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Lift up your heart.


Let not your heart be troubled

Let not your heart despair,

Lift up your prayers to heaven

To a God Who is always there.

He is with you when you waken

Watches over you when you sleep,

Lifts you when you stumble

As you walk on weary feet.

He is with you in your sorrows

When no one seems to care,

Watching waiting loving

To answer every prayer.

The load He’ll always lighten

With joy beyond compare,

When you lift your prayers to heaven

To a God Who is always there.


Author: Margaret E. McDonald.


Dec 5 - St Sabas of Jerusalem (439-522) monk and abbot

Summary : Sabas was born in Cappadocia, Asia Minor, and educated at a monastery near his home. He liked monastic life so much that he decided to become a hermit in the Cedron valley near Jerusalem. The laura, or complex of hermits' huts around a church which he set up, became an influential foundation and even still houses twenty Eastern Orthodox monks.

Patrick Duffy traces his story.

Early life
  St SabasSabas was born in 439 at Mutalasca near Caesarea in Cappadocia (central Turkey today). His parents were pious Christians, but being a soldier, his father had to go to Alexandria and took his wife with him. He left the boy with his wife's brother and his wife, but when they did not treat the boy well, Sabas went to a nearby monastery where the abbot looked after him well and taught him the monastic way. Sabas decided to become a monk, and when he was eighteen, went to Jerusalem to see the holy places and visit the hermits who lived there. But the abbot Euthymius urged him to live in a community with a life of prayer and manual work. When he was thirty, he allowed him to spend five days each week alone in a cave and come back to the community at the week-end. He helped the monastery by weaving fifty baskets a week from palm fronds.

Mar Saba Monastery, sunrise. West Bank, Occupied Territories (Israel)The desert and the laura
When Euthymius died, Sabas spent four years alone in the desert near Jericho, where the Cedron brook provided him with water and local people brought him food. Pressed to found a community, he set up a laura, or complex of hermits' huts around a central church, at what is now called Mar Saba. When a hundred and fifty monks joined, he reluctantly agreed to be ordained by the Patriarch of Jerusalem at the age of 53. Monks came from as far away as Armenia and Egypt. His mother, now a widow, also came to provide a guest house and two hospitals. In 493 the Patriarch made Sabas archimandrite or leader over all the Palestinian monks.

Visit to Constantinople
In 511, a new patriarch sent him with others on a delegation to the emperor Anastasius at Constantinople, but the guard at the door turned him away, thinking he was a beggar. He sat apart and when the emperor read a glowing account of him from the patriarch, and asked where he was, Sabas was admitted and spent the winter there opposing the Monophysite heresy.

Second visit
When he was ninety, Sabas went again to Constantinople on behalf of the new patriarch of Jerusalem, Peter, to protest against a violent oppression by imperial troops of a revolt by Samaritans. The emperor Justinian received him well and offered to endow his monasteries. Sabas declined, but asked for a reduction in taxes for Palestine, a pilgrim hostel in Jerusalem and protection for monks against raiders, to which the emperor agreed.


Death and influence
Sabas returned home and appointed his successor and lay down for four days before he died.

His great laura at Mar Saba overlooking the Kidron valley is still functioning today with about twenty Eastern Orthodox monks. 


The original grave of St Sabas: Now where the monks are buried

Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 5th December, 2020

***************** Our New Advent 2020 Feature continues today *****************

Some rather special Advent Daily Reflections by John Cullen.
They can be found below the Readings of each Advent Day.


FIRST READING            

A reading from the prophet Isaiah      30:19-21. 23-26
He will be gracious to you when he hears your cry.

Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel:
People of Zion, you will live in Jerusalem and weep no more. He will be gracious to you when he hears your cry; when he hears he will answer. When the Lord has given you the bread of suffering and the water of distress, he who is your teacher will hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes. Whether you turn to right or left, your ears will hear these words behind you, 'This is the way, follow it.'

Promised-LandHe will send rain for the seed you sow in the ground,
and the bread that the ground provides will be rich and nourishing.
Your cattle will graze, that day, in wide pastures.
Oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat a salted fodder,
winnowed with shovel and fork. On every lofty mountain,
on every high hill there will be streams and watercourses,
on the day of the great slaughter when the strongholds fall.
Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight and sunlight itself be seven times brighter - like the light of seven days in one -
on the day the Lord dresses the wound of his people
and heals the bruises his blows have left.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps:146
Response                                 Happy are all who hope in the Lord.
Or                                                Alleluia!

