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Thought for today

Our Lady of Lourdes.


Lourdes in France has become famous as a shrine for healing, where there have been miraculous cures of physical diseases. So far, the Church has officially approved sixty-seven of these miracles, which have been subjected to a very rigorous process to examine their authenticity. However, many thousands of pilgrims have been helped in a physical, emotional and spiritual way by their prayers to Our Lady offered in faith. Through Our Lady’s intercession, Mary obtains these graces for us.

It is not necessary to go to Lourdes in order to experience Mary’s loving care for us. All we need do is ask for her help by turning to her in prayer. This can be as simple as spontaneously saying “Mary, help me!” when we are in need. Just as any loving Mum will rush to the side of her child who has fallen and scraped her knee, Mary will rush to our side as we pray and bring our petitions to her Son, Jesus.

Deirdre Powell.

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).
Saint of the day

Feb 11 - Our Lady of Lourdes (1858)

LourdesThe shrine at Lourdes down in it's early days

On 11th February 1858 Our Lady first appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous. Later Bernadette, under pressure from her parish priest, asked her, "Who are you?" and heard from Our Lady's own lips, "I am the Immaculate Conception". In 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Patrick Duffy tells the story of the apparitions.

Marie-Bernard Soubirous was born in 1844, the first child of poor parents, Francois and Louise, and from childhood she was called Bernadette. She had a younger sister, Toinette Marie, and three younger brothers. Bernadette tended animals for a family friend at nearby Bartres but returned to Lourdes in January 1858, worried that she had not yet received her First Communion. Only then did she begin to attend the free school run by the Sisters of Charity and Christian Instruction.

First apparition
ApparitionOn 11th February Bernadette, now aged fourteen, was with her nine-year old sister Toinette Marie, and a twelve-year-old neighbour’s child Marie Abadie collecting firewood at a stream near Massabielle outside Lourdes. The two younger ones had taken off their shoes to wade across a stream and Bernadette got left behind. Suddenly she heard the noise of a rush of wind and saw a beautiful young woman in a niche in the rock, dressed in a white robe, with a blue girdle and a white veil on her head. She smiled silently and beckoned to Bernadette, who went down on her knees, took out her Rosary from her pocket and began to say her beads. The Lady also had a Rosary, but she allowed Bernadette to recite the decade and joined in only at the Glory be. When the Rosary ended, the Lady disappeared.

When the other girls came back, they saw Bernadette still kneeling. They thought she was trying to escape gathering timber and began to chide her. At first Bernadette said nothing, but on the way home she could not hold her secret. She asked them not to tell her mother, but they did, and her mother would not allow her to go back the next day.

Other apparitions
On the following Sunday Bernadette asked if she might go to the grotto again. Her father told her to take a bottle of holy water with her. She went with several little friends and knelt at the grotto. She saw the vision again, but the others saw nothing. News spread in the town. Her teacher and the mother superior at the convent forbade her to talk or even think about it.

The following Thursday, 18th February, she went with two women who thought the lady might be the spirit of a young friend of theirs who had died some months previously. This time the Lady smiled to Bernadette and spoke. She asked her to come every day for fifteen days. Bernadette promised she would, if she was allowed. Bernadette's parents did not object. The following day her mother and aunt went with her, and on later visits great crowds of people gathered at Massabielle, hoping to see or hear something miraculous. The excitement increased. Bernadette was brought to the police-station for questioning but she didn't change her story.

A miraculous stream
waterThe following Sunday, a number of people gathered with Bernadette. This time the Lady told her: "You will pray to God for sinners". On 26th February, while she was caught up in the vision, Our Lady told Bernadette to dig with her hands on the ground inside the grotto, to drink the water and wash her face. Bernadette did as she was told. A trickle of water appeared and when the lady told her, she drank it and bathed her face. Next day a steady stream was flowing from where there never had been a well or a river before. It has remained to this day and is the source of the water of all the baths at Lourdes. Those present regarded this as a miracle.

