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There are so many rivers we have to cross

Before we get to the sea,

So many mountains we have to climb

To reach the highest degree.


Not all will attain the goal that they set

As they climb up the ladder of life,

Some dream to be rich and leaders of men

And some to never know strife.


God didn’t intend that we all be the same

So we must be content as we are,

To each He has promised a life after death

A life so much better by far.


We all will be equal, no peers will there be,

Free from heartaches, suffering and pain,

If we accept Jesus who died for our sins

Forever with God we will reign.


Source: Albert N. Theel.

Jan 22 - St Vincent of Saragossa (d. 304) Martyr

Summary of St Vincent, Deacon, Martyr.Vincent died in 304, martyred in Valencia (Spain) during the persecution of the emperor Diocletian. A deacon of Saragossa. His cult spread rapidly through the whole Church of the West. Honoured as the first martyr of Spain.

Three martyred deacons were given special honour in the early centuries of the Church: Stephen in Palestine, Lawrence in Rome and Vincent in Spain. Vincent is the earliest Spanish martyr whose name is known to us. Patrick Duffy tells what is known about him and his cult.

vincentHis life and death
vincent deacon,martyrVincent served as the deacon of Saint Valerius, bishop of Saragossa. His fellow Spaniard Prudentius (348-405) wrote a poem commemorating his life and death, telling how he was brought to trial along with his bishop Valerius. Valerius had a speech impediment, so Vincent spoke for both. His fearless manner so angered the governor that Vincent was tortured and killed at Valencia, while Bishop Valerius was sent into exile.

His cult spreads in Spain, France and England
Prudentius's poem and four homilies preached by St Augustine on his feastday show that Vincent's fame had spread "throughout the Roman empire and wherever you find the name Christian". Though Vincent's tomb in Valencia was the earliest centre of his cult, he was also honoured at Saragossa. The eighth century city of Oviedo in Asturias in northern Spain grew up around a church dedicated to Saint Vincent.

Honoured at Cordoba
When the Catholic bishops of Visigothic Iberia succeeded in converting King Reccared (586–601) and his nobles from Arianism to Trinitarian Christianity they built the cathedral of Córdoba in honour of St Vincent the Deacon. Later under the Moors this became the Mezquita, the "Great Mosque" of Córdoba.

In Paris
In 531 Childebert I (496–558), the Frankish king of Paris, was besieging the city of Saragossa. From there he took what was said to be Vincent's deacon's tunic (or stole) and brought it to Paris where he built the famous monastery of St Vincent in honour of it at the gates of Paris. This later was changed to the famous church of St Germain-de Prés. Vincent's cult also spread to England where there were several churches in his honour.

To Portugal and Africa
Another tradition holds that Christians, to escape the persecution of a Moorish king at Valencia, took the body of St Vincent with them first to the Algarve and that finally King Alphonsus Henry in 1139 had it brought by sea to Lisbon. Since then an annual feast to celebrate the translation of his body is celebrated in Lisbon on 15th September each year. Visitors to the cathedral there can see evidence of the honour in which he is held - statues and stained glass windows. The Cape Verde island of São Vicente, a former Portuguese colony, was named to honour him.

St Vincent the Deacon is also the patron of vintners and vinegar-makers.
Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the  Hebrews        6:10-20
In the hope that is held oit to us we have an anchor for our soul, as sure as it is firm

Jesua our anchorGod would not be so unjust as to forget all you have done, the love that you have for his name or the services you have done, and are still doing, for the saints. Our one desire is that every one of you should go on showing the same earnestness to the end, to the perfect fulfilment of our hopes, never growing careless, but imitating those who have the faith and the perseverance to inherit the promises.