1 Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving:
to him our praise is due.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel's exiles.           Response

2  He heals the broken-hearted,Jesus preaches
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.            Response

3 Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked in the dust.    Response

Gospel  Acclamation          Is 55:6
Alleluia, alleluia!
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Look the Lord is our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our King and our saviour.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew        9:35-10:1. 6-8
When he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them.

Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.

And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.'

He summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: 'Go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection           Saturday        First Week of Advent         Matthew 9:35-10.1, 6-8

Pope Francis often speaks of the church as a field hospital. He is thinking of the hospitals that are set up in the vicinity of a war zone where the wounded come to have their wounds tended to. It is an image of the church that reflects the ministry of Jesus. He tended to the wounded in body, mind and spirit. Today’s readings highlight that dimension of Jesus’ ministry. The ending of the first reading from the prophet Isaiah looks forward to a day when ‘the Lord dresses the wounds of his people’. In the gospel reading, Jesus proclaims the presence of the kingdom of God by curing all kinds of diseases and sicknesses. He has compassion on the crowd whom he sees as harassed and dejected like sheep without a shepherd. In response, he sends out the twelve as labourers to a rich harvest, with authority to proclaim the closeness of God’s kingdom by curing all kinds of diseases and sicknesses. The ministry of Jesus’ disciples, the ministry of the church, is to be a continuation of Jesus’ own healing ministry. The Lord, present in the community of disciples, the church, calls to us to come before him with our wounds of body, mind or spirit, and to open ourselves to his healing presence. The Lord continues his healing ministry among us today, which is why the image of the church as a field hospital is so suitable. There will be times when we need the Lord to minister to us in our brokenness, when we come before him in need of his healing presence. There will be other times in our lives when the Lord will send us out, as he sent out the twelve, to bring his healing presence to others who are wounded. We are always wounded healers. We need the Lord to heal our wounds, and he needs us to be channels of his healing presence to others.


************* Advent 2020 Daily Reflections by Fr John Cullen ***************

Saturday of the First Week of Advent

Everlasting joy will be on their faces’
(Isaiah 35:10)

Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ makes the claim that King David had found a secret chord which, when played, pleased even God. The chorus is just one word ‘hallelujah’. It is sung seventeen times after each verse! There have been sixty recordings from diverse singers and groups. In church at weddings I have heard it sung with exquisite expression and interpretation. I have also cringed on hearing it massacred by others! But then, there are so many variable factors such as tempo, performance, style and arrangement.

In Hebrew, the word ‘hallelujah’ means to rejoice and praise God. It is an Advent song about celebration, mourning, regret and reconciliation. It is about a broken love and a true love remembered and mourned. There is guilt, sin, penance, forgiveness and finding peace in the vicissitudes of brokenness. It is based on 1 Samuel 16:14–23. God’s presence meets the dire failures of King Saul and King David as well as even Samson’s tragic romances.

Today’s Psalm invites us to sing to our God. Isaiah proclaims a prophecy that your God is coming to save us. The gospel has Jesus seeing the people’s determined and creative faith as they lower a paralysed man through a roof for healing. Jesus address the man: ‘My friend, your sins are forgiven’ (Luke 5:20).’ God’s word offers us a positive Advent message as we complete the First Week of Advent.

Say to all faint hearts
‘Courage! Do not be afraid.’ … 
Everlasting joy will be on their faces,  
joy and gladness will go with them.
(Isaiah 35:1–10)


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 Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2020-2021:  You have the Words of Eternal life: by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshopThe Advent Reflections AD 2020 are by John Cullen, Parish Priest of Ahascraigh, Co Galway and Editor of Intercom Magazine and taken from his booklet,  Alert, Aware, Attentive -Advent Reflections,  published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop



Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 5th December, 2020

Sliocht as an fáidh Íseáia          30:19-21. 23-26
Maithfidh sé duit ar chloisteáil do chaoineadh dó.

Seo mar a deir an Tiarna Dia, Neach Naofa Isráél:
Se a, a phobal Shíón, a bhfuil cónaí ort in Iarúsailéim, ní bheidh tú ag gol níos mó. Maithfidh sé duit ar chloisteáil do chaoineadh dó, agus tabharfaidh sé toradh air ar an toirt. Cé go dtugann an Tiarna duit arán na hanbhuaine agus uisce na duainéise, an té a theagascann thú, ní cheilfidh é féin feasta, agus feicfidh do shúile an Té a theagascann thú. Cloisfidh do chluasa an focal seo i do dhiaidh: “Seo an bealach, leanaigí é”,Cuma ar dheis nó ar chlé a chasfaidh sibh.

