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Spiritual Moments.


You are our Rock.

Lord, help us to build on rock not sand.

When life’s storms prevail,

Keep our faith firm.

When disappointments come,

Keep our faith firm.

When illness strikes,

Keep our faith firm.

When sorrow overwhelms,

Keep our faith firm.

When temptation assails,

Keep our faith firm.

May we build our lives on you, our Rock.


Keep us Holy.

God of time and God of space,

Show the brightness of your face.

Help us run this earthly race,

Keep us holy by your grace.


Give us Grace.

Long suffering God,

You have infinite patience with your wayward children.

We fail you so often by our words and actions.

Give us grace to walk in your way

In joyful obedience to your will

That we may please you in the living of our lives.


Source: Celtic Prayers & Reflections by Jenny Child.

Feb 23 - St Polycarp - c69-155Ad

Summary of St Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr. Born about the year 69; died on this day about 155 at Smyrna (Turkey), where he had been the beloved and respected bishop. A disciple of Saint John the apostle, who wrote to the Philippians to strengthen their faith and to defend the Church against heresy. Noted for his fearless acknowledgment of Christ, and honoured as one of the apostolic fathers of the Church.

      Polycarp is known to later generations primarily through the account of his martyrdom, rather than by a formal biography. However, it can be determined from that account that he was born around the year 69 AD. From the testimony he gave to his persecutors – stating he had served Christ for 86 years – it is clear that he was either raised as a Christian, or became one in his youth. Growing up among the Greek-speaking Christians of the Roman Empire, Polycarp received the teachings and recollections of individuals who had seen and known Jesus during his earthly life. This important connection – between Jesus' first disciples and apostles and their respective students – served to protect the Catholic Church against the influence of heresy during its earliest days, particularly against early attempts to deny Jesus' bodily incarnation and full humanity.

Polycarp's most significant teacher, with whom he studied personally, was St. John – whose contributions to the Bible included not only the clearest indication of Jesus' eternal divinity, but also the strongest assertions of the human nature he assumed on behalf of mankind. By contrast, certain tendencies had already emerged among the first Christians – to deny the reality of Jesus' literal suffering, death, and resurrection, regarding them as mere "symbols" of highly abstract ideas.

Another Catholic teacher of the second century, St. Irenaeus, wrote that Polycarp "was not only instructed by apostles, and conversed with many who had seen Christ; but he was also, by apostles, appointed bishop of the Church in Smyrna." In a surviving letter that he wrote to the Philippians, he reminded that Church – which had also received the teaching of St. Paul – not to surrender their faith to the "gnostic" teachers claiming to teach a more intellectually refined gospel. "For every one who shall not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is antichrist," he wrote – citing St. John himself – "and whosoever shall not confess the testimony of the Cross, is of the devil; and whosoever shall pervert the oracles of the Lord to his own lusts and say that there is neither resurrection nor judgment, that man is the firstborn of Satan."

"Let us therefore, without ceasing, hold fast by our hope and by the pledge of our righteousness," Polycarp taught – as he went on to explain that both hope and righteousness depended upon "Jesus Christ, who took up our sins in His own body upon the cross." With eloquence and clarity, he reminded the Philippian Church that Christ, "for our sakes, endured all things – so that we might live in him." However, Polycarp's most eloquent testimony to his faith in Jesus came not through his words, but through his martyrdom, described in another early Christian work. The Church of Smyrna, in present-day Turkey, compiled their recollections of their bishop's death at the hands of public authorities in a letter to another local church."We have written to you, brethren, as to what relates to the martyrs, and especially to the blessed Polycarp" – who, in the words of the Catholics of Smyrna, "put an end to the persecution – having, as it were, set a seal upon it by his martyrdom."

Around the year 155, Polycarp became aware that government authorities were on the lookout for him, seeking to stamp out the Catholic Church's claim of obeying a higher authority than the Emperor. He retreated to a country house and occupied himself with constant prayer, before receiving a vision of his death that prompted him to inform his friends: "I must be burned alive." He changed locations, but was betrayed by a young man who knew his whereabouts and confessed under torture.

He was captured on a Saturday evening by two public officials, who urged him to submit to the state demands. "What harm is there," one asked, "in saying, 'Caesar is Lord,' and in sacrificing to him, with the other ceremonies observed on such occasions, so as to make sure of safety?" "I shall not do as you advise me," he answered. Outraged by his response, the officials had him violently thrown from their chariot and taken to an arena for execution. Entering the stadium, the bishop – along with some of his companions, who survived to tell of it – heard a heavenly voice, saying: "Be strong, and show yourself a man, O Polycarp!"

