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Psalm 21. O God, in the grace and strength that You daily grant.

 

O God,

in the grace and strength that You daily grant,

Your servant finds reason for celebration.

You have truly fulfilled his innermost longings.

You have responded to his deepest needs.

 

He asked for security,

and You encompassed him with love.

He looked to You for life,

and You granted him life eternal.

He sought for identity,

and You adopted him as Your son.

Whatever is of value and worth in his life

has come by way of Your rich blessings.

His heart is glad in the realization

of Your eternal presence.

He knows that he will never lose Your love.

 

Source: Extract from Psalm 21, from the book “Psalms/Now” by Leslie F. Brandt. (This book expresses what the psalmist might be saying if he were living in the twentieth century).

Aug 4 - St John Marie Vianney (1786-1859)

Summary: St John Vianney, Priest, Born near Lyons (France) in 1786; died at Ars on this day in 1859. Overcame various obstacles, including little education and lack of means, to be ordained a priest. Served in a remote parish as the Curé of Ars, where his sanctity attracted thousands of visitors. Noted for his preaching and confessional counsel and is honoured as a model for parish clergy.

Fr John Murray PP tells us about this holy man.

St John Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars, is the patron saint of John Vianney1parish priests because he was such a good one himself. 

'If there were three like him on this earth, my Kingdom would be destroyed.' The author of these words is supposed to have been Satan but as he is not likely to disclose how he could be defeated, then the story could be regarded as apocryphal.

Nevertheless there is an undoubted truth behind it. Writers on Our Lady would often say that the reason Satan hates Mary is that he cannot stand her humility. He could attack the miracle workers and the great preachers among the saints and perhaps find an Achilles heel in their pride, but the nothingness of Mary -and the saint we recall here - were a total affront to the fallen angel of light.

Birth
John Marie Vianney was born near Lyons on 8 May 1786 to Marie and Matthieu. It was just three years away from the seismic event of the French Revolution which was to change the face of Europe and the Church for decades. Indeed, his own village was initially saddled with a 'constitutional priest' and so his parents and others had to assist in secret any fugitive priest who might come their way.

From an early age a vocation was discerned, and when the cure at Ecully opened a school for ecclesiastical studies, John was sent. Studies and John were never great friends: his early years of education had been spent more in the fields minding sheep.

Despite this difficulty, seminary proper had still to wait, for one of Napoleon's many wars intervened and John Marie was conscripted to fight against Spain. However, on the morning of departure, John went off to the church to pray and when he returned, found that the platoon had gone off without him. Thankfully the recuiting officer believed his story and sent him after the troops. But John never saw any action and after fourteen months, was able to resume his path to the priesthood.

Studies

John struggled with Latin and philosophy, but on 13 August 1815 he was finally ordained priest by the Bishop of Grenoble. His first curacy was as assistant to M. Ballet in Ecully who had recognized his vocation and who urged him to persevere despite the difficulties.

Within three years he was made parish priest of Ars - a village of just 230 people - and it is with that small village that he became known throughout all of France. He visited every house and made himself known to his new parishioners. He immediately tried to restore a sense of Sunday in his flock, not just in getting them to attend Mass but also to refrain from unnecessary work.

There were other battles he fought which might strike some today as outmoded or even impossible to contemplate: he waged war on blasphemy and profanity, citing from the pulpit the words and phrases which offended God. He was also set against dancing and saw it as an occasion of sin.

Modesty in clothing was another of his battles. 'If a pastor remains silent when he sees God insulted and souls going astray, woe to him! If he does not want to be damned, and if there is some disorder in his parish, he must trample upon human respect and the fear of being despised or hated.'

This responsibility brought him great anguish but as a rule he preferred to show the attractive side of virtue rather than the ugliness of vice. When he spoke on the tenderness of God who had been offended, he often moved the hardest of hearts to change their ways.

People came from all about.
John V 3He had not long been in Ars when people began coming to him from other parishes and finally from every corner of the country. During the last ten years of his life he would spend up to eighteen hours a day in the confessional. His advice was sought by everyone, from bishops and priests to people in all sorts of difficulty. He loved especially those who were sick.

Despite the 'success' which John enjoyed in Ars he longed for peace and quiet. He left the village on three occasions and it needed the diplomacy of the bishop to make him return in 1843.

