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DATE: 6th - 8th November
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Sunday 6th, Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th November 2022

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Nov 28 - St Catherine Labouré (1806-76) Daughter of Charity, visionary

Summary: St Catherine Labouré is  the religious sister  associated with the miraculous medal devotion. For forty-five years from the time of her visions in 1831 until her death in 1876 she led an outwardly uneventful life as a Daughter of Charity in Paris.

Early life
Patrick Duffy tells her story.

Zoë Labouré was born at Fain-les-Moutiers near Dijon in the Cote d'Or, the eighth of ten children of farmer Peter Labouré and his wife Magdalene Gontard. For several years she looked after her widowed father, then as a waitress in her uncle's café in Paris.

Rue de Bac
catherinel1 Zoë joined the Daughters of Charity at the Rue de Bac convent in Paris, taking the name Catherine. Here she did her novitiate and was professed. During her novitiate she had visions in the convent chapel, but hardly anyone knew about these until a few months before her death.

Subsequently she lived at Reuilly (Paris) for 46 years. She acted as portress, looked after the elderly in a rest-home and tended the poultry.

Miraculous medal
Catherine was described as matter of fact and unemotional by temperament. But some months before her death, she reported that during her novitiate the Virgin Mary appeared to her standing on a globe with shafts of light coming from her hands;MMedal she was surrounded by the inscription "Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee" and an inward voice told her to have a medal struck embodying Mary of the Immaculate Conception on one side and on the other a capital M with the cross over the hearts of Jesus and Mary surrounded by twelve stars (Apoc 12:1). She said she was told to have this produced as a medal: 1500 were minted in 1832, authorised by the archbishop of Paris. In 1836 a canonical enquiry accepted the visions as authentic.

A jew converts and becomes a priest
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his judgment seemed to be confirmed when an Alsatian Jew, Alphonse Ratisbonne, was converted to Christianity in 1842, became a priest, and founded the Fathers and Sisters of Sion. After this the Miraculous Medal devotion was widely propagated.


Death and canonisation
C
atherine died in 1876. Her body remains Cath Laboure in the convent chapel in the Rue de Bac, Paris. Miracles were reported at her tomb. She was beatified in 1933 and canonised in 1947.

The image (right>> shows her incorrupt body at the Rue de Bac convent in Paris.
Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 28th November, 2022

Monday of the 1st Week of Advent


General Theme: Isaiah is the great 8th Century B.C. prophet of the coming Messiah.
The daily Gospel passages regularly reflect these texts.


FIRST READING               

A reading from the prophet Isaiah        2: 1-5
Theme: The Lord draws all nations together into the eternal peace of  His kingdom.

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In the days to come the mountain of the Temple of the Lord shall tower above the mountains
and be lifted higher than the hills. All the nations will stream to it,
peoples without number will come to it; and they will say:

'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the Temple of the God of Jacob
that he may teach us his ways
so that we may walk in his paths;
since the Law will go out from Zion,
and the oracle of the Lord from Jerusalem'.

He will wield authority over the nations
and adjudicate between many peoples;
these will hammer their swords into ploughshares,
their spears into sickles.
Nation will not lift sword against nation,
there will be no more training for war.

O
House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

The Word of the Lord.        Thanks be to God.

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Alternative First Reading 
for use in Year A when Is 2:1-5 has been used on the 1st Sun. of  Advent

A reading from the prophet Isaiah        4:2-6
Theme: The fruit of the earth shall be the pride and adornment of Israel’s survivors.

That day, the branch of the Lord shall be beauty and glory, and the fruit of the earth
shall be the pride and adornment of Israel’s survivors.
Those who are left of Zion and remain of Jerusalem shall be called holy
and those left in Jerusalem, noted down for survival.
When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughter of Zion
and cleansed Jerusalem of the blood shed in her
with the blast of judgement and the blast of destruction,
the Lord will come and rest on the whole stretch of Mount Zion
and on those who are gathered there, a cloud by day, and smoke,
For, over all, the glory of the Lord will be a canopy and a tent
to give shade by day from the heat, refuge and shelter from the storm and the rain.


The Word of the Lord            Thanks be to God.


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Responsorial Psalm          Ps 121
Response                                I rejoiced when I heard them say: 'Let us go to God's house.'