Build a chapel
On 2nd March Bernadette saw the Lady for the thirteenth time. This time the lady asked Bernadette to tell the priests to build a chapel and have a procession at the place. Bernadette went to the parish priest, Fr Dominique Peyramale. He repimanded her and did not want to hear what she was saying.

Mary"I am the Immcaulate Conception"
Fr Dominique insisted that Bernadette ask the Lady to identify herself. On 25th March, the feast of the Annunciation, Bernadette went to the grotto at dawn and when the lady appeared she asked: "Would you kindly tell me who you are?" She repeated the question twice more and the Lady replied: "I am the Immaculate Conception. I want a chapel here."

When Bernadette reported this reply, it caused a fever of excitement. Four years previously Pope Pius IX had solemnly proclaimed in Rome that Our Lady was preserved free from all stain of original sin, the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Bernadette could not easily have known or heard such words as at that time it was something that would only have been discussed by priests.

There were only two subsequent visions - on 7th April and 16th July. Many times afterwards, Bernadette was asked to repeat the story of the visions, but the accounts never varied in any significant detail.

By now the local people, after seeing the miraculous new stream, frequently gathered at the place wanting to turn it into a sanctuary. The local authorities closed off the area. But news of the apparitions and miracles spread and soon the Church authorities were won over to believing Bernadette. It is said that the Empress Eugenie heard what was happening and may have influenced her husband Napoleon III to intervene with the local authorities. At any rate on 5th October the grotto was reopened.

Pilgrims throng to Lourdes
The following year thousands of pilgrims thronged to Lourdes. A statue of Our Lady was erected at the grotto in 1864. Fr Peyremale now became Bernadette's advocate with the bishop of Pau and helped raise money for a basilica that was built nearby and consecrated in 1876. A second church at the base of the basilica was erected and consecrated in 1901. Landscaping and architecture turned the whole area into an impressive sanctuary against a background of great natural beauty.

Bernadette first stayed at the local convent of the Sisters of Charity and Christian Instruction. When she was twenty, she joined the order at the mother house at Nevers. Here, despite illness, she made her final vows in 1878. She died on 16th April 1879. She was canonised by Pope Pius in 1933. Her feast is on 16th April.

Papal visits and World Day of the Sick
Lourdes has since become an impressive place of pilgrimage and is visited by millions of Catholics every year. Many cures have been reported and 67 have been officially recognised. Pope John Paul II undertook three pilgrimages to Lourdes, the last one in 2004 shortly before his death to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the definition of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. Pope Benedict XVI visited Lourdes commemorating the 150th anniversary of the apparitions in September 2008. In 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted World Day of the Sick to be celebrated each year on 11th February, the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to Bernadette and the first was celebrated the following year in Lourdes itself.

Lourdes at night

Feb 12 - St Gobnait (6th century)

(The local  saint celebrated  today is St Gobnait.)

GobnaithLocal traditions connect St Gobnait with bees, with Ballyvourney, Co Cork and with care for the sick. It is a happy coincidence that her feast is on World Day of the Sick, 11th February, the day Our Lady appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes. There are few historical sources for her life of St Gobnait. Patrick Duffy summarises what the traditions are about her. The image shows a detail of the St Gobnait window by Harry Clarke in the Honan University Chapel at University College, Cork.

Early life
Gobnait is said to have been born in Co Clare. In her youth she went to the Aran Islands to study monastic life with St Enda. There is a church dedicated to her, Kilgobnet, on Inisheer. An angel told her that this was not to be the place of "her resurrection" (her death) and that she should tour Ireland until she found a place where she found nine white deer grazing. On her travels she is said to have founded churches at Dunquin in Co Kerry and Dungarvan in Co Waterford.

Statue_of_St.Gobnait Baile_MhuirneBallyvourney and bees
But it was at Ballyvourney, Co Cork, that she eventually found the nine white deer grazing. Here she founded a monastery with the help of St Abban. Famous among the miracles of Gobnait's prayer was the stopping of a pestilence by marking off the parish as consecrated ground. She is also famed for her cultivation of bees and a story relates how she routed an enemy by loosing her bees upon them.

