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

The Garden in Our Hearts.

 

Within each of us lies a garden,
you need only look inside,
It lies within our hearts
where love and hope abide.
It’s there in all its splendour
though some eyes cannot see
The beauty there within themselves
so they choose not to believe.
But the garden’s there, I’ve seen it
every time I’ve witnessed love,
Every time a heart has reached out
with compassion from above.
Each and every act of kindness
acts of giving, sharing, too,

All represent a flower
there inside of me and you.
But each garden must be tended
it needs love and special care,
An abundance of pure water
that is only found in prayer.
For the Master Gardener knows
of every heart of every bloom
And it’s His hope and desire
in your garden you’ve made room,
So that He may tend the flowers
and may pull a weed or two,
For without the Master Gardener
hearts have flowers, far too few.

Author: Gina Laurin.
Saint of the day

Jun 25 - St Paulinus (353-431) married man, bishop

paulinus1St Paulinus
Living among the leisurely aristocracy of the later Roman empire, Paulinus was first a married man who became a Christian as an adult, then was ordained priest by popular acclaim. He and his wife both embraced celibacy. He spent the last twenty two years of his life as Bishop of Nola in Campania, Italy. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Of a Roman senatorial family in Gaul
Born in Bourdeaux, France, of a Roman senatorial family, Paulinus's father was the prefect of Gaul, but owned land also in Italy and Spain. Paulinus attended the school of rhetoric and poetry established at Bourdeaux by the poet and teacher Ausonius (310–395). He practised as a lawyer and held posts in the imperial administration.

Travels and marriage
Paulinus travelled widely. In 381 he became governor of Campania in Italy, but returned to Bourdeaux and married a Spanish wife, Therasia. After some years of pleasant leisure, they both became committed Christians and were baptised about 390.

Ordination in Barcelona
They went to live in Barcelona, Spain, where a son was born, but died in infancy. Soon after this, they began to give their wealth to the poor and to the Church. Perhaps because of this generosity, the people called for him to be ordained a priest - even though he was not a deacon and was not bonded to the diocese. The bishop of Barcelona agreed and he was ordained on Christmas Day 393.

Move to Nola in Campania
Paulinus and Therasia, however, moved on to Italy. He was welcomed in Milan by Ambrose, but not in Rome by Pope Siricius (384-399) since he had supported his rival for the papacy (St Jerome). The couple settled on an estate at Nola, near Naples, where they involved themselves in helping the needy and in public building works, including an aqueduct.

Monastic community and celibacy
They also set up a small monastic community as well as a hospice for the sick and for pilgrims to the shrine of the local saint, St Felix, who had been martyred in 255. They both opted to live as celibates and as hermits.

paulinus nolaBishop of Nola
When the local bishop died in 409, Paulinus was chosen to succeed him. He ruled with wisdom and generosity. He continued a scholarly life style, writing many poems and one for the feast of St Felix. He corresponded with many of the outstanding Christians of his time - Saints Martin of Tours, Ambrose, Augustine and Jerome. He also built and adorned with mosaics a church in honour of St Felix.

His death
Paulinus died after celebrating the Eucharist with two bishops and giving his final gift to the poor. He was buried in his own church at Nola. His relics were later taken to Rome, but restored to Nola in 1909 by Pope Pius X.
Today's Readings
FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Kings              17:5-8. 13-15. 18
The Lord thrust Israel away from him. There was none left but the tribe of Judah.

The king of Assyria invaded the whole country and, coming to Samaria, laid siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah on the Habor, a river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

This happened because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the grip of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshipped other gods, they followed the practices of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed for them.

And yet through all the prophets and all the seers, the Lord had given Israel and Judah this warning, 'Turn from your wicked ways and keep my commandments and my laws in accordance with the entire Law I laid down for your fathers and delivered to them through my servants the prophets.' But they would not listen, they were more stubborn than their ancestors had been who had no faith in the Lord their God. They despised his laws and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and the warnings he had given them. For this, the Lord was enraged with Israel and thrust them away from him. There was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 59
Response                               Hear us, O Lord, and help us.

