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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.

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Sunday 28th August 2016

with food afterwards

NB There will be no morning Mass that Sunday in Orlagh


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

“Blessed are you
if they cannot repay you”

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Luke 14:1   On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

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.”
Dining is a notable characteristic of Jesus’ ministry, a feature underlined in Luke’s Gospel (in this Gospel Jesus is shown eating about twice as frequently as in the other traditions). Breaking down religious taboos and ignoring social and religious barriers were ways of making the proclamation of the Kingdom of God clear and tangible. In particular, meals—always regarded as sacred and as an act of communion— were used by Jesus to show that God excludes no one.

Kieran O’Mahony: Notes on the Readings-
Jesus does not reject love of the family or friendly relations. What he does not accept is that those relations regularly claim priority and become privileged and exclusive. Jesus reminds the who enter into the dynamics of the kingdom of God, seeking a more ham and fraternal world, that acceptance of the poor and the forsaken has to take precedence over relations based on self-interest and social compromise.

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1. The parable brings out two contrasting experiences, but each in its own way can be a moment of grace, a moment of truth, a moment of growth. You may be able to recall such experiences in your life.

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?


For a more detailed commentary, see Kieran’s notes (link above)

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