Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The feeding of the five thousand

He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining; twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.

Matthew 14:19-21

 

Today’s gospel tells us that Jesus’ blessing of the meagre offerings the disciples have changes them into a feast for five thousand people. The gospel reminds us that even the smallest of offerings can produce abundant results when placed in the service of the God’s Kingdom. No matter how little you feel you have to offer, no matter if you feel you have nothing at all, give it all to Jesus and he will bless it and make it fruitful. Never give up, never feel that it isn’t worth the effort. All that you do, however generous or however tiny it may be, when done for the sake of God’s Kingdom will produce abundant fruit, fruit that will last in the lives of others on their journey to God, and fruit that will last in us until we meet the Lord face to face in heaven.

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.

 

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Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 3rd.

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