Patron of ironworkers
That Gobnait herself was originally a patron of ironworkers is indicated by the implications of her name, which is based on the hypocoristic (=pet-name) Gobba, from gabha, 'smith'. Excavation at her church in Ballyvourney yielded considerable evidence of ironworking on the site" (Pádraig Ó Riain, A Dictionary of Irish Saints (2011).

Care of the sick
Gobnait is remembered for her care of the sick. In the church yard at Ballyvourney many discarded crutches show that people believed they were cured by Gobnait answering their prayers. Her well is still at Ballyvourney and is an attraction for pilgrims.

There is a tradition that in 1602, when after the defeat at Kinsale and the destruction of his castle at Dunboy, Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beara was retreating with his soldiers - along with their women, children and servants - to the territory of O'Rourke of Breifne, they stopped at Ballyvourney to pay homage to the memory of Gobnait.

Until 1843 a 13th century wooden statue of the saint was in the hereditary keeping of the O'Herlihy family there. The tradition is that it was the O'Herlihy family who gave her the land to build her convent.
Today's Readings
11 Thursday After Ash Wednesday Violet HOURS Psalter Week 4 MASS Proper. Preface: Lent I—IV Memorial may be made of Our Lady of Lourdes. On this day in 1858, Our Lady first appeared to the fourteen-year-old Bernadette Soubirous. Later Bernadette was to learn that the mysterious lady was the Blessed Virgin and to hear from her lips, I am the Immaculate Conception*. In 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day or the Sick to be held on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes. Memorial may also be made of of Gobnait, virgin. Gobnait is one of the best loved saints in west Cork but only traditions concerning her life survive. The main part of her life was spent in Ballyvoumey, Co. Cork where there has always been a deep devotion to her, and which is a place of pilgrimage on this day and on Pentecost. Her gifts of caring for and curing the sick have been a significant part of her cult through the centuries. Happily her memorial coincides with the World Day for the Sick.


Scripture theme
Today we are called to make a choice, a choice between life and death. ‘Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, that having sailed across the great sea of the Fast, we may reach, on the third day, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of our souls’ (Byzantine vespers)

First Reading   Deuteronomy 30: 15-30 
I set before you life or death, blessing or curse

Moses said to the people: 'See, today I set before you life and prosperity, death and disaster. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I enjoin on you today, if you love the Lord your God and follow his ways, if you keep his commandments, his laws, his customs, you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to make your own.

'But if your heart strays, if you refuse to listen, if you let yourself be drawn into worshipping other gods and serving them, I tell you today, you will most certainly perish; you will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today: I set before you life or death, blessing or curse.

'Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live, in the love of the Lord your God, obeying his voice, clinging to him; for in this your life consists, and on this depends your long stay in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob he would give them.'

Responsorial Psalm    Ps 1
Response                     Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.

1. Happy indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord,
and who ponders his law day and night.          Response

2. He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters.
that yields its fruit in due season
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper.                   Response

3. Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they like winnowed chaff
shall be driven away by the wind;
for the Lord guards the way of the just
but the way of the wicked leads to doom.       Response

Gospel Acclamation  Ps 50:12

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!
A pure heart create for me, O God,
and give me again the joy of your help.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!

or                                    Mt 4:17

Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!
Repent, says the Lord,
for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus!

Gospel     Luke 9: 22-25
Anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it

Jesus said to his disciples: 'The Son of Man' he said 'is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.'

Then to all he said, 'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it.What gain, then, is it for a man to have won the whole world and to have lost or ruined his very self?

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.
AN CHÉAD LÉACHT: Deotranaimí 30: 15-30
Chuir mé romhat bás nó beatha, beannacht nó mallacht.

