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Jan 26 - Ss Timothy and Titus (1st century AD)

Summary: Timothy and Titus, Bishops, two of  St Paul's most loyal disciples seem to have attended the Council of Jerusalem with him and both died toward the end of the first century. Tit & tTm
Timothy represented Saint Paul to various communities and, according to tradition, was eventually placed him in charge of the Church at Ephesus.
Titus was sent to organise the Church in Crete. They are honoured as leaders to whom St Paul sent pastoral letters in the New Testament.


Patrick Duffy traces what is known about them.

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TITUS 

At the Council of Jerusalem
TitusAlthough not mentioned by name in the Acts of the Apostles, Titus was recruited by Paul quite early on as a companion and was the occasion of controversy at the Council of Jerusalem. Since he was a Gentile, there was pressure from the hard-line Jewish party on Paul to have him circumcised. However, Paul firmly resisted this and eventually his view prevailed.

According to tradition, Titus journeyed to Jerusalem and witnessed the preaching of Christ during the Lord’s ministry on earth. Only later, however – after the conversion of St. Paul and the beginning of his ministry – did Titus receive baptism from the apostle, who called the pagan convert his “true child in our common faith.”

Corinth
Titus appears again in Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor 2:13, 7:13 and 8:6): he was probably the bearer of an angry letter from Paul to the Corinthians, but he acted quite successfully as Paul's ambassador in Corinth in rather difficult circumstances, sorting out disputes in the Corinthian church and organising a collection for Jerusalem.

Crete and Dalmatia
Paul sent a letter to Titus whom he left in Crete (Tit 1:5; See Acts 24:7-12). The letter gives him instructions to ordain "elders" and control the Cretans, of whom Paul did not have a very high opinion (Tit 1:12). In 2 Tim 4:10 Paul says Titus had gone on a mission to Dalmatia and he is especially venerated in Croatia.

Influence
Later tradition venerated Titus as the first bishop of the Cretan city of Gortyna. In 1966 the head of Titus was returned from Venice where it had been venerated at St Mark's since the 9th century to the church of St Titus at Heraklion in Crete.
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 TIMOTHY


timothyFrom Lystra in Asia Minor
Paul took Timothy on as an apostolic travelling companion probably on the occasion of his second visit to Timothy's home town of Lystra. The Christian community spoke well of him. His mother was a Jewess, who had converted to Christianity, but his father was a Greek. Contrary to his stance in the case of Titus, Paul had Timothy circumcised "on account of the Jews in the locality".

Paul's companion to Macedonia and Greece
Timothy travelled with Paul and Silas to Macedonia and through Greece to Corinth, working with Paul and Silas to set up the churches in Corinth, Thessalonica and Philippi. Writing to the Corinthians, Paul commends Timothy to them as a faithful co-worker (1 Cor 4:17; 16:10).

At Ephesus
T
imothy later accompanied Paul to Ephesus in Asia Minor (Acts 19:2, 1 Cor 16:10-11). As the presence of his name in the first verses of various epistles indicates (2 Corinthians, Colossians, Philemon and Philippians), he was closely associated with Paul in all his work and probably with his imprisonment in Ephesus.

In charge at Ephesus
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n the Pastoral Letters Timothy is the one in charge of the church at Ephesus. Paul calls him "my true son in the faith" (1 Tim 1:2). Paul is concerned about his health and writes: "You should give up drinking only water and have a little wine for the sake of your digestion and the frequent bouts of illness that you have."

Last letter
In his last letter probably written just before his death, Paul reminisces about Timothy's grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice whom Paul would have met when he first took on Timothy as a companion at Lystra (2 Tim 1:5).

Relics
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n the 4th century, Timothy's relics were transferred to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople, which since 1461 has been replaced by the Fatih Mosque.
Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 26th January, 2022

01-26 Ss Timothy and Titus, bishops, Memorial


FIRST READING            

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy            1:1-8
Theme: I am reminded of the sincere faith which you have. 

