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Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today

Tranquil Moments.

Tranquil Moments.

Steal away to some quiet corner

Steal away for just awhile

It heals the body, soul and spirit

And gives a true and happy smile.


Take a walk and see the beauty

Mountains high “and breathe the air,”

Thank the Lord for all creation

He allows for us to share.


In the stillness of a corner

Or majestic mountains tall

He provides us tranquil moments,

Hears the smallest voice and call.


In serenity and beauty

Stillness of the night or day,

Ask believing in God’s promise –

Ask believing…steal away.


Author: Katherine Smith Matheney.
Saint of the day

Jan 17 - St Antony of Egypt (1) 251-356 AD

Abba Antonius (Ἀββᾶς Ἀντώνιος), and Father of All Monks,

The Life of Antony was written by St Athanasius shortly after his death. It influenced the conversion of St Augustine and St Martin of Tours and became a classic of monasticism in the Middle Ages. Antony lived at first in total solitude but later allowed a monastic community to be formed around him. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Early life
Antony was born in Upper Egypt in 251 to wealthy Christian parents, who died when he was about eighteen. Hearing in church the saying of Jesus in Mt 19:21: "If you wish to be perfect, then sell what you have and give it to the poor and come follow me", he did just that. He first made provision for the care of his younger sister with a community of nuns and then himself became a disciple to a local hermit. Gardening and the weaving of palm mats became his way of life and his discipline.

anthony's DemonsThe desert - his demons
For Antony the real desert was his own personality, where facing his interior demons and overcoming them was victory. According to Athanasius, the devil afflicted Antony with boredom, laziness, and sexual images; these he overcame by discipline and prayer.  When the devil saw Antony's intense ascetic life and devotion, he was envious and beat him mercilessly, leaving him unconscious. Antony's friends from the local village came and found him in this condition, carried him to a church where he recovered.

Total solitude
Later Antony went further out to a deserted fort at Pispir so he could be in total solitude. Here the devil resumed his warfare against him, this time in the form of wild animals who seemed as if they would destroy him. But when he emerged after twenty years (286-306), and people expected him to have wasted away, or gone insane, to their amazement he was healthy, serene, and had a bright light in his eye.

Anto 3A community nearby
Despite seeking solitude, Antony understood that discernment and relationship with others in charity were central in the spiritual life. He did not himself create a monastery, but a community grew up nearby him based on his example. Disciples sought him out for "words of wisdom" and those who wished to follow him needed the company of others to survive the harsh conditions.

Visits to Alexandria
During the persecution of Christians by the Emperor Maximin (311), Antony went to Alexandria openly wearing his identifying white tunic to encourage other Christians, but he was not put to death. On another occasion he went to Alexandria to encourage Athanasius in his struggle against the Arians. On this occasion Athanasius gave him his own cloak as a gift.

Emperor Constantine
It is said that the Emperor Constantine wrote to him seeking his prayers. Antony, seeing the surprise of those around him, said: "Do not wonder that the emperor writes to us, a man even as I am; rather be astounded that God should have written to us, and that he spoke to us by his Son."

[caption id="attachment_74836" align="alignleft" width="335"]Entrance to St Antony's Cave where St Antony spent forty years in solitude. Entrance to St Antony's Cave where St Antony spent forty years in solitude.[/caption]

Visit to Paul the Hermit
Antony knew he was not the first nor the only hermit in the desert. Jerome tells us that shortly before the death of the first hermit Paul (345), Antony went to visit him. A raven miraculously appeared to supply a loaf for their meal and they engaged in playful conversation. Antony asked Paul to take him as his companion. Paul urged him rather to go and bring the cloak that Bishop Athanasius had given him. Antony went out to fetch the cloak coming back as soon as he could, fearing Paul might die while he was out. This indeed is what happened. To help bury Paul, two lions appeared and scooped out a grave with their paws. Antony removed the tunic of leaves Paul had sewn for himself as his garment and buried the holy man in the cloak of Athanasius he had brought. Each Easter and Pentecost ever after he always wore Paul's tunic.

