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Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today

Pentecost Sunday.


The event of Pentecost, which is the great celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit, marks the end of the Easter season and signals the beginnings of new life in the church. Today, we see the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of countless ordinary people who struggle to be good and to follow the will of God. They are people leading lives of great holiness, often unnoticed in the everyday situation of raising a family and bringing them up to respect gospel values. Wherever people are at prayer, their hearts are openly inviting the Spirit to dwell within their very being. This brings them inner peace and assures them of the forgiveness of sin. The message of Pentecost is to have courage because God is with us and within us, and wherever we are and whatever we do, the Spirit will embrace us and keep us safe.

Deirdre Powell

Source: “Preaching God’s Word on Sunday” by Fr. Desmond Knowles.
Saint of the day

May 20 - St Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)

St Bernadine by Giotto

St Bernardine was a great Observant Franciscan preacher and an effective reformer of the 15th century. There are some beautiful frescoes by Pinturichio (end 15th century) of the life of St Bernardine and the great Italian Renaissance painter Giotto. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Early life of service
Born at Massa Maritima, near Siena, Italy, where his father was governor, Bernardine was left an orphan at six. He was brought up by his aunt and given a broad education in grammar, rhetoric, canon law and theology. When the organisation in the city of Siena broke down during the plague, he and some companions took charge of the local La Scala hospital. Subsequently he nursed his bed-ridden aunt until she died.

Joined the Friars Minor
Bernardine joined the Friars Minor in 1402 and later transferred to the Observant Franciscans (stricter poverty and more preaching) at Colombaio, near Siena. He also served at Fiesole near Florence.

[caption id="attachment_46083" align="alignright" width="131"]St Bernaine by Pinturichio St Bernaine by Pinturichio[/caption]

An effective itinerant preacher
In 1417 Bernardine appeared as a spectacular preacher in Milan and from then on travelled all over Italy, especially in the kingdom of Naples, always on foot, preaching in the open air. He advocated penance and voluntary poverty in the spirit of St Francis. but he is best remembered for his devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. At the end of his sermons he would hold up a tablet or plaque on which the letters IHS (Greek capitals of the first three letters of the name of Jesus) were engraved and surrounded by rays of light. He used every trick of the rhetorical trade to move his hearers his listeners to both laughter and tears. He had enormous influence. He especially attacked the practice of usury. He also denounced the wars between the city states of Italy, the Guelph states supporting the Pope and Ghibelline states supporting the emperor, as the basic evil of the age. He preached vigorously against sodomy and wrote some works of theology and devotion.

On trial for idolatry
A Dominican theological opponent, Manfred of Vercelli, accused Bernardine of idolatry and he was called to appear before Pope Martin V. The Pope received him coldly and forbade him to preach or display his tablet or plaque until his conduct had been examined. Bernardine humbly submitted, his sermons and writings being handed over to a commission. His trial took place  in the Pope's presence at Bernadine 3St. Peter's. St John Capistrano spoke in the Bernardine's defence. The charges against Bernardine were shown to be malicious and foolish and not only was the saint's teaching justified and commended, but Pope Martin urged him to preach in Rome. He was also offered three episcopal sees in turn - Siena, Ferrara and Urbino - all of which he declined.

Vicar General of the Observant Franciscans 1437-43
In 1437 Bernardine became the vicar general of the Observant Franciscans and there was a great growth in the numbers who joined - from 130 to 4,000 in his lifetime. He also was involved in setting up schools of theology and writing the statutes for the Observants to reform the order. He sent missionaries to different part of the Orient and was responsible for many ambassadors coming from there to the Council of Florence (1439-45).

Later years and death
In 1443 Bernardine resigned and went back to preaching around Italy, but now moved around on a donkey. He preached in his home town of Massa Maritima on 50 consecutive days. He then set out for Naples, preaching as he went, but died in 1441 at Aquila, where he was buried and became famous for his miracles. Six years later in 1450 Pope Nicholas canonised him. There are some beautiful frescoes of his life by Pinturichio (end 15th century) in the Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome.
Today's Readings
Scripture themes
The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the dispensation of the mystery — the age of the Church, during which Christ manifests, makes present and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church “until he comes” (CCC, 1076).
Pentecost Vigil Mass
(This Mass is celebrated on Saturday evening before Pentecost Sunday.