St TimothyFrom Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus in his design to promise life in Christ Jesus; to Timothy, dear child of mine, wishing you grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.

Night and day I thank God, keeping my conscience clear and remembering my duty to him as my ancestors did, and always I remember you in my prayers; I remember your tears and long to see you again to complete my happiness. Then I am reminded of the sincere faith which you have; it came first to live in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I have no doubt that it is the same faith in you as well.

That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God's gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy.

The Word of the Lord.      Thanks be to God


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titusAlternative FIRST READING      

 A reading from the letter of St Paul to Titus           1:1-5
Theme: To Titus, true child of mine in the faith that we share.

From Paul, servant of God, an apostle of Jesus Christ to bring those whom God has chosen to faith and to the knowledge of the truth that leads to true religion; and to give them the hope of the eternal life that was promised so long ago by God.

He does not lie and so, at the appointed time, he revealed his decision, and, by the command of God our saviour, I have been commissioned to proclaim it. To Titus, true child of mine in the faith that we share, wishing you grace and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our saviour.

The reason I left you behind in Crete was for you to get everything organised there and appoint elders in every town, in the way that I told you.

The Word of the Lord.     Thanks be to God
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Responsorial Psalm   Ps 116
Response                        Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.

1. O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
O sing to the Lord, bless his name.               Response

2. Proclaim his help day by day,
tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples.     Response

3. Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
give the Lord glory and power,
give the Lord the glory of his name.             Response

4. Proclaim to the nations: 'God is king.'
The world he made firm in its place;
he will judge the peoples in fairness.           Response

Gospel  Acclamation  Jn 15: 16
Alleluia,              alleluia!
The Lord has sent me to bring the Good News to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.
Alleluia!


GOSPEL                       

The Lord be with you.                    And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke   10:1-9      Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: The harvest is rich but the labourers are few.

Jesus and harvestThe Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them,
'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.

Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, "Peace to this house!" And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house.

Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, "The kingdom of God is very near to you".

The Gospel of the Lord.           Glory to you, O Lord


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 Gospel Reflection          Friday             Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus          Luke 10:1-9

Whenever I celebrate Mass in this church or come to pray here, I am always very conscious that this is the church where my maternal grandparents worshipped for over thirty years, and, where my parents worshipped for over ten years. When it comes to our faith, we always stand on the shoulders of others. Paul’s first letter to Timothy was written towards the end of the first century. It is clear from today’s first reading, that Timothy is a third-generation Christian. Paul makes reference to Timothy’s sincere faith, which first came to life in his grandmother, Lois, and then in his mother, Eunice. Paul had the highest regard for Timothy as a co-worker; he refers to him in that reading as a ‘dear child of mine’. He had the same warm regard for Titus. Yet, Paul knew that the faith of these co-workers was nurtured by the faith of others, especially the faith of their parents and grandparents. The ultimate source of this gift of faith was the Lord, but Timothy and Titus received this gift from the Lord through others, including Paul. In that reading, Paul calls on Timothy to ‘fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid hands on you’. The gift of the Spirit of power, love and self-control came from God through Paul and their families. The Lord draws us to himself through others.

In the gospels, Jesus is not portrayed as drawing people to himself on his own. He works through others. In today’s gospel reading, he sends out seventy-two as labourers in God’s harvest, while calling on them to ask God in prayer to send out still more labourers. We each have a vital role to play in the Lord’s work of drawing others to faith in himself. Paul needed co-workers, men like Timothy and Titus, and women like Phoebe and Priscilla. The Lord needs us all to be his co-workers, because the harvest remains plentiful.
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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 is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f  https://www.messenger.ie/product/my-words-will-not-pass-away-reflections-on-the-weekday-readings-for-the-liturgical-year-2021-22/

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Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 26th January, 2022
CÉAD LÉACHT       

Sliocht as an dara liter go  Timóteas        1:1-8
Cuimhním freisin ar an gcreideamh glan sin agat.

