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Liturgical Readings for : Tuesday, 28th June, 2022
Léachtaí Gaeilge
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FIRST READING

A reading from the book of the Prophet Amos            3:1-8. 4: 11-12 
Theme: The Lord speaks: who can refuse to prophesy?

Listen, sons of Israel, to this oracle the Lord speaks against you, against the whole family I brought out of the land of Egypt:

You alone, of all the families of earth, have I acknowledged,
therefore it is for all your sins that I mean to punish you.
Do two men take the road together if they have not planned to do so?
Does the lion roar in the jungle if no prey has been found?
Does the young lion growl in his lair if he has captured nothing?
Does the bird fall to the ground if no trap has been set?
Does the snare spring up from the ground if nothing has been caught?
Does the trumpet sound in the city without the populace becoming alarmed?
Does misfortune come to a city if the Lord has not sent it?
No more does the Lord do anything without revealing his plans to his servants the prophets.
The lion roars: who can help feeling afraid?
The Lord speaks: who can refuse to prophesy?

I overthrew you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a brand snatched from the blaze;
and yet you never came back to me. It is the Lord who speaks.
This therefore, Israel, is what I plan to do to you, and because I am going to do this to you,
Israel, prepare to meet your God!

The Word of the Lord            Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 5
Response                              Lead me, Lord, in your justice.

1. You are no God who loves evil;
no sinner is your guest.
The boastful shall not stand their ground
before your face.                                       Response

2. You hate all who do evil:
you destroy all who lie.
The deceitful and bloodthirsty man
the Lord detests.                                       Response

3. But through the greatness of your love
have access to your house.
I bow down before your holy temple,
filled with awe.                                          Response

Gospel  Acclamation                          Ps 147: 12. 15
Alleluia, Alleluia!
O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! He sends out his word to the earth.
Alleluia!

Or                                                                Ps 129: 5 
Alleluia, Alleluia!
My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL 

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew      8:23-27
Theme: He stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and all was calm again.

Jesus got into the boat followed by his disciples.

Without warning a storm broke over the lake, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat.
But he was asleep. So they went to him and woke him saying,
Save us, Lord, we are going down!’
And he said to them,
Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith?’
And with that he stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and all was calm again.
The men were astounded and said,
Whatever kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him.’

The Gospel of the Lord          Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
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Gospel Reflection      Tuesday,            13th Week in Ordinary Time                Matthew 8:23-27

I like the music of Margaret Rizza and I especially like the chant ‘Calm me Lord’, whose repeating verse goes ‘Calm me Lord as you calmed the storm; / Still me, Lord, keep me from harm. / Let all the tumult within me cease, / Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.’ From earliest times Christians have made a link between Jesus calming the storm in today’s gospel reading and the risen Lord calming the storm in our lives. The disciples found themselves in a storm at sea. That external storm caused a storm within. They were frightened, as is clear from their prayer to Jesus, ‘Save us, Lord, we are going down.’

We can all find ourselves buffeted by some form of external storm. Something over which we have little or no control breaks over us. It often generates an internal storm within us. We feel frightened and powerless, perhaps even hopeless and despondent. Many people had such feelings during the time of the recent pandemic which, like the storm in the gospel reading, broke over us without warning. In such situations, there is often little we can do about the external storm. We have to go through it. However, the Lord can calm the resulting storm within us, if we turn to him in trusting prayer, like the disciples in the boat. Our prayer may take the form of a cry from the depths, ‘Save us, Lord, we are going down.’ The gospel reading suggests that this is a prayer the Lord always responds to. Our prayer of trust will always open us up to the Lord’s steadying influence, allowing us to weather the storm until we reach a place of peace.

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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 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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