Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 18th January, 2020
A reading from the first book of Samuel. 9: 1-4, 17-19, 10:1a
The Lord told Samuel, ‘That is the man of whom I told you; Saul shall rule my people.'
mong the men of Benjamin there was a man named Kish son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah; a Benjaminite and a man of rank. He had a son named Saul, a handsome man in the prime of life. Of all the Israelites there was no one more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders taller than the rest of the people. Now some of the she-donkeys of Saul's father Kish had strayed, so Kish said to Saul, 'My son, take one of the servants with you and be off; go and look for the she-donkeys'. They passed through the highlands of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but did not find them; they passed through the land of Shaalim, they were not there; they passed through the land of Benjamin, but did not find them.
When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, 'That is the man of whom I told you; he shall rule my people'. Saul accosted Samuel in the gateway and said, 'Tell me, please, where the seer's house is?' Samuel replied to Saul, 'I am the seer. Go up ahead of me to the high place. You are to eat with me today. In the morning I shall take leave of you and tell you all that is in your heart.
Samuel took a phial of oil and poured it on Saul's head; then he kissed him, saying, 'Has not the Lord anointed you prince over his people Israel? You are the man who must rule the Lord's people, and who must save them from the power of the enemies surrounding them.
The Word of the Lord
O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king.
O Lord, your strength gives joy to the king;
how your saving help makes him glad!
You have granted him his heart's desire;
you have not refused the prayer of his lips. Response
You came to meet him with the blessings of success,
you have set on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked you for life and this you have given,
days that will last from age to age. Response
Your saving help has given him glory.
You have laid upon him majesty and splendour,
you have granted your blessings to him for ever.
You have made him rejoice with the joy of your presence. Response
Ps 118: 29
Bend my heart to your will, O Lord,
and teach me your commands.
Lk 4: 18
The Lord has sent me to bring the Good News to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 2: 13-17
I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.
esus went out again to the shore of the lake; and all the people came to him, and he taught them. As he was walking on he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus, sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, 'Follow me'. And he got up and followed him.
When Jesus was at dinner in his house, a number of tax collectors and sinners were also sitting at the table with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many of them among his followers. When the scribes of the Pharisee party saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, 'Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?' When Jesus heard this he said to them,
'It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Saturday First Week in Ordinary Time
Pope Francis wrote a book whose title is ‘The Name of God is Mercy’. It takes the form of an interview with Pope Francis by an Italian journalist. In the course of that lengthy interview, Pope Francis says that God’s logic is a logic of love that scandalizes the doctors of the Law. I was reminded of what the Pope said there by today’s gospel reading. Jesus scandalizes the doctors of the Law, the scribes of the Pharisees, by sharing table with people who were considered sinners by the same doctors of the Law. Pope Francis has spoken of Jesus as the human face of God’s mercy. God’s logic of love is reflected in everything Jesus says and does. Jesus reveals a God who doesn’t wait for us to be perfect or blameless before engaging with us. Jesus engaged with people as they were, in all their frailty and weakness. That is how the Lord engages with each one of us. In the gospel reading we have just heard, Jesus calls Levi, or Matthew, as he is named in one of the other gospels, to become one of his disciples. Levi was a tax collector. The doctors of the Law would have considered such people to be beyond redemption because they kept breaking the Law. However, that was not Jesus’ logic; it is not God’s logic of love. Jesus called Levi out of love, just as he calls each one of us out of love. Jesus went on to share table with Levi’s friends, other tax collectors and sinners. To share table with people in that culture was to enter into real communion with them. In sharing table with tax collectors and sinners Jesus was showing that God wants to be in communion with us just as we are. It is that experience of God’s loving communion with us that will empower us to become the person God wants us to be and to live the life God calls us to live.