1. O God you have rejected us and broken us.
You have been angry; come back to us.         Response

2. You have made the earth quake, torn it open.
Repair what is shattered for it sways.
You have inflicted hardships on your people
and made us drink a wine that dazed us.      Response

3. Will you utterly reject us, O God,
and no longer march with our armies?
Give us help against the foe:
for the help of man is vain.                              Response

Gospel  Acclamation          Jn 17: 17
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is truth, O Lord,
consecrate us in the truth .
Alleluia!

or                                                2 Heb 4: 12
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of God is something alive and active:
it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew      7:1-5
Take the plank out of your own eye first.

Jesus said to his disciples:
'Do not judge, and you will not be judged;: because the judgements you give are the judgements you will get, and the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye and never notice the plank in your own? How dare you say to your brother, "Let me take the splinter out of your eye", when all the time there is a plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother's eye.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection         
Monday           Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time            Matthew 7:1-5

We live in a society which tends to rush to judgement very quickly. When some damning report is issued there is an immediate search for people to blame. It can be very easy for those who have never been in a particular situation to blame others for their actions in that situation. Condemning others can come all too easy to us. The gospel reading today suggests that Jesus was very aware of that. He warns against rushing to premature judgement, ‘do not judge and you will not be judged’. Perhaps Jesus was more aware than we are of the danger that in judging others we can easily get it very wrong. He understood that our limited vision can make it very difficult for us to judge fairly. Our limited vision comes from the many failings in ourselves. That seems to be the point of the humorous image in the second part of the gospel reading. We cannot attempt to take a splinter out of the eye of someone else while all the time we have a plank in our own eye. We need to attend to the plank in our own eye first. We need to put our energies into renewing ourselves rather than condemning others. Only then can we begin to see as the Lord sees.
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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 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU' by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f   www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
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Sliocht as an dara Leabhar na Ríthe              17:5-8. 13-15. 18
Chaith an Tiarna uaidh Iosrael. Níor fágadh ach treibh Iúdá amháin.

Rinne rí na hAsaíre ionradh ar an tír ar fad; tháinig sé chuig an tSamáir agus chuir sé léigear uirthi ar feadh trí bliana. Sa naoú bliain de réimeas Hóiséa ghabh rí na hAsaíre an tSamáir agus dhíbir sé na hIosraelaigh chun na hAsaíre. Chuir sé ina gcónaí iad i Hala agus ar an Hábór, abhainn de chuid Ghózán, agus i gcathracha na Méideach.

Tharla sin de bhrí gur pheacaigh clann Iosrael in aghaidh an Tiarna a nDia, a thug slán amach iad as críocha na hÉigipte, ó smacht Fhorainn, rí na hÉigipte. Thug siad adhradh do dhéithe eile, lean siad nósanna na gciníocha a bhí curtha as a seilbh ag an Tiarna roimh chlann Iosrael (agus na nósanna ar chuir ríthe Iosrael tús leo).

Mar sin féin thug an Tiarna an rabhadh seo d’Iosrael agus do Iúdá trí bhéal na bhfáithe agus an lucht físe go léir: “Filligí ó bhur ndrochshlite agus coinnigí m’aitheanta agus mo reachtanna de réir an dlí iomláin a leag mé amach do bhur n-aithreacha agus a thug mé daoibh trí mo shearbhóntaí, na fáithe.” Ach ní éistfeadh siad; bhí siad níos stuacaí ná a sinsir a bhí gan creideamh sa Tiarna a nDia. Ní raibh ach dímheas acu ar a dhlíthe agus ar an gconradh a rinne sé lena sinsir, agus ar gach rabhadh a bhí tugtha aige dóibh. Lean siad déithe bréige agus d’éirigh siad féin bréagach; rinne siad aithris ar na ciníocha ina dtimpeall, cé gur ordaigh an Tiarna dóibh gan déanamh mar a dhéanaidís siúd. Mar gheall air sin bhí an Tiarna i bhfeirg le hIosrael agus chaith sé uaidh iad. Níor fágadh ach treibh Iúdá amháin.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 59
Freagra                                   Fóir orainn le do dheasláimh agus éist linn, a Thiarna.

