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Thought for today

Soaring in God’s glory.


A writer says that one recent morning he stood by the edge of a field watching a “murmuration” of starlings, which was an ever-moving, dizzying, swirling and undulating cloud of birds performing a ballet before his eyes. He was over-awed by the beauty, and says that nature shows us the glory of God in the most unexpected ways.

God’s commandments do not always inspire this kind of awe in us, possibly because we see them as a list of “don’ts”. But within this list, there exists another message that begins and ends in freedom and in God’s love for his people. When we obey the commands of God, we may be saying “no” to some things, but we are more importantly saying “yes” to God. When we do so, we soar like those starlings, moving seamlessly together as the body of Christ and as a reflection of the glory of God and his creation.
Let us pray: Give me a desire for your commandments, Lord. Let me find my freedom in them.

Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).
Saint of the day

Nov 22 - St Cecilia (3rd century) virgin and martyr patron of music


Cecilia1St Cecilia is one of the seven women saints, besides Mary, mentioned in the old Roman Canon (First Eucharistic Prayer) of the Mass, showing that these saints were venerated in 5th century Rome. Patrick Duffy tries to unravel what the stories say about St Cecilia and how she became patron of music.

The 5th century Acta of St Cecilia describe her martyrdom
The 5th century Acta of St Cecilia tell of events in the early 3rd century. A Christian Roman maiden from a patrician family wanted to dedicate herself to God as a virgin, but her father had arranged her marriage to a young man named Valerian. After the marriage ceremony, she told Valerian about Jesus, adding that her virginity was protected by an angel. She said he could choose between serving the angel if he respected it and or being punished by the angel if he tried to consummate the marriage.

Perplexed, Valerian went off to find Pope Urban I (222-230), who was living among the poor along the Appian Way, and asked to be baptised. On his return, he found the angel standing beside his wife, and they both received a crown of flowers. Then his brother Tiburtius arrived, was told the story, and also went off to be baptised. The two then devoted themselves to good works and were arrested for burying bodies of martyred Christians. Refusing to recant, they were beheaded outside Rome, together with an official named Maximus, who was converted by their example. Cecilia then buried their bodies.

cecilia2A crowd then gathered at her house, and Pope Urban baptised some 400 people there, one of whom established that house as a church - the detail which probably accounts for the origin of the story. Cecilia was condemned to be suffocated in her bathroom. The attempt failed. Then she was beheaded, but this was bungled, so she lingered for three days. She was buried in the catacomb of San Callisto.

A few more twists to the tale: A church of St Cecilia in Trastevere
Valerian, Tiburtius, and Maximus were actual martyrs, historically identifiable and buried in the catacomb of Praetextatus. Mention is made of an ancient Church of St. Cecilia in Trastevere in the fifth century, where Pope Symmachus held a council in the year 500. In 821 Pope Paschal I wished to restore this church which had fallen into decay, and had their remains moved there to be together with her supposed body, which he had been told in a dream was there and not in San Callisto. He had this enclosed in a cypress coffin in a marble tomb.  Pope Paschal founded a monastery in honour of these saints, near the Church of St. Cecilia, that the monks might perform the office day and night.

Restoration of 1595
Another restoration under Cardinal Sfondrati in 1595 led to their tombs being opened. Cecilia's body was found to be incorrupt, and remained so for some days, long enough for a graphic altar sculpture of St. Cecilia to be made by the late-Renaissance sculptor Stefano Maderno (1600), before contact with the air caused the body to disintegrate. It was seen by many people, and full descriptions were written of it by the reputable historian Cardinal Baronius. The statue depicts evidence of decapitation, thus helping to confirm the identity of the saint. Incorrupt bodies are not a feature of earlier stories of saints, and no mention was made of it in 821; by the 16th century they had become quite "fashionable", and this discovery was seen as a great coup for the Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere.

