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Liturgical Readings for : Tuesday, 30th November, 2021
Léachtaí Gaeilge
Next Sunday's Readings

 -11- 30- Feast of  St Andrew, Apostle


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans        10:9-18
Theme: Faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ.

preachingIf your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved. When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

But they will not ask his help unless they believe in him, and they will not believe in him unless they have heard of him, and they will not hear of him unless they get a preacher, and they will never have a preacher unless one is sent, but as scripture says:
‘the footsteps of those who bring good news are a welcome sound’.
Not everyone, of course, listens to the Good News.
As Isaiah says:
‘Lord, how many believed what we proclaimed?’
So faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ.’

Let me put the question:
Is it possible that they did not hear? Indeed they did; in the words of the psalm,
their voice has gone out through all the earth,
and their message to the ends of the world.

The Word of the Lord.               Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm             Ps  18  
Response                                   Their word goes forth through all the earth.
Or                                               Alleluia!

1. The heavens proclaim the glory of God
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story
and night unto night makes known the message.  Response

2. No speech, no word, no voice is heard
yet their span extends through all the earth,
their words to the utmost bounds of the world.    Response

Gospel Acclamation         Lk 1: 28
Alleluia,         Alleluia!
Follow me , says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew       4:18-22
Theme: At once, leaving their nets, they followed him.

call by JesusAs Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them,
‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.
And they left their nets at once and followed him.

Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.
At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

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


Gospel Reflection       30th  Nov. Saint Andrew, Apostle     Matthew 4:18-22

According to Paul in today’s first reading, faith comes from what is preached’. We could extend that to say that faith comes through the preaching and teaching of those who believe. Who were the preachers and teachers in our lives through whom we came to believe? We can include among those preachers and teachers all those who spoke to us as children about the life of faith, about God, Jesus, Mary and the saints, about the Church and the sacraments.

The primary preachers and teachers were our parents; they spoke to us about the faith from our earliest years. We may have encountered preachers in church and teachers in school who helped to open up the riches of the faith to us. Books or articles written by people of faith may have touched us deeply. The preachers and teachers in our lives took many forms. We owe our faith to them. We don’t come to believe on our own. We need people of faith to lead us to faith.

oday we celebrate one of the earliest preachers and teachers of the faith, Saint Andrew. He can easily end up in the shadow of his more famous brother, St Peter. Yet, according to John’s Gospel, it was Andrew who brought Peter to Jesus. In other words, Andrew was the first preacher of the faith in the life of Peter. Andrew reminds us that we all have a role in bringing others to faith. None of us goes to the Lord on our own. We need companions in faith who help to bring us to the Lord, as Andrew brought Simon to the Lord. We are all called to be preachers and teachers in that sense, people of faith who witness to our faith in ways that help others to meet the Lord for themselves.


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 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/