His instructions in the confessional were often very simple and in language that people could recognize, with images drawn from everyday life. Towards the end those who heard him preach admitted that they could hardly decipher a word, so inaudible was his speech. Yet they knew that God loved them because they saw this in his eyes. They knew too, that his own life was a constant mortification from his early youth.

He scarcely ate enough to live on. For years his practice had been to boil a pot of potatoes at the start of the week and for the rest of the week he would simply eat one or two of the cold potatoes which remained! In the years 1858-9 almost 100,000 people came to Ars but by now, the curé was an old man close to death. The strain was becoming too much and on 29 July he retired to bed for the last time.

John Marie died in 1859, aged 73  and within a short time was proclaimed Venerable by Pope Pius IX (3 October 1874). In 1905 he was enrolled among the Blessed of the Church. Pope Pius XI canonized him in 1925. His feast is observed on 4 August.

Actual picture of St. John Vianney incorrupt body, entombed at the main altar in the Basilica of InArs, France. His body has not yet decayed 150 years after his death



This article first appeared in The Messenger (August 2008), a publication of the Irish Jesuits.
Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 4th August, 2020
FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet  Jeremiah            30:1-2. 12-15. 18-22
So many your sins, that I have done all this to you. I will restore the tents of Jacob.

The word addressed to Jeremiah by the Lord: The Lord, the God of Israel says this: Write all the words I have spoken to you in a book.

Yes, the Lord says this:
Your wound is incurable,
your injury past healing.
There is no one to care for your sore,
no medicine to make you well again.
All your lovers have forgotten you,
they look for you no more.
Yes, I have struck you as an enemy strikes,
with harsh punishment
(so great is your guilt, so many your sins).
Why bother to complain about your wound?
Your pain is incurable.
So great is your guilt, so many your sins,
that I have done all this to you.

The Lord says this:
Now I will restore the tents of Jacob,
and take pity on his dwellings:
the city shall be rebuilt on its ruins,
the citadel restored on its site.
From them will come thanksgiving
and shouts of joy.
I will make them increase, and not diminish them,
make them honoured, and not disdained.
Their sons shall be as once they were,
their community fixed firm in my presence,
and I will punish all their oppressors.
Their prince will be one of their own,
their ruler come from their own people.
I will let him come freely into my presence and he can come close to me;
who else, indeed, would risk his life
by coming close to me? –
it is the Lord who speaks.
And you shall be my people and I will be your God.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 101:16-21, 29, 29
Response                              The Lord shall build up Zion again and appear in all his glory.

1. The nations shall fear the name of the Lord
and all the earth's kings your glory,
when the Lord shall build up Zion again
and appear in all his glory.
Then he will turn to the prayers of the helpless;
he will not despise their prayers.                           Response

2. Let this be written for ages to come
that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord;
for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary on high.
He looked down from heaven to the earth
that he might hear the groans of the prisoners
and free those condemned to die.                          Response

3. The sons of your servants shall dwell untroubled
and their race shall endure before you
that the name of the Lord may be proclaimed to Zion
and his praise in the heart of Jerusalem,
when peoples and kingdoms are gathered together
to pay their homage to the Lord.                           Response

Gospel  Acclamation          Jn 8: 12  
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.
Alleluia !

Or                                                Jn 1: 49    
Alleluia, alleluia!
Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.
Alleluia !

GOSPEL  (c/f Alternative Gospel below)


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew          14:22-36
Tell me to come to you across the water.


When the crowds had eaten their fill Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind. In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified. 'It is a ghost' they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, 'Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.' lt was Peter who answered. 'Lord,' he said 'if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.' 'Come' said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink. 'Lord! Save me!' he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. 'Man of little faith,' he said 'why did you doubt?' And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, 'Truly, you are the Son of God.'

Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the local people recognised him they spread the news through the whole neighbourhood and took all that were sick to him, begging him just to let them touch the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched it were completely cured.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Alternative GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew             15:1-2. 10-14
Any plant my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.

Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem came to Jesus and said, 'Why do your disciples break away from the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands when they eat food.'
He called the people to him and said, 'Listen, and understand. What goes into the mouth does not make a man unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes him unclean.'
Then the disciples came to him and said, 'Do you know that the Pharisees were shocked when they heard what you said?' He replied, 'Any plant my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them alone. They are blind men leading blind men; and if one blind man leads another, both will fall into a pit.'

