Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 21st October, 2020
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 3:2-12
The mystery of Christ has now been revealed means that pagans now share the same inheritance.
ou have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery, as I have just described it very shortly. If you read my word you will have some idea of the depths that I see in the mystery of Christ. This that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel. I have been made the servant of that gospel by a gift of grace from God who gave it to me by his own power. I, who am less than the least of all the saints have been entrusted with this special grace, not only of proclaiming to the pagans the infinite treasure of Christ but also of explaining how the mystery is to be dispensed.
Through all the ages, this has been kept hidden in God, the creator of everything. Why? So that the Sovereignties and Powers should learn only now, through the Church, how comprehensive God's wisdom really is, exactly according to the plan which he had had from all eternity in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is why we are bold enough to approach God in complete confidence, through our faith in him.
The Word of the Lord.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
1. Truly, God is my salvation,
I trust, I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation. Response
2. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!
Declare the greatness of his name,
sing a psalm to the Lord! Response
3. For he has done glorious deeds,
made them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. Response
Jn 10: 27
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the lord,
I know them and they follow me.
Mt 24: 42
Stay awake and stand ready, because you do not know the hour when the Son of Man is coming.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 12:39-48
When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him
esus said to his disciples: You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'
Peter said, 'Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?' The Lord replied, 'What sort of steward, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master's arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you truly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the servant who says to himself, "My master is taking his time coming", and sets about beating the menservants and the maids, and eating and drinking and getting drunk, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful.
The servant who knows what his master wants, but has not even started to carry out those wishes, will receive very many strokes of the lash. The one who did not know, but deserves to be beaten for what he has done, will receive fewer strokes. When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel Reflection Wednesday Twenty Ninth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 12:39-48
n the second image in today’s gospel reading, Jesus speaks of the faithful and wise steward who remains faithful to the task given to him by his master and is faithfully working away at it when the master returns after being away on a journey. We are all called to be faithful and wise stewards in that same sense. We are to remain faithful to our calling, to our task of living the gospel day in and day out. Faithfulness was what characterized the ministry of Jesus. He was faithful to the work God gave him to do, even though it meant his crucifixion. He was faithful to the disciples he had chosen, even though they let him down and abandoned him when he most needed them. According to Luke in his gospel, he was faithful even to his enemies, healing the ear of one of those who came to arrest him and praying on the cross for those responsible for his crucifixion. In a variety of ways, Jesus showed himself to be the Faithful One. His faithfulness can inspire and empower something of the same level of faithfulness in us. Like Paul, we want to be able to say at the end of our lives, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith’.
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: Wednesday, 21st October, 2020
Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na hEifísigh 3:2-12
Tá rún Chríost nochtaithe anois.
bhráithre, tá iomrá cloiste agaibh, ní foláir, ar an gcúram a thug Dia mar ghrásta dom in bhur gcomhair agus mar a thug sé fios a rúin dom in aisling. Tá scríofa agam faoi seo go hachomair cheana agus má léann sibh é féadfaidh sibh mo léargas-sa ar rúndiamhair Chríost a thuiscint. Níor tugadh fios an rúin seo do na glúinte daoine a chuaigh romhainn ach tá sé arna nochtadh ag Dia anois faoi luí an Spioraid dá aspail naofa agus dá fháithe. Agus is é rún é: gur comhoidhrí na gintlithe, gur comhbhaill den aon chorp iad agus go bhfuil siad comhpháirteach sa ghealltanas i gCríost Íosa tríd an dea-scéal. Rinneadh maor ar an dea-scéal sin díomsa nuair a bhronn Dia a ghrásta orm le héifeacht a chumhachta féin. Is mé an duine is dearóile de na naoimh go léir, ach is domsa a tugadh an grásta seo: saibhreas dochuimsithe Chríost a fhógairt do na gintlithe agus leagan amach an rúin a léiriú do chách. Bhí an rún seo folaithe leis na cianta i nDia a chruthaigh gach a bhfuil ann, dtreo go bhfaigheadh tiarnais agus údaráis na spéire eolas anois tríd an Eaglais ar eagna ilghnéitheach Dé de réir an bheartais shíoraí a chuir sé i bhfeidhm i gCríost Íosa ár dTiarna. Is é Críost a bheir dúinn a bheith teann de bharr ár gcreidimh agus dul go muiníneach i láthair Dé.
Salm le freagra
Beidh sibh ag tarraingt uisce go lúcháireach as toibreacha an tslánaithe.
1. An bhfeiceann sibh, is é Dia mo shlánaitheoir,
tá muinín agam agus nílim eaglach níos mó,
óir is é an Tiarna mo neart agus mo cheol;
is é mo shlánú é.”
Agus beidh sibh ag tarraingt uisce go lúcháireach
as toibreacha an tslánaithe. Freagra
2. “Tugaigí buíochas don Tiarna,
glaoigí air ina ainm!
Fógraígí a éachtaí don phobal,
meabhraígí gurb oirirc dá ainm. Freagra
3. Canaigí don Tiarna, óir tá iontais déanta aige;
ní mór iad a fhoilsiú ar fud an domhain iomláin.
Gáirigí le háthas agus liúirigí,
sibhse a bhfuil cónaí oraibh i Síón,
óir is mór le rá é in bhur measc
Neach Naofa Iosrael.” Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás 12:39-48
An té ar tugadh mórán dó, beifear ag lorg mórán uaidh, agus an té ar taobhaíodh mórán leis, iarrfar níos mó air.
an am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: bíodh a fhios agaibh é seo: dá mb’eol don fhear tí cén uair a thiocfadh an bithiúnach, ní cheadódh sé a theach a bhriseadh isteach. Bígí sibhse ullamh freisin, óir is ar an uair nach síleann sibh a thiocfaidh Mac an Duine.”
Dúirt Peadar ansin: “A Thiarna, an linne atá tú ag tagairt an pharabail seo, nó le cách eile chomh maith?” Dúirt an Tiarna: “Cé hé más ea, an maor úd atá iontaofa géarchúiseach a gceapfaidh an máistir os cionn a lucht tís é chun a gcion den arbhar a thabhairt dóibh i dtráth? Is méanar don seirbhíseach sin a bhfaighidh a mháistir é ag déanamh amhlaidh ar theacht dó. Deirim libh go dearfa, ceapfaidh sé os cionn a mhaoine go léir é. Ach má deir an seirbhíseach sin ina chroí: ‘Is é an teacht mall ag mo mháistir é,’ agus go dtosóidh ag bualadh na mbuachaillí aimsire agus na gcailíní, agus ag ithe agus ag ól agus ag meisceoireacht, tiocfaidh máistir an tseirbhísigh sin sa lá nach mbíonn súil aige leis agus ar an uair nach eol dó, agus coscróidh sé é, agus tabharfaidh cion na míthairiseach dó.
An seirbhíseach sin arbh eol dó toil a mháistir agus nach ndearna ullmhú ná beart de réir a thola, gabhfar de mhórán buillí air; ach an té nárbh eol dó í agus a rinne nithe ba dhíol buillí, gabhfar de bheagán buillí air. An té ar tugadh mórán dó, beifear ag lorg mórán uaidh, agus an té ar taobhaíodh mórán leis, iarrfar níos mó air.
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