Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

Psalm 54:3-8

James 3:16-4:3

Mark 9:30-37

In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes—who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33-34).

The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord’s Passion. We hear His enemies complain that “the Just One” has challenged their authority, reproached them for breaking the law of Moses, for betraying their training as leaders and teachers.

And we hear chilling words that foreshadow how they will mock Him as He hangs on the Cross: “For if the Just One be the Son of God, He will . . . deliver Him . . . ” (compare Matthew 27:41-43).

Today’s Gospel and Psalm give us the flip side of the First Reading. In both, we hear of Jesus’ sufferings from His point of view. Though His enemies surround Him, He offers Himself freely in sacrifice, trusting that God will sustain Him.

But the Apostles today don’t understand this second announcement of Christ’s Passion. They begin arguing over issues of succession—over who among them is greatest, who will be chosen to lead after Christ is killed.

Again they are thinking not as God but as human beings (see Mark 8:33). And again Jesus teaches the Twelve—the chosen leaders of His Church—that they must lead by imitating His example of love and self-sacrifice. They must be “servants of all,” especially the weak and the helpless —symbolized by the child He embraces and places in their midst.

This is a lesson for us, too. We must have the mind of Christ, who humbled Himself to come among us (see Philippian 2:5-11). We must freely offer ourselves, making everything we do a sacrifice in praise of His name.

As James says in today’s Epistle, we must seek wisdom from above, desiring humility, not glory, and in all things be gentle and full of mercy.


Saturday 18

10 am       

Celebrant’s Intentions

4.30 pm       

Celebrant’s Intentions

6 pm             

Tom & Dorothea Gregg, Catherine Gregg,

Rita & Alfred  Coughlan R.I.P.

Guillermo Saruda,Anniversary

Bernard & Ann Flanagan & their son Bernard Flanagan 

Eamon & Maureen Forster Anniversary

Sunday 19

9.00 am   

Celebrant’s Intentions

10.30 am 

James Gregan Anniversary

Sr. Sheila McAuliffe Recently Deceased

Mark Lane R.I.P.

Meliosa Lane Recently Deceased

Ann Hennessy, Months Mind

12 noon        

Tom Gallagher Anniversary

Dennis Smith Recently Deceased

Marieanne Clarke Recently Deceased

Molly Courtney & deceased members of the Courtney family.

Monday 20

10 am            

Meliosa Lane Recently Deceased

Dennis Smith Recently Deceased

Geraldine Foley Recently Deceased

The Holy Souls

Tuesday 21

10 am       

Celebrants Intentions

Wednesday 22

10 am

Parishioners Intentions

Thursday 23

10 am

Kathleen Corr Anniversary

Louis Brennan Recently Deceased

Special Intention

Maureen Keenan Recently Deceased

Friday 24

10 am

Noel Kennedy 1st Anniversary

Special Intention

Thanksgiving Mass in honour of The Sacred Heart & Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Dag Henrichson Anniversary



Monday 13th September 7 p.m. Service of Light – Holy Family N.S. 2020 Confirmation class.


Wed. 15th September 7 p.m   Service of Light – Monkstown Educate Together N.S.  and Kill N.S. 2020 class. 

Friday 17th September 7 p.m. Confirmation -  Monkstown Educate Together N.S. and Kill N.S. 2020 class.

Saturday 18th September 3 p.m. Confirmation - Holy Family N.S. 2020 class.