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Liturgical Readings for : Thursday, 4th March, 2021
Léachtaí Gaeilge
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FIRST READING  

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah          17:5-10
Theme: A curse on the one who puts his trust in man, a blessing on the one who puts his trust in the Lord.

The Lord says this:

‘A curse on the man who puts his trust in man,
who relies on things of flesh,
whose heart turns from the Lord.
He is like dry scrub in the wastelands:
if good comes, he has no eyes for it,
he settles in the parched places of the wilderness,
a salt land, uninhabited. ‘

‘A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord,
with the Lord for his hope.
He is like a tree by the waterside
that thrusts its roots to the stream:
when the heat comes it feels no alarm,
its foliage stays green;
it has no worries in a year of drought,
and never ceases to bear fruit.

‘The heart is more devious than any other thing,
perverse too: who can pierce its secrets?
I, The Lord, search to the heart,
I probe the loins, to give each man what his conduct
and his actions deserve.’

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm                Ps 1
Response                                      Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.

1. Happy indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord
and who ponders his law day and night.        Response

2. He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper.                   Response

3. Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they like winnowed chaff
shall be driven away by the wind.
For the Lord guards the way of the just
but the way of the wicked leads to doom.       Response

Gospel  Acclamation                 Lk 15:18
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
I will leave this place and go to my father and say:
‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.’
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

Or

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Blessed are those who, with a noble and generous heart,
take the word of God to themselves
and yield a harvest through their perseverance.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke              16:19-31
Glory to you, O Lord

Good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony.

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his bosom. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames”.
“My son,” Abraham replied “remember that during your life good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all: between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to stop anyone, if he wanted to, crossing from our side to yours, and to stop any crossing from your side to ours.”

‘The rich man replied, “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too”. “They have Moses and the prophets,” said Abraham “let them listen to them.” “Ah no, father Abraham,” said the rich man “but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.” Then Abraham said to him, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”‘

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
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Gospel Reflection           Thursday      Second Week of Lent     Luke 16:19-31

Today’s first reading from the prophet Jeremiah contrasts two types of people, those who put their trust in things of the flesh, and those who put their trust in the Lord. The prophet is inviting us to ask, ‘Where do we put our trust?’ ‘On what or whom do we rely?’ The parable that Jesus speaks in the gospel reading puts this contrast in the form of a story. The rich man put his trust in things of the flesh. He lived for himself; his priorities were the satisfying of his own needs. The poor man, Lazarus, put his trust in the Lord; he had no one else on whom he could rely. On the surface, the rich man seemed much more fortunate than Lazarus. In reality, to use the imagery of Jeremiah in the first reading, the poor man was like a tree by the waterside whose foliage stays green even in the heat, whereas the rich man was like a dry shrub in the wastelands. That became clear in the life beyond death. The Lord in whom Lazarus trusted did not let him down, whereas the things of the flesh in which the rich man trusted ultimately failed him. The parable poses the question, ‘In what does true riches consist?’ It suggests that the truly rich person is the one whose trust is in the Lord, for whom the Lord comes first, whose first love is the Lord. Such a person will have something of the Lord’s own awareness of and compassion for those in greatest need, like Lazarus.

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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 to us with 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/

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