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

The Pope Video – February 2020

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Forgiveness.

 

Today’s gospel explores the topic of forgiveness. It is important to realise that the human experience of forgiveness is a liberating one.

A former inmate of a Nazi concentration camp was visiting a friend who had also been at the camp. He asked his friend “Have you forgiven the Nazis?” “Yes”. “Well, I haven’t. I’m still consumed with hatred for them.” “In that case,” his friend said gently, “they still have you in prison.”

When you hurt someone you love, the pain can spiral out of control, and the story of the hurt is replayed in the mind. Love is key to forgiveness and reconciliation, which are often longed for. Maybe people no longer attend the sacrament of Reconciliation because they have not experienced the love of God who is infinite.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

Catholicireland.net

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

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: 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



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 1st March, 2020
FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of  Genesis          2:7-9 3:1-7
The creation and sin of our first parents.

The Lord God fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life, and thus man became a living being.

The Lord God planted a garden in Eden which is in the east, and there he put the man he had fashioned. The Lord God caused to spring up from the soil every kind of tree, enticing to look at and good to eat, with the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden.

Adam & EveThe serpent was the most subtle of all the wild beasts that Yahweh God had made. It asked the woman, 'Did God really say you were not to eat from any of  the trees in the garden?' The woman answered the serpent, 'We may eat he fruit of the trees in the garden. But of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, "You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death".' Then the serpent said to the woman, 'No! You will not die! God knows in fact that on the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil.' The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was desirable for the knowledge that it could give. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She gave some also to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that they were naked. So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 50
Response                                Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned.
1. Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.                       Response

2. My offences truly I know them;
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned:
what is evil in your sight I have done.       Response

3 .A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.             Response

4. Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit offervour sustain me.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise. Response

SECOND  READING 

A reading from the letter of St Paul to  Romans                5:12-19
However great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater.

Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned. Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given. There was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of 'law-breaking', yet death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even though their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not a matter of breaking a law.

Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man's fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift. The results of the gift also outweigh the results of one man's sin: for after one single fall came judgement with a verdict of condemnation, now after many falls comes grace with its verdict of acquittal. If it is certain that death reigned over everyone as the consequence of one man's fall, it is even more certain that one man, Jesus Christ, will cause everyone to reign in life who receives the free gift that he does not deserve, of being made righteous. Again, as one man's fall brought condemnation on everyone, so the good act of one man brings everyone life and makes them justified. As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation          Mt 4:4
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

GOSPEL

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew             4:1-11
Jesus fasts for forty days and is tempted.

Jesus fastedJesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came and said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves'. But he replied, 'Scripture says: 'Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'.

The devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. 'If you are the Son of God' he said 'throw yourself down; for scripture says: 'He will put you in his angels' charge, and they will support you on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone'.

Jesus said to him, 'Scripture also says: 'You must not put the Lord your God to the test'.

Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. 'I will give you all these' he said, 'if you fall at my feet and worship me.' Then Jesus replied, 'Be off, Satan! For scripture says: 'You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.'

Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.

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, 1st March, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as an Leabhar Genesis               2:7-9, 3:1-7
Cruthtú agus peaca an tsinsir.

C
hum an Tiarna Dia an duine de chré na talún agus shéid anáil na beatha ina pholláirí; ar an gcaoi sin rinne neach beo den duine. Phlandaigh an Tiarna Dia parthas in Éidin san oirthear agus chuir sé ann an duine a chum sé. Chuir an Tiarna Dia ag fás aníos as an talamh gach uile chineál crainn is geal leis an tsúil agus is maith le hithe, crann na beatha mar an gcéanna i lár an ghairdín agus crann fhios na maitheasa agus an oilc.

Adam & EveBa ghlice an nathair nimhe ná aon ainmhí allta dá ndearna an Tiarna Dia agus dúirt sí leis an mbean: “An ndúirt Dia libh gan ithe de thoradh aon chrainn sa ghairdín?” Dúirt an bhean leis an nathair nimhe: “Ní miste dúinn toradh na gcrann sa ghairdín a ithe: ach toradh an chrainn atá i lár an ghairdín, dúirt Dia faoi: ‘ná hithigí é agus na bainigí leis le heagla go bhfaigheadh sibh bás’.” Agus dúirt an nathair nimhe leis an mbean: “Ní bhfaighidh sibh bás, ní bhfaighidh sin! Óir is eol do Dhia an lá a íosfaidh sibh dá thoradh sin, go n-osclófar bhur súile agus go mbeidh sibh cosúil le déithe agus fios na maitheasa agus an oilc agaibh.” Chonaic an bhean gur mhaith le hithe toradh an chrainn, agus gur gheal leis an tsúil é agus gur dhíol dúile é ar son an fheasa a thug sé. Thóg sí, más ea, cuid dá thoradh agus d’ith é; thug sí cuid de chomh maith dá fear a bhí ina teannta, agus d’ith sé é. Osclaíodh a súile araon agus chonaiceadar go rabhadar nocht agus d’fhíodar duilleoga fige lena chéile agus rinneadar brait íochtair dóibh féin.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                  Sm 50
Freagra                                 Déan trócaire orainn, a Dhia, mar gur pheacaíomar.

