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Light Up a Memory Mass 2019

Date: 30th November 2019
Location: Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Church, Cork

The Pope Video – December 2019

The future of the very young

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There always is someone.

There always is someone who cares

And bears a love for you.

Someone unseen but near your side

In all you ever do…

Someone to comfort and console

Your sorrow and despair,

Someone to give you strength and hope

And help your burdens share…

Someone to turn to in distress

When all seems lost and vain,

Someone to bring you confidence

Your long sought goal to gain…

“Who is this someone,” you may ask

Who shows such care and love,

Beyond the shadow of a doubt

It’s God, the Lord above.


Author: Harold F. Mohn.

Dec 7 - Saint Ambrose, 340-97 bishop and doctor of the Church

Summary:St  Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church Born in Trier (Germany) about 340. Ordained bishop on this day in 374 and died at Milan (Italy) on Holy Saturday 397. A lawyer who became governor in Milan and who was still a catechumen when elected bishop by popular acclaim. Upheld orthodoxy against the Arians and won many Christian converts. Encouraged monasticism and defended the independence of the Church against secular authority. Honoured as an outstanding pastor through his writings on the sacraments and Christian ethics and through his homilies, instructions, and hymns.


Like St Martin of Tours, Ambrose was a Roman army man. The Christian ethos had come into the army through the conversion of Constantine. Ambrose's status was such that he was chosen by acclamation of the people to be archbishop of Milan. Desmond O'Grady tells his story.

Inculturation, the embodiment of the faith in a culture, has become a buzz word. One of the most successful examples, surely, was the melding between Christianity and the culture of ancient Rome. St Ambrose had a vital role in this.

Governor and bishop
Right from his birth, Aurelius Ambrogius was destined for an important role in the empire. Born in Trier on the Rhine in AD 339, the son of a Roman senator, who was also Prefect of Gaul, he became a lawyer and a senator, and the Governor of the Italian provinces of Emilia and Liguria, with his residence in Milan. He was a VIP of the imperial admin­istration but left it to become the Bishop of Milan.

According to one biographer, he went as a Roman official to a Milanese church to ensure order during the election of the bishop and, although he was a layman, he himself was chosen after a child cried out, 'Ambrose for bishop!' This episode is depicted in a fresco in San Clemente Church in Rome. 'Violence was done to me,' wrote Ambrose later, referring to his election. He was only thirty-­five!

Whatever way he was elected, he proved to be an outstanding bishop in a long reign from AD 374 to AD 397. He was the corner­stone of the Milanese Church which still has its own rite, the Ambrosian, dating from his time. In it the Mass is structured some­what differently from the Roman rite and the canons also differ.

Ambrose was also a significant figure beyond Milan, partly because it was the seat of the Emperor of the West. After Emperor Constantine accepted Christianity early in the century he had shifted the capital from Rome to Constantinople but the western part of the empire was ruled from Milan.

In Ambrose's time, eminent members of the Roman Senate still retained their pagan beliefs and their attachment to classical tradition. They were afraid that Christianity was an offence to those gods who had ensured the empire's greatness; some of them worked for the restoration of  paganism, as was the case during the reign of Emperor Julian the Apostate, who died only twelve years before Ambrose became bishop.

Opposes Arian heretics
Ambrose played a key role in mounting opposition against persistent paganism. At the same time, Christianity was tragically divided, with Arian heretics, who claimed that Christ was inferior to God the Father, threatening to prevail. And barbarians were making inroads into the empire. Ambrose responded ably to all these problems, insisting on the need for unity and hence for discipline.

He retained a Roman senator’s sense of order and diplomacy, but put them at the service of the Church. He was related to some of the leading senators, had attended their schools and shared many of their tastes. He was far from being the only Christian senator but his family must have been one of those with the longest Christian traditions.

A relative, Severa, had been a martyr under the Emperor Diocletian at the end of the third century. His sister, whom he described as 'dearer to me than life and the light of my eyes', was a consecrated virgin. She seems to have been the leader of a community of Christian women who lived in her residence, which is now a Benedictine monastery near the Roman ghetto.

