31 Jan 2015

1st February 2015 - The Joy of the Gospel - 4th Sunday in Ordinary time

On this the first day of Spring, the feast of St Bridget of Ireland, SS102fm team are joined on air by Fr Eamonn's Conway to discuss the "Joy of the Gospel" - Pope Francis apostolic exhortation and Fr Eamonn's guidebook to the popular papal document. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some other odds and ends.

This weeks programme can be listened back to via our podcast available HERE.

St Bridget of Ireland

Because the feast day of St Bridget falls on a Sunday this year, per the liturgical norms it is not marked except in the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin where it has the rank of a solemnity. But liturgical niceties aside, Bridget is our secondary patron and her day should be marked in some small way. Please check out our previous posts HERE.

Merciful God,
origin and reward of all charity,
you called Saint Brigid to teach the new commandment of love
through her life of hospitality and her care of the needy;
give to your people, by her intercession, a generous spirit,
so that, with hearts made pure,
we may show your love to all.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever

May God, who in Saint Brigid has provided an outstanding example of generosity: make your ears be ever open to the cry of the poor.
May you who greet Saint Brigid as Mary of the Gael receive from Jesus, Son of Mary, the reward promised to the pure of heart.
May God fill you with his love, as you honour Saint Brigid, whose heart and mind became a throne of rest for the Holy Spirit.
R/. Amen.

St. Brigid’s Prayer
I’d like to give a lake of beer to God.
I’d love the Heavenly
Host to be tippling there
For all eternity.
I’d love the men of Heaven to live with me,
To dance and sing.
If they wanted, I’d put at their disposal
Vats of suffering.
White cups of love I”d give them,
With a heart and a half;
Sweet pitchers of mercy I’d offer
To every man.
I’d make Heaven a cheerful spot,
Because the happy heart is true.
I’d make the men contented for their own sake
I’d like Jesus to love me too.
I’d like the people of heaven to gather
From all the parishes around,
I’d give a special welcome to the women,
The three Marys of great renown.
I’d sit with the men, the women of God
There by the lake of beer
We’d be drinking good health forever
And every drop would be a prayer

Pope Franics - "Evangelii Gaudium" - The Joy of the Gospel 
"Blueprint to the Church - An Introduction to the Joy of the Gospel" by Fr Eamon Conway and Cathal Barry

Fr Eamon Conway joins us on the programme this week to speak about his book "Blueprint to the Church" which is an introduction to the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis "the Joy of the Gospel". In a wide discussions, Shane and Fr Eamon discuss the exhortation and what it means for each of us in our daily lives and looking at the challenge that Pope Francis is setting out for the church a path to the future. 

You can listen to the discussion excerpted from the main programme HERE.

You can read The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis.

Vatican Radio - Synthesis of the Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy Of The Gospel”

You can listen to a dropbox link of a talk by Bishop Donal Murray on EG

Various videos from iCatholic on The Joy of the Gospel
America Magazine - Francis on 'The Joy of the Gospel'
XT3 - The Joy of the Gospel
The Catholic World Report - Pope Francis and the Gospel of Joy
Word on Fire - "The Joy of the Gospel Resources"

UPDATE: Text of talk by Bishop Brendan Leahy to the priests of Cloyne diocese on EG HERE.

Gospel - Mark 1:21-28

And they went into Caper'na-um; and immediately on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching! With authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Sunday Reflections
English Dominicans

Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical Odds & Ends

Liturgy of the Hours: psalter week 4

Saints of the Week
February 2nd - The Presentation of the Lord; aka The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Candlemass Day); World Day for Consecrated Life

In 1997, Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. 

February 3rd - St Blaise (Blessings of the Throat)
February 4th - St Joan of Valois
February 5th - St Agatha
February 6th - St Paul Miki and Companions
February 7th - St Colette
February 8th - Synod Sunday in Limerick diocese

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