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Homeland.

 

A nun reveals that when she has been away from home for a week or so, she has an immensely satisfied feeling as she re-enters the dwelling where she lives. Whether she says “ah!” out loud or just feels it inside herself, she rejoices in the pleasure of being in her “home territory” again. When we establish a solid relationship with God, our interior homeland resonates with welcoming qualities. We are assured that we are not going to “be plucked” from this spiritual refuge. Irrespective of what is happening exteriorly, we can return repeatedly to the homeland of our heart where the Holy One resides, keeping us serene and safe.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

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Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).

Jul 13 - St Teresa of the Andes (1900-1920)


Summary: Chilean born Saint Teresa of the Andes (1900–20) lived only twenty years, yet in that time she showed an intense love of life and of God. She was canonised by Pope John Paul II in 1993. She is the first Chilean saint.

Patrick Duffy tells her story.

Baptised "Juanita"
 teresa_andesBorn on 13 July 1900, the fifth child of Don Miguel Fernández Jaraquemada and Doña Lucía Solar Armstrong, a well-to-do family in Santiago, Chile, she was baptised "Juanita". Her paternal grandfather was a native of Spain. Her grandfather on her mother's side, Don Eulogio, had a large estate in Chacabuco, about forty miles north of Santiago, where he often used to gather his family.

Love of horse-riding
Juanita loved going to Chacabuco during vacations and very early learned to ride a horse. Often she would ride through the estate up to the beginning of the Andes Cordillera. Juanita's brothers and sisters were: Lucita, Miguel, Luis (Lucho), Juana (who died a few hours after birth and whose name was given to Juanita), Rebeca and Ignacio. Juanita was particularly close to her brother Lucho and her younger sister Rebeca.

School days
From 1906 Juanita attended a school run by the Sacred Heart Sisters of St. Madeleine-Sophie Barat in Santiago. She was not an easy character. She was proud, self-centred, stubborn, didn't like to obey, got angry easily (her brothers liked winding her up!) and would cry for nothing.

Juanita wanted to receive her first communion, but as she was too young she learned how to make communions of desire. In preparation for her first communion, she began to acquire extraordinary virtue expressing her love for life and for God through her actions. Her brother Lucho taught Juanita how to pray the Rosary. Both made the promise to pray it every day, a promise Juanita kept until her death (only one time, she writes, being very small, she forgot). "From that time on, one can say that Our Lord took me by hand with the most holy Virgin." Eventually Juanita received first communion on September 11, 1910, in Santiago when she was ten.

The Story of a Soul
In 1914 Juanita read for the first time The Story of a Soul by Thérèse of Lisieux (who was not yet beatified) and it made a lasting impression on her. For several years, approaching December 8, Juanita became seriously ill. At this time she had appendicitis surgery and at the same time began to feel Christ was calling her to give herself totally to him and become a Carmelite. During the year 1915 she became a boarding student with her sister Rebeca at Sacred Heart High School.

At boarding school
It was hard for her to leave her family house since she was very attached to them. She understood, however, that the Lord was preparing her for the great separation when she would enter the Carmel. And she saw that school enabled her live a fervent Christian life.

Although she was not an exceptional student, she dedicated herself totally to her studies, including to topics she did not like (such as physics and chemistry) in order to please Jesus and her parents. She liked also to help poor and less-gifted students.

Helping others
It was in this same year (1915) that she met in the street a child in rags hungry and shivering with cold. She introduced him into her house, gave him to eat and asked him where he lived. She discovered that the child was living in a slum in Santiago's suburb. She visited his family and until her entrance into Carmel in 1919, took care of him, calling him Juanito, having him eat in her family house and giving him clothes from her brothers. She even organised a raffle giving her own watch as the prize so as to earn money to buy shoes for Juanito. At this time also she made a private vow of chastity, promising not to have any other spouse than Jesus Christ.

During her holidays in Chacabuco, she carried on an apostolate among the farmers' families, gathering people for the missions, teaching catechism to the children, playing with them, organising a choir.

Loss of Chacabuco
In 1917 due to bad management by Juanita's father, the Chacabuco estate was sold and the family had to adopt a more modest way of life. Juanita saw in this painful event a providential call to detach herself from earthly goods. At this time also she became a Child of Mary with whom she developed a strong spiritual bond.

