Today’s gospel describes how Jesus sent the disciples to minister in his name. Last week we heard how Jesus was rejected in his hometown of Nazareth, today the gospel reminds us that Jesus’ own followers may be rejected. Jesus tells us that preaching repentance and the Kingdom of God is dangerous business that we who are invited to be his disciples may also find resistance as do what Jesus asks us to do. That resistance may come from others, or it might come from ourselves when we are not ready to let go of our comfort and truly follow Jesus.
The twelve Jesus chose are called “apostles.” The word apostle means “one who is sent.” This is our calling too. Jesus’ instructions are very specific. He repeats the mission that they are sent to preach and to share his authority to heal and to drive out demons. Jesus sends them in pairs, establishing his mission as a communal endeavour. Jesus also instructs them to travel lightly, without the customary food, money, and extra set of clothes. These instructions mean that the followers of Jesus will be dependent on the hospitality of others, just as Jesus depended on others to provide for his needs.
Jesus sends us into the world as his disciples. But like the first disciples, we are not sent alone. Jesus has given us the community of the Church, which strengthens our life of discipleship. In our work with others, we build up the community of faith and can invite others to share in it.
Mass at St. Teilo’s
Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm. While 10am Mass is full there are plenty of places at 6pm Mass if you wish to come along, please turn up and a steward will show you to a place. You are also welcome to join us online.
Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s this week take place at 10am on Monday Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mornings and at 7pm on Wednesday Evening. You are welcome to attend with no need to pre-book.
Each weekend St. Teilo’s has three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend.
This week’s newsletter can be found here.