Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 17th August, 2019
A reading from the Book of Joshua 24:14-29
Choose today whom you wish to serve.
oshua said to all the people: Fear the Lord and serve him perfectly and sincerely; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if you will not serve the Lord, choose today whom you wish to serve, whether the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are now living. As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord.'
The people answered, 'We have no intention of deserting the Lord and serving other gods! Was it not the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors out of the land of Egypt, the house of slavery, who worked those great wonders before our eyes and preserved us all along the way we travelled and among all the peoples through whom we journeyed? What is more, the Lord drove all those peoples out before us, as well as the Amorites who used to live in this country. We too will serve the Lord, for he is our God.'
Then Joshua said to the people, 'You cannot serve the Lord, because he is a holy God, he is a jealous God who will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you desert the Lord to follow alien gods he in turn will afflict and destroy you after the goodness he has shown you.' The people answered Joshua, 'No; it is the Lord we wish to serve'.
Then Joshua said to the people, 'You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him'. They answered, 'We are witnesses'. 'Then cast away the alien gods among you and give your hearts to the Lord the God of Israel!' The people answered Joshua, 'It is the Lord our God we choose to serve; it is his voice that we will obey'.
That day, Joshua made a covenant for the people; he laid down a statute and ordinance for them at Shechem. Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a great stone and set it up there, under the oak in the sanctuary of the Lord, and Joshua said to all the people, 'See! This stone shall be a witness against us because it has heard all the words that the Lord has spoken to us: it shall be a witness against you in case you deny your God.' Then Joshua sent the people away, and each returned to his own inheritance.
After these things Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died; he was a hundred and ten years old.
The Word of the Lord.
You are my inheritance, O Lord.
1. Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord: 'You.are my God.' .
O Lord, it it you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize. Response
2. I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
who even at night directs my heart;
l keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm. Response
3. You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness for ever. Response
Let the message of Christ in all its richness find a home with you;
Through him give thanks to God the Father.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
For revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew 19:13-15
Do not stop the little children coming to me: for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.
People brought little children to him, for him to lay his hands on them and say a prayer.
The disciples turned them away, but Jesus said,
'Let the little children alone, and do not stop them coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs'.
Then he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
The Gospel of the Lord
Saturday, Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 19:13-15
ery often in the gospels we find Jesus and his disciples at odds with each other. We have a good example of that in today’s gospel reading. Children were brought to Jesus, presumably by their parents, for Jesus to lay his hands on them in blessing. The disciples turned them away and Jesus has to rebuke them, calling on them not to stop children from coming to him. Why the disciples would try to stop parents bringing their children to Jesus is not clear. What is clear is Jesus’ insistence that children have complete access to him. He is upholding the dignity of children and declaring that they are to have a central place in the community’s life and worship. Whenever parents or grandparents or teachers bring children to Jesus in any way, they are doing something that the risen Lord delights in and strongly desires. As a community of faith, we have a calling from the Lord to open up the treasures of the Gospel to our children and our young people. We have to keep searching for new and creative ways of doing this. Jesus goes on to declare that not only are children to have a central place in the community’s life, but that as adults we have something to learn from them. It is to such children, Jesus says, that the kingdom of God belongs. He is suggesting that, if we are to enter the kingdom of God, we need something of that trusting, open, response to the gift of the gospel that comes naturally to children.
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: Saturday, 17th August, 2019
Sliocht as Leabhar Iósua 24:14-29
Déanaigí bhur rogha inniu idir na déithe.
úirt Iósua leis an“Bíodh eagla oraibh roimh an Tiarna anois dá bhrí sin agus fónaigí dó go dílis dáiríre. Cuirigí uaibh na déithe dá ndearna bhur n-aithreacha fónamh taobh thall den Abhainn agus san Éigipt, agus déanaigí fónamh don Tiarna. Ach mura mian libh fónamh don Tiarna, déanaigí bhur rogha inniu idir na déithe dá ndearna bhur n-aithreacha fónamh taobh thall den Abhainn, agus déithe na nAmórach a gcónaíonn sibh ina ndúiche anois, le fónamh dóibh. Maidir liom féin agus le mo theaghlach, ámh, déanfaimid fónamh don Tiarna.”