(Pentecost Day Mass can be found after the Vigil Mass)
(Any one of the following readings from the Old Testament may be chosen)

A reading from the Book of  Genesis       11:1-9
It was named Babel therefore, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth.

babelThroughout the earth men spoke the same language, with the same vocabulary. Now as they moved eastwards they found a plain in the land of Shinar where they settled. They said to one another, 'Come, let us make bricks and bake them in the fire.' - For stone they used bricks, and for mortar they used bitumen. - 'Come,' they said, 'let us build ourselves a town and a tower with its top reaching heaven. Let us make a name for ourselves, so that we may not be scattered about the whole earth.'

Now the Lord came down to see the town and the tower that the sons of man had built. 'So they are all a single people with a single language!' said the Lord. 'This is but the start of their undertakings! There will be nothing too hard for them to do, Come, let us go down and confuse their language on the spot so that they can no longer understand one another.' The Lord scattered them thence over the whole face of the earth, and they stopped building the town. It was named Babel therefore, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth. It was from there that the Lord scattered them over the whole face of the earth.

The Word of the Lord.

FIRST READING 2          Exodus 19: 3-8. 16-20
The Lord came down on the mountain of Sinai before all the people.

moseson-mountSinaiMoses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, 'Say this to the House of Jacob, declare this to the sons of Israel, "You yourselves have seen what I did with the Egyptians, how I carried you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself. From this you know that now, if you obey my voice and hold fast to my covenant, you of all the nations shall be my very own, for all the earth is mine. I will count you a kingdom of priests, a consecrated nation." Those are the words you are to speak to the sons of lsrael.' So Moses went and summoned the elders of the people, putting before them all that the Lord had bidden him. Then all the people answered as one, 'All that the Lord has said, we will do.'

Now at daybreak on the third day there were peals of thunder on the mountain and lightning flashes, a dense cloud, and a loud trumpet blast, and inside the camp all the people trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the bottom of the mountain. The mountain of Sinai was entirely wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended on it in the form of fire. Like smoke from a furnace the smoke went up, and the whole mountain shook violently. Louder and louder grew the sound of the trumpet. Moses spoke, and God answered him with peals of thunder. The Lord came down on the mountain of Sinai, on the mountain top, and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain.

The Word of the Lord

FIRST READING 3         Ezekiel 37:1-14
Dry bones, I am now going to make the breath enter you, and you will live.

The hand of the Lord was laid on me, and he carried me away by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley, a valley full of bones. He made me walk up and down among them. There were vast quantities of these bones on the ground the whole length of the valley; and they were quite dried up. He said to me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' I said, 'You know, Lord'. He said, 'Prophesy over these bones. Say, "Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. The Lord says this to these bones: I am now going to make the breath enter you, and you will live. I shall put sinews on you, I shall make flesh grow on you, I shall cover you with skin and give you breath, and you will live; and you will learn that I am the Lord."'

ezek+I prophesied as I had been ordered. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a sound of clattering; and the bones joined together. I looked, and saw that they were covered with sinews; flesh was growing on them and skin was covering them, but there was no breath in them. He said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man. Say to the breath, "The Lord says this: Come from the four winds, breath; breathe on these dead; let them live!"' I prophesied as he had ordered me, and the breath entered them; they came to life again and stood up on their feet, a great, an immense army. Then he said, 'Son of man, these bones are the whole House of Israel. They keep saying, "Our bones are dried up, our hope has gone; we are as good as dead." So prophesy. Say to them, "The Lord says this: I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel.  And you will know that I am the Lord when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people. And I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live, and I shall resettle you on your own soil; and you will know that I, Yahweh, have said and done this - it is the Lord who speaks."'

The Word of the Lord

FIRST READING 4        Joel 3:1-5
'I will pour out my spirit on all people.

Thus says the Lord:
'I will pour out my spirit on all mankind.
Your sons and daughters shall prophesy,
Pente1your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men see visions.
Even on the slaves, men and women,
will I pour out my spirit in those days.
1 will display portents in heaven and on earth.
blood. and fire and columns of smoke.'

The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
before the day of the Lord dawns, that great and terrible day.
All who calI on the name of the Lord will be saved,
for on Mount Zion there will be some who have escaped, as the Lord has said,
and in Jerusalem some survivors whom the Lord will call.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 103
Response                           Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
or                                       Alleluia!

1. Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
clothed in majesty and glory,
wrapped in light as in a robe!                    Response                   

2. How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.
Bless the Lord, my soul.                          Response                   

3. All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
You give it, they gather it up:
you open your hand, they have their fill.      Response     

4. You take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.            Response                   


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans     8:22-27
The Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words.

From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved - our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if it were - but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet - it is something we must wait for with patience.

The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself
expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.

GOSPEL    John 7:37-39
From his breast shall flow fountains of living water.

pente2On the last day and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood there and cried out:

'If any man is thirsty, let him come to me!
Let the man come and drink who believes in me!'

As scripture says: From his breast shall flow fountains of living water. He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive; for there was no Spirit as yet because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Pentecost  Day Mass


Scripture themes
The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the dispensation of the mystery — the age of the Church, during which Christ manifests, makes present and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church “until he comes” (CCC, 1076). 


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles      2:1-11
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak.

Pente1When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. 'Surely' they said 'all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome- Jews and proselytes alike-Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm              Ps 103
Response                               Send forth your Spirit, 0 Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
or                                            Alleluia.

1. Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
How many are your works, O Lord!
The earth is full of your riches.                    Response

2. You take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.            Response

3 May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
I find my joy in the Lord.                            Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Galatians     5:16-25
The fruit of the Spirit.

If you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires.

Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.

The Word of the Lord.


Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure;
Come, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul's delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow;

Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:

If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.

Gospel Acclamation  
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love


 A reading from the holy Gospel according to John     15:26-27, 16:12-15
The Spirit of truth he will lead you to the complete truth,

Jesus said to his disciples
'When the Advocate comes,
whom I shall send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father,
he will be my witness.
And you too will be witnesses,
because you have been with me from the outset.

pente5I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine'

The Gospel of the Lord.

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.

Sliocht as Leabhar Gníomhartha na nAspal       2:1-11
Líonadh leis an Spiorad Naomh iad uile, agus thosaigh siad uile ag labhairt.

Pente1Nuair a tháinig Lá Cincíse bhí siad go léir le chéile ar aon láthair. Agus de phreib tháinig glor ón spéir mar a bheadh séideán gaoithe móire agus líon sé an teach ar fadina raibh siad ina suí. Agus chonacthas dóibh mar bheadh teangacha tine ag scaradh ó chéile nó gur shuigh an tine ar gach duine acu; agus líonadh iad go léir den Spiorad Naomh agus thosaigh siad ag labhairt i dteangacha difriúla de réir mar thug an Spiorad urlabhra dóibh.

Bhí Giúdaigh dhiaganta ó gach cine faoin spéir ag cur fúthu in Iarúsailéim agus nuair a chualathas an glor úd chruinnigh an slua agus iad ar mearbhall de bhrí gur chuala gach duine a theanga féin á labhairt acu san. Bhí ionadh agus alltacht orthu: “Féach,” ar siad, “nach Gailíligh iad seo go léir atá ag caint? Conas a tharlaíonn go gcloiseann gach duine againne iad ag labhairt inár dteanga dhúchais féin? Táimid Pairtigh ann agus Méidigh agus Eilimítigh, áitritheoirí na Measpatáime agus Iúdáia agus Chapadóise, agus Phontais agus na hÁise, Frigia agus Paimfíle, áitritheoirí na hÉigipte agus chríocha na Libia thart faoi Chuiréiné, cuairteoirí ón Róimh idir Ghiúdaigh agus iompaithigh, Créitigh agus Arabaigh, agus cloisimid iad seo ag cur síos in ár dteangacha féin ar éachtaí Dé.”

Briathar Dé.

SALM LE FREAGRA.        Sm 137
Freagra:                               Cuir amach uait do Spiorad, a Thiarna,
agus dean agaidh na talún a athnuachan.
Malairt Freagra :             Alleluia!
1. Tabhair moladh don Tiarna, a anam liom!
A Thiarna Dia, is rómhor thú go dearfa.
tá t'u éadaithe i maorgacht agus maise,
tá tú gléasta le solas mar le fallaing              Freagra

2. Nach lionmhar iad d'oibreacha, a Thiarna!
Rinne tú gach aon ní le heagna
Tá an chruinne lán da bhfuil déanta agat.
Tabhair moladh don Tiarna, a anam liom!   Freagra
3. Bíonn siad siúd go léir ag brath ort
chun iad a bheathú in am is a dtráth.
Cruinníon siad le chéile a dtugann tú dóibh:
leathann tú do lámh agus liontar iad.            Freagra
4. Má bhaineann tú an anáil díobh, éagann siad
agus casann siad ar an luaithreach arís.
Nuair a chuireann tú do spiorad uait, cruthaítear iad,
agus athnuann tú aghaidh na talún.              Freagra
AN DARA LÉACHT:           Galataigh 5:16-25
San aon Spiorad amháin is ea a baisteadh isteach in aon chorp amháin sinn go léir.