Contact with Carmel
In September 1917 she contacted the Carmel of Los Andes for the first time and was convinced that was where God wanted her.

In August 1918 she left Sacred Heart School to substitute in the family house of  her elder sister Lucia, who just got married. She dedicated herself to her task and accepted any sacrifice for her family's happiness: "I did not believe that family life was a life of sacrifices. This helped me to prepare myself for religious life." Her brother Lucho called her "the jewel of the house".

While having a very intense spiritual life, Juanita lived as a lively young girl of her time. She liked to be with her family and friends. She enjoyed sport, especially swimming (in which she excelled) and tennis which she played with enthusiasm. She enjoyed the beauty of the sea and of the mountains. Although she had poor health, she was always in good spirits and joking.

In January 1919 for the first time she visited the Carmel of Los Andes and was sure that was where God was calling her. She wrote to her father asking his permission to enter Carmel. He was deeply moved, and in tears granted her wish. Juanita then felt great joy in that she was able to dedicate herself totally to Christ and at the same time great suffering because she was leaving her family she loved so much.

Carmel of Los Andes (1919-1920)
Terese of the Andes 2On May 7, 1919, Juanita entered the Carmel of Los Andes and took the name Teresa of Jesus. Although she was not exempt from spiritual trials, temptations and spiritual dryness, she received in her monastery many graces of union with God. She got on well with her prioress, but the novice mistress's constant correcting caused her pain.

With the permission of her prioress, who understood that the new postulant was an exceptional soul, Teresa began intense letter-writing activity, especially to her friends, many of whom later joined Carmel. On October 14, 1919 she received the habit, in the presence of her family and of many friends. All were impressed by her radiating joy.

Approaching death
In the first days of March, 1920, Teresa told the confessor that she had only one month more to live on earth. She asked him for permission to do extraordinary penances. The confessor wondered how she could know the time of her death and told her to be satisfied with observing the Carmelite rule with perfection. Teresa became severely ill and although she knew it would lead her to death, she continued to take part in all the spiritual exercises of Lent, including the rigorous fasting.

On Good Friday, April 2, 1920, she began her way of the cross following Christ. She spent many hours in prayer in the choir. The sisters noticed  that she had a burning fever and told her to go to bed.

teres diesSeveral doctors examined her and diagnosed an advanced typhus, but they could not bring about any lessening her fever. On April 7, Teresa made her profession, a custom allowed for a novice in danger of death. After great physical and spiritual sufferings, she died on April 12, 1920.

Burial, influence and canonisation
Teresa's burial took place two days later. The sisters and the family were surprised to see the convent chapel flooded by people who, although they did not know Teresa, came to venerate the little saint who had just died.

Her younger sister Rebeca entered the Carmel of Los Andes in November that year, convinced that God had called her to substitute for her sister in the community and continued faithfully in her vocation until death in 1942.

Pope John Paul II beatified Teresa in Santiago de Chile in 1987 and canonised her in 1993. She is the fourth Saint Teresa in Carmel, along with Saints Teresa of Avila, of Florence and of Lisieux.
Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 13th July, 2020
FIRST READING              Isaiah 1:10-17
Make yourselves clean.Take your wrong-doing out of my sight.

Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the command of our God,
you people of Gomorrah.

'What are your endless sacrifices to me?
says the Lord.
I am sick of holocausts of rams
and the fat of calves.
The blood of bulls and of goats revolts me.mercy not
When you come to present yourselves before me,
who asked you to trample over my courts?
Bring me your worthless offerings no more,
the smoke of them fills me with disgust.
New Moons, sabbaths, assemblies –
I cannot endure festival and solemnity.
Your New Moons and your pilgrimages
I hate with all my soul.
They lie heavy on me,
I am tired of bearing them.

When you stretch out your hands
I turn my eyes away.
You may multiply your prayers,
I shall not listen.
Your hands are covered with blood,
wash, make yourselves clean.

Take your wrong-doing out of my sight.
Cease to do evil.
Learn to do good,
search for justice,
help the oppressed,
be just to the orphan,
plead for the widow.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 49
Response                              I will show God's salvation to the upright.

