
Uime sin múineann sé an tslí do na peacaigh.
Díríonn sé an fear umhal san fhíréantacht;
múineann sé a shlí don fhear umhal.               Freagra

DARA LÉACHT                  

Sliocht as an chéad litir N.Pól chuig na 1 Coirintigh      7:29-31
Tá dreach an tsaoil seo ag síothlú.

fading awayIs é atáim a rá libh, a bhráithre, go bhfuil an uain dulta i ngiorracht;
dá chionn sin, iad seo a bhfuil bean acu, bídís ar chuma daoine nach mbeadh aon bhean acu;
bíodh lucht an ghoil faoi mar nach mbeidís ag gol, agus
bíodh lucht na lúcháire faoi mar nach mbeidís ag déanamh lúcháire.

Iad sin a bhíonn ag ceannach, bídís ar chuma daoine nach mbeadh dada ina seilbh acu; agus iad siúd a bhíonn ag gabháil do ghnóthaí an tsaoil ná bídís gafa iontu, mar tá dreach an tsaoil seo ag síothlú.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa                          Mc 1: 15
Alleluia, alleluia!
tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht.
creidigí sa soiscéal.”


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Marcas         1:14-20
Déanaigí aithrí agus creidigí sa soiscéal.

jesus calls peter and andyT
ar éis Eoin a bheith tugtha ar láimh, tháinig Íosa go dtí an Ghailíl ag fógairt soiscéal Dé agus ag rá: “Tá an tréimhse caite agus tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht. Déanaigí aithrí agus creidigí sa soiscéal.”

Bhí sé ag imeacht leis cois farraige na Gailíle nuair a chonaic sé Síomón agus Aindrias deartháir Shíomóin agus iad ag caitheamh eangaí san fharraige, mar iascairí a bhí iontu. Dúirt Íosa leo: “Tagaigí i mo dhiaidh, agus déanfaidh mé díbh iascairí ar dhaoine.” D’fhág siad na líonta láithreach agus lean siad é.

Bhuail sé ar aghaidh beagán eile agus chonaic sé Séamas mac Zeibidé agus Eoin a dheartháir, iad ina mbádféin ag ceartú na líonta, agus ghlaoigh sé iad láithreach. D’fhág siad a n-athair Zeibidé sa bhád, é féin agus an lucht pá, agus ghabh siad leis.

Soiscéal Dé.

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Oscailte le hathrú chroí.

Is léir go bhfuil radharc Dé níos leithne ná radharc an duine. Is éard atá i gceist le glaoch Íosa a fhreagairt ná go gcuirfí ár radharc teoranta féin ar leataobh chun glacadh le fís Dé ar ár saol. Sular iarr Íosa ar Pheadar, ar Aindrias, ar Shéamus, agus ar Eoin é a leanúint, d'fhógair sé, "Tá an t-am tagtha agus tá ríocht Dé gar do lámh. Iompaigí agus creidigí an dea-scéala". Níl teorann ar ríocht Dé; ní ardaíonn sé aon bhalla chun daoine a choinneáil amach. Iarrann Íosa orainn na luachanna ríocht Dé a ghlacadh agus a chur i bhfeidhm inár saolta. Iarrann Naomh Pól orainn gan bheith gafa le luachanna an domhain, gan sinn féin a thabhairt go hiomlán le rudaí fánacha, éadroma.

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp,
Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.


Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 31st January, 2021

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary /time

Today's scripture Themes
A prophet speaks on behalf of God. It is God’s word that Moses speaks, and Jesus can speak with authority because he is sent by God. The teaching Church speaks with authority because it continues the work of Christ, it has a prophetic role in the world. All the activities and charisms of the members come together to assist the teaching work of the whole Church.


A reading from the book of Deuteronomy               18:15-20
Thema: I will raise up a prophet and I will put my words into his mouth.