1. Theilg tú uait sinn, a Dhia, agus threascair tú sinn;
bhí tú i bhfeirg linn, fill orainn arís.                    Freagra


2. Chroith tú an talamh agus scoilt tú é.
Déan a chréachtaí a leigheas óir tá sé ar crith.
Chuir tú do phobal faoi chuing an chruatain,
thug tú fíon ár mearaithe le hól dúinn.              Freagra 


3. Nach tú a chuir uait sinn, a Dhia,
ionas nach ngabhann tú amach lenár sluaite?
Tabhair cúnamh dúinn in éadan ar naimhde
óir is díomhaoin é cúnamh ón duine.                Freagra


SOISCÉAL            

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha               7:1-5
Bain ar dtús an tsail as do shúil féin.

San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail

“Ná tugaigí breith le heagla go dtabharfaí breith oraibh; óir is de réir na breithe a thugann sibh a thabharfar breith oraibh, agus is de réir an tomhais lena dtomhaiseann sibh a thomhaisfear chugaibh. “Cén fáth a bhfeiceann tú an cáithnín i súil do bhráthar agus nach n-airíonn tú an tsail i do shúil féin? Nó cad a bheir duit a rá le do bhráthair: ‘Fan go mbainfidh mé an cáithnín as do shúil duit’; agus sin í an tsail i do shúil féin! A bhréagchráifigh, bain ar dtús an tsail as do shúil féin, agus ansin is fearrde a fheicfidh tú an cáithnín a bhaint as súil do bhráthar.

Soiscéal Dé.



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart
Sunday's Readings
FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Wisdom      1:13-15; 2:23-24
It was the devil's envy that brought death into the world.

Death was not God's doing,lifeanddeath
he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living.
To be - for this he created all;
the world's created things have health in them,
in them no fatal poison can be found,
and Hades holds no power on earth;
for virtue is undying.
Yet God did make man imperishable,
he made him in the image of his own nature;
it was the devil's envy that brought death into the world,
as those who are his partners will discover.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 29:2.4-6.11-13
Response                          I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.

1. I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me
and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead,
restored me to life from those who sink into the grave. Response

2. Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him,
give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts but a moment; his favour through life.
At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.         Response

3. The Lord listened and had pity.
The Lord came to my help.
For me you have changed my mourning into dancing,
O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.                         Response

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Corinthians    8:7.9.13-15
To give relief to others balance what happens to be your surplus now against their present need.

You always have the most of everything - of faith, of eloquence, of understanding, of keenness for any cause, and the biggest share of our affection - so we expect you to put the most into this work of mercy too. Remember how generous the Lord Jesus was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. Jesus generousThis does not mean that to give relief to others you ought to make things difficult for yourselves: it is a question of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against their present need, and one day they may have something    to spare that will supply your own need.That is how we strike a balance: as scripture says: The man who gathered much had none too much, the man who gathered little did not go short.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation           Eph 1:17. 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life:
you have the message of etemal life.
Alleluia!

or                                                  Lk 7:16   
Alleluia, alleluia!
Our Saviour Christ Jesus abolished death,
and he has proclaimed life through the Good News.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL  

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark      5:21-43
Little girl, I tell you to get up.

When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, 'My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.' Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.

Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she had spent all she had without being any the better for it, in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. 'Jesus and bleding womenIf I can touch even his clothes,' she had told herself 'I shall be well again.' And the source of the bleeding dried up instantly, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint. Immediately aware that power had gone out from him Jesus turned round in the crowd and said, 'Who touched my clothes?' His disciples said to him, 'You see how the crowd is pressing round you and yet you say, "Who touched me?" , But he continued to look all round to see who had done it. Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth. 'My daughter,' he said 'your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free from your complaint.'

