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The luckiest Croatian alive

Since 1962, Frane Selak has survived seven major disasters in which 40 people died.
*When a train plunged into a river, he swam to safety with a broken arm.
*He was thrown from a plane as a door flew open and landed in a haystack.
*After a bus fell into a river, he again swam clear.
*Next, his car caught fire but he jumped out just before it exploded.
*Then a faulty pump spewed fuel over his Skoda's hot engine, sending flames through the air vents.
*He was slightly hurt when a bus knocked him down.
*Finally, as his car careered off a mountain, he landed in a tree and saw his car explode 300ft below.

The world's luckiest man has become even luckier still after buying his first lottery ticket He won a jackpot of almost Euro 1,000,000.
The 74 year-old Croatian said: I will enjoy life now. I knew God was watching over me all these years. Maybe I should have bought a lottery ticket years ago!

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Feb 28 - St Oswald (912-992) English monk & bishop

Summary of St Oswald  There are two saints called Oswald in England: one was a king, the other a monk. The king lived in the 7th century in Northumbria: he brought St Aidan to Lindisfarne and his feast is on 5th August. The other was a monk, of danish origin, lived in the 10th century and became bishop of Worcester, and later archbishop of York; his feast is on 28th February.

It is about the latter that Patrick Duffy writes here.

A  monk of Danish family
 oswald Oswald,  Bishop of Worcester, was of a Danish family and was brought up by his uncle Oda, who sent him to the Benedictine abbey of Fleury-sur-Loire to become a monk.

When Oswald returned to England as a priest in 958/9, he worked for another Danish patron, Oskytel, who had recently become archbishop of York. His activity for Oskytel attracted the notice of Saint Dunstan, then bishop of Worcester and in the process of moving to become archbishop of Canterbury. Dunstan persuaded King Edgar to appoint Oswald bishop of Worcester in his place in 961.

Founding monasteries
Oswald founded a number of monasteries at Westbury-on-Trym (near Bristol), at Ramsey (in Cambridgeshire) in collaboration with Ethelwold, bishop of Winchester and Pershore and Evesham (in Worcestershire). He also succeeded in gradually changing the cathedral chapter in Worcester from priests to monks, supposedly because the clergy would not give up their wives.

oswald 2Archbishop of York
In 972 Oswald became archbishop of York, and was able to bring the Abbot and other monks of Fleury to York to teach for a number of years.

Death and memory
But Oswald also held on to the diocese of Worcester, presiding over both dioceses. And it was at Worcester that on 29th February 992 he died, while he was washing the feet of the poor, a practice that had become his daily custom during Lent. He was buried in the Church of St Mary at Worcester. His feast is celebrated on 28th February. He is closely associated with other monks who became bishops - like St Dunstan (909-988) and St Ethelwold (908-984) - in restoring monasticism in England.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 28th February, 2021
Scripture Themes
God sacrifices his own Son as part of the plan of salvation of the world. Calvary is a sign of God’s love for us. This story of Abraham’s sacrifice will be told again at the Easter Vigil as a preparation for Baptism.

FIRST READING     

A reading from the book of  Genesis     22:1-2.9-13.15-18
Theme: The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith.

G
od put Abraham to the test. 'Abraham, Abraham' he called. 'Here I am' he replied. 'Take your son,' God said 'your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a burnt offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.'

When they arrived at the place God had pointed out to him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood. Then he stretched out his hand and seized the knife to kill his son.

thesacrifice-of-isaacBut the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven. 'Abraham, Abraham' he said. 'I am here' he replied. 'Do not raise your hand against the boy' the angel said. 'Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. You have not refused me your son, your only son.' Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt-offering in place of his son.

The angel of the Lord called Abraham a second time from heaven. 'I swear by my own self - it is the Lord who speaks - because you have done this, because you have not refused me your son, your only son, I will shower blessings on you, I will make your descendants as many as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants shall gain possession of the gates of their enemies. All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants, as a reward for your obedience.'