St TimothyMise Pól, aspal Chríost Íosa de thoil Dé, de réir ghealltanais na beatha atá againn I gCríost Íosa. Guím grásta agus trócaire agus síocháin ó Dhia an tAthair agus ónár dTiarna Críost Íosa ar mo mhac muirneach Tiomóid.

Gabhaim buíochas le Dia, a bhfuilim ag seirbhís dó le coinsias glan mar a dhéanadh mo shinsir romham, gach uair dá gcuimhním ort i m’urnaithe, rud a dhéanaim de lá agus d’oíche. Agus nuair a chuimhním ar na deora a shil tú is fada liom go bhfeicfidh mé thú go líonfaí mo chroí le háthas. Cuimhním freisin ar an gcreideamh glan sin agat. An creideamh úd a bhí ag do sheanmháthair Laoise romhat agus ag do mháthair Eunaícé, táim cinnte go bhfuil sé agatsa chomh maith.

Sin é an fáth a bhfuilim á chur i gcuimhne duit tabhartas Dé a athmhúscailt, an tabhartas úd a fuair tú nuair a chuir mise mo lámha ort. An spiorad a thug Dia dúinn ní spiorad na meatachta é ach spiorad na fearúlachta agus an ghrá agus an fhéinsmachta. Ná bíodh aon náire ort, dá bhrí sin, fianaise a thabhairt ar ár dTiarna agus ná bíodh aon náire ort fúmsa atá i mo phríosúnach ar a shon. Ní hea, ach fulaingse cruatan liom ar son an dea-scéil as ucht an chumais atá faighte agat ó Dhia.

Briathar an Tiarna       Buíochas le Dia

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CÉAD LÉACHT eile

Sliocht as an  litir go Titus               1:1-5

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Mise Pól, seirbhíseach do Dhia agus aspal le hÍosa Críost agus é mar fheidhm agam an creideamh a thabhairt dóibh sin atá tofa ag  Dia agus iad a chur ar eolas na fírinne a sheolann chun na cráifeachta iad le súil go mbainfidís amach an bheatha shíoraí.

Gheall Dia, nár thug éitheach riamh, an bheatha seo dúinn roimh thús aimsire agus san uain chuí nocht sé a bhriathar dúinn san fhorógra a cuireadh ina chúram ormsa ar ordú Dé, ár slánaitheoir. Guím grásta agus síocháin ó Dhia an tAthair agus ónár Slánaitheoir Críost Íosa ar Thíteas, mo mhac dílis sa chreideamh atá i bpáirt againn.

Is é fáth ar fhág mé i gCréit thú, go gcuirfeá ord agus eagar ar an obair a bhí fós le déanamh agus go gceapfá seanóirí i ngach baile de réir na dtreoracha a thug mé duit.

Briathar an Tiarna           Buíochas le Dia

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Salm le Freagra           Sm 95
Freagra                           Insígí a ghlóir i measc na gciníocha; agus a éachtaí i measc na náisiún.

1. Canaigí amhrán úr don Tiarna;
canaigí don Tiarna,a thíortha go léir.
Canaigí don Tiarna agus molaigí a ainm.                          Freagra

2. Fógraígí a shlánú ó lá go lá.
Tugaigí don Tiarna, a chlanna na gciníocha;
tugaigí don Tiarna glóir agus cumhacht.                           Freagra

3. Tugaigí don Tiarna an ghlóir is dual dá ainm;
tugaigí bhur dtabhartais libh isteach ina chúirteanna.  Freagra

4. Fógraígí do na ciníocha: “Tá an Tiarna ina Rí.”
shocraigh sé an domhan go daingean dochorraithe;
tabharfaidh sé breith chóir chothrom ar na náisiúin.    Freagra       

Alleluia Véarsa           Lc 4: 18-19
Alleluia,         alleluia!
Chuir an Tiarna uaidh mé ag tabhairt an dea-scéil do na boicht,
ag fógairt a scaoilte do bhránna agus aiseag a radhairc do dhaill.
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL                  

Go raibh an Tiarna libh.            Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás     10:1-9       Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Tá an fómhar fairsing, ach níl ann ach meitheal bheag.


