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Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today

A Prayer

O God, who see how your people

faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity,

enable us, we pray,

to attain the joys of so great a salvation

and to celebrate them always

with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.


Source: From the “Collect” of the Mass of the Third Sunday of Advent.
Saint of the day

Dec 17 - St Melania the Younger (383-439)

Melania the youngerMelania the younger was the daughter of Publicola, only son of St Melania the Elder. Married at fourteen, she gave birth to two children who died young. Afterwards  she negotiated with her husband that they live as "brother and sister". Patrick Duffy tells her story.

St Melania the elder
Melania's paternal grandmother became a widow at twenty-two, then took a vow of celibacy, gave away most of her possessions and devoted herself to charitable causes. She went to Jerusalem, where she was associated with St Jerome and built a monastery there. She had a rather domineering personality and her relations with her granddaughter were somewhat strained. She died in 410 and is known as St Melania the Elder.

From married couple to "brother and sister" relationship
Melania the Younger was born at Rome, about 383 into the family of the Valerii. Her parents were Publicola and Albina. When she was fourteen, her father, anxious to see the family continue, arranged a marriage with a family relative, Valerius Pinianus, who was three years older than Melania. During her married life of seven years she had two children who died young. After their death Melania's inclination toward a celibate life reasserted itself. At first her husband refused and her father Publicola stopped her associating with Christians. Even after the birth of her daughter, he insisted on having a male heir. She became pregnant again and gave birth to a boy, who died the day after his birth. Then the daughter died and Melania became seriously ill. Pinian then took an oath that if she lived they would be celibate. Five years later her father died, begging her forgiveness and leaving her all his considerable property with estates in Italy, Sicily, Spain and Africa. Her mother Albina was won over to Melania's opinion. After this Pinian and Melania lived together as "brother and sister".

Mel2In Sicily (408-410) and North Africa (410-417)
Then at the time of the Visigoth invasion, all three left Rome and moved to a family estate near Messina in Sicily, where they lived for two years. Later they moved to another family estate at Tagaste, Numidia, in North Africa. Here they met St Augustine, who called them "real lights of the Church". The people of Hippo wanted Pinian as their priest, but Augustine said he should continue to live as a layman. Melania founded a monastery for men, of which Pinian took charge, and another for women. She freed many slaves living on the African estates and many of these entered the monastery. Melania lived with the women, fasting and wearing sackcloth. She spent many hours transcribing manuscripts, a work at which she was really skilled.

Jerusalem (417-439)
In 417, all three went to Palestine by way of Alexandria, where they visited the principal places of monastic life and hermitages. In Jerusalem, they lived in a hospice for pilgrims in Jerusalem, and met St. Jerome, whose disciple and collaborator Paula was Melania's cousin. She became a member of Jerome's circle of helpers. She lived in Jerusalem for twelve years in a hermitage near the Mount of Olives. Her mother died in 431 and after this Melania opened a convent for women on the Mount of Olives, which she inspired and maintained, but refused to become its superior. After her husband's death she built a cloister for men, then a chapel, and later, a larger church. She attracted many men and women to a solitary way of life, one of whom was her chaplain and biographer, Gerontius.

Visit to Constantinople (437)
Melania's uncle Volusianus, a diplomat at the court of the emperor Valentinian, wrote inviting her to Constantinople. She did go there and helped in his conversion to Christianity and assisted him as he died on January 6, 437. She also mounted a campaign against Nestorianism.

nativity site


Melania spent the Christmas of 439 in Bethlehem and died a week later. 

                                                                   Shine of the Nativity, Bethlehem>
Today's Readings

Today's Scripture Themes
As we journey in Advent and look forward to Christmas, we celebrate our joy at the coming of the Lord. Joy, prayer and thanksgiving should characterise Christian worship. Because the man of integrity has come with good news for the poor, we can exult for joy.
But his coming will mean that we also will practice justice and integrity.

FIRST READING               

A reading from the prophet Isaiah          61:1-2. 10-11
I exult for joy in the Lord.

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up hearts that are broken;                     

to proclaim liberty to captives,
freedom to those in prison;
to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord,

'I exult for joy in the Lord,isaiah1
my soul rejoices in my God,
for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation,
he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity,
like a bridegroom wearing his wreath,
like a bride adorned in her jewels.

'For as the earth makes fresh things grow,
as a garden makes seeds spring up,
so will the Lord the Lord make both integrity and praise
spring up in the sight of the nations.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm               Lk 1
Response                                My soul rejoices in my God.

