On this Sunday the Church gives us the Gospel passage in which St. Luke prepares the scene on which Jesus is about to enter and begin his public ministry. The Gospel focuses the spotlight on St. John the Baptist, the Precursor of the Messiah. John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. John baptises for repentance and for forgiveness of sins, preparing the way for God’s salvation in Jesus.
Today’s Gospel wants us to remember that what we read or hear is not a legend but the account of a true story, that Jesus of Nazareth is a historical figure who fits into a precise context in human history.
This is what John the Baptist’s preaching proclaims, the coming of the Lord, a key theme of this Advent season. As John’s message prepared the way for Jesus, we too are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming. We respond to John’s message by repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives the coming of the Lord, as John did.
Engagement with the Synodal Church – Our Listening Sessions
There will be 3 core parish consultation meetings. In the next few weeks, we will have additional information on how those unable to attend the consultation meetings can contribute their reflections.
Parishioner Consultation Meeting 1 – Wednesday, 8th December – 6:30-8:00pm
Parishioner Consultation Meeting 2 – Saturday 11th December – 11:30am – 1:30pm
Parishioner Consultation Meeting 3 – Wednesday 15th December – 6:30-8:00pm
All parishioners are invited to attend. You only need to attend one of the sessions, but to ensure that we are able to prepare for the numbers, please register at the information desk at the rear of the church this weekend; or, if preferred register online through the parish portal.
Mass times at St. Teilo’s each weekend are 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings and 10am on Sunday morning.
Weekday Mass is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times face to face or online.
St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Please feel free to visit the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament, any time you are passing the Church or spend a longer time sitting or kneeling in the Lord’s presence.
In addition, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at St. Teilo’s on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.
This week’s newsletter can be found here.