When God made the promise to Abraham, he swore by his own self, since it was impossible for him to swear by anyone greater: I will shower blessings on you and give you many descendants. Because of that, Abraham persevered and saw the promise fulfilled. Men, of course, swear an oath by something greater than themselves, and between men, confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute. In the same way, when God wanted to make the heirs to the promise thoroughly realise that his purpose was unalterable, he conveyed this by an oath; so that there would be two unalterable things in which it was impossible for God to be lying, and so that we, now we have found safety, should have a strong encouragement to take a firm grip on the hope that is held out to us. Here we have an anchor for our soul, as sure as it is firm, and reaching right through beyond the veil where Jesus has entered before us and on our behalf, to become a high priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 109
Response                             The Lord keeps his covenant ever in mind

1.  I will thank the Lord with all my heart.
in the meeting of the just and their assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord;
to be pondered by all who love them.    Response

2. He makes us remember his wonders.
The Lord is compassion and love.
He gives food to those who fear him
keeps his covenant ever in mind.            Response

3. He sent deliverance to his people
and established his covenant for ever.
Holy his name, to be feared.
His praise shall last forever!                    Response

Gospel  Acclamation        Ps 118: 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
Open my eyes, O Lord, that I may consider the wonders of your law.

Or                                            Eph 1:17. 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind,
so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark            2:23-28
'The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.

picking-corn-on-the-sabbathOne sabbath day Jesus happened to be taking a walk through the cornfields, and his disciples began to pick ears of corn as they went along. And the Pharisees said to him, 'Look, why are they doing something on the sabbath day that is forbidden?' And he replied, 'Did you never read what David did in his time of need when he and his followers were hungry - how he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the loaves of offering which only the priests are allowed to eat, and how he also gave some to the men with him?'

And he said to them, 'The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; the Son of Man is master even of the sabbath'.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Reflection         
Tuesday        Second Week in Ordinary Time         Mark 2:23–28

When Jesus says at the end of today’s gospel reading that ‘the Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath’, he is making quite a claim for himself. He is stating that he is not simply subject to the Law of the Sabbath like other men and women, but he is over the Law of the Sabbath. He is its authoritative interpreter. As master of the Sabbath, he tells those who criticise his disciples for plucking ears of grain on the Sabbath that the Sabbath is there to serve God’s people and not the other way around. God’s people are more important than God’s Law, and if God’s people are hungry on the Sabbath, then no Sabbath Law can prohibit them from satisfying their hunger. Jesus is declaring that people’s basic needs must take priority over human institutions, even an institution as sacred and venerable as the Sabbath Law. Every so often the guardians of institutions have to ask themselves, ‘Whose needs are being served here, those of the institution or those of the people it claims to serve?’ We can substitute various nouns for the word ‘Sabbath’ in Jesus’ saying, ‘The Sabbath was made for humanity, not humanity for the Sabbath’, such as, ‘The Church was made for humanity, not humanity for the Church’, or ‘The national parliament is there for the people, not the people for the national parliament’. Jesus, who declared of himself that he came not to be served but to serve, is always prompting us to put the fundamental needs of our fellow human beings before all else.


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 for the Liturgical Year 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ
by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger  c/f


Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Eabhraig        6:10-20
Is cosúil le hancaire daingean docht dár n-anam an dóchas sin.

A bhráithre, níl Dia éagórach. Dá bhrí sin, ní dhéanfaidh sé dearmad ar an obair a rinne sibh ná ar an ngrá atá agaibh dó. Thaispeáin sibh an grá seo go háirithe nuair a tháinig sibh i gcabhair ar na Críostaithe eile agus, ar ndóigh, tá sé seo á dhéanamh agaibh fós. Is mian linn, áfach, Jesua our anchorgo dtaispeánfadh gach duine agaibh an díograis chéanna go dtí an deireadh nó go dtiocfaidh na nithe a bhfuil súil agaibh leo i gcrích.
Níor mhaith linn go n-éireodh sibh leisciúil ach go ndéanfadh sibh aithris ar na daoine atá ina n-oidhrí, de bharr a gcreidimh agus a bhfadfhulaingthe, ar na maitheasaí a gealladh dóibh.