Dúirt Maois leis an bpobal “Seo beatha agus rath, bás agus urchóid á gcur agam romhat inniu. Má ghéilleann tú d’aitheanta an Tiarna do Dhia a ordaímse duit inniu, má ghránn tú an Tiarna do Dhia agus siúl ina bhealaí, agus a aitheanta, a reachtanna agus a orduithe a choimeád, ansin beidh an bheatha agat, agus beidh síol ort, agus cuirfidh an Tiarna do Dhia a bheannacht ort sa tír a bhfuil tú ag dul ann lena shealbhú. Ach má chlaonann do chroí, mádhiúltaíonn tú éisteacht agus go mealltar thú chun adhradh do dhéithe eile agus seirbhís dóibh, fógraím daoibh inniu go scriosfar sibh, go scriosfar sin; is gearr é bhur seal sa tíra bhfuil tú ag dul thar Iordáin isteach ann á shealbhú. Glaoim ar neamh agus ar thalamh chun fianaise a bhreith in bhur n-aghaidh inniu: Chuir mé romhat bás nó beatha, beannacht nó mallacht. Beir an bheatha de rogha dá bhrí sin, i dtreo go mairfidh tú féin agus do shliocht, i ngrá an Tiarna do Dhia, ag géilleadh dá ghlór agus ag cloí leis; óir sin é is beatha duit, agus is air a bhraitheann fad do ré sa tír a mhionnaigh an Tiarna do d’aithreacha, d’Abrahám, d’Íosác, agus do Iacób, a thabharfadh sé dóibh.”

Salm le Freagra Sm 1
Freagra :             Is aoibhinn don té a chuireann a
                             dhóchas sa Tiarna

1. Is aoibhinn don fhear nach leanann
de chomhairle lucht na héagráifeachta;
nach seasann i slí na bpeacach,
agus nach suíonn i gcuideachta na sotalach;
ach a bhfuil a dhúil i ndlí an Tiarna,
agus a dhéanann machnamh air de lá agus d’oíche.   Freagra

2. Is cosúil an duine sin le crann
a plandaíodh ar bhruach na habhann,
a thugann a thoradh go tráthúil
agus nach bhfeonn a dhuilleoga choíche.
Bíonn an rath ar gach aon ní dá ndéanann sé.             Freagra

3. Ní amhlaidh do na héagráifigh, ní amhlaidh!
ach mar cháith a scaiptear le gaoth.
Óir is cúram don Tiarna slí na bhfíréan,
ach rachaidh slí na n-éagráifeach ar ceal.                    Freagra

AN SOISCÉAL: Lúcás  9: 22-25
Cibé a chaillfidh a anam mar gheall ormsa, saorfaidh an duine sin é.

San am sin dúirt Íosa lena diheisceabail: “Ní foláir do Mhac an Duine mórán a fhulaingt, agus an diúltú a fháil ó na seanóirí agus ó uachtaráin na sagart agus ó na scríobhaithe, agus a chur chun báis, agus éirí an treas lá.”

Dúirt sé le cách: “Más áil le haon duine bheith ar mo bhuíon, séanadh sé é féin, tógadh suas a chros gach lá, agus leanadh mé. Óir cibé arb áil leis a anam a shaoradh, caillfidh sé é; ach cibé a chaillfidh a anam mar gheall ormsa, saorfaidh an duine sin é. Óir cá fearrde do dhuine an domhan go léir a ghnóthú agus é féin a chailleadh agus a ligean ar ceal?

© An Sagart
Sunday's Readings

First Reading                      Deuteronomy 26: 4-10
The creed of the chosen people.

Moses said to the people: 'The priest shall then take the pannier from your hand and lay it before the altar of Yahweh your God. Then, in the sight of the Lord your God, you must make this pronouncement:
"My father was a wandering Aramaean.
He went down into Egypt to find refuge there, few in numbers; but there he became a nation, great, mighty, and strong.
The Egyptians ill-treated us, they gave us no peace and inflicted harsh slavery on us.
But we called on the Lord the God of our fathers.
The Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, our toil and our oppression;
and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with mighty hand and outstretched arm, with great terror, and with signs and wonders.
He brought us here and gave us this land, a land where milk and honey flow.
Here then I bring the first-fruits of the produce of the soil that you, the Lord, have given me."
'You must then lay them before the Lord your God, and bow down in the sight of the Lord your God.'