The Gospel of the Lord

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Gospel Reflection       Tuesday,      18th Week in Ordinary Time       Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

In the gospel reading the Pharisees criticizes the disciples of Jesus for their lack of reverence for the body of traditions that had grown up around the Jewish Law, in particular the various regulations relating to the washing of hands before eating food. Jesus defends his disciples, however, by declaring that these regulations are not decisive in God’s scheme of things. What comes out of people’s mouth, what comes from their heart, is more important before God than the food that goes into people’s mouth. What comes from a person’s heart is what defines the person, not what they eat or how they eat. It is the heart that counts; we often say of people that their heart is in the right place. On one occasion in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus says, ‘Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart’. He calls on us to have something of his own heart within us. In the beatitudes he declares blessed those who are pure in heart, those whose heart is focused on what God wants, just as the heart of Jesus was. Jesus seems to suggest that if we get the heart right, if our heart is like his heart, then all else will follow. Getting the heart right is above all the work of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who creates within us a heart that is truly Christ-like. One of the most beautiful prayers in the church’s tradition is, ‘Come Holy Spirit, fill my heart, and kindle in me the fire of your love’.

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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: Tuesday, 4th August, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT 

Sliocht as Leabhar Irimia, Fáidh.       30:1-2. 12-15. 18-22
Rinne mé na nithe sin uile leat, mar gheall ar mhéid do chiontachta.

An briathar a tháinig go Irimia ón Tiarna.  “Is mar seo a deir an Tiarna, Dia Iosrael: ‘Na briathra uile a labhair mé leat, scríobh i leabhar iad.

Sea, is mar seo a deir an Tiarna:
Tá do chneá doleigheasta,
tá do lot gan cneasú.
Níl aon duine chun aire a thabhairt do do chréachtaí,
níl luibh ná leigheas i ndán duit.
Rinne d’aos grá uile dearmad díot,
ní iarrann siad níos mó thú.
Sea, bhuail mé le buille namhad thú,
buille neamhthrócaireach
(mar gheall ar mhéid do chiontachta
agus ar iomadúlacht do pheacaí).
Cad chuige a n-éagaoineann tú d’ainnise?
Tá do phian doleigheasta.
Rinne mé na nithe sin uile leat,
mar gheall ar mhéid do chiontachta.

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna:
Tabharfaidh mé ar ais anois pubaill Iácób,
agus déanfaidh mé trua dá áiteanna cónaithe;
tógfar an chathair arís ar a carn féin,
atógfar an daingean ar a láithreán.
Tiocfaidh astu amach buíochas
agus glórtha daoine a dhéanann lúcháir.
Déanfaidh mé líonmhar iad,
agus ní bheidh laghdú orthu;
déanfaidh mé glórmhar iad,
agus ní bheidh siad faoi dhímheas.
Beidh a gclann mhac mar a bhí siad féin anallód,
beidh a gcomhthionól go daingean i mo láthair,
agus smachtóidh mé lucht leatroim orthu.
Is duine díobh féin a bheidh ina phrionsa orthu,
as a muintir féin a thiocfaidh a rialtóir.
Ligfidh mise dó teacht i mo láthair
agus féadfaidh sé teacht i ngar dom;
go deimhin, cé eile a chuirfeadh a anam i gcontúirt
agus teacht i ngar domsa? – an Tiarna a labhraíonn.
Agus beidh sibhse in bhur bpobal agamsa,
agus beidh mise i mo Dhia agaibhse.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le freagra                     Sm 101
Freagra                                   Athnuafaidh an Tiarna Síón, nuair a thaispeánfaidh sé a ghlóir
1. Beidh eagla ar na ciníocha roimh d’ainm, a Thiarna;
agus ar ríthe uile an domhain roimh do ghlóir.
Nuair a athnuafaidh an Tiarna Síón,
nuair a thaispeánfaidh sé a ghlóir,
claonfaidh sé ansin chun urnaithe na ndealbh;
agus ní eiteoidh sé a n-achainíocha chuige.          Freagra

2. Scríobhtar an ní seo le haghaidh na glúine atá le teacht;
moladh pobal nár rugadh fós an Tiarna.
“D’fhéach an Tiarna anuas óna shanctóir in airde;
bhreathnaigh sé ó neamh ar an talamh.
i dtreo go gcluinfeadh sé osnaí na mbraighdeanach;
agus go saorfadh sé a ndaoradh chun báis”         Freagra

3. Mairfidh clann do sheirbhíseach go buan;
agus beidh a sliocht i do láthair go brách.
D’fhonn ainm an Tiarna a fhógairt i Síón,
agus a mholadh i gceartlár Iarúsailéim,
nuair a chruinneofar na ciníocha agus na ríochtaí le chéile;
chun go ndéana siad fónamh don Tiarna.            Freagra 

SOISCÉAL



Sliocht asan Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Matha      15: 1-2. 10-14
Planda ar bith nárbh é m’Athair neamhaí a phlandaigh é, sracfar as a fhréamha é.