[caption id="attachment_74837" align="alignright" width="322"]Sayings of St Anthont Sayings of St Anthont[/caption]

Some of the sayings and a story of Antony
Here are some of the sayings and a story of St Antony:

This is the great work of a man: always to take the blame for his own sins before God and to expect temptation to his last breath.
Whoever has not experienced temptation cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Without temptations no-one can be saved.
Do not trust in your own righteousness do not worry about the past, but control your tongue and your stomach.
I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, "What can get through from such snares?" Then I heard a voice saying to me, "Humility."
A hunter in the desert saw Abba Anthony enjoying himself with the brethren and he was shocked. Wanting to show him that it was necessary sometimes to meet the needs of the brethren, the old man said to him, 'Put an arrow in your bow and shoot it.' So he did. The old man then said, 'Shoot another,' and he did so. Then the old man said, 'Shoot yet again and the hunter replied 'If I bend my bow so much I will break it.' Then the old man said to him, 'It is the same with the work of God. If we stretch the brethren beyond measure they will soon break. Sometimes it is necessary to come down to meet their needs.' When he heard these words the hunter was pierced by compunction and, greatly edified by the old man, he went away. As for the brethren, they went home strengthened.

Jan 17 - St Anthony of Egypt, (2) Third Century)

Anthony of egyptSt Anthony of Egypt is regarded as the founder of the monastic life although he did not create a monastery himself, Fr John Murray PP profiles him here and gives us some hints how we can follow his footsteps.

Many centuries ago, when people first began to reflect about life, one wise man told a story about a cave and those who dwelt inside it. At the cave's entrance there was a fire, and those who dwelt in the cave had the fire at their backs with the result that all they saw was their own shadows thrown up on to the wall they faced. This was reality for them: these images without substance, mere shadows.

In time, there were some who had enough courage to look round and realise that the fire caused the shadows; but a lot of darkness remained, and things were not yet clear. Eventually one man went beyond the cave into the daylight, and he saw the sun. Needless to say, he could not maintain his gaze for long, but he came to know that this was what gave light to everything around, and he rejoiced in this knowledge.

Seeing the light
The saints are those who venture out of the cave and look at the sun. They are not afraid of its light. Whereas most people cannot stand too much reality, these men and women know that they cannot stay for ever in the cave with its shadows and false images. Something inside drives them to seek the warmth and light of the sun. St. Anthony of Egypt was one man who was not afraid to venture out of the cave and face reality. There were three key moments in his life when he did this; but first a few details about his life and culture.

Anthony was born in the year 251 at a village near Memphis in upper Egypt. His parents were Christian and well-to-do. When they died - he was only twenty years of age - he found himself in possession of a large estate and with the care of a younger sister.

Treasure in heaven
St Anthony's Monster
Then came the first moment of reality, when he heard the words of the gospel, 'Go, sell what you have and give it to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven'. That is exactly what he did. Having seen to the care of his sister, he himself retired into solitude to live a life of prayer and fasting. Anthony is called the 'Father of monasticism' and rightly so, for countless millions have followed his example through the centuries.

Council of bishops
A second moment of reality came for Anthony when the bishops of the Church were gathered in the city of Alexandria. Despite the victory of the council of Nicea in AD 325, the Arian cause had grown in strength. This heresy claimed that Jesus was not truly God, but a mere creature.

Anthony, this unlettered man, saw differently, and claimed that the Arians 'did not differ from the heathens themselves who worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator'. Even the pagans rejoiced at his wisdom and he converted many back to the faith.

It was not uncommon for the great and the good to seek the advice and counsel of this holy man. In AD 337, Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor, wrote a letter to Anthony seeking his prayers. Anthony, seeing his fellow monks' surprise, said, 'Do not wonder that the emperor writes to us, a man even as I am; rather be astounded that God should have written to us, and that he has spoken to us by his Son'.

Face to face
The third moment of reality in the life of Anthony came at his death. His life had been long - 105 years no less. He had founded monastic settlements, and led many into a committed following of the Lord and Saviour whom he loved. But when the time came for him to die, he slipped away as if he were passing into sleep. He was not afraid. He looked forward to seeing the Son face to face. With his friends gathered round him, he distributed his few possessions, just as he had done eighty years before with the parental estate. 'Farewell, my children,' he said. 'Anthony is departing and will no longer be with you.' He stretched out his feet, and calmly ceased to breathe. The year was 356, and the date was 17 January.

