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Mass to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life 2020

Date: 2nd February 2020 @12 noon
Location: Sligo Cathedral

The Pope Video – February 2020

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The masks we wear.

 

We relate to the world through our masks – the mask is worn in order to win approval and acceptance. We learn early in life that certain kinds of behaviour win the respect and affection of others – our behaviour is often dictated by the masks we wear.  In fact, it is the heart that counts, and often the heart of the problem is the human heart. All good and evil come from the heart, and in today’s Gospel Jesus tackles this problem by framing the commandments in a new way – he frames them in the context of a new covenant or law that is inaugurated by himself. This is the law of love, and what he reveals in today’s Gospel is a new way of living. This new way comes from the heart.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

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Source: sundaythoughts.com by Fr. Martin Tierney (adapted).

Feb 16 - Onesimus-A special favoured servant according to St Paul

Summary: Onesimus was a slave Paul met in Rome, who agreed to bring back a letter from Paul to the community at Colossae and to return freely to Philemon, his former master, from whom he had run away.

Fr John Murray PP tells his story.

OnesimusBeing a slave in the Roman world in the time of Jesus was not easy. There were some who had a pleasant life as they tutored the sons and daughters of the rich and noble citizens of the empire. They often had the freedom of the house and they ate and slept well, but they remained slaves, and freedom was not theirs to cherish. In their hearts, they yearned for the land from which they had been snatched by the marauding armies of the Roman Empire.slavery

Others had a much more difficult life, as they toiled long hours in the fields or fought for a wager in the gladiatorial arenas. It was no wonder that some decided to run away and take their chance in the world at large. They knew the risk they took, but freedom was the goal.

Onesimus and Paul
Onesimus was one such slave who escaped from his master, Philemon, in Colossae. St. Paul wrote about him in the letterthe shortest book in the Bible: The Letter to Philomen. Onesimus had run off to Rome, where he expected to disappear in the crowds. However, it was his good fortune that he met Paul who, at that time, was under house arrest in the city. This meant that the apostle could go out and about with a police escort, and it was on one such trip that he met the slave.

Probably they had met while Paul stayed at the house of Philemon, but contact was limited, and Onesimus was no doubt hardened in his heart to the religion of his master. Things were different in the huge metropolis that was Rome, and there the slave exchanged an earthly master for a heavenly one. 'I have become his father while in prison,' Paul writes to Philemon (Phil 10). Simply put, Onesimus became a Christian and, stranger still, Paul sent him back to Philemon. And he went. 'You may have him back forever,' Paul writes, 'a slave, yet not a slave. He is a very dear brother to me, and he will be even dearer to you' (Phil 16).

The story goes that Onesimus returned to Philemon, who forgave him - by law he could have inflicted a severe punishment on his slave - and in time the same Onesimus became more than a ‘useful' worker in the Church for Paul. He was the one who carried the letter Paul wrote to the Colossians.

Servants and Service
Though his name may not appear in most calendars, Onesimus is the patron of servants, and the example of his life has great significance for all of us. We may not be servants in the old and traditional sense, but we are people who serve the public, whether in shops or garages or offices, not forgetting, of course, the service which takes place daily in every home up and down the country.

What Paul did was to render the service Onesimus gave as something Christ had filled with his presence. When he returned to Philemon, no longer was there the former sullen and silent resentment, a dutiful obedience, but instead a joyful and loving act.

Onesimus 2Paul helped Onesimus to see that life was to be lived in its fullness in the present moment, without a constant longing to be elsewhere, somehow freed from the 'burden' of the present moment. To use the phrase of a later French spiritual writer, Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751), the matrix in which we surrender ourselves to God's will is 'the sacrament of the present moment'. 'What God arranged for us to experience at each moment is the best and holiest thing that could happen to us,' de Caussade would write.

In the letter Onesimus would later take to Colossae, Paul wrote, 'Whatever you do, put your heart into it as done for the Lord and not for human beings... It is Christ the Lord that you are serving' (Col.3:23-24).



This article first appeared in The Messenger (February 2006), a publication of the Irish Jesuits.
Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 17th February, 2020

-16-2-2020-


FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Ecclesiasticus       15:15-20
He never commanded anyone to be godless

Jesus and choiceIf you wish, you can keep the commandments,
to behave faithfully is within your power.
He has set fire and water before you;
put out your hand to whichever you prefer.
Man has life and death before him;
whichever a man likes better will be given him.
For vast is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is almighty and all-seeing.
His eyes are on those who fear him,
he notes every action of man.
He never commanded anyone to be godless,
he has given no one permission to sin.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 118
Response                              They are happy who follow God's law!