1. My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her nothingness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.    Response

2. The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.                                  Response

3. He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy.                               Response

SECOND READING               

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians        5:16-24
May you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord

e happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God, because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus.
Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt; think before you do anything - hold on to what is good and avoid every form of evil.
May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you and he will not fail you.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation        Is 61:1
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor


 A reading from the holy Gospel according to John                1:6-8. 19 -28
There stands among you - unknown to you - the one who is coming after me.

A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.John the B2
He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light.

This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, 'Who are you?' he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, 'I am not the Christ'. 'Well then,' they asked 'are you Elijah?' 'I am not' he said. 'Are you the Prophet?' He answered, 'No'. So they said to him, 'Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?' So John said, 'I am, as Isaiah prophesied:

a voice that cries in the wilderness:
Make a straight way for the Lord'.

Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, 'Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?' John replied, 'I baptise with water; but there stands among you - unknown to you - the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap'. This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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.


 CHÉAD LÉACHT          

Sliocht as an fáidh Íseáia             61:1-2. 10-11
Gáirim le gairdeas sa Tiarna

Tá spiorad an Tiarna Dia orm
de bhrí go ndearna an Tiarna mé a choisreacan,
chun dea-scéala a bhreith liom chuig na dearóile,
chun cóir leighis a chur ar chroíthe brúite,

chun cead a gcos a fhógairt do na cimí
agus fuascailt do phríosúnaigh;isaiah1
chun bliain logha a fhógairt thar ceann an Tiarna,

“Gáirim le gairdeas sa Tiarna,
tá lúcháir ar m’anam i mo Dhia.
Óir chuir sé an slánú umam ina éadach,
rinne sé mé a chuachadh i mbrat na fíréantachta,
ar nós buachaill óg ag cur bláthfhleasc air chun a phósta
nó brídeach á maisiú féin lena seoda.
Óir, mar a chuireann an talamh aníos a gheamhair,
ar nós gairdín ag geamhrú ón síolchur,
is amhlaidh a chuirfidh an Tiarna Dia aníos mar gheamhar
fíréantacht agus moladh i bhfianaise na gciníocha go léir.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                 Lc 1
Freagra                                  Tá lúcháir ar m'anam i mo Dhia.

I. Mórann m'anam an Tiarna,
agus rinne mo spiorad gairdeas inDia mo Shlánaitheoir. .
Óir dhearc sé Ie fabhar ar ísle a bhanóglaigh;
mar féach, déarfaidh na glúine uile feasta gur méanar dom.  Freagra

2. Óir rinne an Té atá cumhachtach nithe móra dom
agus is naofa a ainm,
agus a thrócaire ó ghlúin go glúin
dóibh séo ar a mbíonn a eagla.                                                       Freagra

3. Líon sé lucht an ocrais le nithe maithe,
agus chuir sé na saibhre uaidh folamh.
D'fhóir sé ar Isráél a sheirbhíseach,
ag cuimhneamh dó ar a thrócaire.                                                 Freagra

DARA LÉACHT          

Sliocht as an céad litir N.Pól chuig na Teasalónaigh         5:16-24
Go gcoimeádtar slán gan locht sibh idir spiorad agus anam agus chorp i gcomhair theacht ár dTiarna.

A bhráithre, in god'shandsbíodh lúcháir oraibh i gcónaí. Bígí ag guí gan staonadh agus ag gabháil buíochais as gach ní; sin é an ní is áil le Dia uaibh in Íosa Críost.

Ná múchaigí an Spiorad; ná déanaigí neamhshuim de na ráite fáidhiúla. Déanaigí gach ní a thástáil; cloígí leis an maith agus seachnaígí gach aon sórt oilc.

Go ndéana Dia na síochána féin, sibh a naomhú go smior; agus go gcoimeádtar slán gan locht sibh idir spiorad agus anam agus chorp i gcomhair theacht ár dTiarna Íosa Críost. Mar is intaofa an té úd atá ag glaoch oraibh agus déanfaidh sé é sin.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia                                    Lc 4: 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tá Spiorad an Tiarna orm.
Chuir sé uaidh mé
ag tabhairt an dea-scéil do na bochta.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Eoin           1:6-8. 19 -28
Tá duine in bhur measc nach aithnid daoibh, an té atá ag teacht i mo dhiaidh.

Bhí fear a tháinig ina theachtaire ó Dhia,
agus Eoin a ba ainm dó.
Tháinig sé ag déanamh fianaise
chun fianaise a thabhairt i dtaobh an tsolais
chun go gcreidfeadh cách tríd.
Níorbh é féin an solas
ach tháinig ag tabhairt fianaise i dtaobh an tsolais.