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm      Ps  115
Response                            I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

1. I trusted, even when I said:
'I am sorely afllicted.'
O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful.          Response


2. Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:
I will call on the Lord's name.    Response


3. My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.       Response


SECOND READING 

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans              8:31.34
Theme: God did not spare his own Son.

God'd love 2With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us-he rose from the dead, and there at God's right hand he stands and pleads for us.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

Gospel  Acclamation         Mt 17:5
Glory and praise to you, O Christ !
From the bright cloud the Father's voice was heard
'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.'
Glory and praise to you, O Christ !

GOSPEL                       

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark        9:2-10
Thanks be to God
Theme: This is my Son, the Beloved.

J
esus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in This is my sontheir presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. 'Rabbi', he said it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.' Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.

As they came down the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.




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, 28th February, 2021
CÉAD LÉACHT     

 Sliocht as an céad leabhar Genesis                     22:1-2. 9-13. 15-18
Íobairt Abráhám, ár n-athair sa chreideamh.

Tamall ina dhiaidh sin chuir Dia promhadh ar Abrahám: “A Abrahám, a Abrahám,” ar sé. “Anseo dom,” ar seisean.  “Tóg leat do mhac,” arsa Dia leis, “d’aonmhac Íosác ar a bhfuil do ghreann, agus imigh go tír Mhoiriá, agus déan é a íobairt ansiúd ina íobairt dhóite ar chnoc a thaispeánfaidh mé duit.”

Nuair a shroicheadar an áit a thaispeáin Dia dó, thóg Abrahám altóir ann agus chóirigh an t-adhmad uirthi. Chuir sé ceangal faoina mhac agus leag ar an altóir é, anuas ar an adhmad. Shín Abrahám a lámh amach, agus rug greim ar an scian chun a mhac a mharú.

thesacrifice-of-isaacAch ghlaoigh aingeal an Tiarna air ó neamh agus dúirt: “A Abrahám, a Abrahám.” Dúirt sé: “Anseo dom.” Dúirt sé: “Ná leag lámh ar do mhac, agus ná déan aon dochar dó; óir tá a fhios agam anois go bhfuil eagla Dé ort, mar níor dhiúltaigh tú do mhac, d’aonmhac, dom.” Ansin d’ardaigh Abrahám a shúile agus féach, laistiar de bhí reithe agus a adharca in achrann i dtor; thóg Abrahám an reithe agus d’ofráil é mar íobairt dhóite in áit a mhic.

Agus ghlaoigh aingeal an Tiarna ar Abrahám athuair ó neamh:  “Mhionnaigh mé dar mise féin – focail an Tiarna iad seo – ós rud é go ndearna tú an rud seo agus nár dhiúltaigh tú do mhac, d’aonmhac féin, dom, dáilfidh mé na frasa beannachtaí uaim anuas ort. Cuirfidh mé an rath ar do shíol ionas go mbeidh siad líonmhar mar réaltaí neimhe nó mar ghaineamh na trá; agus beidh seilbh ag do shliocht ar gheataí [cathrach] do naimhde. Beannóidh ciníocha uile an domhain iad féin dar do shliocht mar gur ghéill tú do mo ghlór.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 115
Freagra:                                    Siúlfaidh me i bhfianaise an Tiarna i ndúiche na mbeo.

1. Bhí muinín agam fiú nuair a dúirt mé:
'Táim do mo bhuaireamh go mór.'
Is luachmhar i bhfianaise an Tiarna
bás a chuid naomh.                               Freagra


2. A Thiarna, is mise do ghiolla;
scaoil tú mo chuibhreacha díom.
Ofrálfaidh mé duit íobairt an mholta,
gairfidh mé ar ainm an Tiarna.           Freagra


3. Comhlíonfaidh mé ar mhóidigh mé don Tiarna
i láthair a phobail go léir,
i gcúirteanna theach an Tiarna,
i do lár baill, a Iarúsailéim                   Freagra


DARA LÉACT         

Sliocht as litir N.Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh              8:31-34
Níor lig Dia uaidh a Mhac Féin.

