Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018
A reading from the Book of the Apocalypse 3:1-6. 14-22
If one of you opens the door, I will come in to share his meal.
, John heard the Lord saying to me: 'Write to the angel of the church in Sardis and say, "Here is the message of the one who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know all about you: how you are reputed to be alive and yet are dead. Wake up; revive what little you have left: it is dying fast. So far I have failed to notice anything in the way you live that my God could possibly call perfect, and yet do you remember how eager you were. when you first heard the message?
Hold on to that. Repent. If you do not wake up, I shall come to you like a thief, without telling you at what hour to expect me. There are a few in Sardis, it is true, who have kept their robes from being dirtied, and they are fit to come with me, dressed in white. Those who prove victorious will be dressed, like these, in white robes; I shall not blot their names out of the book of life, but acknowledge their names in the presence of my Father and his angels. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches."
'Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea and say, "Here is the message of the Amen, the faithful, the true witness, the ultimate source of God's creation: I know all about you: how you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other, but since you are neither, but only lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth. You say to yourself, 'I am rich, I have made a fortune, and have everything I want', never realising that you are wretchedly and pitiably poor, and blind and naked too. I warn you, buy from me the gold that has been tested in the fire to make you really rich, and white robes to clothe you and cover your shameful nakedness, and eye ointment to put on your eyes so that you are able to see. I am the one who reproves and disciplines all those he loves: so repent in real earnest. Look, I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share his meal, side by side with him. Those who prove victorious I will allow to share my throne, just as I was victorious myself and took my place with my Father on his throne. If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
The Word of the Lord.
Those who prove victorious I will allow to share my throne.
1. Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent?
He who walks without fault;
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart;
he who does not slander with his tongue. Response
2. He who does no wrong to his brother,
who casts no slur on his neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain,
but honours those who fear the Lord. Response
3. He who takes no interest on a loan
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever. Response
Gospel Acclamation Ps 129: 5
My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word.
Or 1 Jn 4: 10
God so loved us when he sent his Son
to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 19:1-10
The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost.
esus entered Jericho and was going through the town when a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. He was anxious to see what kind of man Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him: 'Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I must stay at your house today.' And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. They all complained when they saw what was happening. 'He has gone to stay at a sinner's house' they said. But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, 'Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost'.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel Reflection Tuesday Thirty Third Week in Ordinary Time Luke 19:1-10
acchaeus had a lot going for him. He was wealthy; he had a responsible job, a chief tax collector. He probably had a fine house by the standards of the time. Yet, there was a kind of restlessness about him. He was searching for something more. He had heard about Jesus and when Jesus came to his home city of Jericho he literally went out on a limb to see him, climbing a sycamore tree. This would have been considered a very undignified way for someone of his standing to behave. He was used to being dismissed by others as a ‘sinner’. Yet, there was a great deal more to him than that. He may not have been a saint but he wasn’t satisfied with where he was in his life. As he went searching for Jesus, he discovered that Jesus was searching for him. Once Zacchaeus put himself in the way of meeting Jesus by climbing that tree, Jesus addressed him by name, invited himself to Zacchaeus’ house and declared that he had come to seek out and to save the lost, people like Zacchaeus. There is something of Zacchaeus in all of us. We are seekers; we are aware of some kind restlessness of spirit within us. Only the Lord can respond to that restlessness fully and today’s gospel reading reminds us that he seeks us out even before we begin to seek for him. He is always coming towards us, calling us by name, asking to be admitted to our table, into our hearts. His love for us is prior to our love for him and it remains constant even when our love for him grows cold.
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/
Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018
Sliocht as Leabhar Apacailipsis 3:1-6. 14-22
Má oscail aon duine an doras dom, tiocfaidh mé isteach agus beidh bia agam fairis agus aigesean faramsa.
ise, Eoin, cuala mé an Tiarna á rá liom: “Scríobh go dtí aingeal na heaglaise i Sairdis: ‘Mar seo a deir an té ag a bhfuil seacht spiorad Dé agus na seacht réalta: Is eol dom d’oibreacha, go bhfuil tú in ainm a bheith beo, ach gur marbh thú. Dúisigh agus neartaigh a bhfuil fágtha agus ar tí báis, óir ní bhfuair mé d’oibreacha foirfe os comhair mo Dhé. Cuimhnigh más ea cad a ghlac tú agus a chuala tú, agus coinnigh do ghreim agus déan aithrí. Mura ndúisí tú, tiocfaidh mé mar ghadaí agus ní bheidh a fhios
agat cén uair a thiocfaidh mé ort. Ach tá beagán agat i Sairdis, daoine nár shalaigh a n-éidí; agus siúlóidh siad faram in éidí geala óir is fiú iad é. An té a bheireann bua beidh sé gléasta mar sin in éidí geala, agus ní scriosfaidh mé a ainm as leabhar na beatha, agus admhóidh mé a ainm os comhair m’athar agus os comhair a aingeal. An té a bhfuil cluas air, éisteadh sé lena bhfuil á rá ag an Spiorad leis na heaglaisí.’