A space to meet God
Two things I ask you to do as you consider this less well-known Anthony.

Firstly is to think of and pray for those men and women in the convents and monasteries up and down the country. Their way is no escape from life, for these are the people who have emerged from the cave, and they see for real.

Secondly - today - find a space in your life to meet the God who is Reality itself. This may mean rising early in order to pray, or stopping the car in a lay-by for ten minutes after work before heading home. Or it may mean switching off the box and its daily dose of 'reality', in order to pray together as a family. Whatever you do, seek to see the sun, and you will be following Anthony, the man who was for real.

This article first appeared in The Messenger (January 2005), a publication of the Irish Jesuits.
Today's Readings

A reading from the first book of  Samuel.            17: 32-33, 37, 40-51
David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone.

David said to Saul, 'Let no one lose heart on his account; your servant will go and fight this Philistine'. But Saul answered David, 'You cannot go and fight the Philistine, you are only a boy and he has been a warrior from his youth'. The Lord who rescued me from the claws of lion and bear' David said 'will rescue me from the power of this Philistine.' Then Saul said to David, 'Go, and the Lord be with you!'

David and Goliath

He took his staff in his hand, picked five smooth stones from the river bed, put them in his shepherd's bag, in his pouch, and with his sling in his hand he went to meet the Philistine. The Philistine, his shield-bearer in front of him, came nearer and nearer to David; and the Philistine looked at David, and what he saw filled him with scorn, because David was only a youth, a boy of fresh complexion and pleasant bearing. The Philistine said to him, 'Am I a dog for you to come against me with sticks?' And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David, 'Come over here and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field'. But David answered the Philistine, 'You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Sabaoth, the God of the armies of Israel that you have dared to insult. Today the Lord will deliver you into my hand and I shall kill you; I will cut off your head, and this very day I will give your dead body and the bodies of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord gives the victory, for the Lord is lord of the battle and he will deliver you into our power.'

No sooner had the Philistine started forward to confront David than David left the line of battle and ran to meet the Philistine. Putting his hand in his bag, he took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead; the stone penetrated his forehead and he fell on his face to the ground. Thus David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone and struck the Philistine down and killed him. David had no sword in his hand.  Then David ran and, standing over the Philistine, seized his sword and drew it from the scabbard, and with this he killed him, cutting off his head. The Philistines saw that their champion was dead and took to flight.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm                        Ps 143
Response                                           Blessed be the Lord, my rock.

1. Blessed be the Lord, my rock
who trains my arms for battle,
who prepares my hands for war.      Response

2. He is my love, my fortress;
he is my stronghold, my saviour,
my shield, my place of refuge.
He brings peoples under my rule.     Response

3. To you, 0 God, will I sing a new song;
I will play on the ten-stringed lute
to you who give kings their victory,
who set David your servant free.      Response

Gospel  Acclamation                      Heb 4: 12
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of God is something alive and active:
it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts.

or                                     Mt 4: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus proclaimed the Good News of the kingdom
and cured all kinds of sickness among the people.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark          3:1-6
Is it against the law on the sabbath day to save life?

Jesus heals a hand Jesus went again into a synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand.  And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the sabbath day, hoping for something to use against him. He said to the man with the withered hand, 'Stand up out in the middle!'  Then he said to them, 'Is it against the law on the sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?' But they said nothing.  Then, grieved to find them so obstinate, he looked angrily round at them, and said to the man, 'Stretch out your hand'. He stretched it out and his hand was better.  The Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Gospel Reflection   
     Wednesday        Second Week in Ordinary Time      Mark 3:1-6

The clash between David and Goliath in the first reading is the quintessential conflict between weakness and power, with the weaker one triumphing over the more powerful one. We see a similar clash in today’s gospel reading. The Pharisees and the Herodians, who had great political power in that culture, begin to discuss how to destroy Jesus, who had no such power. Even though they went on to put Jesus to death, it was Jesus, the powerless one, who triumphed over his powerful opponents, because God raised him from the dead and sent his Spirit upon his followers. David said before his conflict with Goliath, ‘the Lord will rescue me’, and it was the Lord who rescued Jesus from his enemies. Both readings remind us that when we find ourselves up against impossible odds, the Lord is our greatest resource. Writing from prison with the possibility of execution facing him, Paul  could say, nevertheless, ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me’. In our own lives, when our resources seem no match for the challenge, we too can experience the Lord as ‘my stronghold, my saviour’,in the words of today’s responsorial psalm. A little later in Mark’s gospel, Jesus will say to his disciples, ‘for God, all things are possible’. ________________________________

