Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 19th December, 2018
A reading from the book of Judges 13:2-7. 24-25
The birth of Samson was announced by an angel.
here was a man of Zorah of the tribe of Dan, called Manoah. His wife was barren, she had borne no children. The angel of the Lord appeared to this woman and said to her, 'You are barren and have had no child. But from now on take great care. Take no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean. For you will conceive and bear a son. No razor is to touch his head, for the boy shall be God's nazirite from his mother's womb. It is he who will begin to rescue Israel from the power of the Philistines.' Then the woman went and told her husband, 'A man of God has just come to me; his presence was like the presence of the angel of God, he was so majestic. I did not ask him where he came from, and he did not reveal his name to me. But he said to me, "You will conceive and bear a son. From now on, take no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean. For the boy shail be God's nazirite from his mother's womb to his dying day."'
The woman gave birth to a son and called him Samson. The child grew, and The Lord blessed him; and the spirit of the Lord began to move him.
The Word of the Lord
Ps : 70
My lips are filled with your praise, with your glory all the day long.
1. Be a rock where I can take refuge,
a mighty stronghold to save me;
for you are my rock, my stronghold.
Free me from the hand of the wicked. Response
2. It is you, O Lord, who are my hope,
my trust, 0 Lord, since my youth.
On you I have leaned from my birth,
from my mother's womb you have been my help.Response
3. I will declare the Lord's mighty deeds
proclaiming your justice, yours alone.
O God, you have taught me from my youth
and I proclaim your wonders still. Response
Root of Jesse, set up as a sign to the peoples,
come to save u, and delay no more.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 1:5-25
The birth of John the Baptist was announced by Gabriel.
n the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a priest called Zechariah who belonged to the Abijah section of the priesthood, and he had a wife, Elizabeth by name, who was a descendant of Aaron. Both were worthy in the sight of God, and scrupulously observed all the commandments and observances of the Lord. But they were childless: Elizabeth was barren and they were both getting on in years.
Now it was the turn of Zechariah's section to serve, and he was exercising his priestly office before God when it fell to him by lot, as the ritual custom was, to enter the Lord's sanctuary and burn incense there. And at the hour of incense the whole congregation was outside, praying.
Then there appeared to him the angel of the Lord, standing on the right of the altar of incense. The sight disturbed Zechariah and he was overcome with fear. But the angel said to him, 'Zechariah, do not be afraid, your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth is to bear you a son and you must name him John. He will be your joy and delight and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord; he must drink no wine, no strong drink. Even from his mother's womb he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and he will bring back many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah, he will go before him to turn the hearts of fathers towards their children and the disobedient back to the wisdom that the virtuous have, preparing for the Lord a people fit for him. Zechariah said to the angel, 'How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is getting on in years.' The angel replied, 'I am Gabriel who stand in God's presence, and I have been sent to speak to you and bring you this good news. Listen! Since you have not believed my words, which will come true at their appointed time, you will be silenced and have no power of speech until this has happened.' Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were surprised that he stayed in the sanctuary so long. When he came out he could not speak to them, andtheyrealised that he had received a vision in the sanctuary. But he could only make signs to them, and remained dumb.
When his time of service came to an end he returned home. Some time later his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept to herself. 'The Lord has done this for me' she said 'now that it has pleased him to take away the humiliation I suffered among men.'
The Gospel of the Lord.
19th Dec. Third Week of Advent, Luke 1:5-25
Yesterday’s gospel reading from Matthew was the story of the annunciation to Joseph of the birth of Jesus. Today’s gospel reading from Luke is the story of the annunciation to Zechariah of the birth of John the Baptist. Joseph was a carpenter in the small village of Nazareth in Galilee. Zechariah was a priest who was carrying out his duties in the Temple of Jerusalem. The Lord spoke to both of these men as they went about their very different tasks. The Lord always meets us where we are, wherever that is. Although a priest, familiar with the world of the sacred, Zechariah’s response to God’s messenger was one of disbelief. As the angel Gabriel declared to him, ‘you have not believed my words’. Zechariah was rendered dumb, as if to indicate that this experience left him speechless. It was such a mysterious experience that he could convey nothing about it to anyone. Some months later when his child was born and he had started to come to terms with the mystery of it all, he would speak, and, how he would speak! He would burst forth in the praise of God, in the wonderful prayer that we have come to call the Benedictus and that has become part of the morning prayer of the Church. Sometimes, the Lord can touch our lives in very mysterious ways that leave us speechless. We struggle to put words on the experience. Saint Paul once referred to some mystical experience in which ‘he heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat’. Silence is often the only response we can make to the Lord touching our lives in some mysterious way. Like Zechariah, it is only over time that we may find words to proclaim such experiences to God in prayer and to others as gospel.
