Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 4th August, 2020
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.
he 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.
Ps 101:16-21, 29, 29
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
Jn 8: 12
I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.
Jn 1: 49
Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.
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.
hen 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.
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.
harisees 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
Tuesday, 18th Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14
n 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’.
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/
Liturgical Readings for: Tuesday, 4th August, 2020
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.
n 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,
(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.”
Salm le 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
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.
an 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.”
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