1. They are happy whose life is blameless,
who follow God's law!
They are happy those who do his will,
seeking him with all their hearts.       Response


2. You have laid down your precepts
to be obeyed with care.
May my footsteps be firm
to obey your statutes.                            Response


3. Bless your servant and I shall live
and obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may consider
the wonders of your law.                      Response


4. Teach me the demands of your statutes
and I will keep them to the end.
Train me to observe your law,
to keep it with my heart.                      Response


SECOND READING

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians        2:6-10
God predestined to be for our glory before the ages began.

We have a wisdom to offer those who have reached maturity: not a philosophy of our age, it is true, still less of the masters of our age, which are coming to their end. The hidden wisdom of God which we teach in our mysteries is the wisdom that God predestined to be for our glory before the ages began. lt is a wisdom that none of the masters of this age have ever known, or they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory; we teach what scripture calls: the things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.

These are the very things that God has revealed to us through the Spirit, for the Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation         1 Sam 3:9
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!

or                                              Mt 11:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew         5:17-37
You have learnt how it was said to your ancestors; but I say this to you.

Jesus on taborJesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish them but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.

‘For I tell you, if your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.

‘You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will pnswer for it before the court; if a man calls his brother “Fool” he will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and if a man calls him “Renegade” he will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you solemnly, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.

‘You have learnt how it was said: You must not commit adultery. But I say this to you: if a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye should cause you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of you than to have your whole body thrown into hell. And if your right hand should cause you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of you than to have your whole body go to hell.

‘It has also been said: Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a writ of dismissal. But I say this to you: everyone who divorces his wife, except for the case of fornication, makes her an adulteress; and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

‘Again, you have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not break your oath, but must fulfil your oaths to the Lord. But I say this to you: do not swear at all, either by heaven, since that is God’s throne; or by the earth, since that is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, since that is the city of the great king. Do not swear by your own head either, since you cannot turn a single hair white or black. All you need say is “Yes” if you mean yes, “No” if you mean no; anything more than this comes from the evil one.’

The Gospel of the Lord

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Shorter Gospel form

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew        5:20-22. 
You have learnt how it was said to your ancestors; but I say this to you.

Jesus said to his disciples: 'Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.

'For I tell you, if your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven

The Gospel of the Lord



The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with permission of the publishers.

(Commentaries on the Gospel can be found in Sunday Homily Section  on our CI Home page)

Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 17th February, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as Leabhar Shíorach         15:15-20
Níor ordaigh sé d’aon duine ríamh bheith aindiaga.

Jesus and choiceMás áil leat é, is féidir duit na haitheanta a choimeád,
agus ort féin atá sé ag brath a bheith dílis.
Tá tine agus uisce curtha aige os do chomhair;
sín amach do lámh chuig cibé acu is rogha leat.
Tá an bás agus an bheatha os comhair an duine,
agus tabharfar dó cibé acu is mian leis.
Óir is fairsing í eagna an Tiarna;
Is mór í a chumhacht agus feiceann sé an uile ní.
Bíonn a shúile ar na daoine a bhfuil eagla orthu roimhe,
agus is eol dó gach beart dá ndéanann an duine.
Níor ordaigh sé d’aon duine riamh a bheith aindiaga,
ná níor thug sé cead d’aon duine riamh peaca a dhéanamh.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra           Sm 118
Freagra                            Is aoibhinn dóibh siúd a chomhlíonann dlí an Tiarna.

I.  Is aoibhinn dóibh siúd a bhfuil a slí gan locht,
a chomhlíonann dlí an Tiarna.
Is aoibhinn dóibh siúd a dhéanann de réir a thola,
a iarrann é óna gcroí go hiomlán.                        Freagra


2. Thug tú do phroiceapta
chun go gcomhlíonfaí iad go beacht.
Á, dá mbeadh mo slite socraithe go daingean
chun do reachtanna uile a choimeád.                Freagra


3. Bí go maith le do ghiolla, go maire mé,
agus go gcoimeáda me do bhriathra.
Oscail mo shúile chun go bhfeice mé
íontais do dhlí.                                                       Freagra


4. Múin dom, a Thiarna, slí do reachtanna,
agus coimeádfaidh mé go beacht iad.
Déan mo theagasc chun do dhlí a chomhlíonadh
ionas go gcoimeádainn ó chroí é.                      Freagra


DARA LÉACHT

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Coirintigh            2:6-10
Cheap Dia an eagna roimh thús aimsire chun glóir a thabhairt dúinn.