John the B2Is í seo an fhianaise a thug Eoin nuair a chuir na Giúdaigh sagairt agus Léivítigh ó Iarúsailéim chuige á fhiafraí de: “Cé hé thusa?” D’admhaigh sé agus níor shéan agus d’admhaigh sé: “Ní hé an Críost mé.” D’fhiafraigh siad de: “Cad eile, más ea? An tú Éilias?” “Ní mé,” ar seisean. “An tú an fáidh?” Agus d’fhreagair: “Ní mé.” Dúirt siad leis mar sin: “Cé hé thú? – chun go mbeadh freagra againn dóibh seo a chuir chugat sinn. Cad tá le rá agat mar gheall ort féin?” Dúirt sé:

“Is glór duine mé ag éamh san fhásach: ‘
Déanaigí díreach bóthar an Tiarna.’

Mar a dúirt Íseáia fáidh.” Ó na Fairisínigh a ba ea na teachtairí, agus chuir siad ceist air: “Cén fáth a mbíonn tú ag baisteadh más ea,” ar siad, “mura thú an Críost, nó Éilias, nó an fáidh?”
Thug Eoin freagra orthu: “Déanaim féin baisteadh le huisce,” ar seisean, “ach tá duine in bhur measc nach aithnid daoibh, an té atá ag teacht i mo dhiaidh, nach fiú mé iall a chuarán a scaoileadh.” I mBeatáine, taobh thall den Iordáin, a tharla an méid sin mar a raibh Eoin ag déanamh baiste.

Soiscéal Dé.


Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Spiorad na seirbhíse áthasach

Tá léachtaí an lae inniú lán d’áthas agus de dóchas. Is brídeóg lonnrach Iosrael atá ag teacht le haghaidh a fhir chéile chun pósadh leis, sa sean-slí bhainise uachtarach oirthearach. Leanann focail aspalda n. Phóil ar aghaidh leis an téama chéanna, an dóchas agus an áthas atá sáite i measg na Críostaí a chónaíonn in aice le Chríost. Léiríonn an Soiscéal spiorad Eoin Baiste, an finné mór le grásta agus solas Dé ar an domhan seo. Níl an-áthas sin lom, leisciúil, gan freagracht. Tá an-fíor-áthas ann nuair a bhíonn daoine ag cóimhlíonadh a mhiséan ar an saol seo. Labhraíonn Isaiah faoi duine íontach a thugann dea-scéal do na bochta - abairt Bíoblach ar a ghlac Íosa chun cur síos a dhéanamh ar a ghairm féin – an spiorad gur cheart go mbeadh cuid de i saol gach Críostaí inniú. Ní mór dúinn atá aithne againn ar Íosa a spiorad a roinnt le daoine eile freisin.?

                                                                                                                                                                              Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp, Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.

© An Sagart
Sunday's Readings
Today's Scripture Themes
The role of Mary in the Incarnation is celebrated. She is of that house of David which God promised would be built according to his plan. The plan is revealed in Jesus Christ and is now made known to all peoples.

FIRST READING               

 A reading from the second  book of Samuel      7:1-5. 8-12. 14. 16
The kingdom of David will always stand secure before the Lord

dave&nathOnce David had settled into his house and the Lord had given him rest from all the enemies surrounding him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, 'Look, I am living in a house of cedar while the ark of God dwells in a tent'. Nathan said to the king, 'Go and do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you'. But that very night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 'Go and tell my servant David, "Thus the Lord speaks: Are you the man to build me a house to dwell in?This is what you must say to my servant David, " the Lord Sabaoth says this: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader of my people Israel; I have been with you on all your expeditions; I have cut off all your enemies before you. I will give you fame as great as the fame of the greatest on earth. I will provide a place for my people Israel; I will plant them there and they shall dwell in that place and never be disturbed again; nor shall the wicked continue to oppress them as they did, in the days when I appointed judges over my people Israel; I will give them rest from all their enemies. the Lord will make you great; the Lord will make you a House. And when your days are ended and you are laid to rest with your ancestors, I will preserve the offspring of your body after you and make his sovereignty secure. I will be a father to him and he a son to me; if he does evil, I will punish him with the rod such as men use, with strokes such as mankind gives.  Your House and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me and your throne be established for ever."'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 88: 2-5. 27.29 Rv: 2
Response                                  I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

1. I will sing for ever of your love,  O Lord;
through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.
Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,
that your truth is firmly established as the heavens. Response

2. 'I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
I will establish your dynasty for ever
and set up your throne through all ages.'                      Response

