Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 29th November, 2020
*****************New Advent 2020 Feature beginning today************************
New Feature for ADVENT 2020: Some rather special Advent Daily Reflections by Fr John Cullen, editor of Intercom.
They can be found below the Readings of each Advent Day beginning today.
Today's Scripture Themes
The God who comes is a loving Father; we are the work of his hands. Our hope in Christ will strengthen us to await steady and without blame the day of his coming. We are warned against complacency, taking God’s gifts for granted. Our God is watching over us; he is the careful potter, the loving father, the good shepherd, the faithful one.
A reading from the prophet Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1. 3-8
Oh that you would tear the heavens open and some down.
ou, Lord, yourself are our Father,
Our Redeemer is your ancient name.
Why, Lord, leave us to stray from your ways
and harden our hearts against fearing you?
Return, for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your inheritance.
Oh that you would tear the heavens open and some down
- at your Presence, such as no one has ever heard of before.
No ear has heard,
no eye has seen
any god but you act like this
for those who trust him.
You guide those who act with integrity
and keep your ways in mind.
You were angry when we were sinners;
we had long been rebels against you.
We were all like men unclean,
all that integrity of ours like filthy clothing.
We have all withered like leaves
and our sins blew us away like the wind.
No one invoked your name
or roused himself to catch hold of you.
For you hid your face from us
and gave us up to the power of our sins.
And yet, Lord, you are our Father;
we the clay, you the potter,
we are all the work of your hand.
The Word of the Lord.
God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
1. O shepherd of Israel, hear us,
shine forth from your cherubim throne.
O Lord, rouse up your might,
O Lord, come to our help. Response
2. God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted. Response
3. May your hand be on the man you have chosen,
the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again:
give us life that we may call upon your name. Response
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 1:3-9
We are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed
ay God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.
I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ. I thank him that you have been enriched in so many ways, especially in your teachers and preachers; the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you so that you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.
The Word of the Lord
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
and give us your saving help.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 13:33-37
Stay awake, because you never know when the time will come
esus said to his disciples:
'Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake.
So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Fr John Cullen's 2020 Advent Reflections
We all have memories that are vivid and have an impact on us. One haunting memory I have is of a routine walk through a school playground; a child asked me, ‘Father, can I ask you a question?’ I said, ‘Yes, of course, anything’. Then he asked me, ‘Is it true that Santa Claus is not real?’ I side-stepped the question, but I could see in his eyes that he was determined to get an answer. I explained about Saint Nicholas and that Santa represented him.
Then a startling question of clarification followed. It was like an ex cathedra statement. ‘So there is no real Santa that manages to come down a smoked chimney full of soot and yet appears with a white beard? Well, what do you say?’ He was looking for real answers of proof.
Like all adults I fudged and fumbled a vague answer. Then he asked me a major question, ‘Father, what age then do they tell us that there is no God, just like there is no Santa?’ I felt dim witted and flummoxed. The bell rang, playtime was over and I never got around to answering his vital and honest question even to this day.
Advent is an awareness time to help us not to miss the signs of God’s presence. Awareness is inseparable from the expectancy that was in the question posed to me in the school playground. We look at one another as believers with hope and expectancy.
Awareness and expectancy are central to Advent. Every day we watch the world in which we live and the people we meet with a sense of expectancy. Advent invites us to listen for the Word to come alive for us in Scripture and to ask the Spirit to bless our awareness through the signs of the sacraments.
These Advent reflections help us to celebrate the truth of ‘God-with-us’, who, despite the lurking questions in the playground of our hearts, invites us in the gospel words ‘to listen, to know and to follow’ (John 10:27).
First Sunday of Advent
‘God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.’ (1 Corinthians 1:9)
This great line from today’s second reading is a good first step into our Advent journey. The Bible is a detailed record of God’s search for us. The first question in Genesis 3:9 from God is addressed to Adam. He is playing his own version of hide and seek in a garden: ‘Where are you?’ Advent is a time to answer God’s question that is addressed to each of us.