A bhráithre, labhraimidne eagna i measc na muintire atá tagtha in inmhe, ach ní hí eagna an tsaoil seo í ná eagna lucht ceannais an tsaoil seo, dream atá ag imeacht as. Is í eagna rúnda Dé atá i gceist againne, an eagna a bhí folaithe ó dhaoine ach a bhí ceaptha ag Dia roimh thús aimsire chun glóir a thabhairt dúinne. Ní raibh fios na heagna seo ag duine ar bith de cheannairí an tsaoil seo mar dá mbeadh a fhios acu í ní chéasfaidís Tiarna na glóire ar an gcrois. Mar atá scríofa:

“Nithe nach bhfaca súil iad agus nár chuala cluas iad,
nithe nár smaoinigh an duine orthu ina aigne,
is iad atá ullamh ag Dia dóibh siúd a bheir grá dó.”
Is dúinne a nocht Dia [na nithe seo] le cabhair an Spioraid.
Scrúdaíonn an Spiorad gach uile ní, fiú duibheagáin Dé féin.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa          Eo 6: 63, 68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Rinneadh feoil den Bhriathar agus chónaigh sé inár measc,an uile dhuine a ghlac é,
thug sé de cheart dóibh go ndéanfaí clann Dé díobh
Alleluia!

An Soiscéal                  Matha 5:17-37
Sin mar a dúradh leis na sinsir; ach is é seo a deirimse libh.

Jesus on taborSan am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail  “Ná bígí ag ceapadh gur chun an dlí agus na fáithe a chur ar ceal a tháinig mé. Ní á gcur ar ceal a tháinig mé ach á gcur i gcrích.
Óir deirim libh go fírinneach, is túisce a imeoidh neamh agus talamh ná mar a imeoidh aon litir ná aon ghiota den dlí gan gach aon ní a bheith tagtha i gcrích. Dá bhrí sin, an té a chuirfidh aon aithne ar ceal den chuid is lú de na haitheanta seo, agus a mhúinfidh do dhaoine eile an rud céanna a dhéanamh, measfar é sin ar an té is lú i ríocht na bhflaitheas.

Ach an té a choimeádfaidh iad agus a mhúinfidh, measfar eisean ina dhuine mór i ríocht na bhflaitheas. Óir deirim libh, mura mbíonn barr fíréantachta agaibh ar a mbíonn ag na scríobhaithe agus ag na Fairisínigh, is cinnte nach rachaidh sibh isteach i ríocht na bhflaitheas.

“Chuala sibh go ndúradh leis na sinsir: ‘Ná déan marú; agus má dhéanann duine marú beidh air freagairt ann don bhreithiúnas.’ Ach is é a deirimse libh, duine ar bith a bhíonn i bhfeirg lena bhráthair, beidh air freagairt ann don bhreithiúnas, agus má deir aon duine lena bhráthair ‘Ceann baoth’, beidh air freagairt ann don tsainidrín; agus má deir sé ‘Amadán’ leis, beidh air freagairt ann i dtine ifrinn. Dá réir sin, má bhíonn tú ag tabhairt d’ofrála chun na haltóra agus go gcuimhneoidh tú ansin go bhfuil cúis ghearáin éigin ag do bhráthair ort, fág d’ofráil ansiúd os comhair na haltóra, imigh leat ar dtús agus déan síocháin le do bhráthair, agus tar ansin ag déanamh na hofrála. An duine a chúisíonn thú, tar chun réitigh leis gan mhoill agus tú ag gabháil na slí leis, le heagla go dtabharfadh fear do chúisithe suas don bhreitheamh thú, agus an breitheamh don phóilín, agus go gcuirfí i bpriosún thú. Deirim leat go fírinneach, ní thiocfaidh tú amach as sin go mbeidh an cianóigín deireanach díolta agat.

“Chuala sibh go ndúradh: ‘Ná déan adhaltranas.’ Ach is é a deirimse libh, duine ar bith a bhreathnaíonn ar bhean le dúil inti, tá adhaltranas déanta aige léi cheana féin ina chroí. Más siocair pheaca duit do shúil dheas, srac amach í agus caith uait í, óir is fearr duit ball de do chorp a chailleadh ná do chorp ar fad a chaitheamh isteach in ifreann. Agus más siocair pheaca duit do lámh dheas, gearr anuas í agus caith uait í, óir is fearr duit ball de do chorp a chailleadh ná go rachadh do chorp ar fad isteach in ifreann.

“Dúradh fós: ‘Má scaoileann duine a bhean uaidh tugadh sé litir idirscartha di.’ Ach is é a deirimse libh, gach aon duine a scaoileann uaidh a bhean, taobh amuigh de chás an striapachais, ligeann sé le hadhaltranas í, agus duine ar bith a phósann bean a scaoileadh, déanann sé adhaltranas.