How she came to be patron saint of music and musicians?
Up to this stage there had been no association between Cecilia and music. Till then, those regarded as the patron saints of music were: Pope St Gregory I, credited with originating the style of liturgical singing known as Gregorian chant; from the Old Testament, King David, a fabled harpist and a composer of psalm tunes and texts and Job, who in Job 30:31 says: ''My harp is turned to mourning, my flute to the sound of weepers.''

cecilia musicThe Acta of St Cecilia telling how she converted her husband Valerian, her brother-in-law Tiburtius and the Roman official Maximus and her death set out the basis for her sainthood (canonisation). How she became the patroness of music and musicians can be traced to a misunderstanding of the account of Cecilia's prayer during her wedding as reported in the Acta. What the Acta say is: "So at the ceremony, while musical instruments played around her, she prayed that she might remain as pure in body as she was in spirit". Her prayers were answered when she converted Valerian to Christianity.

But by the 15th century the Vespers antiphon for her feast day highlighted the words: Cantantibus organis, Caecilia Domino leaving out the words in corde suo (in her heart) and the content of her prayer from the Acta account of the wedding. This led to an interpretation of Cecilia as actually herself singing and playing the organ. By Handel's time, Cecilia, as well as being a virtuoso performer, had become a great appreciator of music!

Enormous popularity
Soon Cecilia is depicted in paintings as singing and playing the organ and is declared as the patron of music by musicians’ guilds. This led to an extraordinary growth in her popularity, especially when Palestrina helped set up the Accademia di Santa Cecilia  in Rome in 1584. She was even said to have invented the organ.

A total fabrication?
There are a many twists and turns to the story of Cecilia as patroness of music. There are many difficulties in writing off the story of Cecilia as a total fabrication, not least of them is the need for the ideals that myths express and that serve to guide and motivate us to high achievements. The Italians say: Se non è vero, è ben trovato. "If it's not true, it's still a good story".

St Cecilia was buried in the Catecombs of St Calistas.St Cecilia was buried in the Catecombs of St Calistas.

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Today's Readings
FIRST READING                     

 A reading from the second book of Maccabees        7:1. 20-31
The creator of the world will give you back both breath and life

here were also seven brothers who were arrested with their mother. The king tried to force them to taste pig's flesh, which the Law forbids, by torturing them with whips and scourges.

Maccabees.2jpgThe mother was especially admirable and worthy of honourable remembrance, for she watched the death of seven sons in the course of a single day, and endured it resolutely because of her hopes in the Lord. Indeed she encouraged each of them in the language of their ancestors; filled with noble conviction, she reinforced her womanly argument with manly courage, saying to them, 'I do not know how you appeared in my womb; it was not I who endowed you with breath and life, I had not the shaping of your every part. It is the creator of the world, ordaining the process of man's birth and presiding over the origin of all things, who in his mercy will most surely give you back both breath and life, seeing that you now despise your own existence for the sake of his laws.'

Antiochus thought he was being ridiculed, suspecting insult in the tone of her voice, and as the youngest was still alive he appealed to him not with mere words but with promises on oath to make him both rich and happy if he would abandon the traditions of his ancestors; he would make him his Friend and entrust him with public office. The young man took no notice at all, and so the king then appealed to the mother, urging her to advise the youth to save his life. After a great deal of urging on his part she agreed to try persuasion on her son. Bending over him, she fooled the cruel tyrant with these words, uttered in the language of their ancestors, 'My son, have pity on me; I carried you nine months in my womb and suckled you three years, fed you and reared you to the age you are now (and cherished you). I implore you, my child, observe heaven and earth, consider all that is in them, and acknowledge that God made them out of what did not exist, and that mankind comes into being in the same way. Do not fear this executioner, but prove yourself worthy of your brothers, and make death welcome, so that in the day of mercy I may receive you back in your brothers' company.'

She had scarcely ended when the young man said, 'What are you all waiting for? I will not comply with the king's ordinance; I obey the ordinance of the Law given to our ancestors through Moses. As for you, sir, who have contrived every kind of evil against the Hebrews, you will certainly not escape the hands of God.'