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 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU' by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f


Sliocht as an dara leabhar Samúéil.                     17:32- 33, 37, 40-51
Rug Dáiví bua ar an bhFilistíneach le crann tabhaill agus le cloch.

Ná bíodh drochmhisneach ar aon duine mar gheall air,” arsa Dáiví le Sól, “rachaidh do shearbhónta anseo chun troda leis an bhFilistíneach seo.” Dúirt Sól le Dáiví: “Ní féidir duitse dul chun troda i gcoinne an Fhilistínigh seo; níl ionat ach ógánach, agus is laoch gaile eisean óna óige.” Lean Dáiví air: “An Tiarna a d’fhuascail mé ó lapaí an leoin agus na beithre, déanfaidh sé mé a fhuascailt ó láimh an Fhilistínigh seo.” Dúirt Sól le Dáiví: “Imigh, agus go raibh an Tiarna leat!”

David and GoliathRug sé greim ar a bhachall dá bhrí sin, thogh cúig clocha sleamhna as leaba an tsrutháin agus chuir chuige ina mhála nó ina sparán aoire iad; d’imigh sé leis ansin in aghaidh an Fhilistínigh agus a chrann tabhaill ina láimh aige. Bhí an Filistíneach ag teacht agus ag druidim le Dáiví agus a ghiolla scéithe roimhe amach. D’fhéach an Filistíneach agus chonaic Dáiví agus bhuail drochmheas air é, mar nach raibh ann ach ógánach, buachaill naíonta dealraitheach. Dúirt an Filistíneach le Dáiví: “An madra mise, a rá go bhfuil tú ag teacht i m’aghaidh le bataí?” Agus chuir an Filistíneach mallacht ar Dháiví dar a dhéithe féin. Dúirt an Filistíneach le Dáiví: “Gabh anseo i leith chugam agus tabharfaidh mé d’fheoil d’éanlaith an aeir agus d’ainmhithe an mhachaire.” Ach d’fhreagair Dáiví an Filistíneach: “Tá tú ag teacht i m’aghaidh le claíomh agus le sleá agus le ga, ach táimse ag teacht i d’aghaidhse in ainm Tiarna na Slua, Dia airm Iosrael, ar thug tú a dhúshlán. Tabharfaidh an Tiarna isteach i mo láimh thú inniu agus leagfaidh mé ar lár thú; bainfidh mé an ceann díot; agus inniu féin tabharfaidh mé coirp shluaite na bhFilistíneach d’éanlaith an aeir agus d’ainmhithe an mhachaire, chun go mbeidh a fhios ag an domhan go léir go bhfuil Dia in Iosrael, agus go mbeidh a fhios ag an gcomhthionól seo ar fad nach le claíomh ná le sleá a dhéanann an Tiarna fuascailt, mar is leis an Tiarna an cath agus tabharfaidh sé sibhse isteach inár lámhana.”

A thúisce a chorraigh arm na bhFilistíneach agus a dhruid chun tosaigh chun aghaidh a thabhairt ar Dáiví leis an líne chatha agus rith i gcoinne an  Fhilistínigh. Chuir Dáiví a lámh ina mhála, thóg cloch as, agus chaith as a chrann tabhaill í gur bhuail an Filistíneach i gclár a éadain; ghabh an chloch trí chlár a éadain agus thit sé ar a bhéal ar an talamh. Sin mar a rug Dáiví bua ar an bhFilistíneach le crann tabhaill agus le cloch gur bhuail an Filistíneach agus gur mharaigh é, gan aon chlaíomh ina láimh ag Dáiví. Rith Dáiví ansin go dtí an Filistíneach, sheas os a chionn, rug greim ar a chlaíomh siúd, tharraing as a thruaill é, agus mharaigh é agus bhain an ceann de leis. Nuair a chonaic na Filistínigh go raibh a gcuradh marbh, theitheadar.