The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE
, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ
by Martin Hogan,
published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 19th December, 2018
Sliocht as leabhar Breithiúna 13:2-7. 24-25
Rug an bhean mac agus thug sí an ainm Samsón air.
hí fear ó Zorá de threibh Dhán darbh ainm Mánóach, agus bhí a bhean aimrid, gan aon chlann uirthi. Thaispeáin aingeal an Tiarna é féin don bhean seo agus dúirt sé léi: “Féach, tá tú aimrid, gan chlann (ach gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh tú mac). Bí ar d’aire le barr cúraim dá bhrí sin as seo amach, agus ná hól aon fhíon ná aon deoch chrua, agus ná hith aon ní neamhghlan, mar féach, gabhfaidh tú gin agus bearfaidh tú mac. Ná luíodh rásúr ar a cheann mar beidh an mac ina naizíreach do Dhia ó bhroinn a mháthar; eisean a chuirfidh tús le fuascailt Iosrael ó láimh na bhFilistíneach.” D’imigh an bhean ansin agus dúirt lena céile: “Tháinig giolla ó Dhia chugam agus bhí a ghnúis mar ghnúis aingeal Dé le maorgacht. Níor chuir mé ceist air cárbh as dó, ná níor inis seisean dom cad ab ainm dó. Ach dúirt sé liom:
‘Gabhfaidh tú gin, féach, agus béarfaidh tú mac; ná hól aon fhíon ná aon deoch chrua, dá bhrí sin, agus ná hith aon ní neamhghlan, mar beidh an mac ina naizíreach do Dhia ó lá a shaolaithe go lá a bháis.’”
Rug an bhean mac agus thug sí Samsón air. D’fhás an leanbh, agus chuir an Tiarna a bheannacht air, agus thosaigh spiorad an Tiarna ar é a spreagadh
Salm le Freagra
Tá mo bhéal lan de do mholadh is de do chlú ar feadh an lae.
I. Bí i do charraig dhídine dom,
i do dhún daingean do mo tharrtháil:
óir is tú mo charraig is mo dhún.
Fuadaigh me as laimh an urchóidigh. Freagra
2. Óir is leatsa atáim ag feitheamh, a Thiarna;
a Thiarna, is tú mo dhóchas ó m'óige.
Is ortsa atá mo sheasamh ó rugadh mé;
ó bhroinn mo mháthar ba thú mo dhídean. Freagra
3. Fógróidh mé cumhacht Dé.
A Thiarna, foilseoidh mé d'fhíréantachtsa amháin.
Ó m’óige thug tú teagasc dom, a Dhia,
is tá do mhíorúiltí a bhfoilsiú agam i gcónaí. Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir NaomhLúcás 1:5-25
Béarfaidh do bhean Éilís mac duit, agus tabharfaidh tú Eoin mar ainm air.
Bhí, i laethanta Héaróid, rí Iúdáia, sagart darbh ainm Zachairias, de shealaíocht Aibia, agus bean aige d’iníonra Árón, agus Eiliosaibeit ab ainm di. Bhí siad araon fíréanta i bhfianaise Dé, ag tabhairt a saoil gan locht de réir uile aitheanta agus reachta an Tiarna. Agus ní raibh aon chlann acu, mar bhí Éilís aimrid, agus bhí siad araon anonn i mblianta.
Tharla, agus é ag déanamh a ghnó sagairt i láthair Dé, in uain a shealaíochta, gur thit ar a chrann, de réir ghnás na sagartóide, dul isteach i sanctóir an Tiarna chun túis a dhó; agus bhí cuallacht iomlán an phobail amuigh ag guí in am na túise.
Chonacthas dó aingeal ón Tiarna ina sheasamh ar dheis altóir na túise. Agus nuair a chonaic Zachairias é, bhí sé buartha agus tháinig uamhan air. Ach dúirt an t-aingeal leis: N
á bíodh eagla ort, a Zachairias, óir freagraíodh do ghuí, agus béarfaidh do bhean Éilís mac duit, agus tabharfaidh tú Eoin mar ainm air. Beidh áthas ort agus gairdeas, agús beidh mórán ag déanamh áthais faoina shaolú. Óir beidh sé mór i láthair an Tiarna; fíon ná deoch láidir ní ólfaidh; agus beidh sé líonta den Spiorad Naomh fiú amháin ó bhroinn a mháthar, agus iompóidh sé mórán de chlann Iosrael chun an Tiarna a nDia. Gluaisfidh sé roimhe amach le spiorad agus le cumhacht Éilias, chun croíthe na n-aithreacha a iompú I leith na clainne, agus lucht na heasumhla chun eagna na bhfíréan, chun pobal a dhiongbhála a ullmhú don Tiarna.” Agus dúirt Zachairias leis an aingeal: “Conas a bheidh a fhios sin agam? Óir táim féin aosta, agus mo bhean anonn i mblianta.” Dúirt an t-aingeal leis á fhreagairt: “Mise Gaibriéil a sheasann i láthair Dé, agus cuireadh mé chun labhartha leat, agus na dea-scéala seo a thabhairt duit. Agus féach, beidh tú i do thost, agus gan ar chumas duit labhairt go dtí an lá a ndéanfar na nithe seo, de bhrí nár chreid tú mo bhriathra a chomhlíonfar ina dtrath féin.” Bhí an pobal ag feitheamh le Zachairias agus ba ionadh leo é bheith ag déanamh moille sa sanctóir. Ach ar theacht amach dó, ní fhéadfadh sé labhairt leo, agus bhí a fhios acu go raibh fís feicthe sa sanctóir aige. Agus bhí sé ag sméideadh orthu, agus d’fhan balbh.
Nuair a bhí laethanta a sheirbhíse críochnaithe, chuaigh sé abhaile. Agus ina dhiaidh sin, ghabh a bhean, Éilís, gin, agus d’fholaigh í féin ar feadh cúig mhí, ag rá: “Is mar seo a rinne an Tiarna liom é sna laethanta inar dhearc sé orm chun mo náire i measc daoine a thógáil díom.”
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