1. I rejoiced when I heard them say:
'Let us go to God's house'.
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.        Response

2. It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.
For Israel's law it is,
there to praise the Lord's name.
There were set the thrones of judgement
of the house of David.                          Response

3. For the peace of Jerusalem pray:
'Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls,
in your palaces, peace!'                        Response

4. For love of my brethren and friends
I say: 'Peace upon you!'
For love of the house of the Lord
I will ask for your good.                       Response

Gospel  Acclamation               Ps 79
Alleluia, Alleluia!
God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

The Lord be with you.                               And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew        8:5-11         Glory to you, O Lord.
Theme: Many will come from east and west to take their places in the kingdom of heaven.

When Jesus went into Capernaum a centurion came up and pleaded with him. '
Sir,' he said 'my servant is lying at home paralysed, and in great pain.'j +THE CENTURION
'I will come myself and cure him' said Jesus.
The centurion replied,
'Sir, I am not worthy to have you under my roof;
just give the word and my servant will be cured.
For I am under authority myself, and have soldiers under me;
and I say to one man: Go, and he goes; to another: Come here, and he comes;to my servant: Do this, and he does it.'

When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those following him,
'I tell you solemnly, nowhere in Israel have I found faith like this.
And I tell you that many will come from east and west to take their places with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven'.

The Gospel of the Lord.              Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.




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Scripture Reflection       28th November, Monday,         First Week of Advent     Matthew 8:5-11

The Roman centurion in today’s gospel reading is one of the very striking characters of the gospels. Yet, he is an outsider to the Jewish world, being a pagan and a soldier of the occupying army. It is often the case in the gospels that great faith can be found beyond the boundaries of what would have been considered the community of faith. This pagan soldier displays a trusting faith in the power of Jesus’ word. Just as he, as a man of authority in the Roman army, can get things done at a distance by ordering his servants to go and do it, so he believes that Jesus can get things done at a distance just by means of his word. He wants Jesus to heal his servant at a distance because as a pagan he feels unworthy to have this Jewish man of God come visit his pagan home. Jesus recognizes him as a forerunner of all those pagans from east and west who will come to respond to the future preaching of the gospel and will take their place at the banquet of eternal life. Jesus is not physically present to us, as he was to those among whom he lived and worked in Galilee and Judea. Like the centurion, we are called to trust in the power of Jesus’ word even though he is not physically present to us. Yet, just as Jesus’ word made Jesus present to the servant of the centurion, even though Jesus was at a physical distance from the servant, so the Lord’s word brings him close to us now. The Lord is powerfully present in and through his word today, in a way that is life-giving.

Advent is a season when we try to open ourselves up more fully to the word of the Lord, when we listen to it more attentively, and allow it sink deep into our hearts and bear fruit in our lives.

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The Scripture Readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, 1966/7/8 published 1966/7/8 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/
The Scripture Reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2022-2023: Your word is a lamp for my feet and light for my path by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookstore

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Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 28th November, 2022
 
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as Leabhar Fáidh Íseáia           2:1-5
Seo linn, téimis suas go sliabh an Tiarna go teach Dhia Iacóib.


Fís Íseáia mhic Ámóz i dtaobh Iúdá agus Iarúsailéim.

Titfidh sé amach san am atá le teacht go mbeidh an sliabh a bhfuil teach an Tiarna air
os cionn na sléibhte, agus go dtógfar níos airde ná na cnoic é.
Tiocfaidh na ciníocha go léir ina sruth go dtí é; is iomaí pobal a rachaidh ann agus a déarfaidh:

' linn, téimis suas go sliabh an Tiarna
go teach Dhia Iacóib,
chun go múine sé dúinn a shlite
agus go siúlaimis a bhealaí.”
Óir ó Shíón rachaidh an dlí amach,
agus ó Iarúsailéim briathar an Tiarna.'

Beidh smacht aige ar na ciníocha
agus déanfaidh sé réiteach idir an iomad pobal,
agus buailfidh siad a gclaímhte amach ina soic
chéachtaagus a sleánna ina gcorráin.
Ní thógfaidh na ciníocha an claíomh
in aghaidh a chéile a thuilleadh
ná ní chleachtfaidh siad cogadh níos mó.

A theaghlach Iacóib, tagaigí,agus siúlaimis i solas an Tiarna!

Briathar an Tiarna              Buíochas le Dia
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Malairt CÉAD LÉACHT (Blian 1)

Sliocht as an fáidh Íseáia     4:2-6
Beidh toradh na talún mar ghlóir agus mar scéimh ag iarmhar Iosrael.