In the Gospel, Mary Magdalene is in another garden. She discovers that the risen Lord has found her. She hears her name in a new way and is asked to proclaim the resurrection. She is asked to ‘Go and tell’ as an apostle to the apostles (John 20:17). How did she hear her name? Was it a gentle whisper? Was it an excited exclamation? Was it in astonishment? Was it a determined declaration?
Saint Augustine (354–420) in his Confessions probes his experiences with a restless search for meaning. Here, Augustine gives us a good example of a personal memoir, which we may think is an exclusively modern kind of writing for politicians, celebrities and sports stars alone. None of these, however, focus with detail on what Augustine calls his ‘twisted and tangled knottiness’.
But then unknown to me you caressed my head
and when you closed my eyes lest they see things
that would seduce me,
I began for a little while to forget myself.
But what I saw was not seen with the eye of the body.
(Confessions 7, 14; translated by Benignus O’ Rourke, OSA)
Advent is a graced time to unravel the twisted and tangled threads of the fabric of our own lives. Augustine is illuminated by the light of God that only the inner eye of the heart sees. We light the first candle on the Advent Wreath as a symbol of the kindly light that gives us ‘the resolve to run forth to meet Christ’ (Today’s Collect in the Mass) whose presence dispels our personal and collective winter darkness.
Answer the Advent waiting call now.
The Scripture Texts are 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.
Fr John Cullen, writer of Advent Reflections 2020 is the Parish Priest of Ahascraigh, Ballinasloe, Co Galway and Editor of Intercom Magazine.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 29th November, 2020
AN CHÉAD DOMNACH DEN AIDBHINT
Sliocht as an fáidh Íseáia 63:16-17; 64:1. 3-8
Och, dá roisfeá na flaithis ó chéile agus teacht anuas
usa, a Thiarna, is athair dúinn;
ár bhfuascailteoir, is é sin d’ainm riamh anall.
Cén fáth, a Thiarna, a bhfuil muid ar seachrán agat i bhfad ó do shlite,
agus ár gcroíthe á gcruachan ionas nach eagal leo thú níos mó?
Fill ar ais ar son do sheirbhíseach,
ar son treibheanna d’oidhreachta.
Och, dá roisfeá na flaithis ó chéile agus teacht anuas,
ag cur na sléibhte ar crith os do chomhair,
Dhéanfá éachtaí ansin nach raibh súil leo,
agus nár chuala aon duine caint orthu riamh.
Cluas níor chuala ná súil ní fhaca
dia ar bith ach tusa ag seasamh leis
an té a chuir a mhuinín ann.
Cuireann tú fáilte roimh an dream a chleachtann an ceart
agus a mbíonn cuimhne acu ort féin agus ar do bhealaí.
Tá fearg ort, agus déanaimid peaca dá ainneoin sin;
is fada sinn ag déanamh ceannairce i do choinne.
Bhíomar go léir ar nós duine atá neamhghlan
agus ár ndea-ghníomhartha uile mar ghiobail bhrocacha.
Tá muid seargtha ar fad mar bheadh duilleoga,
dár siabadh linn ag ár gcionta ar nós na gaoithe.
Duine níl ann a ghlaonn ar d’ainm,
ná a mhúsclaíonn é féin chun teannadh go dlúth leat.
óir tá tú tar éis do ghnúis a cheilt orainn,
agus sinn fágtha agat faoi smacht ár gcoireanna.
Ach fós féin, a Thiarna, is tú ár n-athair.
Sinne an chré, tusa an potaire,
agus saothar do láimhe is ea sinn go léir.
Salm le Freagra
Cuir ar ais sinn, a Dhia.
Taispeáin dúinn d'agnaidh ghrianmhar agus slánaigh sinn, a Thiarna.
1. Éist linn, a aoire Isráél.