Ambrose lived under two Arian Emperors, namely Constantius II and Valens, while three other Emperors – Gratian, Theodosius and Valentinian – accepted his guidance.

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, denies Emperor Theodosius even the ability to enter the Church - must less take the Eucharist.He once affirmed that Emperors were not above the laws of the Church, an affirmation which set the stage for the Christendom of the Middle Ages. (see picture right>>>) Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, denies Emperor Theodosius even the ability to enter the Church - must less take the Eucharist. 'The Emperor is in the Church,' he claimed, 'but not above it'.  One result was that there were new expectations of Emperors: pagans had expected them to be valorous soldiers but also clement, austere and fair.  (‘Emperor’ originally meant Commander of the Armed Forces).

Ambrose, however, expected additional qualities: he praised emperors who were devout and humble, and who showed compassion.  He expected them to be first in the faith. After the death of Emperor Theodosius, Ambrose praised him for 'lowering the imperial banners in the dust and crying for his sins'.

Rigorous and flexible
ambrose writing
Ambrose was an interventionist bishop, disputing with the Emperor even about decisions affecting the Church in the Middle East, but he could also be extremely tactful: his legal train­ing had taught him to mix rigour with flexibility. Evidently, Emperors of barbarian back­ground, such as Theodosius who made Christianity the State reli­gion, admired Ambrose's culture as well as his holiness.

When the Arians were on the verge of getting the upper hand in Milan, Ambrose composed hymns to combat their teaching and, to retain control of the cathe­dral, he even defied pro-Arian troops. At a decisive moment he discovered the bones of two mar­tyrs, Gervase and Protase, which encouraged his flock. 'Now I have my soldiers,' he commented, 'who are in the army of Jesus'.

Despite a weak voice, Ambrose was a renowned preacher (many of his sermons survive) and a vigorous polemicist who, among other things, defended the recently for­mulated Nicean Creed which was under attack by Arians.

Important influence
One of his most important ser­vices was to inspire a certain teacher of rhetoric, who had come to Milan with his mother and son on the recommendation of the pagan Senator Symmachus, who had been a school friend of Ambrose and who was also prob­ably a relative.

Augustine Meeting St Ambrose On His Arrival In Milan.

This teacher, who was born in North Africa, described a visit to Ambrose. He saw the bishop engrossed in his reading which, unusually for the times, he did silently:  'His door was never closed to anyone and no one had to be announced before meeting him. Many times I saw him reading and, after watching him without saying a word, I went away...'.  The young teacher who tiptoed away discreetly was Augustine from Hippo, in what is now Algeria.

Ambrose was a strenuous defender of the order established by Rome which he tended to identify with Christianity. His fear was that, if this order disappeared, chaos would prevail.  Perhaps, in Ambrose, the meld between Christianity and Roman culture was too successful. St Augustine went a step further for he claimed serenely that even if the barbarians conquered Rome, the City of God would prevail nevertheless.

Towards the end of AD 396 Ambrose fell ill, and died later on Easter Sunday AD 397. Shortly before this, as prayers were offered for his recovery, he said, 'I have not lived in a way which makes me ashamed to stay alive but I am not afraid of death either because God is good'.

This article first appeared in The Messenger (January 1998), a publication of the Irish Jesuits.




Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 7th December, 2019
FIRST READING            

A reading from the prophet Isaiah      30:19-21. 23-26
He will be gracious to you when he hears your cry.

Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel:
People of Zion, you will live in Jerusalem and weep no more. He will be gracious to you when he hears your cry; when he hears he will answer. When the Lord has given you the bread of suffering and the water of distress, he who is your teacher will hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes. Whether you turn to right or left, your ears will hear these words behind you, 'This is the way, follow it.'