Sa lá sin, beidh geamhar an Tiarna faoi loinnir agus faoi mhaise,
agus toradh na talún mar ghlóir agus mar scéimh ag iarmhar Iosrael.
An dream a mhairfidh de Shíón, fuíoll áir Iarúsailéim
tabharfar naoimh orthu uile agus clárófar ar rolla na beatha iad in Iarúsailéim.

Truailliú iníon Shíón, nuair a bheidh sí nite ag an Tiarna,
agus Iarúsailéim glanta aige den fhuil a doirteadh
le siorradh an bhreithiúnais agus siorradh an loiscthe, tiocfaidh an Tiarna a chónaí
i ngach uile chuid de Shliabh Shíón agus orthu siúd a thagann le chéile ann,
ina néal agus ina dheatach de lá, agus d’oíche, ina chaor thine luisneach.
Óir os a chionn ar fad, beidh glóir an Tiarna ina léibheann agus ina both
chun scáth a thabhairt sa lá in aghaidh an teasa,
agus chun bheith ina tearmann agus ina dídean in éadan báistí agus stoirme.

Briathar an Tiarna               Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra               Sm 121
Freagra                                Rinne mé gairdeas nuair a dúradh liom:
                                              'Téimis i dteach an Tiarna.'

1. Rinne mé gairdeas nuair a dúradh liom:
'Teimis i dteach an Tiarna.'
Tá ár gcosa ina seasamh cheana féin
i do dhoirse, a Iarúsailéim.                                 Freagra

2. Rinneadh cathair Iarúailéim a thógail
go dluth is go daingean.
Is chuici a ghabhann na treibheanna suas,
treibheanna an Tiarna.                                        Freagra

3. Ar son mo bhráithre agus lucht mo pháirte:
'Go raibh síocháin ionat!'
Ar son theach an Tiarna, ár nDia,
iarraim do leas.                                                      Freagra

Comhgháir/Alleluia             Sm 79: 4
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Cuir ar ais sinn, a Thiarna na slua; taispeáin dúinn do ghnúis ghrianmhar, dár saoradh.
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL                         

Go raibh an Tiarna libh.                     Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha            8:5-11             Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Tiocfaidh mórán anoir agus aniar agus beidh siad ina súí chun boird  i ríocht na bhflaitheas.

j +THE CENTURIONSan am sin tar éis dul isteach i gCafarnáum d’ Íosa, tháinig taoiseach céad chuige ag achainí air:
A Thiarna,” ar seisean,
tá mo ghiolla ina luí sa bhaile ina phairiliseach agus é á chrá go léanmhar.”
Dúirt Íosa leis:
Rachaidh mé ann á leigheas.”
Ach dúirt an taoiseach céad á fhreagairt:
“A Thiarna, ní fiú mé go dtiocfá isteach faoi dhíon mo thí. Ná déan ach an focal a rá agus beidh mo ghiolla leigheasta. Óir is duine mé féin atá i mo ghearroifigeach agus tá saighdiúirí agam fúm, agus deirim leis seo: ‘Imigh!’ agus imíonn, agus leis seo eile:
Tar!’ agus tagann, agus le mo sheirbhíseach: ‘Déan seo!’ agus déanann.”

Nuair a chuala Íosa é, bhí ionadh air, agus dúirt leo seo a bhí á leanúint:
'Deirim libh go fírinneach, ní bhfuair mé a leithéid seo de chreideamh ag duine ar bith in Iosrael.
Deirim libh, tiocfaidh mórán anoir agus aniar agus beidh siad ina súí chun boird le hAbrahám
agus le hÍosác agus le Iacób i ríocht na bhflaitheas'.

Soiscéal an Tiarna.       Moladh duit, a Chriost



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 4th December, 2022

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Second Sunday of Advent


General theme: John the Baptist is a prophetic voice for all ages: his message speaks to us today, for conversion is always part of the Christian way of living. Conversion to each other is called for by St Paul, so that we can be tolerant of each other, united in mind and heart.


FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah          11:1-10
Theme: .He judges the wretched with integrity.

A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse,  a scion thrusts from his roots:
on him the spirit of the Lord rests,  a spirit of wisdom and insight,  a spirit of counsel and power,
a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (The fear of the Lord is his breath.)
He does not judge by appearances, last judgementhe gives no verdict on hearsay, but judges the wretched with integrity,
and with equity gives a verdict for the poor of the land.
His word is a rod that strikes the ruthless,
his sentences bring death to the wicked.

Integrity is the loincloth round his waist,
faithfulness the belt about his hips.