Moses said to the people: 'Your God will raise up for you a prophet like myself, from among yourselves, from your own brothers; to him you must listen. This is what you yourselves asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the Assembly. "Do not let me hear again" you said, "the voice of the Lord my God, nor look any longer on this great fire, or I shall die"; and the Lord said to me, "All they have spoken is well said. I will raise up a prophet like yourself for them from their own brothers; I will put my words into his mouth and he shall tell them all I command him. The man who does not listen to my words that he speaks in my name shall be held answerable to me for it. But the prophet who presumes to say in my name a thing I have not commanded him to say, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.'"

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 94:1-2. 6-9.
Response                                O that today you would listen to his voice!
Harden not your hearts.

1. Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.                               Responsehappy

2. Come in; let us kneel and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.                             Response

3. O that today you would listen to his voice!
'Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.' Response


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians             7:32-35
Theme: An unmarried woman can devote herself to the Lord's affairs; all she need worry about is being holy in body and spirit.

I would like to see you free from all worry. An unmarried man can devote himself to the Lord's affairs, all he need worry about is pleasing the Lord; but a married man has to bother about the world's affairs and devote himself to pleasing his wife: he is torn two ways. In the same way an unmarried woman, like a young girl, can devote herself to the Lord's affairs; all she need worry about is being holy in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has to worry about the world's affairs and devote herself to pleasing her husband. I say this only to help you, not to put a halter round your necks, but simply to make sure that everything is as it should be, and that you give your undivided attention to the Lord.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

Gospel  Acclamation                             Mt 11: 25Jesus & Martha
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.

or                                                                    Jn 1: 41
Alleluia, alleluia!
The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light ;
on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark            1:21-28
Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: He taught them with authority.

Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.Jesus +devil

In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit, and it shouted, 'What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.' But Jesus said sharply, 'Be quiet! Come out of him!' And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what it all meant. 'Here is a teaching that is new' they said 'and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.' And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.

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, 31st January, 2021

Sliocht as leabhar Deotranaimí                   18:15-20
Ardóidh mé suas fáidh agus cuirfidh mé my bhriathra ma bhéal.

Labhair Maois leis an bpobal á rá: Ardóidh an Tiarna do Dhia suas fáidh mar mise duit ó do lár, ó do bhráithre; tugaigí aird airsean. Sin é a d’iarr tú féin ar an Tiarna do Dhia ag Horaeb, lá an Tionóil. ‘Ná lig dom guth an Tiarna mo Dhia a chlos arís,’ arsa tú, ‘ná an tine mhór seo a fheiceáil a thuilleadh, le heagla go bhfaighinn bás.’ Dúirt an Tiarna liom: ‘Is maith mar a dúradar a bhfuil ráite acu. Ardóidh mé suas fáidh mar thusa dóibh, ó lár a mbráithre; cuirfidh mé mo bhriathra ina bhéal agus inseoidh sé dóibh gach a n-ordaím dó. An té nach dtabharfaidh aird ar na briathra a labhróidh sé i m’ainm, éileoidh mé díoltas air. Ach an fáidh a leomhfaidh focal a labhairt i m’ainmse nár ordaigh mé dhó a labhairt, nó a labhróidh in ainm dé eile, gheobhaidh an fáidh sin bás.’

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra              Sm 94
Freagra                               Á, dá n-éistfeadh sibh lena ghuth inniu: 'Na calcaigí bhur gcroí.'

1. Tagaigí, déanaimis gairdeas don Tiarna,
tógaimis gártha áthais do Charraig ár slánaithe.
Tagaimis ina láthair le moltaí,
déanaimis gairdeas dó le laoithe.                               Freagra   happy

2. Tagaigí, adhraimis agus sléachtaimis,
facaimis ár nglúine don Tiarna a rinne sinn.
Óir is é ár nDia é, agus is sinne
pobal a aoireachta agus caoirigh a lámh.                  Freagra

3. Á, dá n-éistfeadh sibh lena ghuth inniu:
'Na calcaigí bhur gcroí.' mar a tharlai Meríba,
mar a tharla an lá úd ag Masa san fhásach
mar ar chuir bhur n-aithreacha cath orm,
mar ar thriail siad mé cé go bhfaca siad m'obair.'  Freagra


Sliocht as an dara litir Coirintigh               7:32-35Jesus & Martha
Bíonn an bhean shingil buartha faoi chúrsa an Tiarna d'fhonn bheith naofa.