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freagra                   Sm 143
Freagra                                  Moladh leis an Tiarna, mo charraig.

1. Moladh leis an Tiarna, mo charraig,
a oileann mo lámha chun catha;
agus fós mo mhéara chun cogaidh.                  Freagra

2. Is é siúd mo ghrá agus mo dhaingean;
is é mo dhún é agus m’fhuascailteoir;
mo sciath é ina gcuirim mo dhóchas;
cuireann sé ciníocha faoi mo smacht.              Freagra

3. Canfaidh mé amhrán nua duit, a Dhia;
seinnfidh mé ar chláirseach na ndeich dtéad duit.
Óir is tú a thugann an bua do ríthe;
agus a thug tarrtháil ar Dháiví, do ghiolla.     Freagra


 Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Marc                        3: 1-6
An feidir dleathach a dhéanamh lá sabóide, beatha a shaoradh?

Jesus heals a handChuaigh Iosa isteach sa tsionagóg uair eile, agus bhí fear ann a raibh lámh leis seargtha, agus bhíodar ag faire air féachaint an leigheasfadh sé é lá na sabóide chun go gciontóidís é. Dúirt sé le fear na láimhe seargtha: “Tar i leith.” Agus dúirt sé leo: “Cé acu is dleathach a dhéanamh lá sabóide, an mhaith nó an t-olc, beatha a shaoradh nó a mharú?” Ach ní raibh focal astu.

Agus ar dhearcadh timpeall le fearg orthu uile, agus brón air mar gheall ar dhúire a gcroí, dúirt sé leis an duine: “Sín amach do lámh.” Shín, agus bhí a lámh slán arís.  Ghabh na Fairisínigh amach, agus rinne siad comhairle láithreach leis na Héaródaigh ina aghaidh conas a mhillfidís é.

Soiscéal Dé.

© An Sagart
Sunday's Readings
Today's Scripture Themes 
Mark presents the Gospel of salvation within the context and plan of the life of Jesus Christ. That life is the story of the suffering Messiah, now seen in the light of the Resurrection. The faithful learn that the path to victory is by suffering discipleship. But the ‘between times’ are difficult and there is no other way. The call to follow Christ is the call to repent and believe.

FIRST  READING                           

A reading from the prophet  Jonah                3:1-5. 10
And the people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviour.

Nineveh repents The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: 'Up!' he said 'Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.'  Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day's journey. He preached in these words, 'Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.' And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.

God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour. And God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm                           Ps  24:4-9
Response                                                 Lord, make me know your ways.

1. Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.                         Response

2. Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.             Response

3. The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.                   Response

SECOND READING                

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians        7:29-31
The world as we know it is passing away.

Brothers: our time is growing passing away

Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it.

I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation                      1 Sam 3:9
Alleluia, alleluia!
The kingdom of God is close at hand;
believe the good news.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark       1:14-20
Repent, and believe the Good News.

jesus calls peter and andyAfter John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. 'The time has come' he said 'and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.'

As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake - for they were fishermen.

And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.'

And at once they left their nets and followed him.

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.

Sliocht as an fáidh  Ióna                          3:1-5.10
Chreid muintir Nínivé i nDia agus thréig siad a ndrochiompar.

háinig Briathar an Tiarna go Ióna athuair:  “Éirigh! Gread leat go dtí cathair mhór Nínivé Nineveh repentsagus fógair ina haghaidh an t-oracal a thabharfaidh mé duit.” D’éirigh Ióna ach an uair seo as go brách leis go Nínivé faoi mar a d’ordaigh an Tiarna dó. Dar ndóigh, cathair as cuimse mór ba ea Nínivé; thógfadh sé trí lá ó dhuine í a thrasnú. Isteach le Ióna sa chathair agus is ar éigean a bhí turas aon lae amháin siúlta aige agus an t-oracal seo á fhógairt aige: “I gceann daichead lá eile scriosfar Nínivé,”nuair a chreid muintir Nínivé i nDia. D’fhógair siad troscadh agus chuir siad go léir, idir uasal agus íseal sacéadach orthu féin.

