Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 30th September, 2020
Wednesday of 26th week of Ordinary Time, Year 2
A reading from the Book of Job 9:1-13. 14-16
How can man be in the right against God?
ob spoke to his friends.
Indeed, I know it is as you say:
how can man be in the right against God?
If any were so rash as to challenge him for reasons,
one in a thousand would be more than they could answer.
His heart is wise, and his strength is great:
who then can successfully defy him?
He moves the mountains,
though they do not know it;
he throws them down when he is angry.
He shakes the earth, and moves it from its place,
making all its pillars tremble.
The sun, at his command, forbears to rise,
and on the stars he sets a seal.
He and no other stretched out the skies,
and trampled the Sea's tall waves.
The Bear, Orion too, are of his making,
the Pleiades and the Mansions of the South.
His works are great, beyond all reckoning,
his marvels, past all counting.
Were he to pass me, I should not see him,
nor detect his stealthy movement.
Were he to snatch a prize, who could prevent him,
or dare to say, 'What are you doing?'
How dare I plead my cause, then,
or choose arguments against him?
Suppose I am in the right, what use is my defence?
For he whom I must sue is judge as well.
If he deigned to answer my citation,
could I be sure that he would listen to my voice?
The Word of the Lord.
Let my prayer come into your presence! O Lord.
1. I call to you, Lord, all the day long;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work your wonders for the dead?
Will the shades stand and praise you? Response
2. Will your love be told in the grave'
or your faithfulness among the dead?
Will your wonders be known in the dark
or your justice in the land of oblivion? Response
3. As for me, Lord, I call to you for help:
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you hide your face? Response
Ps 118: 105
Your word is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path.
Phil 3: 8. 9
I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish
if only I can have Christ and be given a place in him.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 9:57-62
I will follow you wherever you go.
s Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, 'I will follow you wherever you go'. Jesus answered, 'Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head'. Another to whom he said, 'Follow me', replied, 'Let me go and bury my father first'. But he answered, 'Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God'.
Another said, 'I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say good-bye to my people at home'. Jesus said to him, 'Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God'.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Wednesday Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Luke 9:57-62
n all of the gospels, the journey of Jesus is also understood as the journey of his disciples. As Jesus had to steel himself to take the path God wanted him to take, those who seek to be his disciples also need something of his steel. This was the message that Jesus was conveying to the three prospective disciples in the gospel reading. In his exchange with these three people, Jesus uses harsh, even shocking, images. He wants to convey that being his disciple is not an easy option. It requires that element of steeliness that Jesus himself had. When Jesus calls the second of the three people to follow him, the man asks to be let go to bury his father first. This seems a very reasonable request. Yet, we probably need to imagine a situation where the father is still alive and well, and the son is asking to continue living at home until his father dies whenever that will be; it could be years into the future. Jesus’ reply to this man is rather enigmatic, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead’. Yet, Jesus is clearly emphasizing to this prospective disciple the urgency of responding to his call, ‘your duty is to go…’. Jesus is saying to him that now is the time to say ‘yes’ to his call and not sometime in the distant future. The Lord’s call to each of us always has an element of urgency about it. Our response to his call can lack a sense of urgency at times. We can have a good sense of what the Lord is asking of us, but we can be strongly tempted to put off our response. Yet, the call of Jesus to ‘go and spread the news of the kingdom of God’ is always urgent. Each day, today, we are called to spread the good news of the kingdom of God by making the Lord’s love present in a tangible way to those we meet.
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 for the Liturgical Year 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU'
by Martin Hogan,
published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 30th September, 2020
Sliocht as an Leabhar Iób 9:1-12. 14-16
Conas is féidir do dhuine bheith fíréanta os comhair Dé?
abhair Iób lena chairde á rá
Is eol dom go deimhin gurb amhlaidh atá;
Agus conas is féidir do dhuine bheith fíréanta os comhair Dé?
Dá mb’áil leis conspóid a dhéanamh leis
Ní fhéadfadh sé freagra as an míle a thabhairt air.
Is críonna é ó chroí agus is cumhachtach é ó neart.
Cé a thug a dhúshlán riamh gan bheith thíos leis?
Eisean a d’aistrigh na sléibhte gan fhios dóibh;
Agus déanann sé iad a threascairt ina fhraoch.
Eisean a chroitheann an chruinne as a hionad,
Ionas go gcritheann a colúin go léir.
Eisean a thugann ordú don ghrian ionas nach n-éiríonn sí,
Agus a chuireann na réaltaí i bhfolach.
Eisean amháin a leath na spéartha amach,
Agus a shatail ar thonnta na mara.
Eisean a rinne an Camchéachta agus Slat an Rí,
An Treighdín agus Réaltaí Lána an Deiscirt.
Eisean a dhéanann éachtaí thar cuimse
Agus iontais thar áireamh.
Féach! Gabhann sé tharam, agus ní fheicim é;
Gluaiseann sé thar bráid, agus ní thugaim faoi deara é.
Féach! beireann sé creach leis, agus cé dhéanfaidh é a thoirmeasc?
Cé a déarfaidh leis: “Cad tá á dhéanamh agat”?
Ní fhéadfadh fiú dia a fhraoch a chloí
Agus luigh lucht cúnta Ráhab faoina sháil.
Nach lú ná sin fós a d’fhéadfainnse freagra a thabhairt air,
Agus mo bhriathra a roghnú ina aghaidh?
Fág go bhfuilim sa cheart, ní fhéadfainn freagra a thabhairt.
Óir an té a chúisím, is é freisin is breitheamh.
Dá gcuirfinn toghairm air agus go bhfreagródh seisean mé,
Ní chreidim go n-éistfeadh sé le mo bhriathar.
Salm le Freagra Sm 87
Freagra Go dtaga mo ghuí ag triall ort, a Thiarna.
1. Bím ag éamh ort gach aon lá, a Thiarna;
is chugat a shínim mo lámha.
An ndéanfaidh tú éachtaí do na mairbh?
an éireoidh na neamhbheo do do mholadh? Freagra
2. An bhfógrófar do ghrá san uaigh,
nó do dhílseacht i measc na marbh?
An bhfoilseofar d’éachtaí sa dorchacht;
agus d’fhíréantacht i dtír na díchuimhne? Freagra
3. Is ort a bhím ag éamh, a Thiarna,
is chugat a thagann m’urnaí ar maidin.
Cad chuige duit m’anam a ruaigeadh?
cad fáth a bhfolaíonn tú d’aghaidh orm? Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcas 9:57-62
Leanfaidh mé thú cibé áit a rachaidh tú.
an am sin nuair a bhí Íosa agus a deisceabail ag gluaiseacht rompu, dúirt duine éigin sa tslí leis: “Leanfaidh mé thú cibé áit a rachaidh tú.” Dúirt Íosa leis: “Tá prochóga ag na sionnaigh agus neadacha ag éanlaith an aeir, ach níl ag Mac an Duine áit ar a leagfadh sé a cheann.” Dúirt sé le duine eile: “Lean mise.” Ach dúirt seisean: “A Thiarna, bíodh cead agam dul ar dtús agus m’athair a adhlacadh.” Dúirt sé leis: “Lig do na mairbh a mairbh a adhlacadh, ach imigh tusa agus craobhscaoil ríocht Dé.”
Dúirt duine eile fós: “Leanfaidh mé thú, a Thiarna, ach bíodh cead agam ar dtús slán a fhágáil ag muintir mo thí.” Ach dúirt Íosa leis: “Aon duine a bhuaileann a lámh ar an gcéachta agus a fhéachann siar ina dhiaidh, níl sé oiriúnach do ríocht Dé.”
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