A bhráithre, Is amhlaidh ba mhaith liom sibh a bheith saor ó imní. Bíonn an fear singil buartha faoi ghnóthaí an Tiarna ag iarraidh an Tiarna a shásamh; ach bíonn an fear pósta buartha faoi ghnóthaí an tsaoil ag iarraidh a bhean a shásamh, rud a fhágann é i ngalar na gcás. Ar an gcuma chéanna bíonn an bhean singil nó an cailin óg buartha faoi chúrsaí an Tiarna d’fhonn a bheith naofa idir chorp agus anam; ach bíonn an bhean phósta buartha faoi chúrsaí an tsaoil ag iarraidh a fear a shásamh. Is ar mhaithe libh a deirim an méid seo, agus ní ag iarraidh laincis a chur oraibh atáim, ach le go mbeadh gach ní ina cheart, agus go bhfónfadh sibh don Tiarna gan cur isteach ná amach oraibh.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa                            Eo 14: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
“Má bhíonn grá ag duine dom,” ar sé leis, “coinneoidh sé mo bhriathar,
agus beidh grá ag m’Athair dó, agus tiocfaimid chuige.'


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas           1:21-28
BJesus +devilhI sé a dteagasc mar a bheadh duine a mbeadh údarás aige.

San am sin chuaigh Íosa isteach i gCafarnáum. Agus lá na sabóide féin, ar dhul isteach satsionagóg dó, thosaigh sé ag teagasc.Agus bhí ionadh orthu faoina theagasc; á dteagasc a bhí sé mar dhuine a mbeadh údarás aige, níorbh ionann agus na scríobhaithe.

Bhí, san am sin, duine sa tsionagóg a raibh smacht ag spiorad míghlan air, agus scread sé amach: “Há, cad ab áil leat dínn, a Íosa Nazairéanaigh? Chun ár millte a tháinig tú. Is eol dom cé hé thú: Naomh Dé.” Labhair Íosa leis go bagrach: “Bí i do thost, agus gabh amach as.” Bhain an spiorad míghlan rachtaí as an duine, ghlaoigh amach go hard agus d’imigh as. Agus bhí alltacht chomh mór sin ar chách go raibh siad ag fiafraí dá chéile: “Cad é an rud é seo?” deiridís: “teagasc nua á dhéanamh le húdarás;
na spioraid mhíghlana féin, fógraíonn sé orthu agus déanann siad rud air.” Agus níorbh fhada gur leath a chlú go fada gearr ar fud cheantar uile na Gailíle.

Soiscéal Dé.

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh
Cad is brí le húdarás na hEaglaise?
Tagann ár n-eolas ar Dhia thar aon ní ó Íosa, a léiríonn an tAthar dúinn go soiléir. Má thugaimid aird ar a shoiscéal agus má dhéanaimid macnamh ar an mBíobla, beidh ár gcuid smaointí faoi Dhia soiléir go leor. Seachas an Bíobla, tá treoir ar fáil dúinn ón Spiorad Naomh a chabhraíonn linn bheith i láthair Dé. Tá rud eile againn chun cuidiú linn teachtaireacht Íosa a chur i bhfeidhm ar shaincheisteanna phraiticiúla inár saolta inniu áfach, is í sin aireacht theagasc na hEaglaise. Is é cuspóir an t-údarás eaglasta ná Briathar an Tiarna a choinneáil beo i measc na gCríostaithe. Spreagann sé sinn chun na rudaí a dúirt Íosa a choinneáil i gcuimhne, chun cúnamh linn bheith dílis mar deisceabail ár Slánaitheora, Íosa. Eisean atá i gcónaí ár n-údarás is airde.
Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp,
Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.

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