San am sin tháinig ó Iarúsailéim ag triall ar Íosa Fairisínigh agus scríobhaithe a dúirt: “Cén fáth a sáraíonn do dheisceabail traidisiún na sinsear? Ní dhéanann siad a lámha a ní nuair a bhíonn siad ag caitheamh a gcoda.”

Ghlaoigh sé an slua chuige agus dúirt sé leo: “Éistigí liom agus bainigí meabhair as an méid seo! Ní hé an rud a théann isteach sa bhéal a dhéanann neamhghlan an duine, ach an rud a thagann amach as an mbéal, sin é a dhéanann neamhghlan an duine.” Tháinig na deisceabail chuige ansin agus dúirt siad leis: “An bhfuil a fhios agat, nuair a chuala na Fairisínigh an chaint sin, gur ghlac siad scannal inti?” D’fhreagair sé iad agus dúirt: “Planda ar bith nárbh é m’Athair neamhaí a phlandaigh é, sracfar as a fhréamha é. Ligigí dóibh. Daill iad ina ngiollaí i gcionn dall, agus má bhíonn dall ina ghiolla i gcionn daill, titfidh siad araon sa díog.”

Soiscéal Dé

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AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 9th August, 2020

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time


FIRST READING

A reading from the first Book of Kings       19:9. 11-13
Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.


Elijah2When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God,  he went into the cave and spent the night in it. Then the word of the Lord came to him saying, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?'  Then he was told, 'Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord. Then the Lord himself went by. There came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord. But Yahweh was not in the wind. After the wind came an earthquake. But the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire. But the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there came the sound of a gentle breeze. And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 84
Response                               Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.

1. I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace.
His help is near for those who fear him
and his glory will dwell in our land.        Response

2. Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
and justice look down from heaven.        Response

3. The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps.               Response

4. Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
O God, be gracious and bless us
and let your face shed its light upon us.  Response

SECOND READING

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Romans        9:1-5
I would willingly be condemned and be cut off from Christ if it could help my brothers.

What I want to say now is no pretence; I say it in union with Christ - it is the truth - my conscience in union with the Holy Spirit assures me of it too. What I want to say is this: my sorrow is so great, my mental anguish so endless, I would willingly be condemned and be cut off from Christ if it could help my brothers of Israel, my own flesh and blood. They were adopted as sons, they were given the glory and the covenants; the Law and the ritual were drawn up for them, and the promises were made to them. They are descended from the patriarchs and from their flesh and blood came Christ who is above all, God for ever blessed! Amen.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation      Lk 19: 38
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heave and glory in the highest heavens!
Alleluia!

Or                                        Ps 129: 5
Alleluia, alleluia!
My Soul is waiting on the Lord, I count on his word
Alleluia!

GOSPEL                       

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew         14:22-33
Tell me to come to you across the water.

jesus saves peterJesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind. In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified. 'It is a ghost' they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, 'Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.' lt was Peter who answered. 'Lord,' he said 'if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.' 'Come' said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink. 'Lord! Save me!' he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. 'Man of little faith,' he said 'why did you doubt?' And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, 'Truly, you are the Son of God'.

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.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 9th August, 2020
Elijah2CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as an Céad Leabhar na Rithe          19:9. 11-13
Gabh amach agus seas ar an sliabh os comhair an Tiarna.

Nuair shroich Éilias Horaeb, sliabh Dé.chuaigh Agus chuaigh sé isteach san uaimh ansiúd agus chaith an oíche ann. Ansin fuair sé an focal: “Gabh amach agus seas ar an sliabh os comhair an Tiarna.” Chuaigh an Tiarna féin thar bráid ansin. Tháinig gaoth láidir, chomh tréan sin gur réab sí na sléibhte agus go ndearna smionagar de na carraigeacha roimh an Tiarna. Ach ní raibh an Tiarna sa ghaoth. I ndiaidh na gaoithe tháinig crith talún. Ach ní raibh an Tiarna sa chrith talún. I ndiaidh an chrith talún, tháinig tine. Ach ní raibh an Tiarna sa tine. I ndiaidh na tine, tháinig fuaim chogair bhig. Nuair a chuala Éilias é sin, chlúdaigh sé a aghaidh lena chlóca; chuaigh sé amach agus sheas sé i mbéal na huaimhe.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra             Sm 84
Freagra                            Taispeáin dúinn, a Thiarna, do thrócaire, agus tabhair dúinn do shlánú.

