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Liturgical Readings for : Friday, 12th August, 2022
Léachtaí Gaeilge
Next Sunday's Readings

Friday of 19th week of Ordinary Time

FIRST READING 

A reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel               16:1-15. 60. 63
Theme: You were perfect in beauty because I had clothed you with my own splendour; and you have made yourself a prostitute.

The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows,
Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her filthy crimes. Say, “The Lord says this: By origin and birth you belong to the land of Canaan. Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. At birth, the very day you were born, there was no one to cut your navel-string, or wash you in cleansing water, or rub you with salt, or wrap you in napkins. No one leaned kindly over you to do anything like that for you. You were exposed in the open fields; you were as unloved as that on the day you were born.

I saw you struggling in your blood as I was passing, and I said to you as you lay in your blood: Live, and grow like the grass of the fields. You developed, you grew, you reached marriageable age. Your breasts and your hair both grew, but you were quite naked. Then I saw you as I was passing. Your time had come, the time for love. I spread part of my cloak over you and covered your nakedness; I bound myself by oath, I made a covenant with you – it is the Lord who speaks – and you became mine. I bathed you in water, I washed the blood off you, I anointed you with oil. I gave you embroidered dresses, fine leather shoes, a linen headband and a cloak of silk. I loaded you with jewels, gave you bracelets for your wrists and a necklace for your throat. I gave you nose-ring and earrings; I put a beautiful diadem on your head. You were loaded with gold and silver, and dressed in fine linen and embroidered silks. Your food was the finest flour, honey and oil. You grew more and more beautiful; and you rose to be queen. The fame of your beauty spread through the nations, since it was perfect, because I had clothed you with my own splendour – it is the Lord who speaks.

You have become infatuated with your own beauty; you have used your fame to make yourself a prostitute; you have offered your services to all comers… but I will remember the covenant that I made with you when you were a girl, and I will conclude a covenant with you that shall last for ever. and so remember and be covered with shame, and in your confusion be reduced to silence, when I have pardoned you for all that you have done – it is the Lord who speaks.”‘

The Word of the Lord           Thanks be to God.

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Alternative First Reading:

A reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel            16:59- 63
Theme: I will remember the covenant that I made: with you and you will be in covered with shame.

The Lord says this:
“Jerusalem, I will treat you as you deserve, you who have despised your oath even to the extent of breaking a covenant, but I will remember the covenant that I made with you when you were a girl, and I will conclude a covenant with you that shall last for ever. And you for your part will remember your past behaviour and be covered with shame when I take your elder and younger sisters and make them your daughters, although this was not included in this covenant. I am going to renew my covenant with you; and you will learn that I am the Lord, and so remember and be covered with shame, and in your confusion be reduced to silence, when I have pardoned you for all that you have done – it is the Lord the Lord who speaks.”‘

The Word of the Lord            Thanks be to God.
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Responsorial Psalm          Is 12
Response                               Your anger has passed, O Lord, and you give me comfort.

1. Truly, God is my salvation,
I trust, I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.                                                Response

2. With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!      Response

3. Declare the greatness of his name,
sing a psalm to the Lord!
For he has done glorious deeds,
make them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.  Response

Gospel  Acclamation              Ps 110: 7. 8
Alleluia,   Alleluia!
Your precepts, O Lord, are all of them sure; they stand firm for ever and ever.
Alleluia!

or                                                    1Thess 2: 13
Alleluia,  Alleluia!
Accept God’s message it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL 

The Lord be with you.          And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
         19:3-12      Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: You were so unteachable that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but it was not like this from the beginning.

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and to test him they said,
Is it against the Law for a man to divorce his wife on any pretext whatever?’
He answered,
Have you not read that the creator from the beginning made them male and female and that he said: This is why a man must leave father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one body? They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide’.

They said to him, Then why did Moses command that a writ of dismissal should be given in cases of divorce?’
‘It was because you were so unteachable‘ he said ‘that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but it was not like this from the beginning. Now I say this to you: the man who divorces his wife – I am not speaking of fornication – and marries another, is guilty of adultery.’

The disciples said to him,
If that is how things are between husband and wife, it is not advisable to marry’.
But he replied
It is not everyone who can accept what I have said, but only those to whom it is granted. There are eunuchs born that way from their mother’s womb, there are eunuchs made so by men and there are eunuchs who have made themselves that way for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection      Friday        Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time      Matthew 19:3-12

Very often in the gospels Jesus is presented as taking a much more relaxed attitude to the Jewish Law than the religious leaders of the time. He is much less strict about the Sabbath law of rest than they are, for example. Jesus heals on the Sabbath, even though this would have been considered work and, therefore, a violation of the Sabbath Law. When it comes to marriage and divorce, however, Jesus seems to have taken a stricter line than the religious leaders of the day. They understood, from the Book of Deuteronomy, that a man could divorce his wife, although a woman could not divorce her husband. This was the interpretation of the Law that was in vogue in the time of Jesus; it left women very vulnerable.

Jesus, however, goes back behind the Book of Deuteronomy to the Book of Genesis and declares that God’s original will was that a man and a human who become one flesh in marriage should not then go their separate ways. His vision of marriage was of a faithful relationship which reflected God’s faithful relationship with his people. Jesus must have been as aware as we are today that, in reality, many marriages do not last. When that happens, people have to manage their lives and find love as best they can. We can certainly never judge. Yet, in faithfulness to the teaching of Jesus, the Church has to keep on proclaiming his vision of two lives becoming one in marriage, in a self-giving love. At its best, such a love is a kind of ‘incarnation’. It is God’s love in human form. In that gospel reading Jesus also speaks of the single life, those who are single for the sake of kingdom. That is a different expression of God’s love in human form. Single or married, we are all called to allow God’s enduring love to take flesh in our lives.

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The Scripture Readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, 1966/7/8 published 1966/7/8 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 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookstore

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