Agus tabharfaidh sé báisteach le haghaidh an tsíl a chuirfidh tú sa talamh,Promised-Land
agus an t-arán a thugann an talamh uaidh,
beidh sé blasta agus beathúil.
Beidh do chuid eallaigh ag innilt an lá sin ar fhéarach leathan.
Na daimh agus na hasail a threabhann an talamh,
beidh coirce blasta le hithe acu,
a ndearnadh cáitheadh air le sluasaid agus le cáiteog.
Agus ar gach sliabh ard agus gach cnoc mór
Beidh solas na gealaí ar aon dul le solas na gréine agus solas na gréine seacht n-uaire

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra            Sm 146
Freagra                            Is méanar don dream a bhfuil a súil leis.
Freagra eile                    Alleluia!

1 Molaigí an Tiarna óir is maith é;
canaigí salm dár nDia óir is grámhar é:
is dósan is cuí ár moladh.
Tá an Tiarna ag tógáil larúsailéim,
tá sé ag cruinniú dhíbeartaigh Isráél.                  Freagra

2.Slánaíonn sé lucht an chroí bhriste
agus déanann n a gcréachtaí a cheangal.
Socraíonn sé líon na realtaí;
ainmníonn sé ina gceann agus ina gceann iad.  Freagra

3. Is mór é ár nDia agus is mór é a neart;
níl teorainn ar bith lena eagna.
Ardaíonn an Tiarna na daoine ísle
agus leagann sé ar lar na héagráifigh.                  Freagra

Alleluia                             Is 55:6
Alleluia, alleluia!
Lorgaigí an Tiarna, fad a tá sé é ar fáil;
glaoigí air, fad atá sé i ngar.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha                9:35-10:1. 6-8
Nuair a chonaic sé na sluaite, ghlac sé trua dóibh

San Jesus preachesam sin ghabh Íosa ar fud na gcathracha agus na mbailte go léir, ag teagasc ina sionagóga agus ag fógairt dea-scéil na ríochta, ag leigheas gach galar agus gach éagruas.

Agus nuair a chonaic sé na sluaite, ghlac sé trua dóibh, mar go raibh siad ina luí go tréith mar a bheadh caoirigh gan aoire. Ansin dúirt sé lena dheisceabail: “Tá an fómhar fairsing ach níl ann ach meitheal bheag. Dá bhrí sin guígí Máistir an fhómhair go gcuirfidh sé meitheal uaidh isteach ina fhómhar.” Ghlaoigh sé chuige a dháréag deisceabal agus thug dóibh údarás ar na spioraid mhíghlana chun go gcaithfidís amach iad agus go leigheasfaidís gach galar agus gach éagruas.

Chuir Íosa uaidh an dáréag sin leis na horduithe seo leanas: “Ná gabhaigí an bóthar chun na ngintlithe agus ná téigí isteach i gcathair Shamárach ar bith; ní hea, ach téigí faoi dhéin chaoirigh caillte theaghlach Iosrael. Agus in bhur mbóthar daoibh, bígí ag fógairt go bhfuil ríocht na bhflaitheas in achmaireacht. Leigheasaigí lucht tinnis, tógaigí na mairbh, glanaigí na lobhair, caithigí amach na deamhain. In aisce a fuair sibh; tugaigí uaibh in aisce.

Soiscéal Dé.

© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 6th December, 2020

*****************New Advent 2020 Feature beginning today******************

Some rather special Advent Daily Reflections by John Cullen.
They can be found below the Readings of each Advent Day beginning today.


Today's Scripture Themes
St John the Baptist calls to us to straighten out our lives, to lower the mountains of pride so that God’s grace can lead us to do what he wants with us. There is no place for our selfishness and pride in St Peter’s new heaven and new earth.

FIRST READING              

A reading from the prophet Isaiah        40:1-5. 9-11
Prepare a way for the Lord.

'Console my people, console them'
says your God.
'Speak to the heart of Jerusalem
and call to her that her time of service is ended,
that her sin is atoned for,
that she has received from the hand of the Lord
double punishment for all her crimes.'

A voice cries,

'Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord.
Make a straight highway for our God
across the desert.
Let every valley be filled in,Grader clears highway after heavy snow fall
every mountain and hill be laid low,
let every cliff become a plain,
and the ridges a valley;
then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
and all mankind shall see it;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.'
Go up on a high mountain,
joyful messenger to Zion.
Shout with a loud voice,
joyful messenger to Jerusalem.
Shout without fear, say to the towns of Judah,
'Here is your God'.
Here is the Lord
the Lord coming with power,
his arm subduing all things to him.
The prize of his victory is with him,
his trophies all go before him.
He is like a shepherd feeding his flock,
gathering lambs in his arms,
holding them against his breast
and leading to their rest the mother ewe.