Responsorial Psalm:           Ps 90
Response:                            Be with me, O Lord, in my distress.

1. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
and abides in the shade of the Almighty
says to the Lord: 'My refuge,
my stronghold,.my God in whom I trust!'          Response

2. Upon you no evil shall fall,
no plague approach where you dwell.
For you has he commanded his angels,
to keep you in all your ways.                             Response

3. They shall bear you upon their hands
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
On the lion and the viper you will tread
and trample the young lion and the dragon.      Response

4. His love he set on me, so 1 will rescue him
protect him for he knows my name.
When he calls 1 shall answer: 'I am with you.'
I will save him in distress and give him glory.   Response

Second Reading                  Romans 10: 8-13
The creed of the Christian.

Scripture says: The word, that is the faith we proclaim, is very near to you, it is on your lips and in your heart. If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved. When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Gospel  Acclamation          Mt 4:4

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Man does not live on bread alone
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

Gospel                               Luke 4:1-13
Jesus was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there.

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.' But Jesus replied, 'Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone.'

Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, 'I will give you all this power and the glory of these kingdoms, for it has been committed to me and I give it to anyone I choose. Worship me, then, and it shall all be yours.' But Jesus answered him, 'Scripture says: You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.'

Then he led him to Jerusalem and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. 'If you are the Son of God,' he said to him 'throw yourself down from here, for scripture says: "He will put his angels in charge of you to guard you," and again, "They will hold you up on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone.'"

But Jesus answered him, 'It has been said: You must not put the Lord your God to the test.' Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him, to return at the appointed time.

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.
AN CHÉAD LÉACHT:          Deotranaimí 26: 4-10
Deoraí Aramaeigh a ba ea m’athair.

Labhair Maois leis an bpobal á rá: Tógadh an sagart ansin an cliabh ó do láimh agus leagadh sé é os comhair altóir an Tiarna do Dhia. Ansin, i bhfianaise an Tiarna do Dhia, déan an dearbhú seo leanas:

‘Deoraí Aramaeigh a ba ea m’athair. D’imigh sé leis ó dheas chun na hÉigipte ar bheagán slua, agus chuir faoi inti; ach rinne náisiún mór cumasach líonmhar ansiúd de. Chráigh na hÉigiptigh sinn; chiapadar sinn agus chuireadar faoi dhaoirse dhian sinn. Ach ghlaomar chun an Tiarna, Dia ár n-aithreacha, agus chuala an Tiarna ár nglao agus chonaic ár n-ainnise, ár saothar, agus an leatrom orainn; agus thug an Tiarna as an Éigipt amach sinn lena láimh thréan agus lena ghéag ar tinneall, le huafás mór, le comharthaí, agus le hiontais. Thug sé anseo isteach sinn, agus thug an tír seo dúinn, tír ina bhfuil bainne agus mil ina slaoda. Seo anois mé le céadtorthaí fómhar na hithreach a bhronn tusa, a Thiarna, orm.’

Leag i láthair an Tiarna ansin iad agus sléacht go talamh i láthair an Tiarna do Dhia.

SALM LE FREAGRA.          Sm 90
Freagra:                                 Bí liom, a Thiarna, in am na trioblóide.