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 16
Response                             I shall be filled, when I wake, with the sight of your glory, O Lord.

I.  Lord, hear a cause that is just,
pay heed to my cry.
Turn your ear to my prayer:
no deceit is on my lips.                                                              Response

2. I kept my feet firmly in your paths;
there was no faltering in my steps.
I am here and I call, you will hear me, O God.
Turn your ear to me; hear my words.                                     Response

3. Guard me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
As for me, in my justice I shall see your face
and be filled, when I awake, with the sight of your glory.  Response

Gospel  Acclamation         1Jn 2: 5
Alleluia, alleluia!
When anyone obeys what Christ has said
God's love comes to perfection in him.

or                                          Jn 15: 16   
Alleluia, alleluia!
I chose you from the world
to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke          19:11-28
Why did you not put my money in the bank?

While the people were listening to this he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and they imagined that the kingdom of God was going to show itself then and there. Accordingly he said, 'A man of noble birth went to a distant country to be appointed king and afterwards return. He summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds. "Do business with these" he told them "until I get back." But his compatriots detested him and sent a delegation to follow him with this message, "We do not want this man to be our king."

Jesus and money talentsNow on his return, having received his appointment as king, he sent for those servants to whom he had given the money, to find out what profit each had made. The first came in and said, "Sir, your one pound has brought in ten." Well done, my good servant!" he replied "Since you have proved yourself faithful in a very small thing, you shall have the government of ten cities.". Then came the second and said, "Sir, your one pound has made five". To this one also he said, "And you shall be in charge of five cities." Next came the other and said, "Sir, here is your pound. I put it away safely in a piece of linen because I was afraid of you; for you are an exacting man: you pick up what you have not put down and reap what you have not sown." "You wicked servant!" he said "Out of your own mouth I condemn you. So you knew I was an exacting man, picking up what I have not put down and reaping what I have not sown? Then why did you not put my money in the bank? On my return I could have drawn it out with interest." And he said to those standing by, "Take the pound from him and give it to the man who has ten pounds." And they said to him, "But, sir, he has ten pounds . . ." "I tell you, to everyone who has will be given more; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

'"But as for my enemies who did not want me for their king, bring them here and execute them in my presence."'

When he had said this he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection     Wednesday,           Thirty Third Week in Ordinary Time           Luke 19:11-28

There is a pattern of three in many the parables that Jesus told, with a focus on the third character. The parable of the Good Samaritan presents the response of the priest, the Levite and the Samaritan to the presence of a broken traveller, and the focus in that parable was on the Samaritan. In this morning’s parable there is a focus on three of the ten servants to whom a man of noble birth entrusted one pound each, and the focus is again on the third character, the servant who did nothing with what his master had given him. Whereas in the parable of the Good Samaritan, the third character is the hero, in this parable the third character is the villain. The Samaritan exemplifies what we are to do; the third servant in this morning’s gospel reading exemplifies what we are not to do. He did nothing with what was given to him out of fear. The parable suggests that fear should never govern our relationship with the Lord; that relationship is to be governed by love, and as the first letter of John says, ‘Perfect love drives out all fear’. It is because we have been loved by the Lord that we love him in return, and we express our love by placing the gifts the Lord has given us at the service of the Lord and his people. Every day is an opportunity for that creative service of the Lord which springs from 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: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017 by Martin Hogan published by  The Messenger c/f

Sliocht as an dara leabhar Macabéach              7:1. 20-31
Is é cruthaitheoir an domhain a tabharfaidh sé anam agus beatha ar ais daoibh.

harla gur gabhadh seachtar deartháireacha mar aon lena máthair. Rinne an rí iarracht a chur d’iallach orthu muiceoil a bhlaiseadh, rud atá coiscthe sa dlí. Céasadh le fuipeanna agus le sciúirsí iad.