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 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f https://www.messenger.ie/product/the-word-of-god-is-living-and-active-reflections-on-the-weekday-readings-for-the-liturgical-year-2019-2020/
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 18th January, 2020
Sliocht as an Chéad leabhar Samúéil. 9: 1-4, 17-19; 10:1
Sin é an fear a dúirt mé leat! 'Sin é an té a bheidh ag rialú mo phobail.'
hí duine de mhuintir Bhiniáimin darbh ainm Cís, mac Aibíéil, mac Zarór, mac Bhacórat, mac Aifía; Biniáimineach ba ea é agus fear an-saibhir. Bhí mac aige darbh ainm Sól, fear óg dathúil a bhí i mbláth a mhaitheasa. Ní raibh fear níba dhathúla ná é i measc na nIosraelach go léir; bhí airde an chinn aige ar an gcuid eile den phobal. Chuaigh asail Chís, athair Shóil, ar strae, agus dúirt Cís lena mhac Sól: “A mhic, tabhair leat duine de na seirbhísigh, agus cuir chun bóthair; imigh leat a chuardach na n-asal.” Ghabh siad trí ardáin Eafráim, agus trí chríoch Sháilíseá, ach ní bhfuair siad na hasail. Ghabh siad trí chríoch Sheáilím, ach ní raibh siad ann. Ghabh siad trí chríoch Bhiniáimin, ach ní bhfuair siad iad.
Nuair a chonaic Samúéil Sól, dúirt an Tiarna leis: “Sin é an fear a dúirt mé leat! Sin é an té a bheidh ag rialú mo phobail.” Dhruid Sól le Samúéil sa gheata agus dúirt: “Inis dom, más é do thoil é, cá bhfuil teach fhear na bhfíseanna?” D’fhreagair Samúéil Sól: “Mise fear na bhfíseanna. Gabh suas romham don ardionad. Íosfaidh sibh bia liomsa inniu. Scaoilfidh mé uaim thú ar maidin amárach agus inseoidh mé duit a bhfuil ar d’intinn agat.
Samúéil soitheach ola ansin agus dhoirt ar cheann Shóil é agus phóg é agus dúirt: “Nach ndearna an Tiarna thú a ungadh le go mbeifeá i do thaoiseach ar do
phobal Iosrael? Rialóidh tú pobal an Tiarna agus saorfaidh tú iad ó chumhacht a naimhde atá ina dtimpeall. Beidh sé seo mar chomhartha agat gur cheap an Tiarna thú i do thaoiseach ar a oidhreacht.
Salm le Freagra
Gairdíonn an rí as do chumhacht, a Thiarna
1. Gairdíonn an rí as do chumhacht, a Thiarna,
cá hionadh lúcháir air de chionn do chúnaimh!
Thug tú mian a chroí go deimhin dó,
is níor eitigh tú air achainíocha a bhéil. Freagra
2. Tháinig tú ina airicis le beannachtaí búidhe,
agus chuir tú coróin de ghlanór ar a cheann.
D’iarr sé an bheatha ort agus bhronn tú fadsaol air
a mhairfidh go brách ó aois go haois. Freagra
3. Is mór é a ghradam de bharr do chúnaimh.
Bronnann tú maorgacht agus maise rómhór air.
Rinne tú ábhar beannachta go brách de;
cuireann do láithreacht ríméad is lúcháir air. Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marc 2: 13-17
Ní fíréin a tháinig mé a ghlaoch ach peacaigh.
an am sin chuaigh Íosa amach arís cois na farraige,
agus bhí an slua go léir ag teacht chuige agus eisean á dteagasc. Agus ag dul thar bráid dó, chonaic sé Léiví mac Alfáias ina shuí in oifig an chustaim agus dúirt leis: “Lean mise.” D’éirigh seisean agus lean sé é. Agus nuair a bhí sé ag bord ina theach, bhí mórán poibleacánach agus peacach ina suí le hÍosa agus lena dheisceabail, mar bhí mórán díobh á leanúint. Nuair a chonaic scríobhaithe na bhFairisíneach go raibh sé ag ithe leis na peacaigh agus na poibleacánaigh, dúirt siad lena dheisceabail: “Cén fáth a mbíonn sé ag ithe agus ag ól le poibleacánaigh agus le peacaigh?” Ar a chloisteáil sin d’Íosa dúirt sé leo: “Ní ag na daoine atá slán a bhíonn gá le lia ach ag na daoine atá tinn. .”
AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
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