While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, 'Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?' But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, 'Do not be afraid; only have faith.' little girlAnd he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official's house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, 'Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.' But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child's father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, 'Talitha, kum!' which means, '.'Little girl I tell you to get up.'  The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

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Shorter form of the Gospel

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark           5: 21-24, 35-43

Little girl, I tell you to get up.

When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, 'My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.' Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.little girl

Some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, 'Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?' But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, 'Do not be afraid; only have faith.' And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official's house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, 'Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.' But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child's father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, 'Talitha, kum!' which means, '.'Little girl I tell you to get up.'  The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

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.
CÉAD LÉACHT 

Sliocht as an céad LeabharhEagna       1:13-15; 2:23-24
Trí éad an diabháill tháinig an bás isteach sa saol.

Mar níorbh é Dia a rinne an bás,lifeanddeath
ná ní ábhar áthais dó bascadh na mbeo.
Is amhlaidh a chruthaigh sé gach rud
chun go mairfeadh sé go deo.
Is folláin iad dúile an domhain;
níl aon nimh mharfach iontu,
ná níl aon tiarnas ag ifreann ar talamh.
Is neamhbhásmhar í an fhíréantacht.
Ach chruthaigh Dia an duine
chun nach bhfaigheadh sé bás go deo.
Ar dheilbh a nádúir féin a rinne sé é.
Trí éad an diabhail tháinig an bás isteach sa saol
agus is iad na daoine atá i bpairt leis-sean a bhlaisfidh é.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra  .          Sm 29
Freagra                             Molfaidh mé thú, a Thiarna, de bhrí gur shaor tú mé.

1. Molfaidh mé thú, a Thiarna, de bhrí gur shaor tú mé.
is nár thug tú do mo naimhde gairdeas a dhéanamh umam.
A Thiarna, threoraigh tú m'anam amach as ifreann,
is dhealaigh tú mé ón dream a théann síos san uaimh.  Freagra


2. A naomha, abraigí danta molta don Tiarna
is tugaigí buíochas dá ainm naofa.
Óir ní mhaireann a fhearg ach nóiméad,
ach maireann a chineáltas ó aois go bás.
Tig an gol um thráthnóna,
is an gáire arís ar maidin.                                                      Freagra


3. Éist liom, a Thiarna, is déan trócaire orm;
a Thiarna, bí mar chabhair dom.
Rinne tú rince de m'olagón;
a Thiarna, mo Dhia, molfaidh mé thú go brách.               Freagra


DARA LÉACHT            

Sliocht as an dara Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Coirintigh      8:7. 9. 13-15
An fuileach atá anois agaibhse, coinneoidh sé riar a gcáis leis bráithre bochta.

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bhráithre, Agus ós rud é go bhfuil flúirse den uile shórt agaibh, flúirse den chreideamh, den líofacht, den eolas, den uile dhíograis agus den ghrá a d’fhoghlaim sibh uainne, bígí flaithiúil sa charthanacht seo chomh maith. Tá a fhios agaibh go maith an chomaoin a chuir ár dTiarna Íosa Críost oraibh: siúd is go raibh sé saibhir rinne sé bochtán de féin ar mhaithe libhse, d’fhonn is go ndéanfaí daoine saibhre díbh trína bhochtaineachtsan. mar ní gá daoibh sibh féin a chreachadh ag fóirithint ar dhaoine eile. Níl ann ach ceist cothroime: an fuílleach atá agaibhse i láthair na huaire, coinneoidh sé riar a gcáis leo siúd: agus an fuílleach a bheidh acu sin coinneoidh sé riar bhur gcáis libhse ar ball, agus sa tslí sin beidh cothrom ann de réir mar atá scríofa: “An té a chnuasaigh mórán, ní raibh an iomarca aige, agus an té a chnuasaigh beagán, ní raibh easnamh air.”

Briathar Dé. 