Maccabees.2jpgChruthaigh an mháthair ar fheabhas, agus tuilleann sí go mbeadh buanchuimhne uirthi, óir d’fhair sí bás a seachtar mac i gcaitheamh an aon lae amháin, agus d’fhulaing sí é sin go calma, mar gheall ar an dóchas a chuir sí sa Tiarna. Leoga, is amhlaidh a mhisnigh sí gach duine acu i dteanga a sinsear. Bhí creideamh daingean uasal aici, agus bhí an chalmacht is dual don fhear mar thaca leis an stuaim is dual don bhean nuair a dúirt sí leo: “Ní eol dom conas a tharla i mo bhroinn sibh; ní mise a chuir anam agus beatha ionaibh ná ní mise a chum gach ball de bhur gcorp. Is é cruthaitheoir an domhain a leag amach conas a thiocfadh duine ar an saol; eisean a bheartaigh tús an uile ní; ina thrócaire tabharfaidh sé anam agus beatha ar ais daoibh, ó tharla gur beag libh sibh féin mar gheall ar a dhlíthe.”

Mheas Aintíochas go raibh sí ag fonóid faoi; bhí sé in amhras go raibh masla i dtuin a gutha. Ó tharla an deartháir ab óige a bheith beo fós, d’impigh sé air, ní amháin le briathra ach le gealltanais a mhionnaigh sé, á rá go ndéanfadh sé saibhir sona é dá dtréigfeadh sé nósanna a shinsear; dhéanfadh sé cara dó féin de agus bhronnfadh sé post poiblí air. Níor thug an t-ógfhear aird ar bith air, agus, dá bhrí sin, ghlaoigh an rí chuige ar a mháthair ansin agus d’iarr uirthi comhairle a thabhairt don ógánach é féin a fhuascailt. Tar éis dó bheith á áiteamh uirthi ar feadh i bhfad, thoiligh sí comhairle a chur ar a mac. Chrom sí anuas air agus bhuail sí bob ar an tíoránach dánartha leis na focail seo i dteanga a sinsear: “A mhic, bíodh trua agat dom; d’iompair mé naoi mí i mo bhroinn thú, agus thug mé bainne cíche duit ar feadh trí bliana; bheathaigh mé agus d’oil mé thú go dtí an aois atá agat anois agus rinne mé cúram díot. Impím ort, a leanbh liom, féach ar neamh agus ar talamh; machnaigh ar a bhfuil iontu agus admhaigh nach ndearna Dia iad as aon ní a bhí ann cheana agus gur sa dóigh chéanna a thagann an cine daonna ar an saol. Ná bíodh faitíos ort roimh an gcéastúnach seo, ach cruthaigh go bhfuil tú ar aon chéim le do dheartháireacha, agus cuir fáilte roimh an mbás ionas go bhfaighidh mé ar ais thú, lá na trócaire, i gcuideachta do dheartháireacha.”

Sula raibh deireadh ráite aici, dúirt an t-ogfhear: “Cad leis a bhfuil sibh ag feitheamh? Ní ghéillfidh mé do reacht an rí; umhlaím don reacht atá sa dlí a tugadh dár sinsir trí Mhaois. Maidir leatsa, a dhuine a bheartaigh gach cineál oilc in aghaidh na nGiúdach, is cinnte nach n-éalóidh tú ó láimh Dé.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le freagra                        Sm 16
Freagra                                     Sásófar mé ag duiseacht le radharc do ghnúise, a Thiarna

1. Éist le cúis chóir, a Thiarna;
tabhair aird ar mo ghlór;
tabhair cluas do m’urnaí nach dtagann
as béal bréagach.                                                                        Freagra

2. Ghreamaigh mo chéimeanna go daingean de do shlite,
ní dheachaigh mo chosa ar fán ná ar fuaidreamh.
Gairim ort, a Dhia, agus tabharfaidh tú freagra orm:
claon do chluas agus éist le mo bhriathar.
Déan mo chosaint mar mhac imreasan do shúile.               Freagra

3. Folaigh mé faoi scáth do sciathán
Feicfidh mise, áfach, do aghaidh i bhfíréantacht,
agus ag dúiseacht dom sásófar mé le radharc do ghnúise. Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N.Lúcás            19:11-28
Cad chuige más ea nár chuir tú mo chuid airgid ar gaimbín?