The wolf lives with the lamb,
the panther lies down with the kid,
calf and lion cub feed together
with a little boy to lead them.
The cow and the bear make friends,
their young lie down together.
The lion eats straw like the ox.
The infant plays over the cobra's hole;
into the viper's lair the young child puts his hand.
They do no hurt, no harm, on all my holy mountain,
for the country is filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters swell the sea.

That day, the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples.
It will be sought out by the nations and its home will be glorious.

The Word of the Lord    Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 71:1
Response                            In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails.

1. O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king's son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
and your poor in right judgement.             Response


2. In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the Great River to earth's bounds.   Response


3. For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor.                     Response


4. May his name be blessed for ever
and endure like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blessed in him,
all nations bless his name.                           Response


SECOND READING

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Romans         15:4-9
Theme: Christ is the Saviour of all people.

Everything that was written long ago in the scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope from the examples scripture gives of how people who did not give up were helped by God. And may he who helps us when we refuse to give up, help you all to be tolerant with each other, following the example of Christ Jesus, so that united in mind and voice you may give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. creation

It can only be to God's glory, then, for you to treat each other in the same friendly way as Christ treated you. The reason Christ became the servant of circumcised Jews was not only so that God could faithfully carry out the promises made to the patriarchs, it was also to get the pagans to give glory to God for his mercy, as scripture says in one place: For this I shall praise you among the pagans and sing to your name.

The Word of the Lord            Thanks be to God.

Gospel  Acclamation        Lk 3:4.6
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.. and all mankind shall see the salvation of God
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

The Lord be with you.                    And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew    3:1-12        Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.

John the BIn due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message:
'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand'.
This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said:

 A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.

This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them,
'Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming? But if you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruit, and do not presume to tell yourselves, "We have Abraham for our father", because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is laid to the roots of the trees, so that any tree which fails to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire.

I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals;
he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing-floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.'

The Gospel of the Lord                Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
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The Scripture Readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, 1966/7/8 published 1966/7/8 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/
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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 4th December, 2022

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AN DARA DOMHNACH DEN AIDBHINT


CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as Leabhar Íseáia, Faidh      Is 11:1-10
Tugann sé breithiúnas cothrom i leith na ndearóile.


Tá bachlóg ag eascar as bun chrann Ieise,
agus gas ag teacht óna fhréamh;
tá spiorad an Tiarna ag lonnú air,
spiorad na heagna agus na tuisceana,
spiorad na comhairle agus na cumhachta,
spiorad an eolais agus eagla an Tiarna.
(In eagla an Tiarna is ea tá a dhúil.)
Ní thugann sé breith de réir na cosúlachta,
ná ní chuireann tuairim de ar scéal scéil.
Ach déanann sé cóir agus ceart do na dealbha
agus tugann breithiúnas cothrom i leith dearóile na tíre.last judgement
Bata is ea a bhriathar a bhuaileann an t-anduine,
agus gaoth an fhocail uaidh, maraíonn sé an t-urchóideach.


Is í an chóir bréid cheangail a choime,
agus tá an dea-rún ina chrios ar a chorróga.

Tá an mac tíre ina chónaí leis an uan,
an pantar sínte le taobh an mheannáin ghabhair;
tá an gamhain agus an coileán leoin ar marthain in éineacht
agus gasúr óg á mbuachailleacht.
Tá an bhó agus an béar ag snaidhmeadh caradais,
agus a gceanna beaga in aon ál le chéile;
tá an leon ag ithe cocháin ar nós na mart.
Tá an leanbh cíche ag súgradh faoi phrochóg an chobra,
ar phluais na nathrach leagann an naíonán a lámh.
Díth ná dochar ní dhéantar níos mó
ar fud mo shléibhe bheannaithe go léir,
óir tá an talamh lán le heolas ar an Tiama
mar a líonann an fharraige leis an lán mara.

Sa lá sin, beidh beangán ó fhréamh Ieise
ina sheasamh mar chomhartha do na ciníocha.
Beidh na náisiúin ag dul ina mhuinín
agus beidh a áit chónaithe faoi mhaise agus faoi ghlóir.

Briathar Dé.                    Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra         Sm 71
Freagra                         Bláthóidh síocháin agus fhíréantacht lena linn nó go meathfaidh an ghealach.