3. He will say to me: 'You are my father,
my God, the rock who saves me.'
I will keep my love for him always;
for him my covenant shall endure.                                 Response


 A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans        16:25-2
The mystery kept secret for endless ages,is now made clear.

lory to him who is able to give you the strength to live according to the Good News I preach, and in which I proclaim Jesus Christ, the revelation of a mystery kept secret for endless ages, but now so clear that it must be broadcast to pagans everywhere to bring them to the obedience of faith. This is only what scripture has predicted, and it is all part of the way the eternal God wants things to be. He alone is wisdom; give glory therefore to him through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation        Lk 1: 38
Alleluia, alleluia!
'I am the handmaid of the Lord,'
'let what you have said be done to me.'

GOSPEL                                  Luke 1:26-38
Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her,

'Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. Mary&GabHe will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.' Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?' 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you' the angel answered 'and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God' 'I am the handmaid of the Lord,' said Mary 'let what you have said be done to me.' And the angel left her.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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.



Sliocht as an dara leabhar  Samuél       7:1-5. 8-12. 14. 16
Seasfaidh theaghlach Dáiví a i gcónaí go daingean romham.

A luaithe a bhí an rí Dáiví socair ina theach agus go raibh suaimhneas aige óna naimhde go léir ina thimpeall, dúirt an rí leis an bhfáidh Nátán: “Féach, táimse ag cur fúm i dteach céadrais, ach áirc Dé i mboth!” Dúirt Nátán leis an rí: “Imigh agus déan an uile ní is áil le do chroí, óir tá an Tiarna leat.” An oíche cheannann chéanna tháinig briathar an Tiarna go Nátán:

dave&nath“Imigh leat agus abair le mo sheirbhíseach Dáiví: ‘Seo mar a labhraíonn an Tiarna: An amhlaidh gur mian leat teach a thógáil dom ina ndéanfaidh mé cónaí? Níor fhan mé i dteach riamh ón lá a thug mé clann Iosrael amach as an Éigipt go dtí an lá inniu, ach chaith mé saol an tseachránaí agus mé i mo chónaí i mboth. Le linn mo chuid taistil go léir le pobal uile Iosrael, an ndúirt mé le haon duine de bhreithiúna Iosrael a bhí ceaptha agam mar thréadaithe ar Iosrael mo phobal: “Cén fáth nár thóg tú teach céadrais dom?’” Seo an rud is gá duit a rá le mo sheirbhíseach Dáiví: ‘Deir Tiarna na Slua an méid seo: Thóg mé ón talamh féaraigh thú agus ó aoireacht na gcaorach chun go mbeifeá i do thaoiseach ar Iosrael, mo phobal. Gach slógadh dá ndearna tú, bhí mé in éineacht leat; rinne mé do naimhde go léir a threascairt romhat. An té is mó ar talamh, ní mó a chlú ná an clú a thabharfaidh mé duitse. Cuirfidh mé áit ar fáil do mo phobal Iosrael. Suífidh mé ansin iad agus déanfaidh siad cónaí san áit sin agus ní chuirfear isteach orthu arís; ní bheidh cos ar bolg á imirt ag na lucht foréigin orthu, mar a bhíodh an uair úd a cheap mé breithiúna ar mo phobal Iosrael; tabharfaidh mé faoiseamh duit ó do naimhde go léir. Fógraíonn an Tiarna duit go ndéanfaidh an Tiarna teaghlach díot. Agus nuair a bheidh deireadh le do ré, agus go n-adhlacfar le do shinsir thú, cumhdóidh mé do shliocht i do dhiaidh, síol do choirp, agus daingneoidh mé a fhlaitheas. (Eisean a thógfaidh teach do m’ainmse, agus daingneoidh mé a chathaoir ríoga go deo. Beidh mé i m’athair aige, agus eisean ina mhac agamsa; má dhéanann sé olc, tabharfaidh mé an tslat dó mar phionós, faoi mar dhéanann daoine, agus buillí mar a thugann an cine daonna. Ach ní tharraingeoidh mé mo ghnaoi uaidh, mar a rinne mé le Sól an té a chuir mé as romhat. Seasfaidh do theaghlach agus do fhlaitheas i gcónaí go daingean romham agus daingneofar do ríchathaoir go deo.’”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                   Sm 88
Freagra                                    Canfaidh mé de shíor faoi do bhuanghrá, a Thiarna.

