Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 18th July, 2019
A reading from the Book of Exodus 3:13-20
I Am who I Am. I Am has sent me to you.
oses, hearing the voice of God coming from the middle of the bush, said to him, 'I am to go, then, to the sons of Israel and say to them, "The God of your fathers has sent me to you". But if they ask me what his name is, what am I to tell them?' And God said to Moses, 'I Am who I Am. 'This' he added 'is what you must say to the sons of Israel: "I Am has sent me to you".' And God also said to Moses, 'You are to say to the sons of Israel: "The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you". This is my name for all time; by this name I shall be invoked for all generations to come.
'Go and gather the elders of Israel together and tell them, "The Lord, the God of your fathers, has appeared to me, - the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; and he has said to me: I have visited you and seen all that the Egyptians are doing to you. And so I have resolved to bring you up out of Egypt where you are oppressed, into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land where milk and honey flow." They will listen to your words, and with the elders of Israel you are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, "the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has come to meet us. Give us leave, then, to make a three days' journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifice to the Lord our God." For myself, knowing that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless he is forced by a mighty hand, I shall show my power and strike Egypt with all the wonders I am going to work there. After this he will let you go.
The Word of the Lord.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever
1. Give thanks to the Lord, tell his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, the judgements he spoke. Response
2. He remembers his covenant for ever,
his promise for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac. Response
3. He gave his people increase;
he made them stronger than their foes,
whose hearts he turned to hate his people
and to deal deceitfully with his servants. Response
4. Then he sent Moses his servant
and Aaron the man he had chosen.
Through them he showed his marvels
and his wonders in the country of Ham. Response
Ps 129: 5
My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word.
Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew11:28-30
I am gentle and humble in heart.
'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Thursday, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 11:28-30
hen Jesus declares in today’s gospel reading, ‘my yoke is easy and my burden light’, he is saying that his teaching, his understanding of God’s will, is not something burdensome. Rather, his teaching is liberating and life-enhancing. If his teaching is received and lived, it lightens the burden of oppression; it brings joy. That is not to say that Jesus’ teaching is not demanding. We only have to listen to the Sermon on the Mount to realise that Jesus’ teaching is in many ways more demanding than the teaching of the Jewish Law. If the Law prohibits murder, Jesus prohibits the kind of anger that can lead to murder. If the Law says, ‘an eye for an eye’, Jesus says, ‘love your enemy’. His teaching is demanding but not burdensome. That is because Jesus does not ask us to live his teaching out of our own strength alone. He empowers us to live out his teaching. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus does not say, ‘Come to my teaching’, but ‘Come to me’. He does not say, ‘learn my teaching’, but ‘learn from me’. He calls us into a personal relationship with himself. It is in coming to him that we receive his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, and so are empowered to live his teaching and, thereby, to become fully alive as human beings. Jesus promises that here and now we will experience something of that rest that awaits us in eternity if we come to him and allow him to empower us to live his teaching in our daily lives.
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 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 18th July, 2019
Sliocht as Leabhar Exodus 3:13-20
Is mé an te atá ann. An té atá ann is é a sheol chugaibh mé.
nsin dúirt Maois le Dia: “Má théim go clann Iosrael agus a rá leo: ‘Dia bhur n-aithreacha a chuir mise chugaibh,’ agus go bhfiafraíonn siad díom: ‘Cén t-ainm atá air?’ céard a déarfaidh mé leo?” Dúirt Dia le Maois: “Is mé an te atá ann,” agus lean sé air:
“agus abair é seo le clann Iosrael: ‘An té atá ann is é a sheol chugaibh mé.’” Agus dúirt Dia arís le Maois: “Seo mar a déarfaidh tú le clann Iosrael: ‘An Tiarna, Dia bhur n-aithreacha, Dia Abrahám, Dia Íosác, Dia Iacóib, is é a chuir chugaibh mé.’ Sin é m’ainm ar feadh na síoraíochta agus sin mar a bheidh m’ainm á ghlaoch ó ghlúin go glúin.
“Imigh agus cruinnigh seanóirí chlann Iosrael le chéile agus abair leo: ‘An Tiarna, Dia bhur n-aithreacha, Dia Abrahám, Dia Íosác, Dia Iacóib, thaispeáin sé é féin dom, agus dúirt sé liom: Tháinig mé ar cuairt chugaibh agus chonaic mé a ndearnadh libh san Éigipt; agus chinn mé sibh a thabhairt amach as cruatan na hÉigipte agus isteach i dtír na gCanánach agus na Hiteach, na nAmórach agus na bPirizeach, na Hiveach agus na Iabúsach, i dtír ina bhfuil bainne agus mil ina slaoda.’ Agus éistfidh siad le do ghlór agus ní foláir duit féin agus do sheanóirí Iosrael, dul i láthair rí na hÉigipte agus a rá leis: ‘An Tiarna, Dia Iosrael, tháinig sé ag triall orainn, agus anois lig dúinn dul aistear trí lá isteach san fhásach go ndéanfaimis íobairt don Tiarna ár nDia.’ Tá a fhios agamsa áfach nach scaoilfidh rí na hÉigipte libh gan lámh thréan a luí air. Sínfidh mé mo lámh ámh agus buailfidh mé an Éigipt leis na hiontais a dhéanfaidh mé inti. Ansin scaoilfidh sé libh.
Salm le Freagra
Cuimhníonn an Tiarna ar a chonradh go brách.
1. Altaígí don Tiarna, glaoigí ar a ainm;
foilsígí a ghníomhartha do na náisiúin.
Cuimhnigí ar na héachtaí a rinne sé;
ar a mhíorúiltí agus ar bhreitheanna a bhéil. Freagra
2. Cuimhníonn sé ar a chonradh go brách,
ar a ghealltanas go dtí míle glúin,
an conradh a cheangail sé le hAbrahám,
an mionn a mhionnaigh sé do Íosác. Freagra
3. Mhéadaigh sé a phobal go mór,
go ndearna ní ba láidre ná a naimhde iad.
D’athraigh sé a gcroí siúd ionas gurbh fhuath leo a phobal,
agus gur bhaineadar mealladh as a sheirbhísigh. Freagra
4. Chuir sé Maois, a sheirbhíseach, ag triall orthu,
agus Árón, an duine a roghnaigh sé.
D’oibrigh siad a chomharthaí ina measc,
agus a iontais i bhfearann Hám. Freagra
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha 11:25-27
Táim ceansa uiríseal ó chroí.
abhair Íosa agus dúirt: “Tagaigí chugam, sibhse uile a bhfuil saothar agus tromualach oraibh, agus tabharfaidh mé faoiseamh daoibh. Tógaigí oraibh mo chuing agus tagaigí ar scoil chugamsa, mar táim ceansa uiríseal ó chroí, agus gheobhaidh sibh faoiseamh do bhur n-anamacha; óir tá mo chuing so-iompair agus m’ualach éadrom.”
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