Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 24th October, 2020
Saturday of 29th week of Ordinary Time, Year 2
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 4:7-16
Christ, is the head by whom the whole body grows.
ach one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. It was said that he would:
When he ascended to the height, he captured prisoners, he gave gifts to men.
When it says, 'he ascended', what can it mean if not that he descended right down to the lower regions of the earth? The one who rose higher than all the heavens to fill all things is none other than the one who descended. And to some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.
Then we shall not be children any longer, or tossed one way and another and carried along by every wind of doctrine, at the mercy of all the tricks men play and their cleverness in practising deceit. If we live by the truth and in love, we shall grow in all ways into Christ, who is the head by whom the whole body is fitted and joined together, every joint adding its own strength, for each separate part to work according to its function. So the body grows until it has built itself up, in love.
The Word of the Lord.
I rejoiced when I heard them say: 'Let us go to God's house.'
1. I rejoiced when I heard them say:
'Let us go to God's house:
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, a Jerusalem. Response
2. Jerusalem is built as a city
It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord. Response
3. For Israel's law it is,
there to praise the Lord's name.
There were set the thrones of judgement
of the house of David. Response
Ps 144: 13
The Lord is faithful in all his words and loving in all his deeds.
Ez 33: 11
I take pleasure, not in the death of a wicked man, says the Lord,
but in the turning back of a wicked man who changes his ways to win life.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 13:1-9
Unless you repent you will all perish as they did.'
ome people arrived and told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, 'Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.'
He told this parable: 'A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, "Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?" "Sir," the man replied "leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down."'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel Reflection Saturday Twenty Ninth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 13:1-9
At the beginning of today’s gospel reading, there is mention of two tragedies. One was brought about by the abuse of power; Pilate’s troops had killed Galilean worshippers while they were offering sacrifice in the Temple. The second tragedy was an unfortunate accident; a tower fell down in Siloam and killed fourteen people. Both kinds of tragedies happen today. People continue to be killed because of the brutal abuse of power and people lose their lives through unexpected accidents. Jesus warns his contemporaries against thinking that those who lost their lives in these two tragedies were somehow greater sinners than others. He dismisses any simplistic connection between suffering and sin. Instead, he uses these two incidents to get his listeners to reflect on the vulnerability and fragility of human life. Our physical lives can be taken from us without any prior warning. For this reason, we need to value the present moment and see it as an opportunity to turn more fully towards the Lord and away from our own selfish desires, or in the language of Jesus in the gospel reading, as an opportunity to repent. Sometimes tragic events that impact on us have a way of making us take stock of our lives. The Lord can be calling out to us through such events. In the parable of the fig tree that follows Jesus’ reflection on these tragic events, we are introduced to a farmer who sees hope for a fig tree whose plight appears hopeless. The farmer stands up to the owner of the vineyard where the tree is planted and makes a case for the tree having a future, in spite of its failure to bear fruit for three years.
The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible
, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 24th October, 2020
Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na hEifísigh 4:7-16
Tá a thabhartas féin faighte ag gach duine ar leith againn de réir mar a riar Críost orainn é.
bhráithre, tá a thabhartas féin faighte ag gach duine ar leith againn de réir mar a riar Críost orainn é, faoi mar a deir an scrioptúr:
“Ar dhul in airde dó, ghabh sé slua cimí agus thug tabhartais do dhaoine.”
Cad tá le tuiscint as an “dul in airde” sin ach gur tháinig sé anuas chomh maith ar an domhan íochtarach seo? An té sin a tháinig anuas, is é an duine céanna é a chuaigh thar na flaithis uile amach chun go líonfadh sé an chruinne cheathartha. Agus is eisean a thug do dhaoine áirithe bheith ina n-aspail, do dhaoine eile bheith ina bhfáithe, do dhaoine eile bheith ina soiscéalaithe, agus do dhaoine eile fós bheith ina n-aoirí agus ina múinteoirí, d’fhonn na naoimh a chur in oiriúint dá ndualgas, mar atá, corp Chríost a thógáil mar theach; go dtí go mbeimid go léir tagtha chun aontacht chreidimh agus chun
aontacht eolais ar Mhac Dé nó go mbeimid tagtha in inmhe, ar chomhchéim le Críost féin agus é i mbun a mhéide. Ní bheimid inár naíonáin feasta, dár luascadh i measc na dtonn agus dár gcaitheamh anonn agus anall ag gach leoithne theagaisc dá séideann le cealg dhaoine agus a chlisteacht atá siad chun duine a sheoladh ar a aimhleas.
Má leanaimid den fhírinne le teann grá, áfach, fásfaimid suas i ngach slí nó go ndéanfar dínn Críost, is ceann orainn. Mar is é a bheir don chorp a bheith fite fuaite ina chéile le cabhair gach nasc dá bhfuil ag fónamh dó, agus, de réir mar a bhíonn gach ball ag gníomhú mar is cuí, fásann an corp iomlán agus téann i méid sa ghrá.
Salm le freagra
Rinne mé gairdeas nuair a dúradh liom: “Rachaimid isteach i dteach an Tiarna.”
1. Rinne mé gairdeas nuair a dúradh liom:
“Rachaimid isteach i dteach an Tiarna.”
Tá ár gcosa ina seasamh cheana féin
i do dhoirse, a Iarúsailéim. Freagra
2. Rinneadh cathair Iarúsailéim a thógáil
go dlúth is go daingean.
Is chuici suas a ghabhann na treibheanna,
treibheanna an Tiarna. Freagra
3. D’fhonn is go dtugaidís fianaise do Iosrael,
agus buíochas don Tiarna.
Is ansiúd atá cathaoir an bhreithiúnais,
cathaoir do theaghlach Dháiví. Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás 13:1-9
Millfear sibh uile mar an gcéanna mura mbíonn aithrí déanta agaibh.
an am sin féin tháinig daoine i láthair á insint d’ Íosa faoi na Gailíligh, a raibh Pioláit tar éis a gcuid fola agus fuil a n-íobairtí a mheascadh ar a chéile. Dúirt sé leo á bhfreagairt: “An é is dóigh libh, agus a rá gur fhulaing siad an méid sin, gur mhó de pheacaigh na Gailíligh sin ná na Gailíligh eile go léir? Níor mhó, deirim libh; ach mura ndéana sibh aithrí millfear sibh uile mar an gcéanna. Nó an t-ocht nduine dhéag úd ar thit an túr orthu i Siolóam agus gur mharaigh iad, an dóigh libh gur mhó a bhí siad i bhfiacha ná an chuid eile d’áitritheoirí Iarúsailéim? Níor mhó, deirim libh, ach millfear sibh uile mar an gcéanna mura mbíonn aithrí déanta agaibh.”
Dúirt sé an parabal seo: “Bhí fear ann a raibh crann fígí curtha ina fhíonghort aige, agus tháinig sé ag lorg toraidh air agus ní bhfuair. Dúirt sé le curadóir na fíniúna: ‘Féach, táim le trí bliana ag teacht ag lorg toraidh ar an gcrann fígí seo agus ní bhfaighim é. Gearr anuas é. Cad chuige a mbeadh an talamh ó rath aige i gcónaí?’ Ach dúirt seisean leis á fhreagairt: ‘A mháistir, lig an bhliain seo leis chomh maith, nó go ndéanfaidh mé romhar ina thimpeall agus aoileach a chur leis, agus b’fhéidir go dtabharfadh sé toradh uaidh; ach mura dtugann, gearrfaidh tú anuas é feasta.’”
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