Nuair a thug Dia an gealltanas d’Abrahám is air féin a dhearbhaigh sé mar ní raibh aon rud ann níos mó ná é féin a ndearbhódh sé air. Is é a dúirt sé ná: “Is iomaí beannacht a chuirfidh mé ort agus ní bheidh áireamh ar do shliocht.” Bhí bua na fadfhulaingthe ag Abrahám, agus mar sin de fuair sé a raibh geallta dó. Anois, déanann daoine dearbhú ar rud atá níos mó ná iad féin agus cuireann dearbhú daingean mar seo deireadh le gach argóint a bhíonn eatarthu. Mar an gcéanna, nuair ba mhian le Dia a thaispeáint ní ba shoiléire ná riamh do na daoine ar tugadh an gealltanas dóibh nach bhféadfadh athrú a theacht ar a chomhairle, thug sé mionn uaidh mar dhearbhú air. Dá bharr sin tá dhá rud do-athraithe againn anois nach féidir do Dhia bréag a dhéanamh iontu. Tugann siad sólás mór dúinne atá tar éis teitheadh linn chun greim a bhreith ar na nithe a chuirtear mar ábhar dóchais romhainn. Is cosúil le hancaire daingean docht dár n-anam an dóchas sin. Téann sé isteach sa sanctóir atá laistigh den chuirtín mar a ndeachaigh Íosa isteach ina cheannródaí ar ár son nuair a rinneadh ardsagart síoraí de ar nós Mheilcizidic.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 110
Freagra                                     Cuimhneoidh an Tiarna ar a chonradh go síoraí.
Malairt Freagra                    Alleluia!
I.  Alleluia!
Ceiliúrfaidh mé an Tiarna Ie croí iomlán
i gcomhdháil is i geomhthionól na bhfíréan.
Is mór iad oibreacha an Tiarna,
Tá siad inscrúdaithe do chách a ghránn iad.  Freagra    

2. Túgann sé orainn cuimhneamh ar a iontais;
is trócaireach ceansa é an Tiarna.
Túgann sé bia do lucht a eaglaithe;
cuimhneoidh sé ar a chonradh go síoraí.         Freagra     

3. Chuir sé fuascailt chuig a phobal,
agus dheimhnigh a chonradh go síoraí.
Is naofa urramach a ainm.
Maireann a mholadh go síoraí!                          Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas       2:23-28
Rinneadh an tsabóid ar son an duine, ní dhearnadh an duine ar son na sabóide.

picking-corn-on-the-sabbathLá sabóide, nuair a bhí Íosa ag gabháil trí na goirt arbhair, thosaigh a dheisceabail ag stoitheadh na ndias agus iad ag siúl na slí. Dúirt na Fairisínigh leis: “Féach, cén fáth a bhfuil siad ag déanamh ruda nach dleathach sa tsabóid?” Dúirt sé leo: “Nár léigh sibh riamh faoin rud a rinne Dáiví nuair a bhí sé i ngá agus ocras air, é féin agus a chompánaigh: mar a chuaigh sé isteach i dteach Dé, in aimsir Aibiatár an t-ardsagart, agus d’ith builíní na fianaise nach dleathach a ithe ach do na sagairt, agus mar a thug fós dá chompánaigh iad?” Agus dúirt sé leo: “Rinneadh an tsabóid ar son an duine, ní dhearnadh an duine ar son na sabóide; sa chaoi go bhfuil Mac an Duine ina mháistir ar an tsabóid féin.”

Soiscéal Dé



© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 27th January, 2019
Scripture themes
The teaching of the Church on the Liturgy of the Word is expressed in these texts Jesus states that the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in himself: so the Scripture word Is proclaimed in church. Christ is really present in his Word, That Word challenges us to a renewal of life, as the people rediscovered their identity when Ezra read the Law to them.


A reading from the book of the Prophet  Nehemiah      6. 8-10
Ezra read from the Law of God and the people understood what was read.

Ezra read the lawEzra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, consisting of men, women, and children old enough to understand. This was the first day of the seventh month. On the square before the Water Gate, in the presence of the men and women, and children old enough to understand, he read from the book from early morning till noon; all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.

Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden dais erected for the purpose; In full view of all the people-since he stood higher than all the people-Ezra opened the book; and when he opened it all the people stood up. Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people raised their hands and answered, 'Amen! Amen!'; then they bowed down and, face to the ground, prostrated themselves before the Lord. And Ezra read from the Law of God, translating and giving the sense, so that the people understood what was read.

Then (Nehemiah-His Excellency-and) Ezra, priest and scribe (and the Levites who were instructing the people) said to all the people, 'This day is sacred to Yahweh your God. Do not be mournful, do not weep.' For the people were all in tears as they listened to the words of the Law.

He then said, 'Go, eat the fat, drink the sweet wine, and send a portion to the man who has nothing prepared ready. For this day is sacred to our Lord. Do not be sad: the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm     Ps 18
Response                         Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life.

1. The law of the Lord is perfect,
it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
it gives wisdom to the simple.       Response

2.The precepts of the Lord are right,
they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
it gives light to the eyes.                 Response

3.The fear of the Lord is holy,
abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
and all of them just.                        Response

4. May the spoken words of my mouth,
the thoughts of my heart,
win favour in your sight, O Lord,
my rescuer, my rock!                     Response


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians      12: 12-30
You together are Christ's body; but each of you  is a different part.

Mystical BodyJust as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.

Nor is the body to be identified with any one of its many parts. If the foot were to say, 'I am not a hand and so I do not belong to the body’. Would that mean that it stopped being part of the body? If the ear were to say, ' I am not an eye, and so I do not belong to the body,' would that mean that it is not a part of the body? If your whole body was just one eye, how would you hear anything? If it was just one ear,l how would you smell anything?

Instead of that, God put all the separate parts into the body purpose. If all the parts were the same, how could it be a body? As it is; the parts are many but the body is one. The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I do not need you,’ nor can the head say to the feet, I do not need you.’

What is more, it is precisely the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest which are the indispensable ones; and it is the least honourable parts of the body that we clothe with the greatest care. So our more improper parts get decorated in a way that our more proper parts do not need. God has arranged the body so that more dignity is given to the parts which are without it, and so that there may not be disagreements inside the body, but that each part may be equally concerned for all the others. If one part is hurt, all parts are hurt with it. If one part is given special honour, all parts enjoy it.

Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part of it. In the Church, God has given the first place to apostles, the second to prophets, the third to teachers;’after them, miracles, and after them the gift of healing; helpers, good, leaders, those with many languages. Are all of them apostles, or all of them prophets, or all of them teachers? Do they all have the gift of miracles, or all have the gift of healing? Do all speak strange languages, and all interpret them?

The Word of the Lord

Shorter form
A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corintians        12: 12. 14. 27
You together are Chirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.

Nor is the body to be irist's body; but each of you is a different part.

Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spdentified with any one of its many parts. Now you together are Christ's body; but each of you is a different part of it.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation      Lk 4: 18

Alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke       1:1-4; 4:14-21   
This text is being fulfilled today.

Seeing that many others have undertaken to draw up accounts of the events that have taken place among us, exactly as these were handed down to us by those who from the outset were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, I in my turn, after carefully going over the whole story from the beginning, have decided to write an ordered account for you, Theophilus, so that your Excellency may learn how well founded the teaching is that you have received.

Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.

Jesus reads in publicHe came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight,
to set the downtrodden free,
to proclaim the Lord's year of favour
He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, 'This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen'

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.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 27th January, 2019

Sliocht as  LeabharNehimia          8. 2-6,8-10
Léigh Eazrá giotaí as leabhar an dlí agus dtuigfidís a raibh á léamh.

Ezra read the lawThug Eazrá an sagart leabhar an dlí amach go dtí an comhthionól d’fhir agus de mhná agus de dhaoine óga a d’fhéadfadh é a thuiscint. An chéad lá den seachtú mí a bhí ann. Agus ansin sa chearnóg os comhair Gheata an Uisce léigh sé giotaí as i láthair na bhfear agus na ndaoine óga a d’fhéadfadh é a thuiscint ó mhaidin go dtí meán lae. D’éist na daoine go léir go haireach le leabhar an dlí.