Dúirt an pobal ansin á fhreagairt: “Nár lige Dia go dtréigfimís an Tiarna chun fónamh do dhéithe eile! Nach é an Tiarna ár nDia a thug sinne agus ár sinsir aníos as tír na hÉigipte agus as teach na daoirse agus a rinne na héachtaí sin inár bhfianaise, agus a chumhdaigh sinn san uile shlí a ndeachamar, agus i measc na gciníocha go léir trínar ghabhamar? Agus rud eile dhe, is é an Tiarna a thiomáin romhainn na ciníocha sin go léir, mar aon leis na hAmóraigh a raibh cónaí orthu sa tír. Uime sin a dhéanfaimidne mar an gcéanna fónamh don Tiarna óir is é ár nDia é.”
Dúirt Iósua leis an bpobal ansin: “Ní féidir daoibh fónamh don Tiarna, óir is Dia naofa é; is Dia éadmhar é nach maithfidh daoibh bhur gcionta ná bhur bpeacaí. Má thréigeann sibh an Tiarna chun fónamh do dhéithe coimhthíocha, iompóidh seisean oraibh agus déanfaidh sé dochar daoibh agus díothóidh sé sibh tar éis a ndearna sé de mhaith daoibh.” Dúirt an pobal le Iósua: “Ní hea! Is don Tiarna a dhéanfaimid fónamh.” Dúirt Iósua leis an bpobal ansin: “Is finnéithe sibh in bhur n-aghaidh féin go bhfuil an Tiarna tofa agaibh chun fónamh dó.” Agus dúirt siadsan: “Is finnéithe sinn.”“Cuirigí uaibh más ea,” ar seisean, “na déithe coimhthíocha atá agaibh agus tugaigí bhur gcroí don Tiarna, Dia Iosrael.”D’fhreagair an pobal Iósua: “Is don Tiarna ár nDia a dhéanfaimid fónamh, agus is dá ghuth siúd a bheimid umhal.”
Uime sin rinne Iósua conradh leis an bpobal an lá sin, agus leag sé síos reachtanna agus foraitheanta dóibh ag Seicim. Agus scríobh Iósua na briathra sin i leabhar dhlí Dé. Agus thóg sé gallán mór agus chuir sé ina sheasamh ansin é faoin dair a bhí i sanctóir an Tiarna. Agus dúirt Iósua leis an bpobal go léir: “Féach! Beidh an gallán seo mar fhianaise inár n-aghaidh, óir chuala sé na briathra go léir a labhair an Tiarna linn; uime sin beidh sé ina fhinné in bhur n-aghaidh má shéanann sibh bhur nDia.” Scaoil Iósua na daoine ar shiúl uaidh ansin agus d’fhill gach duine ar a oidhreacht féin. Tar éis na nithe sin d’éag Iósua mac Nún seirbhíseach an Tiarna nuair a bhí deich mbliana agus céad slán aige.
Salm le freagra
You are my inheritance, O Lord.
1. Caomhnaigh mé a Thiarna, is ort a thriallaim.
Deirim leis an Tiarna: “Is tú mo Dhia.
Is é an Tiarna is rogha liom, mo chuid de réir oidhreachta;
agus cuid mo chupáin; is ort atá mo sheasamh. Freagra
2. Tugaim buíochas don Tiarna as ucht comhairle a thabhairt dom,
agus teagasc a thabhairt do mo chroí san oíche.
Coimeádaim an Tiarna de shíor i m’intinn:
agus é ar mo dheasláimh ní chorrófar mé choíche. Freagra
3. Taispeánfaidh tú slí na beatha dom;
tá lúcháir go fial i do láthair
agus aoibhneas ar do dheasláimh go brách. Freagra
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha 19:13-15
Ná coiscigí na leanaí ar theacht chugam, óir is lena leithéidí seo ríocht na bhflaitheas.
an amsin thug siad leanaí chuige ansin chun go gcuirfeadh sé a lámha orthu ag déanamh guí,
ach chuir na deisceabail ceartú orthu.
Dúirt Íosa: “Ligigí do na leanaí agus ná coiscigí iad ar theacht chugam,
óir is lena leithéidí seo ríocht na bhflaitheas.”
Chuir sé a lámha orthu agus bhuail sé roimhe ón áit sin.
AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
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