1. Tabhair do bhreithiúnas, a Dhia, don rí
agus d'fhíréantacht do mhac an rí.
Go dtuga sé ceartbhreithiúnas ar a
agus cothrom do na bochta.                      Freagra


2. Bláthóidh síocháin agus fhíréantacht lena
nó go meathfaidh an ghealach.
Beidh a réimeas ó mhuir go muir,
ón Abhainn Mór go críoch na cruinne.  Freagra


3. Óir saorfaidh sé na bochta nuair a ghlaofaidh siad air
agus na hainniseoirí gan chúnamh.
Glacfaidh sé trua don duine lag
agus sábhálfaidh sé an duine dealbh.     Freagra


4. Go moltar a ainm go brách
an fad a bheidh an ghrian ann.
Is tríd a bheannófar gach treibh;
beidh gach cine á mholadh.                     Freagra


DARA LÉACHT 

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh        15:4-9
SlánaIonn Críost gach aon duine.

creationAbhráithre, gach ar scríobhadh fadó is dár dteagascna a scríobhadh é chun go mbeadh an fhoighne agus an sólás atá le fáil sa scrioptúr ina n-ábhar dóchais againn. Go dtuga Dia na foighne agus an tsóláis daoibhse a bheith báúil le chéile de réir mheon Chríost Íosa 6 ar shlí go mbeidh sibh d’aontoil agus d’aonghuth ag moladh Dé agus Athair ár dTiarna Íosa Críost.

Bíodh glacadh agaibh le chéile, mar sin, mar a ghlac Críost libh féin chun glóire Dé. Is é atáim a rá gur ar son fírinne Dé a tháinig Críost ag freastal ar lucht an timpeallghearrtha chun na gealltanais a tugadh do na patrarcaí a dhaingniú agus san am céanna chun go dtabharfadh na gintlithe glóir do Dhia ar son a thrócaire, mar atáscríofa: “Molfaidh mé thú dá bhrí sin i measc na náisiún,
agus canfaidh mé do d’ainm le duan.”

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia  Vearsa               Lc 3:4, 6
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Ullmhaigí bóthar an Tiarna, déanaigi díreach a chosáin. Agus feicfidh an uile cholainn shánú Dé.
Alleluia!


SOISCÉAL     

Go raibh an Tiarna libh.      Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha     3:1-12          Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Déanaigí aithrí mar tá ríocht na bhflaitheas in achmaireacht.


John the BSna laethanta sin, tháinig Eoin Baiste i láthair agus é ag seanmóir i bhfásach Iúdáia: “Déanaigí aithrí,” deireadh sé, “mar tá ríocht na bhflaitheas in achmaireacht.” Ag tagairt dó seo a bhí an chaint a dúirt Íseáia fáidh:

Glór duine ag éamh san fhásach:
‘Réitígí bóthar an Tiarna,
déanaigí díreach a chasáin.’”

Agus Eoin féin, bhí éadach de rón camaill air, agus crios leathair faoina choim, agus is é bia a bhíodh aige, lócaistí agus mil fhiáin. Ansin, bhí na daoine ag teacht amach chuige ó Iarúsailéim agus ó Iúdáia go léir agus ó cheantar uile na hIordáine, agus iad ag fáil bhaiste uaidh in abhainn na hIordáine ag admháil a bpeacaí.

Nuair a chonaic sé mórán de na Fairisínigh agus de na Sadúcaigh ag teacht chun baisteadh chuige, dúirt sé leo: “A sceith na bpéisteanna, cé thug leid daoibhse teitheadh ón díbheirg atá le teacht? Tugaigí, más ea, toradh uaibh is dual don aithrí, agus nárab áil libh a rá libh féin: ‘Tá Abrahám mar athair againn,’ óir deirim libh gur féidir le Dia clann a thógáil d’Abrahám as na clocha seo. Anois féin, tá an tua le fréamh na gcrann, agus gach crann nach dtugann toradh fónta uaidh, gearrfar anuas agus caithfear sa tine é. Táimse do bhur mbaisteadh le huisce, i gcomhair na haithrí; ach an té atá ag teacht i mo dhiaidh is treise é ná mise, agus ní fiú mé a bhróga a bhaint de: baistfidh seisean sibh leis an Spiorad Naomh agus le tine. Tá a cháiteog ina láimh aige agus déanfaidh sé a láithreán buailte a léirghlanadh; cruinneoidh sé a chuid arbhair isteach sa scioból, ach dófaidh sé an lóchán le tine dhomhúchta.”

Soiscéal an Tiarna.       Moladh duit, a Chriost



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