San am sin cheap an Tiarna a dó seachtód eile agus chuir sé amach roimhe féin iad ina mbeirt agusJesus and harvest ina mbeirt go dtí gach cathair agus gach áit a raibh sé féin le teacht ann. Dúirt sé leo:


"Tá an fómhar fairsing, ach níl ann ach meitheal bheag. Dá bhrí sin, guígí Máistir an fhómhair go gcuirfeadh sé meitheal uaidh isteach ina fhómhar. Imígí: féach, táim do bhur gcur uaim ar nós uan i measc faolchon.

Ná beirigí sparán libh, ná tiachóg, ná cuaráin, agus ná beannaígí d’aon duine ar an mbóthar. Cibé teach a rachaidh sibh isteach ann, abraigí ar dtús: ‘Síocháin don teach seo,’ agus má bhíonn mac síochána ann, fanfaidh bhur síocháin aige; ach mura mbíonn fillfidh sí oraibh féin. Fanaigí sa teach sin, ag ithe agus ag ól na nithe a bhíonn acu; óir is fiú an fear oibre a thuarastal.

Ná bígí ag aistriú ó theach go teach. Agus cibé cathair a rachaidh sibh isteach inti agus go nglacfar sibh, ithigí na nithe a chuirfear os bhur gcomhair agus leigheasaigí na daoine tinne a bhíonn inti, agus abraigí leis na daoine: ‘Tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht daoibh.’

Soiscéal an Tiarna.               Moladh duit, a Chriost



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 30th January, 2022
FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Jeremiah         1:4-5. 17-18
Theme: I have appointed you as prophet to the nations.

In the days of Josiah, the word of the Lord was addressed to me, saying,

'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
before you came to birth I consecrated you;
I have appointed you as prophet to the nations.
So now brace yourself for action.
Stand up and tell them all I command you.

Do not be dismayed at their presence,
or in their presence I will make you dismayed.
I, for my part, today will make you
into a fortified city,
a pillar of iron,
and a wall of bronze
to confront all this land:
the kings of Judah, its princes,
its priests and the country people.
They will fight against you
but shall not overcome you,
for I am with you to deliver you –
it is the Lord who speaks.'

The Word of the Lord          Thanks be to God.


Responsorial Psalm      Ps 70
Response                           My lips will tell of your help.

1. In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, free me:
pay heed to me and save me.                                     Response

2. Be a rock where I can take refuge,
a mighty stronghold to save me;
for you are my rock, my stronghold.
Free me from the hand of the wicked.                     Response

3. It is you, O Lord, who are my hope,
my trust, O Lord, since my youth.
On you I have leaned from my birth,
from my mother's womb you have been my help.  Response

4. My lips will tell of your justice
and day by day of your help.
O God, you have taught me from my youth
and I proclaim your wonders still.                            Response

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Corintians        12:31-13:13
Theme: There are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.

Be ambitious for the higher gifts. I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them.

If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbol clashing, If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all it's fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it but am without love, it will do me no good whatever

Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.

Love does not come to an end. But if there are gifts of prophecy, the time will come when they must fail; or the gift of languages, it will not continue for ever; and knowledge - for this, too, the time will come when it must fail. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophesying is imperfect; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will disappear. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and think like a child, and argue like a child, but now I am a man, all childish ways are put behind me. Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face. The knowledge that I have now is imperfect; but then I shall know as fully as I am known.

In short, there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.

The Word of the Lord               Thanks be to God.


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Shorter form
SECOND READING

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians        13:4-13
Theme: There are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.

Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.

 three things  Love does not come to an end. But if there are gifts of prophecy, the time will come when they must fail; or the gift of languages, it will not continue for ever; and knowledge - for this, too, the time will come when it must fail. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophesying is imperfect; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will disappear. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and think like a child, and argue like a child, but now I am a man, all childish ways are put behind me. Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face. The knowledge that I have now is imperfect; but then I shall know as fully as I am known.