1. 'I find no fault with your sacrifices,
your offerings are always before me.
I do not ask more bullocks from your farms,
nor goats from among. your herds.'                   Response

2. "How can you recite my commandments
and take my covenant on your lips,
you who despise my law
and throw my words to the winds?                     Response 

3. 'You do this, and should 1 keep silence?
Do you think that 1 am like you?
A sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me
and I will show God's salvation to the upright.'Response

Gospel  Acclamation           Acts 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.
Alleluia!

Or                                                 Mt 5: 10
Alleluia, alleluia!
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Alleluia

GOSPEL

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew      10:34-11:1
It is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword.

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: 'sword 2Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth: it is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man's enemies will be those of his own household.

'Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.

‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me.

‘Anyone who welcomes a prophet will have a prophet's reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man will have a holy man's reward.

'If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.

When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples he moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection           Monday            Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time            Matthew 10:34-11:1

In Ireland we are not used to prolonged spells of warm weather. At such times we feel the need to drink more than we usually do. A cup of cold water becomes more of a luxury when the heat makes us thirsty. In the time and place of Jesus, where the weather is generally a lot warmer and for longer periods, a cup of cold water can be highly prized. It is against that background that Jesus declares in today’s gospel reading, ‘if anyone gives as much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then, I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward’. The reference by Jesus to his disciples as ‘little ones’ may point ahead to a later saying of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew, according to which, unless disciples become like children, they will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Disciples are to live out of an awareness of their dependence on God for all that is needful. According to the first beatitude, it is to such ‘poor in spirit’ that the kingdom of God belongs. Jesus declares in our gospel reading that the smallest acts of kindness towards one of his followers, ‘one of these little ones’, such as the giving of a cup of cold water, will not go unrewarded. Within the family of disciples, the church, we need to be attentive to each other. Small acts of kindness can be as valuable as the heroic deed in the eyes of God the Father, of whom Jesus said that no even a sparrow falls to the ground without him knowing it.

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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/

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Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 13th July, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as Leabhar Íseáia, Fáidh   1:10-17
Glanaigí sibh féin.Tógaigí bhur n-urchóid as mo radharc.

Éistigí le briathar an Tiarna,
a thaoisigh Shodom;
“Nach cuma liomsa bhur n-íobairtí gan áireamh?”
a deir an Tiarna.
“Tá mé dóthanach de reithí loiscthe
agus de shaill na ngamhna,
níl dúil agam i bhfuil mhart agus phocán gabhair.
Nuair a thagann sibh i mo láthair,
cé a d’iarr oraibh urlár mo thí a shiúl?
Éirigí as ofrálacha gan mhaith a thabhairt chugam;
cuireann an toit atá uathu déistin orm.
Féilte na ré nua, sabóidí, comhthionóil …
ceiliúradh ná sollúntas níl dul agam a bhfulaingt níos mó.
Bhur réanna nua agus bhur n-oilithreachtaí,
is gráin liom iad i m’anam istigh.
Is ualach orm iad
agus tá mé tuirseach á n-iompar.
Nuair a shíneann sibh amach bhur lámha,
iompaím mo shúile uaibh.
A liacht paidreacha a deir sibh,
níl mise ag éisteacht.
Tá bhur lámha lán fola.
Nígí, glanaigí sibh féin.

Tógaigí bhur n-urchóid as mo radharc.mercy not
Éirigí as an olc a dhéanamh!
Foghlaimígí an mhaith a dhéanamh,
lorgaigí an rud cóir,
cuirigí in éadan ansmachta,
tugaigí a cheart don dílleachta,
agraigí cúis na baintrí.

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freagra               Sm 49
Freagra                              Taispeánfaidh mé slánú Dé don duine ionraic.

1. Ní de bharr d’íobairtí a cháinim thú:
bíonn do loiscíobairtí i mo láthair de shíor.
Ní ghlacfaidh mé le tarbh ó do theach
ná le pocaide gabhair de do thréada                          Freagra

2.  “Cén ceart atá agatsa mo dhlí a fhógairt
agus lán béil a dhéanamh de mo chonradh?
Ó tharla gur fuath leat mo dhlí
agus go ndéanann tú neamhní de mo bhriathra?    Freagra

3. Déanann tú amhlaidh, agus an mbeidh mise i mo thost?
An dóigh leat gurb é do dhálasa agamsa é?
an té a ghabhann buíochas mar íobairt,
is é sin an té a thugann urraim dom;
taispeánfaidh mé slánú Dé.”                                         Freagra