San am sin labhair Íosa parabal, de bhrí go raibh sé i ngar do Iarúsailéim agus gur síleadh dóibh ríocht Dé a bheith le taibhsiú láithreach. Uime sin a dúirt: “Chuaigh duine de threibh uasal go tír i gcéin chun céim ríoga a bhaint amach dó féin agus filleadh ansin. Ghlaoigh sé ar dheichniúr dá sheirbhísigh agus thug dóibh deich míoná agus dúirt leo: ‘Bígí i mbun gnó go dtaga mé.’ Ach bhí fuath ag a chomhthírigh dó, agus chuir siad teachtaí ina dhiaidh chun a rá: ‘Ní áil linn é seo a bheith ina rí orainn.’

Jesus and money talentsAch ar a theacht ar ais i dtráth agus an chéim ríoga bainte amach aige, d’ordaigh sé fios a chur ar na seirbhísigh úd chuige a raibh an t-airgead tugtha aige dóibh, chun go mbeadh a fhios aige cad a bhí de bharr a ngnó acu faoi seach. Tháinig an chéad duine i láthair agus dúirt: ‘A thiarna, ghnóthaigh do mhíoná deich míoná.’ Dúirt sé leis: ‘Is maith sin, a dhea-sheirbhísigh; de bhrí go raibh tú iontaofa faoin mbeagán, bíodh forlámhas agat ar dheich gcathair.” Tháinig an dara duine agus dúirt: ‘Rinne do mhíoná cúig mhíoná, a thiarna.’ Dúirt sé leis sin chomh maith: ‘Tusa mar an gcéanna, bí i gceannas ar chúig chathair.’ Ach tháinig an duine eile agus dúirt: ‘A thiarna, seo duit do mhíoná; bhí sé i gcoimeád agam i naipcín. Óir bhí eagla orm romhat, de bhrí gur duine dian tú; glacann tú chugat an rud nár chuir tú i dtaisce agus baineann tú an fómhar nár chuir tú a shíol.’ Dúirt sé leis: ‘Tabharfaidh mé breith do bhéil féin ort, a dhroch-sheirbhísigh! Bhí a fhios agat, an raibh, gur duine dian mé, ag glacadh chugam an rud nár chuir mé i dtaisce, agus ag baint an fhómhair nár chuir mé a shíol? Cad chuige más ea nár chuir tú mo chuid airgid ar gaimbín? Agus nuair a thiocfainn, dhéanfainn é éileamh le hús.’ Agus dúirt sé leo seo a bhí i láthair: ‘Bainigí de an míoná, agus tugaigí é dó seo a bhfuil na deich míoná aige.’ ‘Ach, a thiarna,’ ar said sin leis, ‘tá deich míoná aigesean.’ ‘Deirim libh, gach aon duine a mbíonn aige, tabharfar dó, ach an té nach mbíonn aige, bainfear de fiú amháin a mbíonn aige. Ach na naimhde úd agam nárbh áil leo mé bheith i mo rí orthu, seolaigí i leith iad agus déanaigí iad a choscairt i mo láthair.’”

Nuair a bhí an méid sin ráite aige, ghluais sé roimhe ag dul suas go Iarúsailéim.

Soiscéal Dé.

© An Sagart
Sunday's Readings
FIRST READING                                 

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel             34:11-12.15-17
As for you, my sheep, I will judge between sheep and sheep.

