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The response was electrifying.

The response was electrifying.

Recently, a sister of mine underwent very serious and critical surgery. The doctors were not at all encouraging, and we all had plenty of reason for concern. There were many prayers, and much calling for the prayers of others. In using that event as the basis for a parable, I do not, of course, adhere strictly to the events as they actually occurred. Her time in the surgery seemed to be forever. We had run out of things to talk about as we waited in a nearby lounge. Finally, the surgeon emerged from the theatre, called my brother-in-law to one side, and, for a few moments, they were in deep conversation together. The tension was palpable. Finally, my brother-in-law turned to us and, with a smile as broad as the Atlantic, he gave us the thumbs-up sign. The response was electrifying.

The reason I make a connection between this and today's gospel is because of what happened during the next few days. The phones were busy. I am part of a large far ­flung family, and everyone wanted to learn the truth first-hand. Again and again the very same people phoned just to make sure! I answered many of the calls. My brother-in-law was in bigger demand and, of course, a few days later, my sister herself was able to receive phone calls. The final haul was when some of my family actually travelled to Dublin to see for themselves. Some of them, like Thomas, even asked to see the wounds!

Thomas was told the good news of resurrection, but he was not prepared to believe until he had experienced that fact for himself. He did and he believed. As Jesus himself said, 'Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.' John 20:29

Jack Mc Ardle
And that’s the Gospel Truth
www. Columba.ie


April 11 - St Stanislaus of Krakow 1030-79 (1)

Summary of St Stanislaus is often called The Martyr to distinguish him from the young Jesuit novice St Stanislaus Kostka. Traditionally he is regarded as the patron of Poland, but he is also venerated in Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine.

Patrick Duffy gathers together some information about his life.

StanislausPriest and bishop at Krakow
Stanislaus was born in 1030 of noble and pious parents at Szczcepanow and was educated at the cathedral school at Gniezno, then the capital of Poland, and possibly at Paris. He was ordained priest and served as a canon of the cathedral at Krakow. He was elected bishop of Krakow in 1072. He gained a reputation as a preacher and benefactor of the poor.

Conflict with Boleslaus the Bold
stanislaus martyrdomStanislaus came into conflict with Boleslaus II, called the Bold, who by asserting his power in Bohemia, Hungary and south Russia, became king of Poland in 1076. Stanislaus had reproved him for abducting a nobleman's wife and, when he refused to repent, excommunicated him. Boleslaus attacked and murdered Stanislaus while he was saying Mass. For this the pope, Gregory VII, with whom Boleslaus had previously made an alliance against Henry IV of the Holy Roman Empire, put Poland under interdict. The murder caused outrage and soon the nobles revolted and deposed Boleslaus, who spent the rest of his life as a penitent in the Benedictine abbey in Osiak.

Another view
Some historians, however, suggest that Stanislaus was involved in a land dispute and that he was guilty of plotting to dethrone the king.

Soon after his death Stanislaus was honoured as a martyr and in 1088 his relics were brought to Krakow's Wawel cathedral where he is still honoured today. He was canonised at Assisi by Pope Innocent IV in 1253.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 11th April, 2021
Scripture themes
The struggle for faith experienced by Thomas leads us to think on the meaning of faith in the risen Christ. We do not depend on physical experience of Christ but know his presence in keeping God’s commandments and as a gathered community, in the hearing of the word and in sacramental signs. So the Christian community is a thankful one, always blessing God for a sure hope through the Resurrection of Christ.


FIRST READING               

A reading from the Book Acts of the Apostles    4:32-35
United, heart and soul.

apostolic unity The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common. The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect.
None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 117
Response                               Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.
or                                            Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1. Let the sons of Israel say:
'His love has no end.'
Let the sons of Aaron say:
'His love has no end.'
Let those who fear the Lord say:
'His love has no end.'                       Response

2. The Lord's right hand has triumphed;
his right hand raised me up.
I shall not die, I shall live
and recount his deeds.
I was punished, I was punished by the Lord,
but not doomed to die.                  Response

3. The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord;
we rejoice and are glad.                Response


A reading from the first letter of St John      5:1-6
Anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ
has been begotten by God;
and whoever loves the Father that begot him
loves the child whom he begets.
We can be sure that we love God's children
if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us;
this is what loving God is -
keeping his commandments;
and his commandments are not difficult,
because anyone who has been begotten by Godovercomingtheworld
has already overcome the world;
this is the victory over the world -
our faith.
Who can overcome the world?
Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God;
Jesus Christ who came by water and blood,
not with water only,
but with water and blood;
with the Spirit as another witness -
since the Spirit is the truth.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation         Jn 20: 29

Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus said to him: 'You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.'