“Chuala sibh freisin go ndúradh leis na sinsir: ‘Ná sáraigh do mhionn; déan do mhionna a chomhlíonadh don Tiarna.’ Ach is é a deirimse libh, gan mionn ar bith a thabhairt: gan a thabhairt dar neamh, óir is é ríchathaoir Dé é; ná dar an talamh, óir is é stól a chos é; ná dar Iarúsailéim, óir is í cathair an Rí mhóir í; ná mionnaigh dar do cheann ach chomh beag, mar ní féidir duit aon ribe amháin de a dhéanamh geal ná dubh. Is é amháin is ráite daoibh: ‘Is ea, is ea.’ ‘Ní hea, ní hea.’ Focal thar an méid sin, is ón Olc é!

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Soiscéal gearr                

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha          5:20-22, 
Sin mar a dúradh leis na sinsir; ach is é seo a deirimse libh.

Jesus on taborSan am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail  “Ná bígí ag ceapadh gur chun an dlí agus na fáithe a chur ar ceal a tháinig mé. Ní á gcur ar ceal a tháinig mé ach á gcur i gcrích.
Óir deirim libh go fírinneach, is túisce a imeoidh neamh agus talamh ná mar a imeoidh aon litir ná aon ghiota den dlí gan gach aon ní a bheith tagtha i gcrích. Dá bhrí sin, an té a chuirfidh aon aithne ar ceal den chuid is lú de na haitheanta seo, agus a mhúinfidh do dhaoine eile an rud céanna a dhéanamh, measfar é sin ar an té is lú i ríocht na bhflaitheas. Ach an té a choimeádfaidh iad agus a mhúinfidh, measfar eisean ina dhuine mór i ríocht na bhflaitheas.

Óir deirim libh, mura mbíonn barr fíréantachta agaibh ar a mbíonn ag na scríobhaithe agus ag na Fairisínigh, is cinnte nach rachaidh sibh isteach i ríocht na bhflaitheas.

Soiscéal Dé



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart

 
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 23rd February, 2020
FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Leviticus            19:1-2. 17-18
You must love your neighbour as yourself.

T
he Lord spoke to Moses; he said: 'Speak to the whole community of the sons of Israel and say to them: "Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.

'You must not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. You must openly tell him, your neighbour, of his offence; this way you will not take a sin upon yourself. You must not exact vengeance, nor must you bear a grudge against the children of your people. You must love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 102
Response                                 The Lord is compassion and love.


1. My soul, give thanks to the Lord,
    all my being, bless his holy name.
    My soul, give thanks to the Lord
    and never forget all his blessings.                    Response


2. It is he who forgives all your guilt,
    who heals every one of your ills,
    who redeems your life from the grave,
    who crowns you with love and compassion.  Response


3. The Lord is compassion and love,
    slow to anger and rich in mercy.
    He does not treat us according to our sins
    nor repay us according to our faults.               Response


4. As far as the east is from the west
    so far does he remove our sins.
    As a father has compassion on his sons,
    the Lord has pity on those who fear him.       Response


SECOND READING

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians          3: 16-23
All are your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.
Gods temple
Didn't you realise that you were God's temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you? If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy him, because the temple of God is sacred; and you are that temple.

Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As scripture says: The Lord knows wise men's thoughts: he knows how useless they are: or again: God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise So there is nothing to boast about in anything human: Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life and death, the present and the future, are all your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation           Jn 14:23
Alleluia, alleluia!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.
Alleluia!

or                                                1 Jn 2:5
Alleluia, alleluia!
When anyone obeys what Jesus has said, God's love comes to perfection in him.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL 

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew           5:38-48
Love your enemies.

Jesus said to his disciples:'You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer the wicked man no resistance. On the contrary, if anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well; if a man takes you to law and would have your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give to anyone who asks, and if anyone wants to borrow, do not turn away.

GODS LOVE'You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectorsdo as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.'

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.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 23rd February, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as Leabhar Léivíticeas        19:1-2. 17-18
Ní foláir duit grá a thabhairt do do chomharsa mar thú féin.