A bhráithre, mairigí faoi luí an Spioraid, agus níl aon bhaol go ngéillfidh sibh d’ainmhianta na colainne. Tá mianta na colainne bunoscionn le mianta an Spioraid agus tá mianta an Spioraid bunoscionn le mianta na colainne. Téann siad glan in éadan a chéile agus sin é an fáth nach ndéanann sibhse na nithe is áil libh a dhéanamh.

Más é an Spiorad atá do bhur stiúradh níl sibh faoi smacht ag an dlí. Is follas iad gníomhartha na colainne, mar atá drúis gáirsiúlacht agus graostacht; íoladhradh agus asarlaíocht; eascairdeas, achrann, agus formad; fearg, bruíonta, clampar agus faicsin, éad, (murdail,) meisce, ragairne, agus a leithéid eile. Táim ag tabhairt foláirimh anois daoibh faoi mar a thug mé cheana: an mhuintir a dhéanann nithe den sórt sin ní bhfaighidh siad ríocht Dé mar oidhreacht. Is é toradh a thugann an Spiorad uaidh, áfach, grá, lúcháir, síocháin, foighne, cineáltas, dea-chroí, dílseacht, láchas agus measarthacht. Agus níl aon reacht in aghaidh a leithéidí sin! Agus iad siúd a bhaineann le Críost Íosa tá siad tar éis a gcolainn agus a cuid paisean agus mianta a chéasadh ar an gcrois.

Ós é an Spiorad atá dar mbeoú, leanaimis a threoir.

Briathar Dé.


Tar-sa chugainn, a Naomh Spioraid,
fear anuas ó na flaitheasa
léas do sholais mharthanaigh.

Tar, a Dhíon na n-easpaitheach,
tar, a Bhronntóir tabhartas,
tar, a Sholais croítheacha.

Só1ásai ró-charthanach,
aoi sámh cneasta an anama,
fionnuaire ‘alainn thaitneamhach.

Sos i measc ár ndeacrachtaí,
fuarthán sóúil i ngreadaithe,
só1ás i ngol is i gcathuithe.

A lasair aoibhinn bheannaithe,
líon is soillsigh croítheacha
na bhfírean mbocht n-anbhann.

Gan do ehumhaeht is d'fhearta-sa
níl ní ar bith in ár bpearsana,
ní ar bith níl gan pheaea ionainn.

Nigh a bhfuil salach ionainn,
an méid is tur dínn, cneasaighse,
tabhair leigheas dúinn in ár geeasnaitheacht

Cuir i mboige ár gerapaitheacht,
a bhfuil fuar dínn, cneasaighse,
a bhfuil earn dínn, ceartaighse.

Do d'fhíréana tabhairsé,
is go bhfuil a seasamh ort,
seoid do sheaeht naomhthabhartas.

Tabhair luach saothair maitheasa,
tabhair bás faoi mhaise dóibh,
tabhai r aoibh neas parthais.
Amen. Alleluia!

Alleluia Vearsa
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tar chugainn, a Naomh Spioraid, lion croíthe na gCríostaithe,
agus adhain iontu lasair do ghrá.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin      15:26-27, 16:12-15
Amhail mar a chuir an tAthair uaidh mise, táimse do bhur gcursa uaim freisin. Glacaigí an Spiorad Naomh.

San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail
Nuair a thiocfaidh an tAbhcóide
a chuirfidh mé chugaibh ón Athair,
Spiorad na Fírinne a ghluaiseann ón Athair,
déanfaidh sé fianaise orm. Déanann sibhse fianaise freisin,
mar bhí sibh in éineacht liom ó thosach. Tá mórán eile le rá agam libh,
ach ní fhéadann sibh iad a fhulaingt anois;
ach nuair a thiocfaidh sé siúd, Spiorad na Fírinne,
pente5déanfaidh sé eolas daoibh chun an uile fhírinne.
Óir ní as féin a labhróidh;
labhróidh sé na nithe a chuala sé, agus inseoidh sé daoibh na nithe atá le teacht.
Tabharfaidh sé glóir domsa,
óir is de mo chuidse a ghlacfaidh
agus a inseoidh sé daoibh.
An uile ní dá bhfuil ag m’Athair, is liomsa é.
Uime sin a dúirt mé:
‘ Is de mo chuidse a ghlacfaidh
agus a inseoidh sé daoibh.’