I.  Éistfidh mé leis an ní a déarfaidh an Tiarna Dia;
déarfaidh sé go deimhin lena phobal: 'Síocháin daoibh.'
Tá a shlánú i ngar do lucht a eaglaithe
chun go gcónóidh an ghlóir inár dtír.                          Freagra

2. Casadh ar a chéile an trócaire is an dílseacht,
phóg an fhíréantácht is an tsíocháin a chéile.
Eascróidh an dílseacht as an tálamh
agus breathnóidh an fhíréantacht anuas ó neamh.  Freagra

3. Tábharíaidh an Tiarna fós an mhaith,
agus tabharfaidh an tálamh a thoradh uaidh.
Rachaidh an fhíréantacht roimhe amach
agus an tsíocáin i lorg a choiscéiméanna.                   Freagra

DARA LÉACHT      

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  Rómhánaigh           9:1-5
Níor mhiste liom bheith faoi mhallacht agus dealaithe ó Chríost ar son bhráithre.

A bhráithre, táim ag insint na fírinne i gCríost, agus tá mo choinsias á dhearbhú dom sa Spiorad Naomh, nach aon bhréag dom a rá 2 go bhfuil dólás mór orm agus arraing gan staonadh i mo chroí.  Níor mhiste liom bheith faoi mhallacht agus dealaithe ó Chríost ar son bhráithre mo chine féin, de réir na colainne.  Iosraelaigh is ea iad; is leosan bheith ina gclann Dé; is leo an ghlóir, na conarthaí, an reacht, an liotúirge agus na gealltanais; is leo na patrarcaí, agus is díobh an Críost de réir na colainne – an té atá ina Dhia ar an uile ní, moladh go deo leis. Amen.

Briathar Dé.          

Alleluia Véarsa               Lc 19: 38
Alleluia, alleluia!
Is beannaithe an té atá ag teacht ina rí, in ainm an Tiarna!
Síocháin sna flaithis, agus glóire in uachtar neimhe.
Alleluia! 

SOISCÉAL                   

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha             14:22-33
Ordaigh mé a theacht chugat ar bharr an uisce.

jesus saves peterSan am sin chuir Íosa d’fhiacha ar na deisceabail dul ar bord agus imeacht roimhe go dtí an taobh thall fad a bheadh sé féin ag scaoileadh na sluaite uaidh. Agus tar éis a scaoilte dó, chuaigh sé an sliabh suas ar leithligh chun guí, agus nuair a bhí an tráthnóna ann bhí sé ansiúd ina aonar. Bhí an bád faoin am sin mórán staideanna amach ón talamh, á bocadh ag na farraigí, mar bhí an ghaoth contrártha. Sa cheathrú faire den oíche, tháinig sé chucu ag siúl ar an bhfarraige. Nuair a chonaic na deisceabail é, agus é ag siúl ar an bhfarraige, bhí siad buartha: “Taibhse atá ann!” ar siad, agus scread siad amach le barr eagla. Ach labhair Íosa leo láithreach: “Bíodh misneach agaibh!” ar seisean, “mise atá ann, ná bíodh eagla oraibh.” D’fhreagair Peadar é: “A Thiarna,” ar seisean, “más tú atá ann, ordaigh mé a theacht chugat ar bharr an uisce.” Dúirt Íosa: “Tar!” Agus tháinig Peadar amach as an mbád agus shiúil ar bharr an uisce ag déanamh ar Íosa. Ach nuair a d’airigh sé chomh borb agus a bhí an ghaoth, rug an eagla air; thosaigh ag dul faoi uisce agus scread sé amach: “A Thiarna, saor mé!” ar seisean. Shín Íosa amach a lámh láithreach, agus ag breith greama air dúirt: “A fhir an bheagán creidimh, cén fáth ar tháinig amhras ort?” Ar dhul isteach sa bhád dóibh, thit an ghaoth. Agus iad seo a bhí sa bhád, d’umhlaigh siad síos ina láthair ag rá: “Go dearfa, is tú Mac Dé.”

Soiscéal Dé. 



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