Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 14th April, 2021
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 5:17-26
The men you imprisoned are in the Temple. They are standing there preaching to the people.
he high priest intervened with all his supporters from the party of the Sadducees. Prompted by jealousy, they arrested the apostles and had them put in the common gaol.
But at night the angel of the Lord opened the prison gates and said as he led them out, 'Go and stand in the Temple, and tell the people all about this new Life.' They did as they were told; they went into the Temple at dawn and began to preach.
When the high priest arrived, he and his supporters convened the Sanhedrin - this was the full Senate of Israel - and sent to the gaol for them to be brought. But when the officials arrived at the prison they found they were not inside, so they went back and reported, 'We found the gaol securely locked and the warders on duty at the gates, but when we unlocked the door we found no one inside.'
When the captain of the Temple and the chief priests heard this news they wondered what this could mean. Then a man arrived with fresh news. 'At this very moment' he said 'the men you imprisoned are in the Temple. They are standing there preaching to the people.'
The captain went with his men and fetched them. They were afraid to use force in case the people stoned them.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God
Response This poor man called and the Lord heard him.
Or Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
1. I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad. Response
2. Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free. Response
3. Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress. Response
4. The angel of the Lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him. Response
Christ has risen and shone upon us
whom he redeemed with his blood.
or Jn 3: 16
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son;
everyone who believes in him has eternal life.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 3:16-21
Glory to you, O Lord
God sent his Son into the world so that through him the world might be saved.
esus said to Nicodemus:
'God loved the world so much
that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
because he has refused to believe
in the name of God's only Son.
On these grounds is sentence pronounced:
that though the light has come into the world
men have shown they prefer darkness
to the light because their deeds were evil.
And indeed, everybody who does wrong
hates the light and avoids it,
for fear his actions should be exposed;
but the man who lives by the truth
comes out into the light,
so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.'
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, Second Week of Easter
ccording to today’s first reading, Peter and the message he preaches cannot be confined behind bars, in spite of the best efforts of those who want to silence that message. The Easter proclamation cannot be imprisoned, just as the guards at the tomb of Easter could not prevent Jesus bursting forth into new life. The light which shone from the risen Lord and from the preaching of the Easter gospel could not be extinguished by the powers of darkness. The gospel reading acknowledges that even though the light has come into the world, some have shown that they prefer darkness to the light. They hate and avoid the light because they feel threatened by it, as if it will expose what is wrong in them. Yet, the light of Easter is not like the light of the interrogation room. It is not a light to be feared. It is the light of God who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, in the language of the gospel reading. It is not a condemnatory light; God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but so that, through him, the world may have life and have it to the full. This is a light to be warmly welcomed, not to be extinguished or imprisoned. God has embraced the world through the death and resurrection of his Son. It falls to us now to embrace God’s Son, the light of the world, who declared that whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life
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 is available with our thanks 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/bookshop/
Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 14th April, 2021
Sliocht as Leabhar Gníomhartha na nAspal 5:17-26
Na fir úd a chuir sibh i bpríosún, tá siad ina seasamh sa Teampall ag teagasc an phobail.
nsin chuir an t-ardsagart chun oibre, é féin agus a pháirtithe go léir d’aicme na Sadúcach. Le teann éada rinne said na haspail a ghabháil agus a chur sa phríosún poiblí.
Ach i rith na hoíche d’oscail aingeal an Tiarna geataí an phríosúin agus lig amach iad, á rá leo imeacht agus seasamh sa Teampall agus faisnéis iomlán a thabhairt don phobal ar an mbeatha seo. Rinne siad rud air: chuaigh siad isteach sa Teampall le breacadh an lae agus chrom ar theagasc.
Tháinig an t-ardsagart agus a bhuíon, thionóil siad an tsainidrín – is é sin, seanad iomlán chlann Iosrael – agus chuir siad scéala chun an phríosúin na haspail a thabhairt I láthair. Ach nuair a shroich na feidhmeannaigh an príosún ní bhfuair siad ann iad, agus ar dhul ar ais dóibh, d’inis siad an scéal: “Fuaireamar an príosún go daingean faoi ghlas,” ar siad, “bhí gardaí ina seasamh ag na geataí ach ar oscailt na ngeataí dúinn, ní bhfuaireamar duine ar bith istigh.” Nuair a chuala ceannfort an Teampaill agus na hardsagairt an scéal seo, ní fhéadfaidís a thuiscint cad a bhí tite amach dóibh. Leis sin tháinig duine ar an láthair le scéala: “Feach,” ar seisean, “na fir úd a chuir sibh i bpríosún, tá siad ina seasamh sa Teampall ag teagasc an phobail.” Ansin d’imigh an ceannfort agus a chuid giollaí agus thug siad leo iad, gan aon lámh láidir, áfach, mar bhí eagla orthu roimh an bpobal, go gclochfaidís iad.
Salm le Freagra
Freagra Nuair a scairt an t-ainniseoir seo d’éist an Tiarna.
Malairt freagra Alleluia
1. Beannóidh mé an Tiarna i dtólamh
beidh a mholadh i mo bhéal i gcónaí.
Bíonn m’anam ag déanamh mórtais as an Tiarna:
éistfidh daoine ísle agus beidh áthas orthu. Freagra
2. Móraigí an Tiarna mar aon liom:
tugaimis adhradh dá ainm in éineacht.
Bhí mé ag lorg an Tiarna agus d’éist sé liom
agus d’fhuascail sé ó m’eagla go léir mé. Freagra
3. Féachaigí chuige agus loinnir oraibh
’s na bíodh luisne na náire in bhur leicne.
Nuair a scairt an t-ainniseoir seo d’éist an Tiarna,
agus shaor sé óna chúngaigh go léir é. Freagra
4. Bíonn aingeal an Tiarna i gcampa
thart ar lucht a eaglaithe, á bhfuascailt.
Blaisigí is féachaigí a fheabhas atá an Tiarna:
is aoibhinn dá dtagann faoina dhídean. Freagra
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Eoin 3:16-21
Chuir Dia a Mhac uaidh ar an saol chun go slánófaí an saol tríd.
an am sin dúirt Íosa le Nícodémas:
Óir ghráigh Dia an domhan chomh mór sin
gur thug sé a Aonghin Mic uaidh
i dtreo, gach duine a chreideann ann,
nach gcaillfí é ach go mbeadh an bheatha shioraí aige.
Óir ní chun daorbhreith a thabhairt ar an saol
a chuir Dia a Mhac uaidh ar an saol
ach chun go slánófaí an saol tríd.
An té a chreideann ann ní thabharfar daorbhreith air,
ach an té nach gcreideann ann,
tá daorbhreith tugtha air cheana féin,
mar nár chreid sé in ainm Mhac Dé, a Aonghin.
Agus an daorbhreith, is mar seo í:
mar gur tháinig an solas isteach sa saol,
agus gur rogha leis na daoine an dorchadas thar an solas
de bhrí gurbh olc iad a ngníomhartha.
Óir gach duine a bhíonn ag déanamh an oilc,
bíonn fuath aige don solas agus seachnaíonn sé an solas,
le heagla go gcáinfí a ghníomhartha.
Ach an té a dhéanann an fhírinne,
tagann sé chun an tsolais,
chun go dtaispeáinfí gur i nDia a rinneadh a ghníomhartha.”
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