Agus bhí Eazrá an scríobhaí ina sheasamh ar ardán adhmaid a tógadh le haghaidh na hócáide. Agus d’oscail Eazrá an leabhar i radharc an phobail uile mar bhí sé in airde os a gcionn go léir. Agus nuair a d’oscail sé é, d’éirigh an pobal go léir ina seasamh. Ansin thug Eazrá moladh don Tiarna, Dia mór, agus d’ardaigh an pobal go léir a lámha agus d’fhreagair siad: “Amen! Amen!” agus chrom siad síos agus shléacht siad go talamh roimh an Tiarna. Léigh Eazrá giotaí as leabhar an dlí, agus thug aistriú agus míniú orthu don phobal ionas go dtuigfidís a raibh á léamh.

Ansin dúirt (an gobharnóir, Nihimiá agus) Eazrá an sagart agus an scríobhaí (agus na Léivítigh a bhí ag teagasc an phobail) leis an bpobal go léir: “Lá atá coisricthe don Tiarna bhur nDia is ea an lá seo. Ná bígí ag caoineadh ná ag olagón.” Mar bhí an pobal go léir ag sileadh na ndeor nuair a chuala siad briathra an dlí.

Ansin dúirt sé leo: “Imígí libh, ithigí an tsaill agus ólaigí fíon milis agus cuirigí cuid díobh chun an té nach bhfuil aon ní ullamh aige.

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freagra               Sm 18
Freagra                                Na focail atá ráite agat linn, a Thiarna, is spiorad agus is beatha iad.

1. Tá dlí an Tiarna go foirfe,
tugann sé fortacht don anam;
tá foráil an Tiarna go daingean,
tugann sí teagasc do na haineolaigh.   Freagra

2. Tá proiceapta an Tiarna go díreach,
cuireann siad áthas ar an gcroí;
tá aithne an Tiarna go glan,
tugann sí solas don tsúil.                       Freagra

3. Tá eagla an Tiarna go híon
ag maireachtáil de shíor;
tá breitheanna an Tiarna go fíor,
is tá siad uile go cóir                               Freagra

4. Go raibh briathra mo bhéil
agus smaointe mo chroí
taitneamhach i do láthairse, a Thiarna;
mo Charraig thú is mo Shlánaitheoir. Freagra

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Coirintigh           12:12-30
Is sibhse corp Chríost agus is ball dá chuid gach duine ar leith agaibh.

Mystical BodyIs aonad an corp agus mórán ball ann, ach dá líonmhaire iad na baill ní dhéanann siad uile ach aon chorp amháin. Is é an dála céanna ag Críost é: mar cibé acu Giúdaigh nó Gréagaigh sinn, saor nó daor, baisteadh an uile dhuine againn leis an aon Spiorad amháin, isteach san aon chorp amháin agus as an aon Spiorad amháin tugadh deoch le hól dúinn.

Ní aon bhall amháin atá sa chorp ach mórán ball. Má deir an chos: “Toisc nach lámh mé, ní bhainimse leis an gcorp,” ní fhágann sin nach cuid den chorp í. Nó má deir an chluas: “Toisc nach súil mé, ní bhainimse leis an gcorp,” ní fhágann sin nach cuid den chorp í. Dá mba shúil an corp iomlán, cá mbeadh an éisteacht? Nó dá mba éisteacht an t-iomlán cá mbeadh an boladh? Faoi mar atá, áfach, shocraigh Dia gach ball ar leith de na baill bheatha sa chorp de réir mar ab áil leis féin é. Dá mba aon bhall amháin an t-iomlán acu, cá mbeadh an corp? Is amhlaidh mar atá an scéal, áfach: tá mórán ball ann agus aon chorp amháin.