Word of God 2Labhair an Tiarna le Maois agus dúirt: “Labhair le comhthionól chlann Iosrael go léir agus abair leo: Bigí naofa, óir táimse, an Tiarna bhur nDia, naofa

“Ná bíodh fuath agat i do chroí do do chomharsa, ach déan a choir a chur ar a shúile dó os ard; fágfaidh sin thú gan peaca a ghabháil ort féin. Ná bain díoltas amach; ná bíodh faltanas agat le clann do dhaoine muinteartha. Ní foláir duit grá a thabhairt do do chomharsa mar thú féin. Mise an Tiarna.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra         Sm 102
Freagra                         Is grámhar trócaireach é an Tiarna.

I. Gabh buíochas leis an Tiarna, a anam liom,
beannaíodh a bhfuil istigh ionam a ainm naofa.
Gabh buíochas leis an Tiarna, a anam liom,
agus dá déan dearmad dá thíolaicí go leir.          Freagra

2. Eiséan a mhaitheann do chionta go léir,
a shlánaíonn d'easláintí go léir,
a fhuasclaíonn do bheatha ón mbás,
a chorónaíonn thú le grá is le trua.                        Freagra

3. Is grámhar trócaireach é an Tiarna,
foighneach agus lán de cheansacht.
Ní de réir ár bpeacaí a roinneann sé linn:
ní de réir ár gcionta a chúítíonn sé sinn.              Freagra 

4  Ní faide an t-oirthear ón iarthar
ná an fad a chuireann sé ár gcionta uainn.
Amhail is trua leis an athair a chlann
is trua leis an Tiarna lucht a eaglaithe.                 Freagra


DARA LÉACHT

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na gCoirintigh         3:16-23
Is libhse iad uile, agus is le Críost sibhse agus is le Dia Críost.
Gods temple
A
bhráithre, nach dtuigeann sibh, a bhráithre, gur teampall Dé sibh agus go bhfuil Spiorad Dé ina chónaí ionaibh. Duine ar bith a mhilleann teampall Dé, millfidh Dia eisean, mar is naofa é teampall Dé – agus is sibhse an teampall sin. Ná bíodh aon dul amú ar aon duine; aon duine agaibh a áiríonn é féin a bheith eagnaí de réir ghnás an tsaoil seo, bíodh sé ina amadán le go mbeadh sé eagnaí dáiríre. Mar níl in eagna an tsaoil seo ach díth céille i bhfianaise Dé, mar tá scríofa: “Sáinníonn sé na saoithe ina gcuid glicis féin”; agus arís: “Is eol don Tiarna smaointe na saoithe a bheith baoth.” Dá réir sin, ná bíodh duine ar bith ag déanamh mórtais as daoine, mar is libhse an t-iomlán: Pól agus Apollós agus Céafas, an domhan, an bheatha agus an bás, a bhfuil ann agus a bhfuil le teacht – is libhse iad uile, agus is le Críost sibhse agus is le Dia Críost.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa           Eo 14: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Má bhíonn grá ag duine dom, coinneoidh sé mo bhriathar,
agus beidh grá ag m'Athair dó, agus tiocfaimid chuige,' a deir an Tiarna.
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha       5:38-48
Bíodh grá agat do do namhaid.

GODS LOVESan am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail “Chuala sibh go ndúradh: ‘Súil ar shúil, fiacail ar fhiacail.’ Ach is é a deirimse libh gan seasamh in aghaidh an drochdhuine: ina ionad sin, an té a thugann buille sa leiceann dheas duit, iompaigh chuige an leiceann eile freisin; agus an té a chuirfeadh an dlí ort chun do léine a bhreith uait, scaoil leis do bhrat chomh maith. An té a chuireann d’fhiacha ort dul aon mhíle amháin leis, gabh leis an dá mhíle. An té a iarrann rud ort, tabhair dó é, agus an té arb áil leis iasacht uait, ná tabhair leis do chúl.

“Chuala sibh go ndúradh: ‘Bíodh grá agat do do chomharsa agus fuath agat do do namhaid.’ Ach is é a deirimse libh, bíodh grá agaibh do bhur naimhde agus guígí ar son bhur ngéarleantóirí; sin mar a bheidh sibh in bhur gclann ag bhur nAthair atá ar neamh, a chuireann faoi deara dá ghrian éirí ar olc agus ar mhaith, agus a fhearann báisteach ar chóir agus ar mhíchóir. Óir, má thugann sibh grá dóibh seo a thugann grá daoibh, cad é an tuarastal atá ag dul daoibh? Nach ndéanann na poibleacánaigh féin an rud céanna? Agus mura mbeannaíonn sibh ach do bhur mbráithre amháin, an ndéanann sibh aon ní thar na bearta? Nach ndéanann na págánaigh féin an rud céanna? Bígí foirfe, dá bhrí sin, faoi mar atá bhur nAthair neamhaí foirfe.

Soiscéal Dé



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