1. Canfaidh mé de shíor faoi bhuanghrá, a Thiarna.
fógróidh mé do dhílseacht ó ghlúin go glúin.
Óir daingníodh do bhuanghrá go síoraí
agus tá do dhílseacht chomh buan leis na flaithis.  Freagra

2. Cheangail mé conradh le m'fhear tofa.
Dhearbhaigh mé do Dháiví, mo sheirbhíséach:
'Socróidh mé do shliocht ar feadh na síoraíochta,
agus bunóidh mé do ríchathaoir go síoraí'                 Freagra

3. Déarfaidh sé liom: 'Is tú m'athair,
is tú mo Dhia agus carraig mo shlánaithe.'
Coinneoidh mé mo bhuanghrá dó go síoraí,
agus séasfaidh mo chonradh leis go daingean.          Freagra


 Sliocht as litir N.Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh       16:25-27sonofGOD
An dea-scéal ina bhfoilsítear an rúndiamhair a bhí folaithe ar feadh na gcianta tá sé  nochta anois.

Moladh leis an té úd atá in ann sibh a dhaingniú de réir an dea-scéil a chraobhscaoilimse, agus an fhorógra faoi Íosa Críost, an dea-scéal ina bhfoilsítear an rúndiamhair a bhí folaithe ar feadh na gcianta ach atá nochta anois agus curtha in iúl, ar ordú an Dé shíoraí le cabhair scríbhinní na bhfáithe, do na náisiúin uile d’fhonn iad a thabhairt chun géillsine an chreidimh. Moladh le Dia, an t-aon Dia eagnaí, trí Íosa Críost le saol na saol. Amen.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia                                  Lc 1:38
Alleluia, alleluia!
Féach mise banóglach an Tiarna:
déantar liom de réir d'thocail.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Lúcás            1:26-38
Féach, gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh tú mac.

Cuireadh an t-aingeal Gaibriéil ó Dhia go dtí cathair sa Ghailíl darbh ainm Nazarat chun maighdine a bhí luaite le fear de theaghlach Dháiví darbh ainm Iósaef, agus b’é ab ainm don mhaighdean, Muire. Agus ar a theacht isteach chuici dúirt:

“Sé do bheatha, aMary&Gabtá lán de ghrásta, tá an Tiarna leat; is beannaithe tú idir mná.” Ach bhí buaireamh uirthi de chionn na cainte, agus bhí sí ag machnamh cén sort beannachadh é seo. Ach dúirt an t-aingeal léi: “Ná bíodh eagla ort, a Mhuire, óir fuair tú gean ó Dhia. Agus féach, gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh tú mac agus tabharfaidh tú Íosa mar ainm air. Beidh sé mór, agus glaofar Mac an Té is airde air, agus tabharfaidh an Tiarna Dia dó ríchathaoir Dháiví a athair, agus beidh sé ina Rí ar theaghlach Iacóib go brách, agus ní bheidh deireadh lena ríocht.” Dúirt Muire leis an aingeal: “Conas a bheidh seo amhlaidh, agus gan cuid agam d’fhear chéile?” Agus dúirt an t-aingeal á freagairt: “Tuirlingeoidh an Spiorad Naomh ort, agus beidh cumhacht an té is airde ina scáil anuas ort, agus sin é an fáth a mbeidh an leanbh naofa; glaofar Mac Dé air. Agus féach, Eiliosaibeit do bhean ghaoil, ghabh sise mac freisin ina seanaois, agus is é seo an séú mí aici siúd a dúradh a bheith aimrid. Óir níl ní ar bith dodhéanta ag Dia.” Dúirt Muire: “Féach, mise banóglach an Tiarna; déantar liom de réir d’fhocail.” Agus d’imigh an t-aingeal uaithi.

Soiscéal Dé.


Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Ní raibh seómra ar fáil

Is féidir linn ár dtuiscint ar rúndiamhar na Nollag a scrúdú go héasca agus neamhdhíobhálach. Cathain a raibh an deire uair a ndearna mé (nó go ndearna tú) lámh chun cabhrú le duine abhí nó atá i ngátar? Cathain a d’oscail mé mo chroí nó mo theach le duine éigin atá ag iarraidh mo chabhair? Is féidir neamhaird a dhéanamh ar Chríost am ar bith ar bith a dúnaim mo chroí nó mo dhoras ar mo chomharsa. Mura rugfar Eisean i mo chroí agus i mo theaghlach sa Nollag seo, níor ghabh an miorúilt a thárla i mBeilim a phréamhacha i mo chroí féin. An strainséir a chnagann ar doras ár mbaile inniú. ..: AN BHFUIL SEÓMRA AR FÁIL!?

                                                                                                                                                                       Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp, Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.

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