Más ea, ní féidir don tsúil a rá leis an láimh: Níl aon ghnó agam díotsa”; ná ní féidir
don cheann a rá leis na cosa: “Níl aon ghnó agam díbhse.”
Ní hea, ach na baill a bhfuil
an chuma is leochailí orthu, is iad is riachtanach.
Agus na baill den chorp is lú gradam
linn, is iad is onóraí a chóirímid; agus na baill is lú maise atá againn is iad is cuibhiúla a mhaisítear, rud nach gá a dhéanamh dár mbaill mhaisiúla. Chuir Dia an corp le chéile sa tslí gur thug sé breis den ghradam don bhall a bhí á cheal, ar shlí nach mbeadh aon deighilt sa chorp ach go mbeadh na baill ag déanamh an chúraim chéanna dá chéile. Dá chionn sin, má bhíonn tinneas ar bhall amháin bíonn na baill go léir i gcomhphian leis, agus má bhíonn ball faoi mheas, bíonn na baill go léir ag déanamh comhghairdis leis.

Is sibhse corp Chríost agus is ball dá chuid gach duine ar leith agaibh. San eaglais tá daoine áirithe ceaptha ag Dia ina n-aspail sa chéad áit; sa dara háit tá na fáithe; sa tríú háit tá na múinteoirí; ansin tá lucht míorúiltí agus ina ndiaidh sin tá lucht leighis, lucht freastail, lucht stiúrtha, agus lucht teangacha éagsúla. An aspail sibh uile? An fáithe sibh uile? An múinteoirí sibh uile? An bhfuil cumas míorúiltí agaibh uile? An bhfuil buanna leighis agaibh uile? An bhfuil labhairt i dteangacha agaibh uile? An bhfuil míniú teangacha agaibh uile?

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa             Lc 4: 18-19
Alleluia, alleluia!
Chuir an Tiarna uaidh mé ag tabhairt an dea-scéil do na boicht,
ag fógairt a scaoilte do bhránna


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás           1:1-4. 4:14-21
Inniu atá an scríbhinn seo comhlíonta i gclos bhur gcluas.

Ós rud é gur ghlac mórán as láimh faisnéis a ríomhadh mar gheall ar na nithe atá tagtha chun críche inár measc, de réir mar a thug siad siúd scéala dúinn a bhí ó thús ina bhfinnéithe súl orthu, agus ina seirbhísigh don bhriathar; níor mhiste liom féin, freisin, tar éis dom an uile lorg a leanúint go cruinn ó thosach, iad a scríobh i ndiaidh a chéile duitse, a Theofail ró-uasail, chun go dtuigfeá chomh dearfa is atá na briathra a bhfuair tú teagasc fúthu.

Agus d’fhill Íosa le neart an Spioraid ar an nGailíl, agus leath a cháil ar fud na tíre go léir. Agus bhíodh sé ag teagasc ina sionagóga, agus moladh ó chách air.

Jesus reads in publicTháinig sé go Nazará, mar ar oileadh é, agus chuaigh isteach mar ba ghnáthbhéas dó sa tsionagóg lá na sabóide, agus d’éirigh ina sheasamh chun an léitheoireacht a dhéanamh. Síneadh chuige leabhar Íseáia fáidh, agus ar oscailt an leabhair dó, fuair sé an t-ionad ina raibh scríofa:
“Tá Spiorad an Tiarna orm, mar gur choisric le hola mé.
Chuir sé uaidh mé ag tabhairt an dea-scéil do na boicht,
ag fógairt a scaoilte do bhránna
agus aiseag a radhairc do dhaill;
ag scaoileadh lucht géarbhroide saor;
ag fógairt bhliain ghrásta an Tiarna.”

D’fhill sé an leabhar ina chéile, thug ar ais don seirbhíseach é, agus shuigh. Agus bhí súile a raibh sa tsionagóg dlúite air. Agus thosaigh sé ag rá leo: “Inniu atá an scríbhinn seo comhlíonta i gclos bhur gcluas.”

Soiscéal Dé

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