Jesus generous
Alleluia Véarsa                  Eo 6: 63
Alleluia, alleluia!
Na focail atá ráite agat, a Thiarna, is spiorad agus is beatha iad.
Is agatsa atá briathra na beatha síoraí
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL                 

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Marcas       5:21-43
A chailín bhig, deirim leat, éirigh!

San am sin atheacht trasna do Íosa sa bhád go dtí an taobh eile, bhailigh slua mór ina thimpeall, agus bhí sé le hais na farraige. Tháinig duine de chinn urra na sionagóige, arbh ainm dó Iáras, agus ar a fheiceáil dó, chaith sé é féin ag a chosa agus rinne achainí go crua air ag rá: “Tá m’iníon bheag ar phointe an bháis. Tar agus cuir do lámha uirthi chun go mbeadh sí slán agus go mairfeadh.” D’imigh sé lena chois agus bhí slua mór á leanúint agus bhí siad ag plódú air.

Jesus and bleding womenAgus bean a raibh rith fola uirthi ar feadh dhá bhliain déag, agus a bhí tar éis mórán a fhulaingt óna lán lianna agus a raibh aici a chaitheamh, agus nárbh fhearrde í é, ach gur mhó a bhí sí ag dul in olcas, nuair a chuala sí scéala mar gheall ar Íosa, tháinig sí taobh thiar de sa slua agus bhain sí lena bhrat; mar dúirt sí: “Má bhainim lena chuid éadaigh fiú amháin, beidh mé slán.” Agus stad an doirteadh fola aici láithreach, agus mhothaigh sí ina corp go raibh sí leigheasta óna gearán. Ach d’airigh Íosa ann féin go ndeachaigh brí amach uaidh, chas sé timpeall láithreach sa slua agus dúirt: “Cé bhain le mo chuid eádaigh?” Dúirt a dheisceabail leis: “Feiceann tú an slua ag plódú ort, agus deir tú ‘Cé bhain liom?’” Agus dhearc sé ina thimpeall féachaint cé rinne é. Ach ó thuig an bhean cad a bhí déanta inti, tháinig sí go critheaglach agus chaith í féin síos roimhe agus d’inis an fhírinne go léir dó. Dúirt sé léi: “A iníon, do chreideamh a shlánaigh thú. Imigh leat faoi shíocháin, agus bí slán ó do ghearán.”

little girlLe linn dó bheith ag caint tháinig daoine ó theach cheann urra na sionagóige ag rá: “Tá d’iníon tar éis bháis; cén fáth a mbeifeá ag cur as don Mháistir níos mó?” Ba chlos d’Íosa an comhrá agus dúirt le ceann urra na sionagóige: “Ná bíodh eagla ort; ach amháin creid.”
Agus ní ligfeadh sé do dhuine ar bith dul leis ach Peadar agus Séamas agus Eoin deartháir Shéamais. Ar theacht dóibh go dtí teach cheann urra na sionagóige, chonaic sé an callán agus na daoine ag gol agus ag olagón go hard. Agus ar dhul isteach dó dúirt sé leo: “Cén fáth a bhfuil sibh ag déanamh calláin agus ag gol? Ní marbh atá an leanbh ach ina codladh.” Agus bhí siad ag fonóid faoi. Ach chuir sé amach iad uile, agus rug sé leis athair agus máthair an linbh agus iad seo a bhí leis, agus chuaigh isteach mar a raibh an leanbh ina luí. Agus rug sé greim láimhe uirthi agus dúirt léi: “Talitá cúm” – focal a chiallaíonn: “A chailín bhig, deirim leat, éirigh!” D’éirigh an cailín agus shiúil sí thart, mar bhí sí dhá bhliain déag. Agus bhí ionadh agus alltacht orthu. Ach chuir sé mar acht orthu go crua gan a fhios seo a bheith ag aon duine, agus dúirt rud le hithe a thabhairt di.

Soiscéal Dé.