SOISCÉAL             

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha      10:34-11:1
Ní síocháin a tháinig mé a chur ann ach claíomh.

sword 2San am sin dúirt Íosa lena aspail:
“Ná bígí ag ceapadh gur chun síocháin a chur ar an talamh a tháinig mé. Ní síocháin a tháinig mé a chur ann ach claíomh. Óir tháinig mé chun duine a chur bunoscionn lena athair agus an iníon lena máthair agus bean mhic le máthair a céile, agus is iad lucht a theaghlaigh féin is naimhde do dhuine.

“An té arb ansa leis athair nó máthair ná mé, níl sé diongbhála dom, agus an té arbansa leis mac nó iníon ná mé, níl sé diongbhála dom; agus an té nach nglacann a chros agus mise a leanúint, níl sé diongbhála dom. An té a fhaigheann a anam, caillfidh sé é; ach an té a chaillfidh a anam mar gheall ormsa, gheobhaidh sé é.

“An té a ghlacann sibhse, glacann sé mise; agus an té a ghlacann mise, glacann sé an té a chuir uaidh mé. An té a ghlacann fáidh as ucht gur fáidh é, is tuarastal fáidh a gheobhaidh; agus an té a ghlacfaidh fíréan as ucht gur fíréan é, is tuarastal fíréin a gheobhaidh.  “Agus má thugann duine ar bith oiread is an cupán d’fhíoruisce do dhuine den mhuintir bheag seo, as ucht gur deisceabal é, ní bheidh sé gan a thuarastal a fháil.”

Ansin, nuair a bhí deireadh na rialacha sin tugtha ag Íosa dá dháréag deisceabal, d’fhág sé an áit sin chun dul ag teagasc agus ag seanmóir ina gcathracha.

Soiscéal Dé



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 19th July, 2020
FIRST READING

A reading from the Book of Wisdom        12:13. 16-19
After sin you will grant repentance.

There is no god, other than you, who cares for every thing,
to whom you might have to prove that you never judged unjustly;
Your justice has its source in strength,
your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.
God lives in usYou show your strength when your sovereign power is questioned
and you expose the insolence of those who know it;
but, disposing of such strength, you are mild in judgement,
you govern us with great lenience,
for you have only to will, and your power is there.
By acting thus you have taught a lesson to your people
how the virtuous man must be kindly to his fellow men,
and you have given your sons the good hope
that after sin you will grant repentance.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 85
Response                                 O Lord, you are good and forgiving.

1. O Lord, you are good and forgiving,
full of love to all who call.
Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my voice.          Response

2. All the nations shall come to adore you
and glorify your name, O Lord:
for you are great and do marvellous deeds,
you who alone are God.                                  Response

3. But you, God of mercy and compassion,
slow to anger, O Lord,
abounding in love and truth,
turn and take pity on me.                                Response

SECOND READING  

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Romans            8:26-27
The Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words.

T
he Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation            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.
Alleluia!

Or                                               Mt 11:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew         13:24-43
Let them both grow till the harvest.


Jesus put a parable before the crowds, 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner's servants went to him and said, "Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?" "Some enemy has done this" he answered. And the servants said, "Do you want us to go and weed it out?" But he said, "No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn."'

He told them another parable, 'The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through'.

In all this Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables; indeed, he would never speak to them except in parables. This was to fulfil the prophecy: I will speak to you in parables and expound things hidden since the foundation of the world.

Then, leaving the crowds, he went to the house; and his disciples came to him and said, 'Explain the parable about the darnel in the field to us'. He said in reply, 'The sower of the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed is the subjects of the kingdom; the darnel, the subjects of the evil one; the enemy who sowed them, the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels. Well then, just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels and they will gather out of his Kingdom all the thinks that provoke offences an all who do evil, and throw them into the burning furnace, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. Then the virtuous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Listen, anyone who has ears.

The Gospel of the Lord.

t is one of the most destructive of all weeds since the seeds are poisonous, if eaten can cause dizziness, vomiting and sometimes even death.

(Darnel/tares are some of the most destructive of all weeds since the seeds are poisonous,
if eaten can cause dizziness, vomiting and sometimes even death.)