Chonaic Dia cad a rinne siad agus conas mar a thréig siad a ndrochiompar. Mar sin de, tháinig aithreachas air i dtaobh na tubaiste a bhí sé tar éis a bhagairt orthu agus níor chuir sé i gcrích í.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra                         Sm 24
Freagra                                          Taispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna.

I. Taispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna.
agus teagasc dom do rianta.
Treoraigh mé d'fhírinne agus teagasc mé,
óir is tusa, a Dhia, mo Shlánaitheoir.               Freagra

2. Cuimhnigh ar do thrócaire, a Thiarna,
agus ar do bhuanghrá atá ann ó na cianta.
De réir do bhuanghrá cuimhnigh orm,
as ucht do mhaitheasa, a Thiarna.                     Freagra

3. Is maith is is díreach é an Tiarna.
Uime sin múineann sé an tslí do na peacaigh.
Díríonn sé an fear umhal san fhíréantacht;
múineann sé a shlí don fhear umhal.               Freagra

DARA LÉACHT                  

Sliocht as an chéad litir N.Pól chuig na 1 Coirintigh      7:29-31
Tá dreach an tsaoil seo ag síothlú.

fading awayIs é atáim a rá libh, a bhráithre, go bhfuil an uain dulta i ngiorracht;
dá chionn sin, iad seo a bhfuil bean acu, bídís ar chuma daoine nach mbeadh aon bhean acu;
bíodh lucht an ghoil faoi mar nach mbeidís ag gol, agus
bíodh lucht na lúcháire faoi mar nach mbeidís ag déanamh lúcháire.

Iad sin a bhíonn ag ceannach, bídís ar chuma daoine nach mbeadh dada ina seilbh acu; agus iad siúd a bhíonn ag gabháil do ghnóthaí an tsaoil ná bídís gafa iontu, mar tá dreach an tsaoil seo ag síothlú.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa                          Mc 1: 15
Alleluia, alleluia!
tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht.
creidigí sa soiscéal.”


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Marcas         1:14-20
Déanaigí aithrí agus creidigí sa soiscéal.

jesus calls peter and andyT
ar éis Eoin a bheith tugtha ar láimh, tháinig Íosa go dtí an Ghailíl ag fógairt soiscéal Dé agus ag rá: “Tá an tréimhse caite agus tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht. Déanaigí aithrí agus creidigí sa soiscéal.”

Bhí sé ag imeacht leis cois farraige na Gailíle nuair a chonaic sé Síomón agus Aindrias deartháir Shíomóin agus iad ag caitheamh eangaí san fharraige, mar iascairí a bhí iontu. Dúirt Íosa leo: “Tagaigí i mo dhiaidh, agus déanfaidh mé díbh iascairí ar dhaoine.” D’fhág siad na líonta láithreach agus lean siad é.

Bhuail sé ar aghaidh beagán eile agus chonaic sé Séamas mac Zeibidé agus Eoin a dheartháir, iad ina mbádféin ag ceartú na líonta, agus ghlaoigh sé iad láithreach. D’fhág siad a n-athair Zeibidé sa bhád, é féin agus an lucht pá, agus ghabh siad leis.

Soiscéal Dé.

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Oscailte le hathrú chroí.

Is léir go bhfuil radharc Dé níos leithne ná radharc an duine. Is éard atá i gceist le glaoch Íosa a fhreagairt ná go gcuirfí ár radharc teoranta féin ar leataobh chun glacadh le fís Dé ar ár saol. Sular iarr Íosa ar Pheadar, ar Aindrias, ar Shéamus, agus ar Eoin é a leanúint, d'fhógair sé, "Tá an t-am tagtha agus tá ríocht Dé gar do lámh. Iompaigí agus creidigí an dea-scéala". Níl teorann ar ríocht Dé; ní ardaíonn sé aon bhalla chun daoine a choinneáil amach. Iarrann Íosa orainn na luachanna ríocht Dé a ghlacadh agus a chur i bhfeidhm inár saolta. Iarrann Naomh Pól orainn gan bheith gafa le luachanna an domhain, gan sinn féin a thabhairt go hiomlán le rudaí fánacha, éadroma.

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp, Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.