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,
peace for his people.
faithfulness 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


A reading from the second letter of St Peter         3:8-14
We are waiting for  the new heavens and new earth.

light of the worldThere is one thing, my friends, that you must never forget: that with the Lord, 'a day' can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire and fall apart, the earth and all that it contains will be burnt up.

Since everything is coming to an end like this, you should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat. What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home. So then, my friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation         Lk 3:4.6
Alleluia, alleluia!
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight..
and all mankind shall see the salvation of God


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark       1:1-8
Make his paths straight.

he beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:John the B

Look, I am going to send my messenger before you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.

and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, 'Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

 John Cullen's 2020 Advent Reflections

Second Sunday of Advent

‘Here is your God like a shepherd feeding his flock’ (Isaiah 40:11)

The 1971 musical, Godspell opens with God’s voice, as spoken by Jesus, declaring
‘My name is known:
God and King.
I am most in majesty,
in whom no beginning may be and no end’.
In response, John the Baptist then calls the community to order by blowing a shofar, a type of bugle, which is a nice detail to acknowledge the Jewish tradition of calling people together.

The cast in the musical then sing ‘Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord’. John the Baptist gives a short sermon. Jesus asks to be baptised, explaining that ‘we too will now conform to all that God requires’. The cast sings ‘Turn Back O Man’, imploring us to change and turn back to God. This opening part of the musical reflects the readings for this second week of Advent.

The 1930s and 1940s world of Frank Mc Court’s Angela’s Ashes is in a sense an Advent wilderness for one family. The personal memoir was written in 1996. In the environment of grinding poverty and squalor in a tenement slum, Angela struggles to hold her family together as financial struggles and chronic alcoholism take their grim toll on many lives.

There is no help from her extended bigoted family. The face of the Church is brutal, apart from the common-sense and sympathetic humanity of a priest who listens to the faltering words of Frank. This is well portrayed in the 1999 film version of the book. The scene of Frank praying as he kneels before the statue of Saint Francis of Assisi gives us a glimpse of hope as he faces so many anguishing experiences.

‘Console my people, console them’ are the words that ‘speak to the heart’ in today’s First Reading from Isaiah. Angela is the true image of the shepherd holding the lambs of her family close to her breast, as she quietly suffers unimaginable harshness and callous cruelty. This is the line quoted at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel today. The prophetic words of the Old Testament are the beginning of the New Testament!

Who consoles you?
Who do you console?
Who shepherds you as your life ebbs and flows between desolation and consolation?

The Scripture Texts are 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. Fr John Cullen, Parish Priest of Ahascraigh, Ballinasloe, Co Galway and Editor of Intercom Magazine, is the writer of Advent Reflections 2020 published by Messenger Publications c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop . He is the Parish Priest of Ahascraigh, Ballinasloe, Co Galway and Editor of Intercom Magazine.

Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 6th December, 2020



 Sliocht as an fáidh  Íseáia                     40:1-5. 9-11
Réitigí cosán le haghaidh an Tiarna.

Sólás, beirigí sólás chuig mo mhuintir,”
a deir bhur nDia.
“Labhraigí le croí Iarúsailéim agus fógraígí di
go bhfuil aimsir a seirbhíse istigh,
go bhfuil a peaca maite,
go bhfuair sí ó láimh an Tiarna
pionós faoi dhó ina cionta go léir.”
Tá glór ag fógairt:
“Réitigí cosán san fhásach
le haghaidh an Tiarna.
Déanaigí díreach thar an machaire
bealach mór dár nDia.
Líontar isteach gach gleann,
agus íslítear gach sliabh agus gach cnoc;
déantar achréidh de na hailteanna
agus míntír den gharbhchríoch.
Ansin foilseofar glóir an Tiarna
agus feicfidh an uile fheoil í in éineacht.Grader clears highway after heavy snow fall
Óir tá béal an Tiarna tar éis labhairt.”
Suas leat ar shliabh ard,
a challaire an dea-scéala chuig Síón.
Ardaigh do ghlór go láidir,
a challaire an dea-scéala chuig Iarúsailéim.
Ardaigh do ghlór gan eagla,
abair le bailte Iúdá:
“Seo é bhur nDia.”
Féach an Tiarna Dia ag teacht lena neart,
agus a lámh ag smachtú roimhe!
Tá a luach saothair leis ina sheilbh,
agus a éadáil ag dul roimhe amach.
Mar a dhéanfadh aoire ag aoireacht a thréada dó,
ag bailiú na n-uan chuige ina bhaclainn,
á n-iompar ar chlár a uchta
agus ag fosaíocht na gcaorach tórmaigh.