God'd love 2A bhráithre, má tá Dia ar ár dtaobh, cé atá inár gcoinne? Nuair nár lig sé uaidh a mhac féin ach é a thabhairt suas ar mhaithe linne go léir, cén fáth nach mbronnfaidh sé gach grásta eile orainn ina theannta chomh maith?  Agus cé a dhéanfaidh lucht tofa Dé a chúisiú? Nuair atá Dia dár saoradh, cé a dhéanfaidh ár ndaoradh? An é Críost a dhéanfaidh é, an té a fuair bás agus a tógadh ó mhairbh, atá fós ar dheis Dé agus atá ag idirghuí ar ár son?

Briathar Dé.  

Comhgháir an tSoiscéil                          Mth 17:5

Glóir duit, a Chríost: is tú Briathar De!
Cloiseadh glór an Athar as an scamall solasmhar:
'Is é seo mo Mhac muirneach dár thug mé gnaoi: éistigí leis.'
Glóir duit, a Chríost: is tú Briathar De!

SOISCÉAL           

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Marcas      9:2-10
Is é seo mo Mhac muirneach.


San am sin rug Íosa leis Peadar, Séamas agus Eoin, agus sheol sé suas iad sliabh ard ar leithligh. Agus tháinig claochlú air os comhair a This is my sonsúl, agus d’éirigh a chuid éadaigh dealrach, iad gléigeal thar cuimse, nach bhfuil úcaire ar domhan a dhéanfadh chomh geal iad. Agus chonacthas dóibh Maois mar aon le hÉilias agus iad ag comhrá leis. Agus labhair Peadar le hÍosa: “A Mháistir, “ ar sé, “is maith mar a tharla anseo sinn: déanaimis trí bothanna, ceann duit féin, ceann do Mhaois agus ceann d’Éilias” – mar ní raibh a fhios aige cad ba mhaith dó a rá óir tháinig uamhan orthu. Agus tháinig scamall ina scáil anuas orthu, agus an glór as an scamall: “Is é seo mo Mhac muirneach dár thug mé gnaoi: éistigí leis!” Agus go tobann, ar dhearcadh dóibh ina dtimpeall, ní fhaca siad duine ar bith níos mó ach Íosa in éineacht leo ina aonar.

Ar a slí anuas dóibh ón sliabh, chuir sé mar acht orthu gan a raibh feicthe acu a insint do dhuine ar bith nó go mbeadh Mac an Duine éirithe ó mhairbh. Agus choinnigh siad an scéal chucu féin ach go mbídís ag fiafraí dá chéile cad ba chiall leis an éirí úd ó mhairbh.

Soiscéal Dé.

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Dara Domhnach den Charghas

Is iontach linn a bheith anseo

Tógann Íosa Peter, Seamus agus Eoin árd ar an tsléibh Tabor, agus tugann sé taithí iontach leó a thugann a n-anáil amach. Bhí sé mar thaithí chomh luachmhar nach bhféadfadh Peter é a ligeant as a mheabhair, coíche. Bhí sé ag iarraidh é a éascú ar feadh tréimhse éiginnte agus mar sin deir sé le Íosa, 'Rabbi. . . lig dúinn trí phubaill a dhéanamh, ceann ar do shon, ceann do Mhaois agus ceann do Elijah '. Bhí léargas mór aige ar an áilleacht neamhaí Chríost sé féin agus an dá dheisceabail eile, agus ní raibh sé ag iarraidh ligean dó. Meallann an áilleacht an tsúil agus an croí; glaonna sé chugainn. Ach, ní mór do Peter agus do na daoine eile an taithí luachmhar seo a ligean; ní raibh sé i gceist ach a bheith i láthair na huaire. Gheobhaidh siad é ar ais sa chéad uair eile mar bhronntanas. Ar a shon sin, bhí an tasc acu éisteacht le Íosa, 'Is é seo mo Mhac beloved. Éist leis '. Is é sin ár tasc freisin. Caitheamar ár saol ag éisteacht leis an Tiarna mar a labhraíonn sé linn ina fhocal agus i gcúinsí ár saol; éisteacht leis mar ullmhúchán don mhéid iontach sin nuair a fheiceann muid aghaidh le duine i gcónaí agus is féidir linn a rá go deireanach, 'tá sé iontach a bheith anseo.'