Túsa atá i do shuí ar na Ceiribíní, soilsigh amach.
Corraigh do chumhacht, a Thiarna,
agus tar chugainn dár sábháil. Freagra
2. Cas ar ais, a Dhia na Slua.
Breathnaigh anuas ó neamh agus féach.
Tabhair cuairt ar an bhfíniúin a chuir tú féin.
Caomhnaigh an stoc a phlandaigh do dheaslámh féin. Freagra
3. Go raibh do lámh ar an bhfear a roghnaigh tú,
ar mhac an duine a neartaigh tú duit féin.
Ní thréigfimid thú go brách ansin;
tabhair dúinn an bheatha agus mórfimid d’ainm, Freagra
Sliocht as céad litir Naomh Pól chuig na Coirintigh 1:3-9
Táimid ag feitheamh lenár dTiarna Íosa Críost a nochtadh chugaibh.
ím ag síorghabháil buíochais le Dia ar bhur son as an ngrásta atá bronnta aige oraibh in Íosa Críost.
Mar tá raidhse den uile shórt faighte agaibh ann: raidhse den urlabhra agus raidhse den eolas.Tá an fhianaise ar Chríost dulta chomh daingean sin I bhfeidhm oraibh nach bhfuil tabhartas ar bith in easnamh oraibh fad atá sibh ag feitheamh lenár dTiarna Íosa Críost a nochtadh chugaibh. Coimeádfaidh seisean daingean sibh go deireadh na dála, gan cháim lá ár dTiarna Íosa Críost. Tá Dia dílis agus is é a ghlaoigh oraibh chun bheith rannpháirteach lena Mhac, ár dTiarna Íosa Críost.
- Sm 84:8
Taispeáin dúinn, a Thiarna, do thrócaire,
agus tabhair dúinn do shánú.
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Marcas 13:33-37
Déanaigí faire, dá bhrí sin, mar ní fios daoibh cén uair a thiocfaidh tiarna an tí
an am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail :
Bígí aireach, déanaigí faire, mar níl a fhios agaibh cén uair a bheidh an t-am ann. Is é dála duine é a d’fhág a theach agus a d’imigh ar an gcoigríoch; thug sé an t-údarás dá sclábhaithe, gach duine díobh i mbun a chúraim féin; agus d’ordaigh sé don doirseoir faire a dhéanamh.
Déanaigí faire, dá bhrí sin, mar ní fios daoibh cén uair a thiocfaidh tiarna an tí, um thráthnóna, i lár na hoíche, ar ghlao an choiligh, nó ar maidin.
Má thagann sé gan choinne, ná faigheadh sé sibh in bhur gcodladh.
An rud a deirim libhse, deirim le gach duine é: Déanaigí faire.”
AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart
Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh
uair a ghuíonn an fáidh Íseáia go n’oscalódh Dia an Flaitheas agus a theacht síos ar an domhan, is dócha go raibh sé ag smaoineamh i dtéarmaí na rudaí a tharla ar Sliabh Sinai blianta fada roimhe sin. In am Maoise bhreathnaigh na hIosraeligh Dia sa bfhásach i measg an dúlra (Ex 19). Ní bhéadh sé inmhianaithe do’n fháidh go dtabharfadh Dia na n’Uile é féin a thumadh go hiomlán inár saol – ach is é sin díreach cad a thárla i n-iomláine na hama. Cé go raibh Isaias ag guí go mbeadh na sléibhte leá mar chéir i láthair Dé, is cosúil go bhfhuil suim níos mó ag Dia maidir le leá ár gcroí. Tá sé mar a gaibh an Potaire foirm an chré air féin. Le linn na hAidbhinte tugtar cuireadh dúinn smaoineamh ar ár laige daonna, ní hamháin chun aithrí a bheith orainn ach go líonfar ár gcroíthe le hiontas ar an gcaoi a roghnaíonn Dia ár slánú.
Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp, Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.