A reading from the holy Gospel according to John      20:19-31
Glory to you, O Lord
Eight days later, Jesus came.

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, 'Peace be with you,' and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, 'Peace be with you.

'As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you,'

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

'Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain,
they are retained.'

Jesus and ThomasThomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, 'We have seen the Lord,' he answered, 'Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.' Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. 'Peace be with you,' he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.' Thomas replied, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him:

'You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.'

There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.

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

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, 11th April, 2021
CHÉAD LÉACHT          Gníomhartha na nAspal 4:32-35
Ar aon chroí agus ar aon anam.

apostolic unity Bhí buíon na gcreidmheach ar aon aigne agus ar aon intinn le chéile. Ní deireadh aon duine acu liom ná leat faoina chuid maoine mar bhí gach ní i bpáirt acu. Bhí na haspail go lándícheallach ag tabhairt fianaise ar aiséirí Chríost agus bhí grásta Dé go fras orthu uile. Agus ní raibh duine ar bith acu ar an ngannchuid: iad siúd a raibh talamh nó tithe acu, dhíolaidís amach iad agus thugaidís suas a luach do na haspail agus roinntí amach ar chách é de réir mar bhíodh sé ina ghá.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 117
Freagra                                     Tugaigí buíochas den Tiarna teisc gur maith é:
                                                   óir maireann a ghrá de shíor.
Malairt freagra                     Alleluia

I. Bíodh teaghlach Isráél á rá:
'Maireann a ghrá de shíor.'
Bíodh teaghlach Árón á rá::
'Maireann a ghrá de shíor.'
Abradh an dream lerb eagal an Tiarna:
'Maireann a ghrá de shíor.'                   Freagra

2. D’oibrigh deaslámh an tiarna go tréan:
is í a dheaslámh a d’ardaig mé.
Ní éagfaidh mé- mairfidh mé
agus inseoidh mé a mhóréachtaí.
Smachtaig an Tiarna go dian mé,
ach níor dhaor sé chun báis mé.           Freagra

3. An chloch dár dhiúltaigh na saoir,
rinne ceann an chúinne di.
Is é an Tiarna a rinne é seo,
agus is éachtach linne é.
Is é seo an lá a rinne an Tiarna:
bíodh áthas is gliondar orainn.              Freagra


Sliocht as an céad litir Eoin              5:1-6
Gach a ghintear ó Dhia sáraIonn sé an saol.

Gach duine a chreideann gurb é Íosa an Críost
is ó Dhia a gineadh é, agus gach duine a thugann grá don té a ghin tugann grá fós don té a gineadh. Is mar seo is feasach dúinn go dtugaimid grá do chlann Dé,
nuair a thugaimid grá do Dhia agus nuair a chomhlíonaimid a aitheanta.
Mar gurb é seo grá Dé, comhlíonadh a aitheanta; agus ní tromualach a aitheanta.

Óir gach a ghintear ó Dhia sáraíonn sé an saol overcomingtheworld
agus is í an chaithréim a sháraíonn an saol, ár gcreideamh.
Cé sháraíonn an saol murab é an té a chreideann gurb é Íosa Mac Dé?
Sé Íosa Críost an té a tháinig le huisce agus le fuil agus leis an Spiorad.
Ní leis an uisce amháin ach leis an uisce agus leis an bhfuil;
agus tá an Spiorad ag tabhairt fianaise, mar gurb í an fhírinne an Spiorad.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa
Alleluia, Alleluia!
'De bhrí go bhfaca tú  mé, a Thomáis, chreid tú,' a deir an Tiarna.
'Is méanar dóibh seo nach bhfaca agus a chreid.'


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin      20:19-31
Ocht lá ma dhiaidh sin, tháinig losa.