The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view. As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness. I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest - it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.
As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm                Ps 22:1-3. 5-6 Rv 1
Response                                          The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

1. The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.                      Response

2. Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.
He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.                              Response

3. You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing.                              Response

4. Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord's own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever.                                       Response


 A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians                         15:20-26.28 I
 He will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, so that God may be all in all.

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.

Gospel Acclamation      Mk 11:10
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David!


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew       25:31-46
He will take his seat on his throne of glory and he will separate men one from another.

esus said to his disciples: 'When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, "Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For 1 was hungry and you gave me food; 1 was thirsty and you gave me drink; 1 was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me." Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?" And the King will answer, "I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." Next he will say to those on his left hand, "Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For 1 was hungry and you never gave me food; 1 was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink; I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me." Then it will be their turn to ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?" Then he will answer, "I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me." And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the virtuous to eternal life.'

 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.

Sollútas Ár dTiarna Íosa Chíost R'i na nUile

CHÉAD LÉACHT                          

Sliocht as an fáidh Eziceal       34:11-12. 15-17
Maidir libhse, a thréad, túgaim breith idir caoirigh agus caoirigh.

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna Dia: Cuardóidh mé féin na caoirigh agus beidh a gcúram orm féin amháin. Dála mar a bhíonn cúram na gcaorach ar an treadaí a fhanann i lár an tréada scaipthe, coinneoidh mise súil ar mo chaoirigh. Rachaidh mé i gcabhair orthu nuair a theann siad ar séachrán sa cheo agus sa dorchadas. Beathóidh mise mo chaoirigh agus tabharfaidh mé orthu a scíste a ligean-an Tiarna Dia a labhraíonn. Cuardóidh mé an chaora chaillte, tabharfaidh mé ar ais an seachránaí, ceanglóidh mé an bacach agus cuirfidh mé an t-easlán ina neart. Tabharfaidh mé aire don mhéith agus don láidir agus gheobhaidh siad cothú ceart uaim.

Maidir libhse, a thréad, a deir an Tiarna Dia: tú gaim breith idir caoirigh agus caoirigh, idir reithí agus gabhair fhirinn.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra                           Sm 22:  22:1-3. 5-6 Rv 1
Freagra                                                Is é an Tiarna m'aoire, ní bheidh aon ní de dhíth orm.

1. Is é an Tiarna m'aoire,
ní bheidh aon ní de dhíth orm.
Cuireann sé i mo luí me
i móinéar féaruaithne.                         Freagra

2. Séolann sé ar imeall an uisce mé
mar a bhfaighim suaimhneas.
Seolann sé mé ar rianta díreacha
mar gheall ar a ainm.                           Freagra

3. Cóirlonn tú bord chun béile dom
i bhfianaise mo naimhde.
Ungann tú mo cheann Ie hola;
tá mo chupán ag cur thar maoil.        Freagra

4. Leanfaidh cineáltas is fabhar mé
gach uile lá de mo shaol.
I dteach an Tiarna a mhairfidh mé
go brách na breithe.                              Freagra


Sliocht as céad litir N.Pól chuig na Coirintigh       15:20-26.28
Tabharfaidh séan ríocht suas aige do Dhia an tAthair, agus sa tslí sin beidh Dia ina mháistir ar an iomlán.

bhraithre, tá Críost aiseirithe ó mhairbh, ina cheann ródaí orthu sin atá ar shlí na fírinne. Faoi mar a tháinig an bás ann trí bíthin duine, tháinig an t-aiséirí ann trí bhíthin duine mar a gcéanna. Faigheann an uile dhuine bás i gcomhar le hAdhamh; ar an dála céanna athbheofar an uile dhuine i gcomhar Ie Críost. Beidh gach aoinneach ina sheal féin afach: Críost i dtosach; ansin, ar theacht do Chríost, an mhuintir a bheidh i bpáirt leis; agus ar ball tiocfaidh an chríoch nuair a bheidh gach tiarnas agus sin beidh Dia ina mhciistir ar an iomlcin udaras agus cumhacht curtha ar neamhní aige agus an ríocht túgtha suas aige do Dhia an tAthair. Mar ní foláir do Chríost a bheith ina rí nó go mbeidh na naimhde uile curtha faoi chois. Agus is é an namhaid deireanach atá le díothú, an bás. Agus nuair a bheidh an uile ní curtha faoi smacht Chríost ag Dia, rachaidh Críost féin , an Mac, faoi smacht Dé agus sa tslí sin beidh Dia ina mháistir ar an iomlán.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Is beannaithe an té atá ag teacht in ainm an Tiarna!
Is beannaithe ag teacht í, Ríocht ár nAthar, Daivi!