I. Déan trócaire orm, a Dhia, de réir do bhuanghrá;
de réir do mhórthruamhéile scrios amach mo chionta.
Nigh m'urchóid díom go hiomlán
agus glan díom mo pheaca.                                   Freagra


2. Óir aithním mo chionta go maith
agus tá mo pheaca os mo chomhair i gcónaí.
I do choinnese amháin a pheacaigh mé,
agus an ní is olc i d'fhianaise is é a rinne mé.    Freagra


3. Cruthaigh croí glan dom, a Dhia,
agus cuir isteach ionam spiorad daingean.
Ná teilg ó do radharc mé,
agus do spiorad naofa ná bain díom.                   Freagra


4. Tabhair ar ais dom áthas do shlánaithe
agus tabhair spiorad na díograise dom mar thaca.
A Thiarna, oscail mo bheola
agus foilseoidh mo bhéal do mholadh.               Freagra


DARA LÉACHT                 

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig Rómhánaigh            5:12-19
An áit ar mhéadaigh ar an bpeaca is mó Fós a mhéadaigh ar an ngrásta.

A
bhráithre, tháinig an peaca isteach sa saol trí aon duine amháin agus an bás isteach tríd an bpeaca, sa tslí sin leath an bás i measc cách uile de bhrí go ndearna cách uile an peaca. Bhí an peaca ar an saol, ar ndóigh, sular tugadh an dlí ach ní chuirtear an peaca sa chuntas mura mbíonn dlí ann. Mar sin féin bhí an bás i réim ó Ádhamh anuas go Maois fiú amháin dóibh siúd nach raibh ciontach i mbriseadh reachta ar nós Ádhaimh. Agus bhí Ádhamh ina shamhail ar an té úd a bhí le teacht.

Ach ní hé an dála céanna ag an tabhartas agus ag an gcoir é. Mar, má fuair mórán bás de bharr choir an aon duine amháin, is fairsinge go mór do mhórán a bhí grásta Dé agus an tabhartas a dáileadh de dheonú an aon duine amháin, Íosa Críost.

Agus ní hé an dála céanna ag an tabhartas agus ag an toradh a bhí ar pheaca an duine aonair é: tháinig breithiúnas an daortha as coir aonair, ach is as coireanna iomadúla a tháinig tabhartas an tsaortha. Más trí choir an aon duine amháin a tháinig an bás i réim tríd an aon duine amháin, is mó go mór ná sin a bheidh réimeas na beatha tríd an aon duine amháin Íosa Críost, acu siúd a fhaigheann flúirse den ghrásta agus de thabhartas na fíréantachta.

Dá réir sin, faoi mar tugadh daorbhreith ar chách uile de dheasca choir an aon duine amháin, ar an gcuma chéanna tugadh saorbhreith na beatha ar chách uile de bharr dhea-ghníomh an aon duine amháin. Faoi mar a rinneadh peacaigh de mhórán trí easumhlaíocht an aon duine amháin, ar an gcuma chéanná déanfar fíréin de mhórán trí umhlaíocht an aon duine amháin.

Briathar Dé.  

Véarsa                                       Mth4: 4
Ní ar arán amháin a mhairfidh an duine, ach ar an uile fhocal a thagann as béal Dé.

SOISCÉAL 

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha       4: 1-11
Déanann Iosa troscadh ar feadh daichead lá agus cuirtear cathú air.

Jesus fastedS
an am sin, seoladh Íosa isteach san fhásach ag an Spiorad le promhadh ag an diabhal. Rinne sé troscadh ar feadh daichead lá agus daichead oíche, agus ina dhiaidh sin bhí ocras air. Tháinig an cathaitheoir ina aice agus dúirt: “Más tú Mac Dé, abair arán a dhéanamh de na clocha seo.” Dúirt sé á fhreagairt: “Tá sé scríofa: ‘Ní ar arán amháin a mhairfidh an duine, ach ar an uile fhocal a thagann as béal Dé.’”

Rug an diabhal leis ansin é isteach sa chathair naofa agus chuir sé ar bhinn an Teampaill é agus dúirt leis: “Más tú Mac Dé, caith thú féin síos: óir tá sé scríofa: ‘Tabharfaidh sé ordú dá aingil i do thaobh agus iompróidh siad thú lena lámha, sula mbuailfeá do chos in aghaidh cloiche.’” Dúirt Íosa leis: “Tá sé scríofa freisin: ‘Ní bhainfidh tú triail as an Tiarna do Dhia.’”

Rug an diabhal leis arís é faoi shliabh a bhí an-ard, thaispeáin dó ríochtaí uile an domhain agus a nglóir agus dúirt leis:  “Tabharfaidh mé iad sin uile duit ach go n-umhlóidh tú síos do m’adhradh.” Dúirt Íosa leis ansin: “Imigh leat, a Shátain! óir tá sé scríofa: ‘Adharfaidh tú an Tiarna do Dhia, agus is dó amháin a bheidh tú ag seirbhís.’”

Ansin d’fhág an diabhal é, agus tháinig na haingil chuige agus bhí siad ag freastal air.

Soiscéal Dé



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