“Scríobh go dtí aingeal na heaglaise i Láoidícéa: ‘Mar seo a deir an tAmen, an finné dílis fírinneach, céadtús chruthúnas Dé. Is eol dom d’oibreacha, nach fuar thú agus nach te. Uch nach fuar nó te thú! De bhrí go bhfuil tú alabhog, gan a bheith fuar ná te, táim chun tú a sceitheadh as mo bhéal amach. Óir deir tú: “Táim saibhir, táim faoi chonách, níl aon easpa orm”; agus gan a fhios agat go bhfuil tú dearóil, truamhéileach, bocht, dall, gan éadach. Comhairlím duit ór a cheannach uaim atá profa sa tine, chun go mbeifeá saibhir; agus éidí geala le cur ort chun nár léir náire do bhall nocht; agus uinnimint le do shúile a ungadh chun go mbeadh radharc agat. An lucht dá dtugaim grá, ceartaím agus smachtaím; bí díograiseach, uime sin, agus déan aithrí. Seo mé i mo sheasamh ag an doras, agus ag bualadh air; má chloiseann aon duine mo ghuth agus an doras a oscailt dom, tiocfaidh mé isteach chuige agus beidh bia agam fairis agus aigesean faramsa. An té a bheireann bua, tabharfaidh mé cead dó suí taobh liom i mo ríchathaoir, faoi mar a bhí an bua agamsa agus gur shuigh mé taobh le m’athair ina ríchathaoir. An té a bhfuil cluas air, éisteadh sé lena bhfuil á rá ag an Spiorad leis na heaglaisí.’”
Salm le Freagra
An té a bheireann bua tabharfaidh mé cead dó suí taobh liom ar mo ríchathaoir.
1. A Thiarna, cé dhéanfaidh cónaí i do bhoth?
An té a shiúlann gan cháim;
an té a dhéanann fíréantacht
agus a labhraíonn go díreach óna chroí;
An té nach ndéanann tromaíocht lena theanga. Freagra
2. An té nach ndéanann olc dá chomharsa
is nach dtugann masla don duine thall;
an té ar beag aige an drochdhuine
agus ar mór aige lucht eagla an Tiarna. Freagra
3. An té nach gcuireann a chuid airgid ar úsaireacht,
’s nach nglacann le breab in aghaidh an neamhchiontaigh.
An té a dhéanfaidh amhlaidh
ní bhainfear dá threoir é go brách. Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás 19:1-10
Tháinig Mac an Duine chun an rud a bhí caillte a lorg agus a shlánú.
an am sin ar theacht isteach in Ireachó dó, bhí Íosa ag gabháil tríd. Agus fear darbh
ainm Zacháias a bhí ina cheannphoibleacánach agus é saibhir, bhí sé ag iarraidh radharc a fháil ar Íosa, cérbh é féin; ach ní fhéadfadh de dheasca an tslua, óir bhí sé íseal ina phearsa. Agus rith sé roimhe chun cinn agus chuaigh in airde i gcrann seiceamair chun go bhfeicfeadh sé é, óir is thairis sin a bhí sé le gabháil. Nuair a tháinig Íosa go dtí an áit, bhreathnaigh sé suas agus dúirt leis: “A Zacháias, déan deifir agus tar anuas, óir is i do theachsa nach foláir dom fanacht inniu.” Agus tháinig sé anuas go deifreach agus chuir fáilte roimhe go háthasach. Ar a fheiceáil sin do chách, bhí siad ag monabhar á rá: “Tá sé tar éis dul ar lóistín ag peacach.” Ach dúirt Zacháias go croíúil leis an Tiarna: “Is é a dhéanfaidh mé, a Thiarna, leath mo mhaoine a thabhairt do na boicht, agus má bhain mé aon ní go héagórach d’aon duine, déanfaidh mé aisíoc leis faoi cheathair.” Dúirt Íosa leis: “Tá slánú tar éis teacht chun an tí seo inniu, mar is mac d’Abrahám an duine seo freisin: óir tháinig Mac an Duine chun an rud a bhí caillte a lorg agus a shlánú.”
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