In short, there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.

The Word of the Lord               Thanks be to God.
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Gospel  Acclamation           Jn 14: 5
Alleluia,       alleluia!
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me.
Alleluia!

Or                                               Lk 4: 18 
Alleluia,       alleluia!
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

The Lord be with you.          And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke       4: 21-30       Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: Like Elijah and Elisha, Jesus was not sent to the Jews only.

Jesua reads the scriptureJesus  began to speak in the synagogue,
'This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen'.
And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips

They said,
'This is Joseph's son, surely?'
But he replied,
'No doubt you will quote me the saying, "Physician, heal yourself" and tell me,
"We have heard all that happened in Capernaum, do the same here in your own countryside"'.
And he went on,
'I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country. 'There were many widows in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah's day, when heaven remained shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged throughout the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these: he was sent to a widow at Zarephath, a Sidonian town. And in the prophet Elisha's time there were many lepers in Israel, but none of these was cured, except the Syrian, Naaman.'

When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down the cliff, but he slipped through the crowd and walked away.

The Gospel of the Lord              Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


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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, 30th January, 2022
CÉAD LÉACHT       

Sliocht as Leabhar Fáidh Irimia         1:4-5, 17-19
d’Ordaigh mé thú i d’fháidh do na ciníocha.

Tháinig briathar an Tiarna chugam, á rá:
“Sular chum mé thú sa bhroinn bhí aithne agam ort;
sular rugadh thú choisric mé thú;
d’ordaigh mé thú i d’fháidh do na ciníocha.”
Tusa, crioslaigh thú féin mar sin chun comhraic.
Éirigh agus abair leo gach a n-ordaímse duit.
Ná bíodh eagla ort ina bhfianaise,
ar fhaitíos go gcuirfinnse eagla ort ina bhfianaise.

I dtaca liomsa de, déanfaidh mise díot inniu
cathair dhaingean, cuaille iarainn, agus balla práis
in aghaidh na tíre seo go hiomlán,
in aghaidh ríthe Iúdá, in aghaidh a prionsaí,
a sagart agus mhuintir na tíre.
Troidfidh siad i d’aghaidh, ach ní bhéarfaidh siad bua ort,
óir táimse leat agus tusa faoi mo choimirce –
is é an Tiarna a labhraíonn.”

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 70
Freagra                                   Fógróidh mo bhéal d'fhíréantacht.

I. Is tusa, a Dhia, mo choimirce:
nár náirítear mé go deo.
De réir d'fhíréantachta fuascail mé is saor mé,
claon chugam do chluas is tarrthaigh mé.        Freagra  

2. Bí i do charraig dhídine dom,
i do dhún daingean do mo tharrtháil:
óir is tú mo charraig is mo dhún.
Fuadaigh mé as láimh an urchóidigh.               Freagra

3. Óir is leatsa atáim ag feitheamh, a Thiarna;
a Thiarna, is tú mo dhóchas ó m'óige.
Is ortsa atá mo sheasamh ó rugadh mé;
ó bhroinn mo mháthar ba tú mo dhídean.      Freagra

4. Fógróidh mo bhéal d'fhíréantacht.
agus do chúntaí lá i ndiaidh lae.
Ó m'óige thug tú teagasc dom, a Dhia,
is tá do mhíorúiltí a bhfoilsiú agam i gcónaí. Freagra

DARA LÉACHT                 

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Coirintigh. 12:31-13:13
Tá trí nithe ann atá buan, más ea, creideamh dóchas agus grá, ach is é an grá an ní is mó orthusan.


Is ar na tíolacthaí is tábhachtaí ba cheart tóir a bheith agaibh agus táimse chun ríbhealach a thaispeáint daoibh.