Tráthnóna an lae chéanna, an chéad lá den tseachtain, agus na doirse faoi ghlas le
heagla na nGiúdach, san áit ina raibh na deisceabail, tháinig Íosa agus sheas ina measc agus dúirt leo:
“Síocháin daoibh!”
Á rá sin dó, thaispeáin sé dóibh a lámha agus a chliathán. Bhí áthas ar na deisceabail nuair a chonaic siad an Tiarna.   Dúirt Íosa leo ansin arís:
“Síocháin daoibh! Amhail mar a chuir an tAthair uaidh mise,
táimse do bhur gcursa uaim freisin.”
Arna rá sin dó, d’análaigh sé orthu agus dúirt leo:
“Glacaigí an Spiorad Naomh.
Na daoine a maithfidh sibh a bpeacaí dóibh,beidh siad maite dóibh;
na daoine a gcoinneoidh sibh a bpeacaí,
beidh a bpeacaí coinnithe.”
Jesus and ThomasTomás, duine den dáréag ar a dtugtaí an Leathchúpla, ní raibh sé leo nuair a tháinig Íosa.   Dúirt na deisceabail eile leis: “Chonaiceamar an Tiarna.” Ach dúirt seisean leo: “Mura bhfeicfidh mé rian na dtairní ar a dhearnana, agus mo mhéar a chur i bpoll na dtairní, agus mo lámh ina chliathán, ní chreidfidh mé.” Ocht lá ina dhiaidh sin, bhí a dheisceabail istigh arís, agus Tomás in éineacht leo. Tháinig Íosa agus na doirse faoi ghlas, sheas sé ina measc agus dúirt: “Síocháin daoibh!” Ansin dúirt sé le Tomás: “Tabhair i leith do mhéar agus féach mo dhearnana, sín amach do lámh agus cuir i mo chliathán í, agus ná bí díchreidmheach ach creidmheach.”   D’fhreagair Tomás: “Mo Thiarna agus mo Dhia!”Dúirt Íosa leis:
“De bhrí go bhfaca tú mé, a Thomáis, chreid tú.
Is méanar dóibh seo nach bhfaca agus a chreid.”
Bhí go leor fearta eile fós a rinne Íosa os comhair a dheisceabal, agus níl aon chur síos orthu sa leabhar seo.   Ach cuireadh an méid sin i scríbhinn chun go gcreidfeadh sibh gurb é Íosa an Criost, Mac Dé, agus á chreidiúint go mbeadh an bheatha agaibh ina ainm.

Soiscéal Dé.


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Chuaigh na deisceabail i bhfolach i seomra uachtarach mar bhí eagla orthu roimh na húdaráis Giúdacha. Fiú amháin tar éis do Mháire Magdalene filleadh faoi deifir ón tuama folamh ag scairteadh go hrd go bhfacha sí an Tiarna beó, níor leor san  iad a chur ar a suaimhneas. D'fhéadfaí an méid úafásach a rinneadh le h’Íosa a dhéanamh leo freisin. .. rud a d'fhág iad ag fanacht i bhfolach i  seomra dúnta faoi ghlas. Ansan ar casadh na súl, teaspáineadh  Íosa aiseirithe  dóibh ar chúl na ndóirse dúnta … agus dúirt Sé gan eagla a bheith orthu níos mó. Bhronn Sé an Spioraid Naoimh 0rthu, á gchómhlánú le fuinneamh agus dóchas nua, chun go dtabharfaidís aghaidh  ar an gnó a bhí rompu. "Mar a chuir an t-Athair mise chugaibh, mar sin táim do bhur seoladh" a dúirt sé. Chuidigh sé seo dóibh an seomra a fhágáil, chun fianaise a thabhairt faoin Tiarna aiseirithe. Sin  mar a léiríonn  Lúcás freagra na ndeisceabail  Domhnach na Cásca. Thug na deisceabail úd fianaise don aiséirí trí fhocal agus ar tréithe a mbeatha.

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp, Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.

Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 18th April, 2021

3rd Sunday of Easter

Scripture Themes
The signs that Jesus gives are to be understood by faith. So we see Peter preaching conversion as he has been told to do. Conversion is possible because Christ stands as our advocate before the Father.

FIRST READING               

A reading from the Book  Acts of the Apostles      3:13-15.17-19
You killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead.

prophesesPeter said to the people: 'You are Israelites, and it is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus, the same Jesus you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate, after Pilate had decided to release him. It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses.

'Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing; this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer. Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.'

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 4
Response                            Lift up the light of your face on us, 0 Lord.
or                                         Alleluia!

1. When I call, answer me, O God of justice;
from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!      Response

2. It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;
the Lord hears me whenever I call him.                                      Response

3. 'What can bring us happiness?' many say.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.                                Response

4. I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once,
for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.                            Response


A reading from the first letter of St John        2:1-5

He is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world's.

I am writing this, my children,jesus sacrifice1
to stop you sinning;
but if anyone should sin,
we have our advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is just;
he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours,
but the whole world's.
We can be sure that we know God
only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says, 'I know him',
and does not keep his commandments,
is a liar,
refusing to admit the truth.
But when anyone does obey what he has said,
God's love comes to perfection in him

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation         Lk 24:32
Alleluia, alleluia!
Lord Jesus, Explain the scriptures to us.
Make our hearts burn within us as you talk to us


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke       24:35-48
Glory to you, O Lord
So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead.

The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread.
Tjesus and old testhey were still talking about this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you!' In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, 'Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.' And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they could not believe it, and they stood dumbfounded; so he said to them, 'Have you anything here to eat?' And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.

Then he told them, 'This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, has to be fulfilled.' He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, 'So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveess of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.'

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

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, 18th April, 2021

Sliocht as Leabhar Gníomhartha na nAspal             3:13-15. 17-19
Mharaigh sibh údar na beatha, agus thóg Dia ó mhairbh arís é.

Dúirt Peadad leis an bpobal: Thug Dia Abrahám, Dia Íosác, Dia Iacóib, Dia ár n-aithreacha an ghlóir dhiaga dá sheirbhíseach Íosa, an té sin ar thug sibhse ar láimh é agus ar shéan sibh i bhfianaise Phioláit é agus eisean meáite ar é a scaoileadh saor. Sea, shéan sibh an té a bhí naofa fíréan agus d’iarr sibh go scaoilfí saor chugaibh dúnmharfóir. Chuir sibh taoiseach na beatha chun báis! Thóg Dia ó mhairbh é, áfach, rud a bhfuilimidne go léir inár bhfinnéithe air. “Anois, a bhráithre, tá a fhios agam gur le barr aineolais a rinne sibh na nithe sin agus bhur gcinn urra mar an gcéanna. Ar an gcuma sin is ea a thug Dia chun críche an rud úd a bhí réamhfhógartha aige trí bhéal na bhfáithe uile: nárbh fholáir dá Mheisias an pháis a fhulaingt. Déanaigí aithrí dá bhrí sin agus iompaígí chun Dé chun go nglanfar díbh bhur bpeacaí.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra      Sm 4
Freagra                     Ardaigh solas go ghnúise os ár gcionn, a Thiarna.
Malairt Freagra     Alleluia!

I. Éist liom is mé ag éamh ort, a Dhia na fíréantachta,
a d'fhuascail mé ó mo phianpháis; éist liom go trócaireach.    Freagra

2. Is é an Tiarna a roghnaíonn dó féin an duine diaga;
éistfigh an Tiarna an uair a ghlaofaidh mé air.                            Freagra

3. Is iomaí duine á rá: 'Cé nochtfaidh nithe fónta dúinn?'
Ardaigh solas do ghnúise os ár gcionn, a Thiarna.                      Freagra

4. Rachaidh mé a luí faoi shuaimhneas: déanfaidh mé codladh go sámh;
óir is tusa amháin, a Thiarna, a choimeádann ó bhaol mé.       Freagra


Sliocht as an céad Litir N. Eoin     2:1-5
Is é an íobairt sásaimh ar ár bpeacaí é, agus ní or ár bpeacaine amháin ach ar pheacaí an tsaoil uile.