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Shorter form

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew Mt 13:24-30
Let them both grow till the harvest.



Jesus put a parable before the crowds, 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner's servants went to him and said, "Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?" "Some enemy has done this" he answered. And the servants said, "Do you want us to go and weed it out?" But he said, "No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it. Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn."'




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, 19th July, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as an dara LeabharhEagna                 12:13. 16-19
Tugann tú maithiúnas i bpeacaí.

Níl aon Dia eile ann seachas thú féin
a bhfuil cúram na cruinne air
le go gcaithfeá-sa a chruthú dó
nár thug tú breith éagórach uait riamh.
God lives in usÓir is í do chumhachtsa tobar na córa;
is é an tiarnas atá agat ar an uile ní
a thugann ort iad go léir a choigilt.
Taispeánann tú do chumhacht
nuair nach dtugtar aitheantas d’iomláine do nirt
agus daorann tú sotal na ndaoine a bhfuil eolas acu air.
Ach cé go bhfuil cumhacht iomlán agat
is cneasta an bhreith a thugann tú
agus rialaíonn tú sinn le trócaire.
Óir, cibé uair is toil leat é,
is féidir duit do chumhacht a chur i bhfeidhm.
Mhúin tú do do phobal leis na bearta sin
nach foláir don fhíréan bheith cineálta;
agus chuir tú dóchas láidir i gcroíthe do chlainne
de bhrí go dtugann tú maithiúnas i bpeacaí.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra             Sm 85
Freagra                             Tá tú go maith is go ceansa, a Thiarna.

1. Tá tú go maith is go ceansa, a Thiarna,
lán de ghrá do chách a ghlaonn ort.
Éist le m'urnaí, a Thiarna,
agus tabhair aird ar ghlór mo ghuí.                  Freagra

2. Tiocfaidh na ciníocha do d'adhradh, a Thiarna,
agus déanfaidh siad d'ainm a fhógairt:
óir is éachtách thú agus is iontach do ghníomhartha,
óir is tú amháin is Dia.                                        Freagra

3. A Thiarna Dia na trua agus na taise,
ar deacair thú a spreagadh chun feirge,
agus atá lán de ghrá agus d'fhírinne,
féach orm, agus bíodh trua agat dom.             Freagra

DARA LÉACHT   

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  Rómhánaigh            8:26-27
Déanann an Spiorad idirghuí ar ár son le hosnaí nach féidir a chur i bhfocail

A bhráithre, tagann an Spiorad i gcabhair orainn inár laige. Mar ní eol dúinn conas an ghuí féin a dhéanamh mar is cóir ach déanann an Spiorad idirghuí ar ár son le hosnaí nach féidir a chur i bhfocail, agus an té úd a chiorann na croíthe, tuigeann sé cad is áil leis an Spiorad agus gur de réir toil Dé a dhéanann sé achainí ar son na naomh.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa             Mt 11:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tugaim buíochas duit, a Athair, a Thiarna neimhe agus talún,
de chionn mar a cheil tú na nithe seo ar lucht eagna agus éirime agus mar a d’fhoilsigh tú
do naíonáin iad.
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL     

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha       13:24-43
Fágtar le hais a céile ag fás iad araon go dtí an fómhar

San am sin chuir Íosa parabal eile os a gcomhair: “Is iad dála ríocht na bhflaitheas,” ar seisean, “mar a bhí ag an duine a chuir síol maith ina ghort. Ach fad a bhí an saol ina chodladh, bhí namhaid dó a tháinig ag scaipeadh cogail anuas ar an arbhar, agus d’imigh. Tháinig an t-arbhar aníos ina gheamhar, agus ansin ina dhias agus an uair sin chonacthas an cogal freisin.

Tháinig a chuid sclábhaí go dtí an fear tí agus dúirt siad leis: ‘A mháistir, an síol a chuir tú i do ghort, nach síol maith a bhí ann? Agus cad a thug an cogal ann más ea?’ Dúirt sé leo: ‘Namhaid éigin a rinne an méid sin.’ ‘Agus ar mhaith leat,’ deir na sclábhaí leis, ‘go rachaimis á bhailiú chun a chéile?’ ‘Ná déanaigí,’ ar seisean, ‘ar eagla, nuair a bheadh sibh ag bailiú an chogail, go sracfadh sibh an t-arbhar aníos san am céanna. Fágtar le hais a chéile ag fás iad araon go dtí an fómhar, agus nuair a bheidh an fómhar á dhéanamh déarfaidh mé leis na buanaithe: Bailígí an cogal chun a chéile ar dtús, agus déanaigí punanna de chun a dhóite. Ach cruinnígí an t-arbhar isteach i mo scioból.’”