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp,                                                                                                                                                                              Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.
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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 7th March, 2021
Scripture Theme
The law by which we live gives life and brings God’s love to the whole world. The Ten Commandments are put before us today as the basic morality. The death and Resurrection of Christ leads to an understanding of a deeper way through self-giving love.

(The readings for year A may be used as alternative readings)

FIRST READING    

A reading from the book of  Exodus         20 :1-17
Theme: The Law was given through Moses.

God spoke all these words. He said,

'I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
'You The-Ten-Commandmentsshall have no gods except me.
'You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God and I punish the father's fault in the sons, the grandsons, and the great-grandsons of those who hate me; but I show kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
'You shall not utter the name of the Lord your God to misuse it, for the Lord will not leave unpunished the man who utters his name to misuse it.
'Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath for the Lord your God.  You shall do no work that day, neither you nor your son nor your daughter nor your servants, men or women, nor your animals nor the stranger who lives with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that these hold, but on the seventh day he rested; that is why the Lord has blessed the sabbath day and made it sacred.
'Honour your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God has given to you.
'You shall not kill.
'You shall not commit adultery.
'You shall not steal.
'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
'You shall not covet your neighbour's house. You shall not covet your neighbour's wife, or his servant, man or woman, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is his.'

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God


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Alternate Shorter form
A reading from the book of Exodus 20:1-3. 7-8. 12-17
The Law was given through Moses

God spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am the Lord your God wh brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
‘You shall have no gods except me.
‘You shall not utter the name of the Lord your God to misuse it, fo the Lord will not leave unpunished the man who utters his name to misuse it.
‘Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.
‘Honour your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God has given to you.
‘You shall not kill.
‘You shall not commit adultery.
‘You shall not steal.
‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his servant, man or woman, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is his.’

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God
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Responsorial Psalm              Ps18
Response                                  You, Lord, have the message of eternal life.

1. The law of the Lord is perfect,
it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
it gives wisdom to the simple.      Response


2. The precepts of the Lord are right,
they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
it gives light to the eyes.                 Response


3. The fear of the Lord is holy,
abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
and all of them just.                        Response


4. They are more to be desired than gold,
than the purest of gold
and sweeter are they than honey,
than honey from the comb.           Response


 

SECOND READING 

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians             1:22-25
Theme: Here are we preaching a crucified Christ, an obstacle to men, but to those who are called the wisdom of God.God calling

W
hile the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation                              Jn 11:25. 26
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord,
whoever believes in me will never die.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

Or                                                                 Jn 3: 16
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son;
everyone who believes in him has eternal life.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

GOSPEL                                 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John      2:13-25
Glory to you, O Lord
Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.

jesus in templeJust before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers' coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, 'Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father's house into a market.' Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, 'What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?' Jesus answered, 'Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.' The Jews replied, 'It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?' But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.

During his stay in Jerusalem for the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he gave, but Jesus knew them all and did not trust himself to them; he never needed evidence about any man; he could tell what a man had in him.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


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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, 7th March, 2021
(Na léachtaí a thugtar thuas do Bhliain A, is ceadmhach iad a úsáid mar mhalairt ar na cinn seo thíos.)

CÉAD LÉACHT     

Sliocht as an céad leabhar Exodus         20:1-17
Tugadh an Dlí trí Mhaois.