Before the crowd, the Roman proconsul demanded again that he worship the emperor. "Hear me declare with boldness, I am a Christian," the bishop said. "And if you wish to learn what the doctrines of Christianity are, appoint me a day, and you shall hear them.""You threaten me with fire," he continued "which burns for an hour, and after a little is extinguished. But you are ignorant of the fire of the coming judgment and of eternal punishment, reserved for the ungodly." "But," he challenged the proconsul, "what are you waiting for? Bring forth what you will." Although the crowds clamored for Polycarp to be devoured by beasts, it was decided he should be burned alive, just as he had prophesied. He prayed aloud to God: "May I be accepted this day before you as an acceptable sacrifice -- just as you, the ever-truthful God, have foreordained, revealed beforehand to me, and now have fulfilled."

What happened next struck Polycarp's companions with amazement; they recorded the sight in the letter that they circulated after Polycarp's death. "As the flame blazed forth in great fury," they wrote, "we to whom it was given to witness it, beheld a great miracle." The fire did not seem to touch the bishop's body. Rather, as they described, "shaping itself into the form of an arch, it encompassed – as by a circle – the body of the martyr. And he appeared within not like flesh which is burnt, but as bread that is baked, or as gold and silver glowing in a furnace." "Moreover, we perceived such a sweet odour coming from the flames – as if frankincense or some such precious spices had been burning there."

The executioners perceived that Polycarp's death was not going as planned. Losing patience, they ordered him to be stabbed to death. From the resulting wound, "there came forth a dove, and a great quantity of blood, so that the fire was extinguished." The crowd, as the Christian witnesses recalled, were understandably amazed. "All the people marveled," they wrote, "that there should be such a difference between the unbelievers and the elect." Polycarp, they proclaimed, had been among that elect – "having in our own times been an apostolic and prophetic teacher, and bishop of the Catholic Church which is in Smyrna." St. Polycarp has been venerated as a Saint since his death in 155.
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 23rd February, 2019
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Hebrews        11:1-7
It is by faith that we understand that the world was created by one word from God.

Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended.

It is by faith that we understand that the world was created by one word from God, so that no apparent cause can account for the things we can see.

It was because of his faith that Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain, and for that he was declared to be righteous when God made acknowledgement of his offerings. Though he is dead, he still speaks by faith.

It was because of his faith that Enoch was taken up and did not have to experience death: he was not to be found because God had taken him. This was because before his assumption it is attested that he had pleased God.
Now it is impossible to please God without faith, since anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and rewards those who try to find him.

It was through his faith that Noah, when he had been warned by God of something that had never been seen before, felt a holy fear and built an ark to save his family. By his faith the world was convicted, and he was able to claim the righteousness which is the reward of faith.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 144
Response                                 If I will bless your name for ever, O Lord.

1. I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.
The Lord is great, highly to be praised,
his greatness cannot be measured.      Response

2. Age to age shall proclaim your works,
shall declare your mighty deeds,
shall speak of your splendour and glory,
tell the tale of your wonderful works.  Response

3. All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God.            Response

Gospel  Acclamation             Ps 147
Alleluia, alleluia!
O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! He sends out his word to the earth.

Or                                                Mk 9:6
Alleluia, alleluia!
The heavens opened and the Father's voice resounded: 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.'.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 9:2-13
In their presence he was transfigured.

esus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: 'Rabbi,' he said 'it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah'. He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.'Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean. And they put this question to him, 'Why do the scribes say that Elijah has to come first?' 'True,' he said 'Elijah is to come first and to see that everything is as it should be; yet how is it that the scriptures say about the Son of Man that he is to suffer grievously and be treated with contempt? However, I tell you that Elijah has come and they have treated him as they pleased, just as the scriptures say about him.'