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N.Matha     25:31-36
Rachaidh sé ina shuí an uair sin i ríchathaoir a ghlóire agus déanfaidh sé na daoine a scaradh ó chéile.

San am sin duirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: “Nuair a thiocfaidh Mac an Duine ina ghlóir agus na haingil uile in éineacht leis, rachaidh sé ina shuí an uair sin i ríchathaoir a ghlóire. Beidh na náisiúin uile cruinnithe os a chomhair, agus déanfaidh sé na daoine a scaradh ó chéile, mar a scarann an t-aoire na caoirigh ó na gabhair. Cuirfidh sé na caoirigh ar a láimh dheis agus na gabhair ar a láimh chlé. Ansin déarfaidh an rí le lucht na láimhe deise: ‘Tagaigí, a lucht bheannaithe m’Athar, glacaigí mar oidhreacht an ríocht a ullmhaíodh daoibh ó thúsú an domhain. Óir bhí ocras orm agus thug sibh rud le hithe dom, bhí tart orm agus thug sibh rud le hól dom, bhí mé i mo strainséir agus thug sibh aíocht dom, bhí mé nocht agus chuir sibh éadach orm, bhí mé tinn agus tháinig sibh do m’fheiceáil, bhí mé i bpríosún agus thug sibh cuairt orm.’ Freagróidh na fíréin é ansin: ‘A Thiarna, cén uair a chonaiceamar thú agus ocras ort go dtabharfaimis bia duit, nó tart ort go dtabharfaimis deoch duit? Cén uair a chonaiceamar i do strainséir thú go dtabharfaimis aíocht duit, nó nocht go gcuirfimis éadach ort? Nó cén uair a chonaiceamar tinn thú, nó i bpríosún, go dtabharfaimis cuairt ort?’ Agus déarfaidh an rí á bhfreagairt: ‘Deirim libh go fírinneach, sa mhéid go ndearna sibh é do dhuine den chuid is lú de na bráithre seo agamsa, is domsa a rinne sibh é.’ Ansin déarfaidh sé le lucht na láimhe clé ar a seal: ‘Imígí uaim, a dhream mhallaithe, isteach sa tine shíoraí a ullmhaíodh don diabhal agus dá chuid aingeal. Óir bhí ocras orm agus níor thug sibh aon rud le hithe dom, bhí tart orm agus níor thug sibh aon rud le hól dom, bhí mé i mo strainséir agus níor thug sibh aíocht dom, bhí mé nocht agus níor chuir sibh aon éadach orm, bhí mé tinn agus i bpríosún agus níor tháinig sibh do m’fheiceáil.’ Agus freagróidh siad sin é ansin: ‘A Thiarna, cén uair a bhí tú le feiceáil againn agus ocras nó tart ort, nó i do strainséir, nó nocht nó tinn nó i bpríosún agus nach ndearnamar freastal ort?’ Ansin freagróidh sé iad: ‘Deirim libh go fírinneach, sa mhéid nach ndearna sibh é do dhuine den chuid is lú díobh seo, ní dhearna sibh domsa é ach oiread.’ Agus imeoidh siad leo, iad seo isteach i bpionós síoraí, ach na fíréin i mbeatha shíoraí.”

Soiscéal Dé.  

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