Soiscéal Dé.
Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnach na Cincíse
Cad é gnó Spiorad Naoimh? 
Seachas cur síos a dhéanamh ar nádúr an Spiorad Naomh, deir an Bíobla rudaí móra faoin méid a dhéanann an Spiorad, mar a théann sé i bhfeidhm ar an saol. Úsáideann Paul íomhá ón nádúr, ag labhairt faoi thorthaí an Spioraid… mar a bhéadh bláthanna an Spioraid atá le feiceáil i saol an duine. Ní fhéidir an Spiorad Naomh a fheiceáil, ach is féidir linn tionchar an Spioraid a fheiceáil -- díreach mar nach féidir linn an ghaoth a fheiceáil ach gur féidir linn a thionchar a fheiceáil ar an domhan. Cibé áit a bhfaighimid grá, áthas, síocháin, foighneas, cairdeas, maitheas, muinín, agus féin-rialú, tá an Spiorad ag saothrú, a thionchar le feiceáil sna dea-thréithe seo. Ba é Íosa an duine a raibh na cáilíochtaí sin go léir aige, mar bhí sé lán den Spiorad Naomh, saol Dé in a iomlán. Sin é Spiorad Dé ó’n a bhfuair muid torthaí saibhre inár saol, na rudaí san faoin a labhraíonn Pól sa dara léacht an lae inniu. Is iad na súáilcí laethúla mar fiúntas, cáilíocht, dílseacht agus d'fhéin-rialú, foighne agus shliocht, mar a dheineann an Spiorad a léiriú ionainn.

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

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Sunday's Readings

Holy Trinity Sunday

Scripture Themes
The Holy Trinity. At the Last Supper, Christ explained to the Apostles that he could not teach them everything because they were not, during his lifetime, sufficiently receptive. The Holy Spirit will be charged with continuing Christ’s work for all the days of the future Church. It is the love of the Father that gives us his Son, while the Holy Spirit is ever leading us to know more of the truth.


A reading from the Book of  Deuteronomy      4:32-34. 39-40
The Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other.

Moses said to the people: 'Put this question, then, to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors - all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt?

Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you for ever.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 32
Response                            Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

1. The word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.                     Response

2. By his word the heavens were made,
by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
He spoke; and they came to be.
He commanded; they sprang into being.     Response

3. The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.                         Response

4. Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.                     Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans             8:14-17
You received the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father.

holy spirit comesEveryone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation             Apoc 1-8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The God who is, who was, and who is to come.



A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew     28:16-20Holy-Trinity2
Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.'

 The Gospel of the Lord.

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.



Sliocht as Leabhar Deotranaimí     4:32-34. 39-40
Is é an Tiarna is Dia dáiríre ar neamh thuas agus ar talamh thíos; níl ann ach é.

 Trinity 1Dúirt Maois leis an bpobal “Óir, cuir an cheist seo dá bhrí sin chun na n-aos a d’imigh tharainn agus a bhí romhat, ón lá a chruthaigh Dia an duine ar talamh: An raibh briathar riamh chomh maorga ó cheann ceann neimhe? Ar chualathas riamh a leithéid? Ar chuala aon chine riamh guth Dé [bheo] ag labhairt ó chroí na tine, mar a rinne tusa, agus iad a mhaireachtáil? Ar thug aon Dia riamh faoi chine a ghabháil chuige féin ó chrioslach cine eile, le profaí, le comharthaí, le hiontais, le cogadh, le láimh láidir agus le géag ar tinneall? – na nithe sin go léir a rinne an Tiarna daoibhse, os comhair bhur súl san Éigipt. Tuig é seo inniu dá bhrí sin agus ding i do chroí é: Is é an Tiarna is Dia dáiríre ar neamh thuas agus ar talamh thíos; níl ann ach é. Coimeád a reachta agus a aitheanta dá bhrí sin mar a thugaim duit iad inniu i dtreo go mbeidh conách ort féin agus ar do shliocht, agus saol fada agat sa tír atá á thabhairt duit go brách ag an Tiarna do Dhia.”

