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Liturgical Readings for : Friday, 30th July, 2021
Léachtaí Gaeilge
Next Sunday's Readings

Friday of 17th week of Ordinary Time, Year 1

FIRST READING
A reading from the Book of Leviticus       23:1. 4-11. 15-16. 27. 34-37
You are to call these the most solemn festivals of the Lord.

The Lord spoke to Moses; he said:
‘These are the Lord’s solemn festivals, the sacred assemblies to which you are to summon the sons of Israel on the appointed day.

‘The fourteenth day of the first month, between the two evenings, is the Passover of the Lord; and the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of Unleavened Bread for the Lord. For seven days you shall eat bread without leaven. On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you must do no heavy work. For seven days you shall offer a burnt offering to the Lord. The seventh day is to be a day of sacred assembly; you must do no work.

moses speaks to his peopleThe Lord spoke to Moses; he said:
‘Speak to the sons. of Israel and say to them:
“When you enter the land that I give you, and gather in the harvest there, you must bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest, and he is to present it to Yahweh with the gesture of offering, so that you may be acceptable. The priest shall make this offering on the day after the sabbath, and on the same day as you make this offering, you are to offer Yahweh the holocaust of an unblemished lamb one year old. The oblation for that day shall be two-tenths of wheaten flour mixed with oil, a burnt offering whose fragrance will appease Yahweh. The libation is to be one quarter of a hin of wine. You are to eat no bread, roasted corn or baked bread, before this day, before making the offering to your God. This is a perpetual law for all your descendants, wherever you live.

From the day after the sabbath, the day on which you bring the sheaf of offering, you are to count seven full weeks. You are to count fifty days, to the day after the seventh sabbath, and then you are to offer the Lord a new oblation

‘But the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. You are to hold a sacred assembly. You must fast, and you must offer a burnt offering to the Lord.

The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of Tabernacles for the Lord, lasting seven days. The first day is a day of sacred assembly; you must do no heavy work. For seven days you must offer a burnt offering to the Lord. On the eighth day you are to hold a sacred assembly, you must offer a burnt offering to Yahweh. It is a day of solemn meeting; you must do no heavy work.

“These are the solemn festivals of the Lord to which you are to summon the children of Israel, sacred assemblies for the purpose of offering burnt offerings, holocausts, oblations, sacrifices and libations to the Lord, according to the ritual of each day.’

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm     Ps 80
Response                         Ring out your joy to God our strength.

1. Raise a song and sound the timbrel,
the sweet-sounding harp and the lute,
blow the trumpet at the new moon,
when the moon is full, on our feast.                  Response

2. For this is Israel’s law,
a command of the God of Jacob.
He imposed it as a rule on Joseph,
when he went out against the land of Egypt.  Response

3. Let there be no foreign god among you,
no worship of an alien god.
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you from the land of Egypt.        Response

Gospel Acclamation                   1 Thess2: 13
Alleluia, alleluia!
Accept God’s message for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking
Alleluia!

Or                                                      1 Pt 1: 25
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of the Lord remains for ever: What is this word?
It is the Good News that has been brought to you.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL                             

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew       13:54-58
Glory to you, O Lord.
This is the carpenter’s son, surely? Where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?

crossComing to his home town, Jesus taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished and said, ‘Where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?: This is the carpenter’s son, surely? Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude?: His sisters, too, are they not all here with us? So where did the man get it all?’ And they would not accept him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country and in his own house,’ and he did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

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

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Gospel Reflection     Friday,     Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time    Matthew 13:54-58

A lot had happened between the time Jesus left Nazareth to travel south to be baptized by John the Baptist in the river Jordan and the day when he returned to Nazareth some time into his public ministry. In that intervening time his ministry of word and deed had been amazing people throughout Galilee, as well as gaining Jesus many enemies. When he returned to his home town of Nazareth for the first time since his ministry began, today’s gospel reading suggests that some people felt he was getting too big for his boots and wanted to take him down a peg or two. The questions they asked, ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the carpenter’s son, surely?’ amounts to asking, ‘Who does this local man, whose family we all know, think he is?’

Many people seemed to think that God could not have been working so powerfully through someone so ordinary, so like themselves in so many ways. The very ordinariness of Jesus prevented some people from recognizing that God was indeed working powerfully in and through him. The kingdom of God was at hand in one like themselves, like us in all things but sin, as the letter to the Hebrews says. Just as God was at work in the humanity of Jesus, the risen Lord is at work in the humanity of us all today. The Lord is powerfully at work in and through the ordinary acts of loving kindness and goodness that we see all around us today. It is the evil in the world that tends to make the headlines, but we, as followers of a living, risen Lord, need to be alert to the signs of his loving presence in our world and to rejoice in them. The power of the Spirit that the risen Lord released into the world is stronger than the evil forces that are there.

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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 2020-2021:  You have the Words of Eternal life by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/