Promised-LandHe will send rain for the seed you sow in the ground,
and the bread that the ground provides will be rich and nourishing.
Your cattle will graze, that day, in wide pastures.
Oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat a salted fodder,
winnowed with shovel and fork. On every lofty mountain,
on every high hill there will be streams and watercourses,
on the day of the great slaughter when the strongholds fall.
Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight and sunlight itself be seven times brighter -
like the light of seven days in one -
on the day the Lord dresses the wound of his people
and heals the bruises his blows have left.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps:146
Response:                            Happy are all who hope in the Lord.
or                                          Alleluia!

1 Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving:
to him our praise is due.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel's exiles.           Response

2  He heals the broken-hearted,
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.            Response

 3 Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked in the dust.    Response

Gospel  Acclamation          Is 55:6
Alleluia, alleluia!
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Look the Lord is our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our King and our saviour.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew        9:35-10:1. 6-8
When he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them.
Jesus preachesJesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.

And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.'

He summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: 'Go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection           Saturday        First Week of Advent         Matthew 9:35-10.1, 6-8

As we draw closer to Christmas, many of us are thinking about buying gifts for people. It is a season of gift-giving. We give gifts to others and we receive gifts from others. A gift doesn’t have to be expensive to convey appreciation and regard. A lot of thought can go into a relatively inexpensive gift. There is something appropriate about giving and receiving gifts at this time of the year because Christmas is the feast of God’s gift to us of his Son. Saint John puts it very simply in his gospel, ‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son’. At Christmas, we celebrate and give thanks for the most precious gift that God could have given us, the gift of his Son. At the end of today’s gospel reading, Jesus declares to his disciples, ‘you received without charge’. Jesus was God’s free gift to us. Paul in his letter to the Romans speaks of ‘the grace of God and the free gift of the one man, Jesus Christ’. Paul is reminding us that we have been greatly graced by God through this gift of his Son. God did not give us his Son because we are deserving of him or because we have done something to earn him. Jesus is God’s free gift to us. The only appropriate response to such an extraordinary gift is gratitude. The feast of Christmas inspires us to be thankful to God for the many ways he has graced and blessed us through the gift of his Son. Having been graced in this way, we are called to live out of this grace. As Jesus says at the gospel reading, ‘give without charge’; ‘give to each other as you have received from God’. Having received the Lord freely, we are to give him to each other, by expressing in our lives his gracious and compassionate love.


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 2019-2o: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan Published by Messenger Publications c/f



Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 7th December, 2019

Sliocht as an fáidh Íseáia          30:19-21. 23-26
Maithfidh sé duit ar chloisteáil do chaoineadh dó.

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna Dia, Neach Naofa Isráél:
Se a, a phobal Shíón, a bhfuil cónaí ort in Iarúsailéim, ní bheidh tú ag gol níos mó. Maithfidh sé duit ar chloisteáil do chaoineadh dó, agus tabharfaidh sé toradh air ar an toirt. Cé go dtugann an Tiarna duit arán na hanbhuaine agus uisce na duainéise, an té a theagascann thú, ní cheilfidh é féin feasta, agus feicfidh do shúile an Té a theagascann thú. Cloisfidh do chluasa an focal seo i do dhiaidh: “Seo an bealach, leanaigí é”,Cuma ar dheis nó ar chlé a chasfaidh sibh.

Agus tabharfaidh sé báisteach le haghaidh an tsíl a chuirfidh tú sa talamh,Promised-Land
agus an t-arán a thugann an talamh uaidh,
beidh sé blasta agus beathúil.
Beidh do chuid eallaigh ag innilt an lá sin ar fhéarach leathan.
Na daimh agus na hasail a threabhann an talamh,
beidh coirce blasta le hithe acu,
a ndearnadh cáitheadh air le sluasaid agus le cáiteog.
Agus ar gach sliabh ard agus gach cnoc mór
Beidh solas na gealaí ar aon dul le solas na gréine agus solas na gréine seacht n-uaire

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra            Sm 146
Freagra                            Is méanar don dream a bhfuil a súil leis.
Freagra eile                    Alleluia!