The Gospel of the Lord

Gospel Reflection             Saturday        Sixth Week in Ordinary Time      Mark 9:2–13

In today’s gospel reading, Mark describes what must have been a very memorable moment in the lives of Peter, James and John. This experience of Jesus transfigured on the mountain came to them as a sheer gift. They had done nothing to make it happen. It was Jesus who took the initiative to lead them up a mountain where they could be alone with him. They had no hand or part in the transformation that came over Jesus on the mountain. They were simply the recipients of this extraordinary grace. In Mark’s Gospel, this experience came just after that difficult moment when Jesus revealed himself to his disciples as the Son of Man who must suffer and die, much to their consternation, and Peter’s consternation in particular. Beyond this experience lay the way to Jerusalem where Jesus would undergo his passion and the disciples would know the pain of denial and flight. Here on the mountain they were given the grace of seeing the deeper reality behind all the suffering to come, the love of the Father for the Son, the love of the Son for the Father, and the Father’s gift of the Son to all, ‘Listen to him'. We, too, can be unexpectedly graced by the Lord on our life’s journey, sometimes even in the midst of struggle and suffering. Such graces can take many forms, but they all leave us saying, with Peter, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here’. Often it is not what we work for but what is given to us that touches us most deeply and enduringly.


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

The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ
by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger  c/f
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 23rd February, 2019
Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na   hEabhraig       11:1-7
Trí chreideamh tuigimid gur cruthaíodh an chruinne trí bhriathar Dé

A bhráithre, is é rud é creideamh ná urra go bhfaighimid na nithe a bhfuilimid ag súil leo agus cruthú gur ann do na nithe nach bhfeicimid. Is mar gheall ar a gcreideamh a
tugadh dea-theist ar ár sinsir.

Trí chreideamh tuigimid gur cruthaíodh an chruinne trí bhriathar Dé sa chaoi nach as nithe sofheicthe a rinneadh na nithe a fheicimid.

Trí chreideamh d’ofráil Áibil íobairt níos fearr ná íobairt Cháin. Dá bharr sin dearbhaíodh dó go raibh sé ina fhíréan mar thaispeáin Dia go raibh sé sásta lena thabhartais. Agus de thairbhe a chreidimh tá sé ag labhairt linn go fóill cé go bhfuil sé marbh.

Trí chreideamh tógadh Eineoc suas sna flaithis sa chaoi nár bhlais sé den bhás. Ní raibh fáil air de bhrí gur thóg Dia suas é. Roimh a dheastógáil bhí sé de theist air go raibh sé taitneamhach le Dia. Gan chreideamh ní féidir le duine a bheith taitneamhach leis mar an té atá ag teacht chun Dé ní mór dó a chreidiúint go bhfuil Dia ann agus go dtugann sé luach saothair dá mbíonn á lorg.

Trí chreideamh fuair Naoi eolas ó Dhia ar nithe nach raibh le feiceáil go fóill. Ghabh eagla é agus rinne sé an áirc chun a theaghlach a shábháil. Dá bharr sin thug sé daorbhreith ar an saol agus fuair sé ó Dhia an fhíréantacht sin atá bunaithe ar an gcreideamh.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra       Sm 144
Freagra                       Molfaidh mé d’ainm trí shaol na saol, a Thiarna
1. Molfaidh mé thú in aghaidh an lae;
agus molfaidh mé d’ainm trí shaol na saol.
Is mór an Tiarna agus is inmholta thar cuimse é;
ní féidir a mhórgacht a mhionransú.             Freagra

2. Fógrófar d’oibreacha ó ghlúin go glúin
agus foilseofar do chumhacht mar an gcéanna.
Déanfar trácht ar mhórghlóir do
agus inseofar d’éachtaí iontacha.                   Freagra

3. Ceiliúrfaidh d’oibreacha uile thú, a Thiarna;
agus beannóidh do dhaoine dílse thú.
Canfaidh siad glóir-réim do ríochta;
agus foilseoidh siad uile do chumhacht.       Freagra
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas 9:2-13
Tháinig claochlú air os comhair a súl.

San am sin, rug Íosa leis Peadar, Séamas agus Eoin, agus sheol sé suas iad sliabh ard ar leithligh. Agus tháinig claochlú air os comhair a súl, agus d’éirigh a chuid éadaigh dealrach, iad gléigeal thar cuimse, nach bhfuil úcaire ar domhan a dhéanfadh chomh geal iad. Agus chonacthas dóibh Maois mar aon le hÉilias agus iad ag comhrá leis. Agus labhair Peadar le hÍosa: “A Mháistir, “ ar sé, “is maith mar a tharla anseo sinn: déanaimis trí bothanna, ceann duit féin, ceann do Mhaois agus ceann d’Éilias” – mar ní raibh a fhios aige cad ba mhaith dó a rá óir tháinig uamhan orthu. Agus tháinig scamall ina scáil anuas orthu, agus an glór as an scamall: “Is é seo mo Mhac muirneach dár thug mé gnaoi: éistigí leis!” Agus go tobann, ar dhearcadh dóibh ina dtimpeall, ní fhaca siad duine ar bith níos mó ach Íosa in éineacht leo ina aonar. 