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
faithfulnesschun go gcónóidh an ghlóir inár dtir.                           Freagra

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

3. Tabharfaidh an Tiarna fós an mhaith,
agus tabharfaidh an talamh a thoradh uaidh.
Rachaidh an fhíréantacht roimhe amach,
agus an tsíocháin i lorg a choiscéimeanna.                 Freagra

DARA LÉACHT             

 Sliocht as an dara litir Naomh Peadar              3:8-14
Táimid ag súil  le spéartha nua agus le domhan nua

       A clann ionúin, ná déanaigí dearmad den phointe seo, a chairde cléibh, gur cuma aon lá amháin leis an Tiarna nó míle bliain, agus míle bliain nó aon lá amháin. Ní dhéanann an Tiarna moill lena ghealltanas, mar a thuigtear moill do dhaoine áirithe, ach tá sé foighneach libh mar nach mian leis go gcaillfí aon dream ach go dtiocfadh cách chun aithrí. Tiocfaidh lá an Tiarna mar ghadaí, agus scriosfar na spéartha de ruathar toirní; déanfar na dúile a mhilleadh le tine, agus loscfar an domhan agus a bhfuil d’oibreacha ann.

Ó tharla go bhfuil gach ní le scriosadh ar an gcuma sin, cén sórt daoine ar cheart daoibh a bheith maidir le hiompar naofa agus le cráifeacht, agus sibh ag feitheamh le teacht lá Dé, agus á bhrostú! tríd sin déanfar na spéartha a scriosadh le tine, agus na dúile a leá le teas. Ach táimid ag súil, de réir an ghealltanais, le spéartha nua agus le domhan nua mar a lonnóidh an fhíréantacht. Dá bhrí sin, a chairde cléibh, ós rud é go bhfuil sibh ag súil leis na nithe sin, bígí go dúthrachtach le go bhfaigheadh sé sibh gan locht gan cháim, agus faoi shíocháin.

Briathar Dé. 

 Alleluia                                      Lc 3:4, 6
Alleluia, alleluia!
Ullmhaigí bóthar an Tiarna,
déanaigi díreach a chosáin.
Agus feicfidh an uile cholainn shánú Dé.


 Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Marcas                1:1-8
Déanaigí díreach a chosáin.

John the BTosach Shoiscéal Íosa Críost, Mac Dé. De réir mar atá scríofa in Íseáia fáidh:
“Feach, cuirim mo theachtaire romhat
a ullmhóidh do bhóthar.
Glór duine ag éamh san fhásach:
‘Réitígí bóthar an Tiarna,
déanaigí díreach a chosáin.’”
Tháinig Eoin ag baisteadh san fhásach agus ag fógairt baiste aithrí chun peacaí a
mhaitheamh. Agus bhí ag teacht amach chuige na daoine ó thír Iúdáia go léir, agus
muintir uile Iarúsailéim, agus iad ag fáil baiste uaidh in abhainn na Iordáine ag admháil a

Bhí rón camaill mar éadach ar Eoin, crios leathair faoina choim aige, lócaistí agus mil fhiáin mar bheatha aige. Agus bhíodh sé ag seanmóir á rá: “Tá ag teacht i mo dhiaidh an té atá níos treise ná mé, agus ní fiú mé cromadh síos chun iall a chuarán a scaoileadh. Bhaist mise le huisce sibh, ach baistfidh seisean sibh leis an Spiorad Naomh.”

Soiscéal Dé.


Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Eoin Baiste agus Gairmeacha Eaglasta

Cé a d'fhéadfadh gairm a bheith aige nó aice don seirbhís an Bhriathair inniú? Do'n sagartacht nó d'aireacht éigin eile eaglasta, i sheirbhís do Phobal Dé? Is léir go bhfuil amárach ár n’eaglaise (mar phobal creidimh a chuireann luachanna Íosa chun cinn) in amhras inniu. Ach má bhéidh go leór daoine ag oscailt a gcroí le gairm Dé, cosúil le Eoin Baiste agus na chéad aspail sin, Andrias agus Pilib agus Peadar, bhéidh bealach ann chun an domhan a choinneáil ar an eolas faoi ghrásta ár Slánaitheoir Íosa Chríost. Sa phróiseas, b'fhéidir go dtabharfaidh go leór Caitlicigh spreagadh d’ár n-easpaigí an sagartacht a oscailt do dhaoine pósta ullmhaithe, chun aghaidh a chur ar laghdú drámatúil gairmeacha do’n saol aonarach deonach (celibacy).

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

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