1 Molaigí an Tiarna óir is maith é;
canaigí salm dár nDia óir is grámhar é:
is dósan is cuí ár moladh.
Tá an Tiarna ag tógáil larúsailéim,
tá sé ag cruinniú dhíbeartaigh Isráél.                  Freagra

2.Slánaíonn sé lucht an chroí bhriste
agus déanann n a gcréachtaí a cheangal.
Socraíonn sé líon na realtaí;
ainmníonn sé ina gceann agus ina gceann iad.  Freagra

3. Is mór é ár nDia agus is mór é a neart;
níl teorainn ar bith lena eagna.
Ardaíonn an Tiarna na daoine ísle
agus leagann sé ar lar na héagráifigh.                  Freagra

Alleluia                             Is 55:6
Alleluia, alleluia!
Lorgaigí an Tiarna, fad a tá sé é ar fáil;
glaoigí air, fad atá sé i ngar.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha                9:35-10:1. 6-8
Nuair a chonaic sé na sluaite, ghlac sé trua dóibh

San Jesus preachesam sin ghabh Íosa ar fud na gcathracha agus na mbailte go léir, ag teagasc ina sionagóga agus ag fógairt dea-scéil na ríochta, ag leigheas gach galar agus gach éagruas.

Agus nuair a chonaic sé na sluaite, ghlac sé trua dóibh, mar go raibh siad ina luí go tréith mar a bheadh caoirigh gan aoire. Ansin dúirt sé lena dheisceabail: “Tá an fómhar fairsing ach níl ann ach meitheal bheag. Dá bhrí sin guígí Máistir an fhómhair go gcuirfidh sé meitheal uaidh isteach ina fhómhar.” Ghlaoigh sé chuige a dháréag deisceabal agus thug dóibh údarás ar na spioraid mhíghlana chun go gcaithfidís amach iad agus go leigheasfaidís gach galar agus gach éagruas.

Chuir Íosa uaidh an dáréag sin leis na horduithe seo leanas: “Ná gabhaigí an bóthar chun na ngintlithe agus ná téigí isteach i gcathair Shamárach ar bith; ní hea, ach téigí faoi dhéin chaoirigh caillte theaghlach Iosrael. Agus in bhur mbóthar daoibh, bígí ag fógairt go bhfuil ríocht na bhflaitheas in achmaireacht. Leigheasaigí lucht tinnis, tógaigí na mairbh, glanaigí na lobhair, caithigí amach na deamhain. In aisce a fuair sibh; tugaigí uaibh in aisce.

Soiscéal Dé.

© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 8th December, 2019

  - 8-12-2019-
2nd Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist is a prophetic voice for all ages: his message speaks to us today, for conversion is always part of the Christian way of living. Conversion to each other is called for by St Paul, so that we can be tolerant of each other, united in mind and heart.


A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah          11:1-10
He judges the wretched with integrity.

A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse, 
a scion thrusts from his roots:
on him the spirit of the Lord rests, 
a spirit of wisdom and insight, 
a spirit of counsel and power,
a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
(The fear of the Lord is his breath.)
He does not judge by appearances, last judgement
he gives no verdict on hearsay,
but judges the wretched with integrity,
and with equity gives a verdict for the poor of the land.
His word is a rod that strikes the ruthless,
his sentences bring death to the wicked.
Integrity is the loincloth round his waist,
faithfulness the belt about his hips.

The wolf lives with the lamb,
the panther lies down with the kid,
calf and lion cub feed together
with a little boy to lead them.
The cow and the bear make friends,
their young lie down together.
The lion eats straw like the ox.
The infant plays over the cobra's hole;
into the viper's lair
the young child puts his hand.
They do no hurt, no harm,
on all my holy mountain,
for the country is filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters swell the sea.

That day, the root of Jesse
shall stand as a signal to the peoples.
It will be sought out by the nations
and its home will be glorious.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 71:1
Response                         In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails.