Briathar Dé.  


Salm le Freagra                 Sm 32
Freagra                                Is méanar don phobal a roghnaigh an Tiarna dó féin
1. Is dílis é briathar an Tiarna,
agus is iontaofa a obair uile.
Is ionúin leis an chóir is an ceart;
tá an talamh lan de bhuanghrá an Tiarna.            Freagra

2. Lena bhriathar a rinneadh na flaithis,
Ie hanáil a bhéil na réaltaí go léir.
Labhair sé, agus tharla ann iad.
D'ordaigh sé agus rinneadh amhlaidh.                   Freagra

3. Feach, tá súile an Tiarna ar lucht a eaglaithe,
orthu sin a chuireann a ndóchas ina bhuanghrá,
chun go bhfuadódh sé a n-anamacha ón mbás
is go gcothódh sé iad in am an ghorta.                    Freagra

4. Bíonn ar n-anam ag feitheamh leis an Tiarna:
is é sin árgcabhair is ár sciath.
Tabhair dúinn do bhuanghrá, a Thiarna,
de réir an dóchais a chuirimid ionat.                       Freagra

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Romanaigh        8:14-17holy spirit comes
Fuair sibh spiorad na clainne trína nglaoimid Abba nó Athair ar Dhia.

Mar an mhuintir a mbíonn Spiorad Dé á dtreorú is clann ag Dia iad. Óir, an spiorad a fuair sibh ní spiorad na daoirse é chun eagla a chur oraibh athuair ach spiorad na clainne trína nglaoimid “Abba! Athair.” Dearbhaíonn an Spiorad féin dár spioradna gur clann Dé sinn; agus, más clann sinn, is oidhrí sinn chomh maith, oidhrí Dé agus comhoidhrí le Críost, ós rud é go bhfuilimid páirteach leis ina pháis, le hionchas a bheith páirteach leis ina ghlóir chomh maith.

Briathar Dé.

:      Matha 28:16-20
Sular cruthaíodh an domhan, rugadh an Eagna.

San am sin d’imigh an t-aon deisceabal déag leo go dtí an Ghailíl, go dtí an sliabh a cheap Íosa mar ionad coinne dóibh, agus ar a fheiceáil dóibh d’umhlaigh siad dó, ach go raibh amhras ar chuid acu. Tháinig Íosa chucu agus labhair sé leo: “Tá gach údarás tugtha domsa ar neamh agus ar talamh. Imígí dá bhrí sin, déanaigí deisceabail de na náisiúin uile, á mbaisteadh in ainm an Athar agus an Mhic agus an Spioraid Naoimh, ag múineadh dóibh gach ní atá ordaithe agam a choinneáil. Agus féach, táim in éineacht libh i gcónaí go dtí deireadh an tsaoil.”

Soiscéal Dé.

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh An Tríonóid Naofa 

Ní Dia i bhfad amach, neamhpearsanta

San sean-aimsear, d'aontaigh gach éinne ar aon fhiocal go raibh Dia ann. Bhí creideamh de shaghas éigin i nDhia go foirleathan. San saol inniu, d'eirigh tuairmí creidimh faoi Dhia, seachas mar a bhí tráth---Dia nó ainaindagacht. Ní hamhlaidh dúinn inniu. Ní hamháin go bhfuil go leor daoine aindiaghach ann, ach tá an-chuid gné den saol nua-aimseartha ag cothú aindiaghais ionainn uile. In ár gcathracha móra, timpeallaithe le h’oibreacha lámh an duine, is féidir dearmad a dhéanadh faoi Dhia a chruthaigh áilleacht an nádúir. Braitheann daoine tostas Dé, i bhfolach agus fada ó’n ár radharc. Inniu táimid ag ceiliúradh féile na Tríonóide Naofa, an rúndiamhar faoi shaol pearsanta Dé. Insíonn an Scrioptúr dúinn ní amháin go bhfuil ár nDia pearsanta, ach go bhfuil Dia ann mar thrí phearsa, Athair, Mac agus Spiorad Naomh. Cé nach féidir linn míniú loighciúil a thabhairt ar a leithéid, cuireann ár gcreideamh ar ár gcumas, fiú más beag féin é, a thabhairt faoi ndear an caidreamh dinimiciúil atá ann i nádúr Dé.

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

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