I. Túsa a chónaíonn faoi dhídean an Té is Airde,
a lonnaíonn faoi scáth an Uilechumhachtaigh,
tig leat a rá leis an Tiarna: 'Is tú mo thearmann
is mo dhún; mo Dhia thú, ina bhfuil mo mhuinín.'   Freagra

2. Ní thiocfaidh an t-olc in aice leat
ná an phlá i ngar do do phuball;
cuirfidh sé thú faoi churam a chuid Aingeal
chun tú a chosaint i do shlite go léir.                          Freagra

3. Déanfaidh siad thú a iompar ina lámha
chun nach mbuailfeá do chos i gcoinne cloiche.
Siúlfaidh tú ar an leon is ar an nathair;
gabhfaidh tú de chosa sa leon óg is sa dragún.         Freagra

4. Saorfaidh mé é mar go gcloíonn sé liom,
cosnóidh mé é mar go n-aithníonn sé m'ainm;
éistfidh mé leis nuair a ghlaonn sé orm,
beidh mé ina fhochair in am na trioblóide.              Freagra

AN DARA LÉACT :               Rómhánaigh 10:8-13
Gach aon duine a chreideann Íosa ní bheidh díomá air.

A bhráithe, deir an Scrioptúr: “Tá an briathar i ngar duit, i do bhéal agus i do chroí” (is é sin le rá briathar an chreidimh atáimidne a fhógairt).  Mar má adhmhaíonn tú ó do bhéal gurb é Íosa an Tiarna agus má chreideann tú ó do chroí gur thóg Dia ó mbairbh é, slánófar thú. Is sa chroí a bhíonn an creideamh a fhíréanaíonn agus sa bhéal a bhíonn an admháil a shlánaíonn. Agus deir an scrioptúr: “Gach aon duine a chreideann ann ní bheidh díomá air.” Mar níl aon dealú idir Giúdach agus Gréagach mar is é an t-aon Tiarna amháin atá orthu go léir agus caitheann sé go flaithiúil lena nglaonn air, “mar gach aon duine a ghlaofaidh ar ainm an Tiarna, slánófar é.”

Véarsa                       Mth4: 4

Ní ar arán amháin a mhairfidh an duine,
ach ar an uile fhocal a thagann as béal Dé.

AN tSOISCÉAL:                     Lúcás 4: 1-13
Íosa, seoladh faoi luím an Spioraid san fhásach é go ceann daichead lá, á phromhadh

San am sin tháinig Íosa, agus é lán den Spioraid Naomh, ar ais ón Iordáin, agus seoladh faoi luím an Spioraid san fhásach é go ceann daichead lá, á phromhadh ag an diabhal. Agus níor ith sé aon ní sna laethanta sin, agus nuair a bhí siad caite bhí ocras air.Dúirt an diabhal leis: “Más tú Mac Dé, abair leis an gcloch seo arán a dhéanamh di.” Agus d’fhreagair Íosa é: “Tá scríofa: ‘Ní ar arán amháin a mhairfidh an duine.’”

Agus tar éis do é a sheoladh suas ar ard, thaispeáin sé dó ríochtaí uile na cruinne i nóiméad aimsire; agus dúirt an diabhal leis: “Tabharfaidh mé duit an forlámhas seo uile agus a nglóir siúd, óir is ar mo láimh a tugadh é, agus tugaim dó cibé is áil liom é. Dá bhrí sin, má dhéanann tusa adhradh i mo láthair, is leat é uile.” Dúirt Íosa leis á fhreagairt: “Tá scríofa: ‘Adharfaidh tú an Tiarna do Dhia, agus is dó amháin a bheidh tú ag seirbhís.’”

Ansin sheol sé go Iarúsailéim é, chuir sé ar bhinn an Teampaill é agus dúirt leis: “Más tú Mac Dé, caith tú féin as seo síos; óir tá scríofa: ‘Tabharfaidh sé ordú dá aingil mar gheall ort, chun go ngardálfaidís tú’; agus: ‘Iompróidh siad ina lámha tú, le heagla go mbuailfeá do chos faoi chloch.’” Dúirt Íosa leis á fhreagairt: “Tá ráite: ‘Ní bhainfidh tú triail as an Tiarna do Dhia.’”

Agus tar éis don diabhal é a phromhadh i ngach slí, d’fhág sé é nó go dtiocfadh an uain.

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