1. O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king's son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
and your poor in right judgement.             Response

2. In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the Great River to earth's bounds.    Response

3. For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor.                      Response

4. May his name be blessed for ever
and endure like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blessed in him,
all nations bless his name.                            Response


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Romans         15:4-9
Christ is the Saviour of all people.

Everything that was written long ago in the scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope from the examples scripture gives of how people who did not give up were helped by God. And may he who helps us when we refuse to give up, help you all to be tolerant with each other, following the example of Christ Jesus, so that united in mind and voice you may give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. creation

It can only be to God's glory, then, for you to treat each other in the same friendly way as Christ treated you. The reason Christ became the servant of circumcised Jews was not only so that God could faithfully carry out the promises made to the patriarchs, it was also to get the pagans to give glory to God for his mercy, as scripture says in one place: For this I shall praise you among the pagans and sing to your name.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation        Lk 3:4.6
Alleluia, alleluia!
Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight..
and all mankind shall see the salvation of God


A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew           3:1-12
Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.

John the BIn due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message: 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand'. This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said:

 A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.

This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, 'Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming? But if you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruit, and do not presume to tell yourselves, "We have Abraham for our father", because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is laid to the roots of the trees, so that any tree which fails to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire. I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing-floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.'

The Gospel of the Lord

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 2019-2o: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan Published by Messenger Publications c/f

Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 8th December, 2019



Sliocht as Leabhar Íseáia, Faidh      Is 11:1-10
Tugann sé breithiúnas cothrom i leith na ndearóile.

Tá bachlóg ag eascar as bun chrann Ieise,
agus gas ag teacht óna fhréamh;
tá spiorad an Tiarna ag lonnú air,
spiorad na heagna agus na tuisceana,
spiorad na comhairle agus na cumhachta,
spiorad an eolais agus eagla an Tiarna.
(In eagla an Tiarna is ea tá a dhúil.)
Ní thugann sé breith de réir na cosúlachta,
ná ní chuireann tuairim de ar scéal scéil.
Ach déanann sé cóir agus ceart do na dealbha
agus tugann breithiúnas cothrom i leith dearóile na tíre.
Bata is ea a bhriathar a bhuaileann an t-anduine,
agus gaoth an fhocail uaidh, maraíonn sé an t-urchóideach.

last judgementIs í an chóir bréid cheangail a choime,
agus tá an dea-rún ina chrios ar a chorróga.

Tá an mac tíre ina chónaí leis an uan,
an pantar sínte le taobh an mheannáin ghabhair;
tá an gamhain agus an coileán leoin ar marthain in éineacht
agus gasúr óg á mbuachailleacht.
Tá an bhó agus an béar ag snaidhmeadh caradais,
agus a gceanna beaga in aon ál le chéile;
tá an leon ag ithe cocháin ar nós na mart.
Tá an leanbh cíche ag súgradh faoi phrochóg an chobra,
ar phluais na nathrach leagann an naíonán a lámh.
Díth ná dochar ní dhéantar níos mó
ar fud mo shléibhe bheannaithe go léir,
óir tá an talamh lán le heolas ar an Tiama
mar a líonann an fharraige leis an lán mara.

Sa lá sin, beidh beangán ó fhréamh Ieise
ina sheasamh mar chomhartha do na ciníocha.
Beidh na náisiúin ag dul ina mhuinín
agus beidh a áit chónaithe faoi mhaise agus faoi ghlóir.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra         Sm 71
Freagra                         Bláthóidh síocháin agus fhíréantacht lena linn nó go meathfaidh an ghealach.