Labhair Dia na briathra seo go léir. Dúirt sé: “Mise an Tiarna do Dhia a thug thú
amach as tír na hÉigipte agus as teach na daoirse.The-Ten-Commandments
Ná bíodh aon déithe eile agat i mo láthair.
Ná déan duit féin aon íomhá ghreanta, ná cosúlacht aon ní dá bhfuil ar neamh thuas, ná ar talamh thíos, ná sna huiscí atá faoin talamh.    Ná sléacht rompu agus ná déan iad a adhradh. Óir is Dia éadmhar mise, an Tiarna do Dhia, agus déanaim coir an athar a agairt ar an gclann mhac, agus ar chlann a chlainne go dtí an ceathrú glúin díobh siúd ar fuath leo mé, ach déanaim cineáltas buan leis na mílte díobh siúd a thugann grá dom agus a choimeádann m’aitheanta.
Ná luaigh ainm an Tiarna, do Dhia, le mí-úsáid a bhaint as. Óir an té a luafaidh ainm an Tiarna le mí-úsáid a bhaint as, ní fhágfaidh an Tiarna gan phionós é.
Cuimhnigh ar an tsabóid agus coinnigh naofa í. Caithfidh tú sé lá ag obair agus déanfaidh tú do shaothar go léir, ach an seachtú lá, is sabóid é don Tiarna do Dhia. An lá sin ná déan scaob oibre – tú féin ná do mhac, ná d’iníon, ná do dhaor ná do dhaoirseach, ná do stoc ná an deoraí atá faoi do dhíon. Óir is i sé lá a rinne an Tiarna neamh agus talamh agus an fharraige, agus gach a bhfuil iontusan, ach ar an seachtú lá scoir sé ó obair. Uime sin bheannaigh an Tiarna lá na sabóide agus naomhaigh é.
Tabhair do d’athair agus do do mháthair onóir i dtreo go mba fada iad do laethanta
ar an talamh a thug an Tiarna do Dhia duit.
Ná déan marú.
Ná déan adhaltranas.
Ná déan goid.
Ná tabhair fianaise bhréige in aghaidh do chomharsan.
Ná santaigh teach do chomharsan; ná santaigh bean do chomharsan, ná a dhaor ná a dhaoirseach, ná a dhamh ná a asal, ná aon ní is leis.” 

Briathar Dé. 

SALM LE FREAGRA.             Sm 18
Freagra                                        Is agatsa, a Thiarna, atá briathra na beatha síoraí

I. Tá dlí an Tiarna go foirfe,
tugann sé fortacht don anam;
ta foráil an Tiarna go daingean,
tugann sí teagase do na haineolaigh.  Freagra


2. Tá proiceapta an Tiarna go díreach,
cuireann siad áthas ar an gcroí;
tá aithne an Tiarna go glan,
tugann sí solas don tsúil.                       Freagra


3. Tá eagla an Tiarna go híon
ag maireachtáil de shíor;
Tá breitheanna an Tiarna go fíor
is tá siad uile go cóir.                              Freagra


4. Is so-mhianaithe iad ná an t-ór,
fiú na mórán mínóir;
is is milse iad na mil,
is ná sileadh an chriathair mheala.      Freagra


DARA LÉACT          

Sliocht as an chéad litir N.Pól chuig na Coirintigh             1:22-25
Críost atá céasta atá á fhógairt againne—ceap tuisle do na Giúdaigh, amaidí dar leis na ciníocha; ach dóibh siúd a lean ghairm is é eagna Dé é Criost.

A bhráithre, bíonn na Giúdaigh ag iarraidh “comharthaí” agus na Gréagaigh ag iarraidh “eagna,” ach níl againne á fhógairt ach Críost a céasadh. Col a ghlacann na Giúdaigh leis sin agus is díth céille é dar leis na gintlithe; ach dóibh siúd a bhfuil glaoite orthu, idir Ghiúdaigh agus Ghréagaigh, is é Críost cumhacht Dé agus eagna Dé é. Mar is críonna díth céille Dé ná eagna dhaoine agus is treise laige Dé ná an duine.

