Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 18th December, 2018
A reading from the prophet Jeremiah 23: 5-8
I will raise a virtuous Branch for David.
ee, the days are coming - it is the Lord who speaks –
when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David,
who will reign as true king and be wise,
practising honesty and integrity in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel dwell in confidence.
And this is the name he will be called:
the Lord -our-integrity.
'So, then, the days are coming - it is the Lord who speaks - when people will no longer say, "As the Lord lives who brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt!" but, "As the Lord lives who led back and brought home the descendants of the House of Israel out of the land of the North and from all the countries to which he had dispersed them, to live on their own soil." '
The Word of the Lord.
In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
1 O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king's son your justice,
that he may judge your people
in justice and your poor in right judgement. Response
2 For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor. Response
3 Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel,
who alone works wonders,
ever blessed his glorious name.
Let his glory fill the earth.
Amen! Amen! Response
Ruler of the House of Israel who gave the law to Moses on Sinai,
come and save us with outstretched arm.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 1:18-24
Jesus is born of Mary who was betrothed to Joseph, son of David.
his is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.' Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him Emmanuel,
a name which means 'God-is-with-us.' When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.
The Gospel of the Lord
Gospel Reflection Tuesday Third Week of Advent Matthew 1:18–24
oday’s gospel reading is Matthew’s account of the annunciation of the birth of Jesus. In Luke’s gospel, the annunciation of Jesus’ birth is made to Mary; in Matthew’s gospel, it is made to Joseph. Artists have tended to depict Luke’s version of the annunciation to Mary much more often than Matthew’s version of the annunciation to Joseph. In both accounts, the angel announces that Mary is to conceive her child through the Holy Spirit. In both accounts there is a rich description of the unique identity of the child. Matthew’s account of the annunciation highlights two aspects of the identity of Mary’s child. He is to be named Jesus, a name which means in Hebrew ‘the Lord saves’, because he is to save God’s people from their sins. He is also to be named Emmanuel, which in Hebrew means ‘God is with us’. Combining these names indicates that Jesus is the presence of the loving mercy of God. When we look upon this child, we are looking upon God with us, or, as Saint Paul says in his letter to the Romans, God ‘for us’, working to reconcile us to himself. Jesus was born, lived, died and was raised from the dead to reconcile us to God, to lead us back to God. At the last meal Jesus had with his disciples before his death, the Last Supper, he said, ‘this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’. It is because Jesus is the face of God’s mercy that we celebrate his birth with such gladness and hope. He has shown us that nothing need come between us and the love of God.
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: Tuesday, 18th December, 2018
Sliocht as an fáidh Irimia 23: 5-8
Ardóidh mé do Dháiví beangán fíréanta
each, tá na laethanta ag teacht – an Tiarna a labhraíonn –
agus ardóidh mé do Dháiví beangán fíréanta;
rialóidh sé ina rí go críonna,
agus déanfaidh sé breithiúnas agus ceart sa talamh.
Ina laethanta siúd sábhálfar Iúdá agus cónóidh Iosrael faoi dhóchas.
Is é seo an t-ainm a bhéarfar air: An Tiarna ár bhfíréantacht.
“Mar sin, tá na laethanta ag teacht – an Tiarna a labhraíonn – nach ndéarfaidh daoine níos mó: ‘Go maire an Tiarna a thug clann Iosrael as críoch na hÉigipte!’ ach: ‘Go maire an Tiarna a thug ar ais agus a threoraigh abhaile sliocht theach Iosrael as an tír thuaidh agus as gach uile thír inar dhíbir sé iad, le go ndéanfaidís cónaí ina dtír féin.’”
Salm le Freagra
Bláthóidh síochcáin agus fíréantacht lena linn nó go meathfaidh an ghealach.
1. Tabhair do bhreithiúnas, a Dhia, don rí
agus d'fíréantacht do mhac an rí.
Go dtuga se ceartbhreithiúnas ar a phobal
agus cothrom do na bochtáin. Freagra
2. Saorfaidh se na bochtáin nuair a ghlaofaidh siad air
agus na hainniseoiri gan chunamh.
Glacfaidh se trua don duine lag
agus sabhalfaidh se an duine dealbh. Freagra
3. Moladh leis an Tiarna, Dia Isráél,
an tAon amhain a dheanann éachtaí
Moladh go deo lena ainm glórmhar.
Go Iíona a ghlóir an talamh.
Amen! Amen! Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha 1:18-24
Beidh an mhaighdean torrach agus béarfaidh sí mac agus tabharfar Imeánuéil mar ainm air.
eo mar a tharla Íosa Críost a shaolú. Bhí Muire, a mháthair, luaite le Iósaef, agus
sula ndearnadar aontíos, fuarthas torrach í ón Spiorad Naomh. Ba dhuine cóir a fear
céile Iósaef, ach níorbh áil leis go dtabharfaí míchlú di, agus chinn sé í a scaoileadh uaidh
os íseal. Ag machnamh ar an méid sin dó, áfach, thaispeáin aingeal ón Tiarna é féin dó i
mbrionglóid agus dúirt: “A Iósaef, a mhic Dháiví, ná bíodh eagla ort do bhean chéile
Muire a thabhairt abhaile leat, óir, an leanbh atá gafa aici, is ón Spiorad Naomh é.
Béarfaidh sí mac, agus tabharfaidh tú Íosa mar ainm air, óir slánóidh sé a phobal óna bpeacaí.” Thit an méid sin go léir amach chun go gcomhlíonfaí a ndúirt an Tiarna tríd
“Beidh an mhaighdean torrach agus béarfaidh sí mac
agus tabharfar Imeánuéil mar ainm air,”
– ainm a chiallaíonn: Tá Dia linn. Dhúisigh Iósaef agus d’éirigh, agus rinne mar d’ordaigh aingeal an Tiarna dó: a bhean a thabhairt abhaile leis.
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