Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 16th November, 2019
A reading from the book of Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9
The Red Sea became an unimpeded way , and they skipped like lambs,
hen peaceful silence lay over all,
and night had run the half of her swift course,
down from the heavens, from the royal throne, leapt your all-powerful Word;
into the heart of a doomed land the stern warrior leapt.
Carrying your unambiguous command like a sharp sword,
he stood, and filled the universe with death;
he touched the sky, yet trod the earth.
For, to keep your children from all harm,
the whole creation, obedient to your commands,
was once more, and newly, fashioned in its nature.
Overshadowing the camp there was the cloud,
where water had been, dry land was seen to rise,
the Red Sea became an unimpeded way,
the tempestuous flood a green plain;
sheltered by your hand, the whole nation passed across,
gazing at these amazing miracles.
They were like horses at pasture,
they skipped like lambs,
singing your praises, Lord, their deliverer.
The Word of the Lord.
Ps 104: 2-3. 36-37.42-43. Rv 5
Remember the wonders the Lord has done.
l. O sing to the Lord, sing his praise;
tell all his wonderful works!
Be proud of his holy name,
let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice. Response
2. He struck all the first-born in their land,
the finest flower of their sons.
He led out Israel with silver and gold.
In his tribes were none who fell behind. Response
3. For he remembered his holy word,
which he gave to Abraham his servant.
So he brought out his people with joy,
his chosen ones with shouts of rejoicing. Response
Gospel Acclamation Jms 1:21
Accept and submit to the word,
which has been planted in you and can save your souls.
2Thess 2: 14
Through the Good News God called us
to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 18:1-8
God will see justice done to his chosen who cry to him
esus told them a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. 'There was a judge in a certain town' he said 'who had neither fear of God nor respect for man. In the same town there was a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, "I want justice from you against my enemy!" For a long time he refused, but at last he said to himself, "Maybe I have neither fear of God nor respect for man, but since she keeps pestering me I must give this widow her just rights, or she will persist in coming and worry me to death."'
And the Lord said 'You notice what the unjust judge has to say? Now will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he delays to help them? I promise you, he will see justice done to them, and done speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel Reflection Saturday, Thirty Second Week in Ordinary Time Luke 18:1-8
he depiction of the widow in today’s parable is of a very strong woman who will stop at nothing to get justice for herself. When an injustice is done to us or to someone else, it will often galvanise us into taking action on our own behalf or on behalf of others. People will fight tooth and nail to get justice for themselves and for those who are dear to them. The widow in the parable is clearly a fighter. She is up against an unjust judge, which is a contradiction in terms. She is a vulnerable woman, a widow, who takes on a powerful man, a judge. Yet, in this unequal contest, it is the widow who emerges victorious. She wears down the unjust judge until he gives her what she wants, what she is entitled to. While the judge is depicted in our gospel reading as saying, ‘I must give this widow her just rights, or she will persist in coming and worry me to death’, the more literal translation of ‘worry me to death’ would be ‘give me a black eye’. Jesus sees in this feisty widow a quality that his disciples need. They will need something of her persevering and trusting faith, the kind of faith that remains strong in the face of injustice and rejection. When Jesus asks in his comment on the parable, ‘When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’, he wonders aloud whether he will find people of such combative and enduring faith when he comes at the end of time. Luke’s introduction to Jesus’ parable suggests that such persevering faith, a faith that doesn’t lose heart, is the fruit of continual prayer. The faith that endures to the end is ultimately a gift from God that is given to those who keep opening themselves to receive it in prayer.
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 2018-19: To know the love of Christ
by Martin Hogan
published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 16th November, 2019
Sliocht as leabhar hEagna 18:14-16; 19:6-9
Rinneadh bealach gan bhac den Mhuir Ruaagus agus Bhi siad ag léim timpeall cosúil le huain
uair a bhí gach uile ní faoi chiúnas caoin
agus an oíche i lár a mearchúrsa,
léim do bhriathar uilechumhachtach anuas ó na flaithis,
óna chathaoir ríoga, isteach i lár na tíre damnaithe,
mar churadh cruachroíoch
agus claíomh géar do reachta dho-athraithe ina láimh aige.
Nuair a thuirling sé, leath sé an bás ar fud na tíre go léir;
agus theagmhaigh sé fós leis an spéir
d’ainneoin go raibh ina sheasamh ar an talamh.
Óir bhí an chruthaíocht uile á dealbhú féin as an nua
ina nádúr agus ag géilleadh do d’aitheanta
ionas go gcoimeádfaí do chlannsa slán ó dhochar.
Chonacthas an scamall ag caitheamh scáile ar an gcampa
agus talamh tirim ag éirí aníos mar a raibh uisce roimhe sin;
rinneadh bealach gan bhac den Mhuir Rua
agus machaire féarmhar den fharraige fhraochmhar
trínar ghabh an náisiún go léir
a bhí faoi dhídean do láimhe, in aon bhuíon amháin,
tar éis dóibh éachtaí iontacha a fheiceáil.
Ansin bhí siad ag ceáfráil ar nós capall ar féarach,
agus ag léim timpeall cosúil le huain
agus iad do do mholadh, a Thiarna,
mar is tusa a d’fhuascail iad.
Salm le freagra
Sm 104: 2-3. 36-37.42-43. Rv 5
Cuimhnigí ar na héachtaí a rinne an Tiarna.
1. Bígí ag canadh dó, déanaigí a mholadh;
insígí a éachtaí go léir.
Déanaigí mórtas as a ainm óir is naofa é;
gairdigí, a lucht iarrtha, an Tiarna. Freagra
2. Bhuail sé gach céadghin ina bhfearann,
céadtoradh a nirt go léir.
Sheol sé amach iad le hór is le hairgead,
gan lagrachán ar bith ina dtreibheanna. Freagra
3. Óir ba chuimhin leis a bhriathar naofa
a thug sé d’Abrahám, a ghiolla.
Agus sheol sé a phobal amach le gairdeas;
agus a mhuintir thofa le gártha áthais. Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Lúcás 18:1-8
Déanfaidh Dia ceart dá mhuintir thofa féin
an am sin dúirt Íosa parabal leo á chur i gcéill nárbh fholáir dóibh bheith ag guí de ghnáth gan bheith cortha de choíche: “Bhí, i gcathair áirithe, breitheamh nach raibh eagla Dé air ná beann ar dhuine aige. Bhí baintreach sa chathair sin freisin agus bhíodh sí ag teacht chuige, ag rá: ‘Déan ceart dom in aghaidh fhear mo chúisithe,’ ach níorbh áil leis é seal aimsire; ach sa deireadh dúirt sé ina aigne: ‘Más ea féin nach bhfuil eagla Dé orm ná beann ar dhuine agam, ina dhiaidh sin, de chionn go mbíonn an bhaintreach seo do mo bhuaireamh, déanfaidh mé ceart di, le heagla go mbeadh sí ag teacht go deo ag crá mo chinn.’”
Agus dúirt an Tiarna: “Éistigí leis an mbreitheamh éagórach, a ndeir sé! Agus an ea nach ndéanfaidh Dia ceart dá mhuintir thofa féin a bhíonn ag éamh air de lá is d’oíche, agus eisean ag déanamh foighne ina gcás? Deirim libh, déanfaidh sé ceart go grod. Ach nuair a thiocfaidh Mac an Duine, an bhfaighidh sé creideamh ar an talamh?”
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