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SOISCÉAL GEARR

SOISCÉAL                 

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Marcas       5:21-43
A chailín bhig, deirim leat, éirigh!

San am sin atheacht trasna do Íosa sa bhád go dtí an taobh eile, bhailigh slua mór ina thimpeall, agus bhí sé le hais na farraige. Tháinig duine de chinn urra na sionagóige, arbh ainm dó Iáras, agus ar a fheiceáil dó, chaith sé é féin ag a chosa agus rinne achainí go crua air ag rá: “Tá m’iníon bheag ar phointe an bháis. Tar agus cuir do lámha uirthi chun go mbeadh sí slán agus go mairfeadh.” D’imigh sé lena chois agus bhí slua mór á leanúint agus bhí siad ag plódú air.

little girlLe linn dó bheith ag caint tháinig daoine ó theach cheann urra na sionagóige ag rá: “Tá d’iníon tar éis bháis; cén fáth a mbeifeá ag cur as don Mháistir níos mó?” Ba chlos d’Íosa an comhrá agus dúirt le ceann urra na sionagóige: “Ná bíodh eagla ort; ach amháin creid.”
Agus ní ligfeadh sé do dhuine ar bith dul leis ach Peadar agus Séamas agus Eoin deartháir Shéamais. Ar theacht dóibh go dtí teach cheann urra na sionagóige, chonaic sé an callán agus na daoine ag gol agus ag olagón go hard. Agus ar dhul isteach dó dúirt sé leo: “Cén fáth a bhfuil sibh ag déanamh calláin agus ag gol? Ní marbh atá an leanbh ach ina codladh.” Agus bhí siad ag fonóid faoi. Ach chuir sé amach iad uile, agus rug sé leis athair agus máthair an linbh agus iad seo a bhí leis, agus chuaigh isteach mar a raibh an leanbh ina luí. Agus rug sé greim láimhe uirthi agus dúirt léi: “Talitá cúm” – focal a chiallaíonn: “A chailín bhig, deirim leat, éirigh!” D’éirigh an cailín agus shiúil sí thart, mar bhí sí dhá bhliain déag. Agus bhí ionadh agus alltacht orthu. Ach chuir sé mar acht orthu go crua gan a fhios seo a bheith ag aon duine, agus dúirt rud le hithe a thabhairt di.

Soiscéal Dé.

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Tionchar an teagmháil pearsanta

Is féidir go mbéidh tionchar dearfach ag éirí as gach teagmháil, fiú amháin iad a tharlaíonn gan phleanáil. Nuair a thárlaíonn a leithéad de briseadh isteach ar ár bpleanaí is féidir go gcuirfidh sé sinn díreach san áit ar chóir dúinn bheith ann. Tá briseadh-isteach de’n chineál sin i dtrácht i soiscéal an lae inniu. Iarrann fear arbh ainm Jairus are Íosa teacht chun beannacht a thabhairt d’á h’iníon a bhí go dona tinn. Nuair abhí Íosa ar an mbealach chun cuairt a thabhairt ar an cailín, bhuail sé le duine breoite eile, bean abhí ag fulaingt ó fuiliú trom, agus chuir an teagmháil sin moill ar a theacht go dtí theach Jairus. Cailleadh roinnt ama luachmhar, cé ná’r theastaigh leis an mbean breoite ach teagmháil le éadaigh Íosa. Ba é Íosa féin a rinne an teagmháil a iompú ó rud súarach, nóimeatach le rud éigin eile, teagmháil pearsanta a d’athraigh saol na mná. Spreagann an scéal seo dúinn féachaint ár teagmháil le daoine eile i solas níos dearfaí. Más rud é nach n-oibreoidh ceann dár bpleananna, is féidir leis an spás a chruthú le haghaidh rud nach raibh pleanáilte againn ach a thagann chun cinn níos fearr. i scéal Jairus, bhain Íosa maitheas as an bhriseadh-isteach, agus thug leigheas do’n bhean idir anam agus chorp.

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