A chlann liom, scríobhaim na nithe seo chugaibh le nach ndéana sibh aon pheaca; ach má dhéanann éinne peaca, tá abhcóide againn fara an Athair, Iosa Críost atá cóir. Is é an íobairt sásaimh ar ár bpeacaí é, agus ní ar ár bpeacaíne amháin ach ar pheacaí an tsaoil uile. Agus is mar seo atá fhios againn go n-aithnímid é, a aitheanta a choinneáil. An té a deir go n-aithníonn é agus nach gcoinníonn a aitheanta is bréagach é agus níl an fhírinne sa duine sin. Ach an té a choinníonn a fhocalsan go deimhin tá grá Dé lánfhoirfe ann; agus is mar sin a thuigimid go mairimid ann.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa                    Lc 24: 32
Alleluia, Alleluia!
A Thiaina Íosa, nocht na scrioptúir dúinn; cuir ár gcroí ar Iasadh ionainn
Ie linn duit bheith ag labhairt linn.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Lúcás      24:35-48
Is amhlaidh sin atá scríofa, go bhfulaingeodh an Críost agus go n éireodh sé ó mhairbh an treas lá.

Agus rinne siad féin ar tharla sa tslí a aithris, agus mar a d’aithin siad é i mbriseadh an aráin.

jesus and old testLe linn na cainte sin dóibh, sheas sé féin ina measc agus dúirt leo: “Síocháin daoibh!” Ghlac siad scéin agus uamhan, á mheas gur ag féachaint ar spiorad a bhí siad. Ach dúirt sé leo: “Cad é an scanradh atá oraibh, agus cad chuige a bhfuil ceisteanna ag teacht in bhur gcroí! Féachaigí mo lámha agus mo chosa, gur mé féin atá ann. Láimhseálaigí mé, agus tuigigí nach mbíonn feoil ná cnámha ag spiorad mar a fheiceann sibh atá agamsa.” Á rá sin dó, thaispeáin sé dóibh a lámha agus a chosa. Agus ó bhí siad gan a chreidiúint fós le barr áthais, agus iad ag déanamh ionadh de, dúirt sé leo: “An bhfuil rud ar bith anseo agaibh a d’íosfaí?” Thug siad blúire d’iasc rósta dó. Ghlac sé é agus d’ith ina láthair é.

Ansin dúirt sé leo: “Is iad seo na focail a labhair mé libh agus mé fós in bhur gcuideachta: ‘Ní foláir na nithe uile a chomhlíonadh atá scríofa mar gheall orm i ndlí Mhaois agus sna fáithe agus sna sailm.’” Ansin d’oscail sé a n-aigne chun go dtuigfidís na scrioptúir, agus dúirt sé leo: “Is amhlaidh sin atá scríofa, go bhfulaingeodh an Críost agus go n éireodh sé ó mhairbh an treas lá, agus go mbeadh aithrí agus maithiúnas peacaí á bhfógairt ina ainm do na náisiúin uile, ag tosú ó Iarúsailéim. Is finnéithe sibhse ar na nithe seo.

Soiscéal Dé.

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh
Ná bíodh faitíos ort 
Ceann des na ocáidí a  thaispeán Íosa Aiseirithe é féin dos na deisceabail, ach níos mó ná in áiteanna eile, léiríonn sé gur fíor an  aiséirí , gur tharla gach rud mar réamhscríobhadh sa scrioptúr naofa agus gur cuid de phlean dhiaga é. Agus Íosa ag pléadáil leo glacadh leis  go bhfuil sé i ndáiríre i láthair, agus tugann sé cuireadh dóibh teagmháil a dhéanamh leis, greim bidh a thabhairt dó agus a lámha agus a chosa a scrúdú. D'aithin siad Íosa ar bhonn pearsanta, agus bhíodar áthasach ina chuideachta. Ach an uair seo níorbh ionann agus mar a bhí. Bhris sé  srianta an choirp domhanda, agus bhí láithreacht uafar ann nach bhfaca siad riamh roimhe. Ní féidir linn tuiscint a fháil ar an gclaochlú a chonacadar, nuair a bhí duine éigin a raibh aithne acu air  agus a raibh grá acu dó tar éis a chlaochlú go hiomlán, agus údar aige leis. Cé go raibh siad amhrasach fós, bhí an-áthas orthu mar a labhair Íosa leo faoi ghealltanais na scrioptúir, agus mar deineadh comhlíonadh orthu.  Ansin sheol sé iad chun leanúint leis an méid a thosaigh sé. Sa líne seo a leanas, nach bhfuil san áireamh i soiscéal an lae inniu, gheall sé go gcuirfeadh sé an Spiorad chuchu agus go mbeadh cumhacht iomlán nua acu, agus iad páirteach sa chumhacht nua a mar a raibh Sé anois.

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp, Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.