Chuir sé parabal eile os a gcomhair: “Is cosúil ríocht na bhflaitheas,” ar seisean, “le gráinne de shíol mustaird a thóg duine agus a chuir sé ina ghort. Is é an gráinnín síl is lú ar bith é, ach nuair a bhíonn sé fásta, bíonn sé ar an gceann is mó de na glasraí agus déantar crann de, a bhféadann éanlaith an aeir dul ar foscadh ina chraobhacha.”

D’inis sé parabal eile dóibh: “Is cosúil ríocht na bhflaitheas le gabháil a thóg bean agus a d’fholaigh sí i dtrí pheic plúir nó go raibh sé gabháilte ar fad.”

Labhair Íosa na nithe sin uile i bparabail leis na sluaite: ní dhéanadh sé caint ar bith leo gan pharabal, agus sin mar a comhlíonadh a ndúradh tríd an bhfáidh:

“Labhróidh mé i bparabail,
nochtfaidh mé nithe ba rún ó thúsú an domhain.”

D’fhág sé na sluaite an uair sin agus chuaigh sé isteach sa teach. Tháinig a dheisceabail chuige agus dúirt siad: “Mínigh dúinn an parabal úd an chogail sa ghort.” D’fhreagair sé iad á rá: “An té a chuireann an síol maith, sin é Mac an Duine. Is é an domhan an gort. An síol maith muintir na ríochta. Dream an oilc an cogal, agus is é an diabhal an namhaid a scaipeann é. Is é deireadh an tsaoil an fómhar agus is iad na haingil na buanaithe. Amhail mar a bhailítear an cogal chun é dhó sa tine, sin mar a bheidh i ndeireadh an tsaoil. Cuirfidh Mac an Duine a aingil amach agus baileoidh siad gach ábhar scannail as a ríocht agus na daoine a thaobhaíonn an t-olc, agus teilgfidh siad san fhoirnéis tine iad. Is ann a bheidh gol agus díoscán fiacla. Beidh na fíréin an uair sin ag lonradh ar nós na gréine i ríocht a nAthar. An té a bhfuil cluasa air, éisteadh sé!”

Soiscéal Dé.

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SOISCÉAL gearr            

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha                13:24-30
Fágtar le hais a céile ag fás iad araon go dtí an fómhar

      San am sin chuir Íosa parabal eile os a gcomhair: “Is iad dála ríocht na bhflaitheas,” ar seisean, “mar a bhí ag an duine a chuir síol maith ina ghort. Ach fad a bhí an saol ina chodladh, bhí namhaid dó a tháinig ag scaipeadh cogail anuas ar an arbhar, agus d’imigh. Tháinig an t-arbhar aníos ina gheamhar, agus ansin ina dhias agus an uair sin chonacthas an cogal freisin.

Tháinig a chuid sclábhaí go dtí an fear tí agus dúirt siad leis: ‘A mháistir, an síol a chuir tú i do ghort, nach síol maith a bhí ann? Agus cad a thug an cogal ann más ea?’ Dúirt sé leo: ‘Namhaid éigin a rinne an méid sin.’ ‘Agus ar mhaith leat,’ deir na sclábhaí leis, ‘go rachaimis á bhailiú chun a chéile?’ ‘Ná déanaigí,’ ar seisean, ‘ar eagla, nuair a bheadh sibh ag bailiú an chogail, go sracfadh sibh an t-arbhar aníos san am céanna. Fágtar le hais a chéile ag fás iad araon go dtí an fómhar, agus nuair a bheidh an fómhar á dhéanamh déarfaidh mé leis na buanaithe: Bailígí an cogal chun a chéile ar dtús, agus déanaigí punanna de chun a dhóite. Ach cruinnígí an t-arbhar isteach i mo scioból.’”

Soiscéal Dé.



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