Briathar Dé.  

Comhgháir an tSoiscéil                 Mth 4: 4
Glóir duit, a Chríost: is tú Briathar De!
Ní ar arán amháin a mhairfidh an duine,
ach ar an uile fhocal a thagann as béal Dé.
Glóir duit, a Chríost: is tú Briathar De!

SOISCÉAL            

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin              2:13-25
Leagaigí an teampall seo, agus i dtrí lá tógfaidh mé suas arís é.

jesus in templeNuair a bhí Cáisc na nGiúdach in achmaireacht agus chuaigh Íosa suas go Iarúsailéim dá bhrí sin. Fuair sé sa sanctóir lucht ba agus caoirigh agus colmáin a dhíol, agus lucht airgead a mhalartú ina suí ann. Agus rinne sé sciúirse de théada agus thiomáin sé iad go léir amach as an sanctóir, na caoirigh agus na ba chomh maith; scaip sé airgead an lucht mhalartaithe agus leag sé na boird, agus dúirt sé le lucht na gcolmán a dhíol: “Beirigí na nithe sin as seo agus ná déanaigí teach margaidh de theach m’Athar.” Chuimhnigh a dheisceabail go bhfuil sé scríofa: “Déanfaidh díograis do thí mé a ithe.” D’fhreagair na Giúdaigh ansin: “Cén comhartha,” ar siad leis, “atá á thaispeáint agat dúinn mar bhonn lena bhfuil á dhéanamh agat?” D’fhreagair Íosa: “Leagaigí an teampall seo,” ar sé leo, “agus i dtrí lá tógfaidh mé suas arís é.” Dúirt na Giúdaigh á fhreagairt: “Sé bliana agus daichead atá an Teampall seo á thógáil, agus an dtógfaidh tusa é i dtrí lá?” Ach ar theampall a choirp féin a bhí seisean ag labhairt. Nuair a d’aiséirigh sé ó mhairbh, dá bhrí sin, chuimhnigh a dheisceabail go ndúirt sé an chaint seo agus chreid siad sa scrioptúr agus sa chaint a dúirt Íosa.

Fad bhí sé in Iarúsailéim le linn féile na Cásca chreid a lán ina ainm nuair a chonaic siad na comharthaí a bhí á ndéanamh aige. Ach Íosa féin, níor thug sé é féin ar iontaoibh dóibh mar gurb aithnid dó iad go léir. Agus nach raibh aon ghá aige go dtabharfadh aon duine fianaise dó i dtaobh an duine. Óir bhí fhios aige féin cad a bhí sa duine.

Soiscéal Dé.

AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia an Tríú Domhnach den Charghas

Ár n’athchóiriú á threorú ag an Spiorad Naomh

Díreach mar ba mhian le h’Íosa an teampall a ghlanadh, tá á dTiarna ag obair i gcónaí chun an eaglais a ghlanadh go hiomlán. Ní mór dúinn siúd uile mar Chríostaí a bheith oscailte don athnuachaint. Ní mór dúinn a bheith ag éisteacht leis an méid a deireann an Spiorad, Spiorad an Tiarna féin, leis an eaglais. Tá freagracht speisialta ag lucht ceannaireachta na heaglaise a bheith ag éisteacht leis an méid a bhfuil an Spiorad ag rá inniú, ionas go mbeidh sí níos mó ag dul chun cinn sa dtreó is mian le Dia. Go deimhin, iarrtar ar gach duine éisteacht le dúshlán an Spioraid agus a bheith oscailte do cumhacht ghlanaithe an Tiarna aiseirithe. Is é an Chargas an t-am spesíalta chun éisteacht leis an Spiorad. Má ligimid don Spiorad ár saol a athnuachan, déanfaimid cloí níos iomláine ar íomhá agus ar cosúileacht Chríost.

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