Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 7th August, 2020
Friday of 18th week of Ordinary Time, Year 2
A reading from the book of the Prophet Nahum 2:1. 3. 3:1-3. 6-7
Woe to the city soaked in blood.
ee, over the mountains the messenger hurries!
'Peace!' he proclaims.
Judah, celebrate your feasts,
carry out your vows,
for Belial will never pass through you again;
he is utterly annihilated.
Yes, the Lord is restoring the vineyard of Jacob
and the vineyard of Israel.
For the plunderers had plundered them,
they had broken off their branches.
Woe to the city soaked in blood,
full of lies, stuffed with booty,
whose plunderings know no end!
The crack of the whip!
The rumble of wheels!
flash of swords,
gleam of spears...
a mass of wounded,
hosts of dead,
they stumble over the dead.
I am going to pelt you with filth,
shame you, make you a public show.
And all who look on you
will turn their backs on you and say,
'Nineveh is a ruin.'
Could anyone pity her?
Where can I find anyone to comfort her?
The Word of the Lord.
m Deut 32
Response It is the Lord who deals death and life.
1. It is close, the day of their ruin;
their doom comes at speed.
For the Lord will see his people righted,
he will take pity on his servants. Response
2. See now that I, I am He,
and beside me there is no other god.
It is I who deal death and life:
when I have struck it is I who heal. Response
3. When I have whetted my flashing sword
I will take up the cause of Right,
I will give my foes as good again,
I will repay those who hate me. Response
1 Sam 3: 9
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life.
Mt: 5: 10
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew 16: 24-28
What has a man to offer in exchange for his life?
esus said to his disciples, 'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life? Or what has a man to offer in exchange for his life? '
'For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and, when he does, he will reward each one according to his behaviour. I tell you solemnly, there are some of these standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming with his kingdom.'
The Gospel of the Lord
Gospel Reflection Friday, 18th Week in Ordinary Time
esus often speaks in ways that strike us as strange, such as in today’s gospel reading when he declares, ‘anyone who wants to save his life will lose it’. We might find ourselves wondering, ‘How could this be true?’ ‘What does Jesus mean by this?’ It is one of those sayings that requires a certain amount of teasing out. When Jesus speaks about the ‘one who wants to save his life’, he is probably referring to the person who selfishly seeks self-fulfilment, who grasps at life in a very self-centred and self-regarding way. Jesus is declaring that such a person will not live a truly fulfilled life; at the end of the day, they will lose their life. In contrast, those who lose their life for the sake of Jesus will find it; those who are prepared to give their lives away in love, because this is what Jesus did for us and asks of us, will receive the fullness of life as a gift of God. They will receive this fullness of life in eternity, but they will begin to experience it already here and now in this earthly life. Jesus is saying that we don’t find ourselves, our true selves, by focusing on ourselves. Rather, we find ourselves by focusing beyond ourselves, by focusing on others in love, by focusing on the Lord present in others and calling out to us through others. Jesus declares that it is possible to gain the whole world and to lose our very self, our true self, the self that is made in God’s image. The reverse is also true. We can lose everything, out of love for God and others, and, yet, find life to the full. It is above all the life and death of Jesus that reveals this to be so.
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 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active
by Martin Hogan
and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop
Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 7th August, 2020
Sliocht as an Leabhar Nahum , Fáidh. 2:1. 3. 3:1-3. 6-7
“Tá Nínivé léirscriosta!” Cad as a bhfaighidh mé sólásaithe di?
éach, tá teachtaire ag brostú thar dhroim na sléibhte
agus é ag fógairt na síochána.
Céiliúir do chuid féilte, a Iúdá;
comhlíon do mhóideanna.
Óir ní ghluaisfidh an bithiúnach tríot arís
mar tá sé scriosta go hiomlán.
Tá an Tiarna ag athbheochan niamhracht Iacóib
agus niamhracht Iosrael chomh maith
d’ainneoin gur scrios na scriostóirí iad
agus gur mhill siad a gcraobhacha.
atá lomlán de chamastaíl agus líonta le creach
agus nach bhfuil teorainn leis an slad
a dhéanann sí,
Bloscadh fuipeanna, tormáil rothaí,
capaill ar cosa in airde, carbaid ar léim lúith!
Eachra ag ionsaí, claimhte ag bladhmadh,
sleánna ag drithliú …
sluaite gonta, na mílte marbh,
coirp gan áireamh
a bhaineann tuisle as cách!
Caithfidh mé cac ort,
náireoidh mé thú
agus déanfaidh mé seó bóthair díot.
Agus gach uile dhuine a bhreathnóidh ort,
teithfidh sé uait, á rá:
“Tá Nínivé léirscriosta!”
Cé a chaoinfidh í?
Cad as a bhfaighidh mé sólásaithe di?
Salm le Freagra
Is mé údar an bháis agus údar na beatha.
1. Óir tá lá a scriosta in achmaireacht
agus tá a dtubaiste ar sodar faoina ndéin.
Óir tabharfaidh an Tiarna breith i bhfabhar a phobail,
agus beidh trua aige dá shearbhóntaí. Freagra
2. Féach anois, gur mise É, mise féin
agus níl aon dia eile ann ach mé.
Is mé údar an bháis agus údar na beatha
Nuair a bhuailim, is mé a leigheasann Freagra
3. Nuair a bheidh faobhar ar mo chlaíomh lonrach,
agus go dtéim i mbun cúis na córa,
déanfaidh mé díoltas a imirt ar mo naimhde,
agus díolfaidh mé an comhar le lucht m’fhuatha. Freagra
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha 16:24-28
Nó cad a d’fhéadfadh duine a thabhairt mar mhalairt ar a anam?
an am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: “Más áil le haon duine bheith ar mo bhuíon, séanadh sé é féin, tógadh suas a chros agus leanadh mé. Óir cibé arb áil leis a anam a shaoradh, caillfidh sé é; ach cibé a chaillfidh a anam mar gheall ormsa, gheobhaidh sé é. Óir cá fearrde duine go ngnóthódh sé an domhan go léir dá ligfeadh sé a anam féin ar ceal?Nó cad a d’fhéadfadh duine a thabhairt mar mhalairt ar a anam?
Óir tá Mac an Duine le teacht faoi ghlóir a Athar lena chuid aingeal, agus ansin cúiteoidh sé le gach duine de réir mar a rinne. Deirim libh go fírinneach, tá daoine anseo i láthair nach mblaisfidh an bás nó go mbeidh Mac an Duine feicthe acu ag teacht ina ríocht.”
AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
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