Má labhraím i dteangacha daoine agus aingeal ach gan aon ghrá a bheith agam, níl ionam ach mar a bheadh prás ag fuaimneach nó ciombail ag clingeadh. Má tá bua fáidheoireachta agam, eolas ar gach rúndiamhair agus fios gach ní agam agus oiread lánchreidimh agam agus a d’aistreodh na sléibhte ach gan aon ghrá a bheith agam, is neamhní mé. Má roinnim amach mo mhaoin shaolta go léir, agus má thugaim suas mo chorp le dó ach gan aon ghrá a bheith agam, ní aon tairbhe dom é.

Bíonn an grá foighneach agus bíonn sé lách; ní bhíonn éad air; ní dhéanann sé maíomh ná mórtas; ní bhíonn sé mímhúinte ná leithleasach, míchéadfach ná agrach. Ní áil leis an éagóir ach is aoibhinn leis an mhaith. Bíonn sé lán d’fhadfhulaingt, lán de chreideamh, lán de dhóchas agus lán d’fhoighne. Rachaidh an fháidheoireacht ar ceal, rachaidh na teangacha dá dtost, agus rachaidh an t-eolas ar neamhní, ach ní rachaidh an grá i léig go deo. Mar tá ár gcuid eolais easnamhach agus tá ár bhfáidheoireacht easnamhach; agus nuair a thiocfaidh ann an rud foirfe, rachaidh an rud easnamhach ar neamhní.

Fad a bhí mé i mo leanbh, bhí caint agus meon agus réasún an linbh agam, ach ar m’éirí suas i m’fhear dom, d’fhág mé bealaí an linbh i mo dhiaidh. Faoi láthair ní fheicimid ach mar a bheadh scáil go doiléir i scáthán ach ar ball gheobhaimid radharc aghaidh ar aghaidh air. Níl ach breaceolas agam faoi láthair ach beidh eolas iomlán agam ar ball, chomh hiomlán leis an eolas atá orm.

Tá trí nithe ann atá buan, más ea, creideamh dóchas agus grá, ach is é an grá an ní is mó orthusan.

Briathar an Tiarna    Buíochas le Dia

Alleluia Véarsa      Eo 14: 6
Alleluia, alleluia!
“Is mise an tslí, an fhírinne agus an bheatha.
Ní thagann aon duine go dtí an tAthair ach tríomsa.
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL                 

Go raibh an Tiarna libh.           Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcas      4:21-30      Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Ní cuig na Giúdaigh amha,in a cuireadh Iosa ach oiread le hEilias agus Elisea.

Jesua reads the scriptureAgus thosaigh sé ag rá leo:
Inniu atá an scríbhinn seo comhlíonta i gclos bhur gcluas.” Agus thug cách fianaise air, b’ionadh leo na briathra grástúla a bhí ag teacht as a bhéal.
Deiridís: “Nach é mac Iósaef é seo?”
Agus dúirt sé leo:
Gan amhras, tagróidh sibh liom an seanfhocal: ‘A lia, leighis tú féin. Na nithe a chualamar déanta i gCafarnáum, déan anseo iad freisin i do dhúiche féin.’”
Ach dúirt sé:
Deirim libh go fírinneach, fáidh ar bith ní ghlactar ina dhúiche féin. Ach go deimhin deirim libh, bhí mórán baintreach in Iosrael i laethanta Éilias, nuair a bhí an spéir dúnta ar feadh trí mblian agus sé mhí, ionas go raibh gorta mór sa tír go léir, agus ní chun aon duine acu a cuireadh Éilias ach chun mná baintrí i Saireipte i dtír na Síodóine. Agus bhí mórán lobhar in Iosrael le linn Eilíseá fáidh, ach aon duine acu sin níor glanadh ach Námán an Suíreach.”

Agus a raibh sa tsionagóg, nuair a chuala siad an méid sin, líon siad d’fheirg, agus d’éirigh siad agus thiomáin amach as an gcathair é agus sheol é go dtí mala an chnoic ar a raibh a gcathair tógtha chun é a chaitheamh le faill. Ach ghabh sé trína lár agus d’imigh leis.

Soiscéal Dé

Soiscéal an Tiarna.            Moladh duit, a Chriost