Ar a slí anuas dóibh ón sliabh, chuir sé mar acht orthu gan a raibh feicthe acu a insint do dhuine ar bith nó go mbeadh Mac an Duine éirithe ó mhairbh. Agus choinnigh siadm an scéal chucu féin ach go mbídís ag fiafraí dá chéile cad ba chiall leis an éirí úd ó mhairbh. Agus chuir siad ceist air: “Cén fáth a ndeir na scríobhaithe go gcaithfidh Éilias teacht ar dtús?” Dúirt sé leo: “Tagann Éilias ar dtús gan amhras chun an uile ní a chur ina cheart arís. Agus conas atá sé scríofa i dtaobh Mhac an Duine nach foláir dó mórán a fhulaingt agus bheith faoi dhrochmheas? Ach deirim libh: tá Éilias tagtha, agus d’imir siad a dtoil air de réir mar atá scríofa mar gheall air.”

Soiscéal Dé

© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 24th February, 2019

A reading from the first book of the Prophet  Samuel      26: 2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23
Today God has put your enemy in your power, but I would not raise my hand against the Lord's anointed.

Saul set off and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, accompanied by three thousand men chosen from Israel to search for David in the wilderness of Ziph.

So in the dark David and Abishai made their way towards the force, where they found Saul lying asleep inside the camp, his spear stuck in the ground beside his head, with Abner and the troops lying round him.

Then Abishai said to David, 'Today God has put your enemy in your power; so now let me pin him to the ground with his own spear. Just one stroke! I will not need to strike him twice.' David answered Abishai, 'Do not kill him, for who can lift his hand against the Lord's's anointed and be without guilt? David took the spear and the pitcher of water from beside Saul's head, and they made off. No one saw, no one knew, no one woke up; they were all asleep, for a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen on them.

David crossed to the other side and halted on the top of the mountain a long way off; there was a wide space between them. David answered, 'Here is the king's spear. Let one of the soldiers come across and take it. The Lord repays everyone for his uprightness and loyalty. Today Yahweh put you in my power, but I would not raise my hand against Yahweh's anointed.

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 everyone 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


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians       15: 45-49
We who have been modelled on the earthly man, will be modelled on the heavenly man. 

The first man, Adam, as scripture says, became a living soul; but the last Adam has become a life-giving spirit. That is, first the one with the soul, not the spirit, and after that, the one with the spirit. The first man, being from the earth, is earthly by nature; the second man is from heaven. As this earthly man was, so are we on earth; and as the heavenly man is, so are we in heaven. And we, who have been modelled on the earthly man, will be modelled on the heavenly man. 

Gospel  Acclamation           Acts 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.

Or                                              Lk 6: 23

Alleluia, alleluia!
I give you a new commandment:
love one another; just as I have loved you,
says the Lord


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke          6: 27-38
Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.

Jesus said to his disciples: 'But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

'Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.'

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, 24th February, 2019

Sliocht as céad Leabhar Sameuil, Fáidh.       26:2, 7-9; 12-13; 22-23
Thug an Tiarna do namhaid i do láimh duit inniu! Ach ní shínfinn mo lámh in aghaidh fhear ungtha an Tiarna.

D’imigh Sól dá bhrí sin agus síos leis go fásach Zíf agus trí mhíle fear tofa as Iosrael aige chun Dáiví a chuardach i bhfásach Zíf.

D’imigh Dáiví agus Aibísí leo sa dorchadas dá bhrí sin chun an airm agus fuaireadar Sól ansiúd ina chodladh sa champa, a shleá sáite sa talamh ag a cheann agus Aibneár agus an t-arm ina luí timpeall air.

