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Orlagh is up for sale. Much interest but no deal yet.
If a buyer is found the community will leave Orlagh before the end of September
Our retreat house programme has ceased.
Daily Mass will continue (including Sundays) at 10.30am.
Also meditation from 8.00-8.30pm on Wednesdays.
ST AUGUSTINE’S DAY
Sunday 28th August 2016
MASS OF THANKSGIVING
with food afterwards
NB There will be no morning Mass that Sunday in Orlagh
BRINGING LIFE AND FAITH TOGETHER
The focus of the Orlagh Team has been to bring faith and life together in such a way as to renew people for the times in which we live.
In that spirit we offer these Sunday Gospel reflections
Sunday, 28th August, 2016
Reflections on the gospel for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time are below
Reflections on the gospel for the Feast of St. Augustine are here
“Blessed are you
if they cannot repay you”
Luke 14:7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9 and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. 11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Luke 14:12 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Kieran O’Mahony: Notes on the Readings- tarsus.ie
Jose A. Pagola: FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
In the first (verses 8,9) we discover that we had claimed a place that is too high for us; we are not as selfless, generous or compassionate as we thought we were.
In the second (v.10) when others point out a goodness in ourselves that we may not have acknowledged to ourselves.
How have you grown through such experiences?
2. In verses 12-14 Jesus warns us against the danger of ulterior motives in doing good. We can do good things partly because of the benefit we will get from what we do. That is natural but can lead to disappointment and resentment when our expectations are not met. When the good deed in itself is our reward we have a greater freedom. Feedback will be a bonus but not necessary. What does your life experience tell you about this?
John Byrne: LOOKING AT LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL (Intercom)
For a more detailed commentary, see Kieran’s notes (link above)