1. Tabhair do bhreithiúnas, a Dhia, don rí
agus d'fhíréantacht do mhac an rí.
Go dtuga sé ceartbhreithiúnas ar a phobal
agus cothrom do na bochta.                      Freagra

2. Bláthóidh síocháin agus fhíréantacht lena linn
nó go meathfaidh an ghealach.
Beidh a réimeas ó mhuir go muir,
ón Abhainn Mór go críoch na cruinne.  Freagra

3. Óir saorfaidh sé na bochta nuair a ghlaofaidh siad air
agus na hainniseoirí gan chúnamh.
Glacfaidh sé trua don duine lag
agus sábhálfaidh sé an duine dealbh.     Freagra

4. Go moltar a ainm go brách
an fad a bheidh an ghrian ann.
Is tríd a bheannófar gach treibh;
beidh gach cine á mholadh.                     Freagra


Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh        15:4-9
SlánaIonn Críost gach aon duine.

creationAbhráithre, gach ar scríobhadh fadó is dár dteagascna a scríobhadh é chun go mbeadh an fhoighne agus an sólás atá le fáil sa scrioptúr ina n-ábhar dóchais againn. Go dtuga Dia na foighne agus an tsóláis daoibhse a bheith báúil le chéile de réir mheon Chríost Íosa 6 ar shlí go mbeidh sibh d’aontoil agus d’aonghuth ag moladh Dé agus Athair ár dTiarna Íosa Críost.

Bíodh glacadh agaibh le chéile, mar sin, mar a ghlac Críost libh féin chun glóire Dé. Is é atáim a rá gur ar son fírinne Dé a tháinig Críost ag freastal ar lucht an timpeallghearrtha chun na gealltanais a tugadh do na patrarcaí a dhaingniú agus san am céanna chun go dtabharfadh na gintlithe glóir do Dhia ar son a thrócaire, mar atáscríofa: “Molfaidh mé thú dá bhrí sin i measc na náisiún,
agus canfaidh mé do d’ainm le duan.”

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia  Vearsa               Lc 3:4, 6
Alleluia, alleluia!
Ullmhaigí bóthar an Tiarna, déanaigi díreach a chosáin.
Agus feicfidh an uile cholainn shánú Dé.


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha             3:1-12
Déanaigí aithrí mar tá ríocht na bhflaitheas in achmaireacht.

John the BSna laethanta sin, tháinig Eoin Baiste i láthair agus é ag seanmóir i bhfásach Iúdáia: “Déanaigí aithrí,” deireadh sé, “mar tá ríocht na bhflaitheas in achmaireacht.” Ag tagairt dó seo a bhí an chaint a dúirt Íseáia fáidh:

“Glór duine ag éamh san fhásach:
‘Réitígí bóthar an Tiarna,
déanaigí díreach a chasáin.’”

Agus Eoin féin, bhí éadach de rón camaill air, agus crios leathair faoina choim, agus is é bia a bhíodh aige, lócaistí agus mil fhiáin. Ansin, bhí na daoine ag teacht amach chuige ó Iarúsailéim agus ó Iúdáia go léir agus ó cheantar uile na hIordáine, agus iad ag fáil bhaiste uaidh in abhainn na hIordáine ag admháil a bpeacaí.

Nuair a chonaic sé mórán de na Fairisínigh agus de na Sadúcaigh ag teacht chun baisteadh chuige, dúirt sé leo: “A sceith na bpéisteanna, cé thug leid daoibhse teitheadh ón díbheirg atá le teacht? Tugaigí, más ea, toradh uaibh is dual don aithrí, agus nárab áil libh a rá libh féin: ‘Tá Abrahám mar athair againn,’ óir deirim libh gur féidir le Dia clann a thógáil d’Abrahám as na clocha seo. Anois féin, tá an tua le fréamh na gcrann, agus gach crann nach dtugann toradh fónta uaidh, gearrfar anuas agus caithfear sa tine é. Táimse do bhur mbaisteadh le huisce, i gcomhair na haithrí; ach an té atá ag teacht i mo dhiaidh is treise é ná mise, agus ní fiú mé a bhróga a bhaint de: baistfidh seisean sibh leis an Spiorad Naomh agus le tine. Tá a cháiteog ina láimh aige agus déanfaidh sé a láithreán buailte a léirghlanadh; cruinneoidh sé a chuid arbhair isteach sa scioból, ach dófaidh sé an lóchán le tine dhomhúchta.”

Soiscéal Dé

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