Ansin dúirt Aibísí le Dáiví: “Thug an Tiarna do namhaid i do láimh duit inniu! Déanfaidh mé é a shá go talamh le hiarracht dá shleá féin! Aon iarracht amháin air, ní bhuailfidh mé an dara ceann.” Ach d’fhreagair Dáiví Aibísí: “Ná maraigh é! Óir cé d’fhéadfadh a lámh a shíneadh in aghaidh fhear ungtha an Tiarna, agus ciontacht a sheachaint? Thóg Dáiví an tsleá agus an crúsca uisce a bhí taobh le ceann Shóil agus d’imigh leis. Ní bhfuair aon duine radharc súl ná clos cluas ar ar tharla, ná níor dhúisigh aon duine; bhíodar go léir ina gcodladh mar thit codladh trom ón Tiarna orthu.

Ghabh Dáiví anonn go dtí an taobh eile agus stad sé ar bharr an chnoic i bhfad ó bhaile; bhí spás mór eatarthu. Agus d’fhreagair Dáiví: “Seo sleá an rí anseo. Tagadh duine de na saighdiúirí anall agus beireadh sé leis í. Cúitíonn an Tiarna a fhíréantacht agus a dhílse le gach duine. Thug an Tiarna thú i mo láimh dom inniu ach ní shínfinn mo lámh in aghaidh fhear ungtha an Tiarna.

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 ná déan dearmad dá thíolaicí go léir.   Freagra

2. Eisean 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 chuitíonn 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


Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Coirintigh . 15:45-49

Mar atá scríofa: “Rinneadh anam beo den chéad duine, Ádhamh.” Sea, agus rinne spiorad a bheonn den dara hÁdhamh. Ach ní hé an rud osnádúrtha is túisce a bhí ann ach an rud nádúrtha agus an rud osnádúrtha ina dhiaidh. Is ó chré na talún a tháinig an chéad duine agus é talmhaí ach is ó neamh an dara duine. Bíonn na daoine talmhaí ar aon dul leis an duine úd a tháinig ón talamh, agus bíonn na daoine neamhaí ar aon dul leis an duine úd ó neamh. Agus faoi mar a ghlacamar cló an duine thalmhaí orainn, [glacaimis] cló an duine neamhaí orainn chomh maith.

Alleluia Véarsa          Eo 13:34
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tá aithne nua á tabhairt agam daoibh,
go dtabharfadh sibh grá dá chéile
Faoi mar a thug mise grá daoibhse,
seo a dúirt and Tiarna


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh   Lúc.  6:27-38
Bígí sibhse atruach amhail mar atá bhur nAthair atruach.

Dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: “Ach deirim libhse atá ag éisteacht liom: bíodh grá agaibh do bhur naimhde, déanaigí an mhaith dóibh seo a thugann fuath daoibh, beannaígí iad seo a thugann mallacht daoibh, guígí orthu seo a dhéanann olc oraibh. An té a bhuaileann ar an leiceann tú, tabhair an leiceann eile leis chomh maith; agus an té a thógann uait do bhrat, ná coinnigh uaidh do chóta. Gach aon duine a iarrann aisce ort, tabhair dó í, agus an té a bhaineann díot do chuid, ná hiarr ar ais uaidh é. Dé réir mar ab áil libh daoine a dhéanamh daoibh, déanaigí dóibh sin mar an gcéanna. Má thugann sibh grá dóibh seo a thugann grá daoibh, cad é an buíochas atá oraibh? Óir tugann na peacaigh féin grá dóibh seo a thugann grá dóibh. Agus má dhéanann sibh an mhaith dóibh seo a dhéanann an mhaith daoibh, cad é an buíochas atá oraibh? Déanann na peacaigh féin an rud céanna. Agus má thugann sibh iasacht dóibh seo gur dóigh mhaith agaibh iad, cad é an buíochas atá oraibh? Fiú amháin peacaigh, tugann siad iasacht do pheacaigh chun go bhfaighidís an oiread céanna ar ais. Ach bíodh grá agaibh do bhur naimhde, déanaigí an mhaith agus tugaigí iasacht gan súil le cúiteamh ar bith, agus is mór é bhur dtuarastal, agus beidh sibh in bhur gclann don Té is Airde, óir bíonn seisean lách le daoine díomaíocha agus le drochdhaoine.

Bígí sibhse atruach amhail mar atá bhur nAthair atruach. Ná tugaigí breith agus ní thabharfar breith oraibh. Ná daoraigí agus ní dhaorfar sibh. Maithigí agus maithfear daoibh. Tugaigí agus tabharfar daoibh: tomhas maith, fuinte, craite, cruachta a chuirfear chugaibh in bhur n-ucht; óir is leis an tomhas lena dtomhaiseann sibh a thomhaisfear chugaibh ar ais.”

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