Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – The kingdom of heaven is like treasure

Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it. Matthew 13:44&45

 

All of us are called to imitate the two people who sell everything they own for the great prize of faith. To surrender all our earthly possessions if necessary in order to gain eternal life. Does this “giving all” mean that we are all expected to abandon the world and take on the religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience? There are many who do just that. But it is not the only way, nor the normal way, to purchase the eternal treasure. Heaven is within the reach of us all, when we follow our own vocation of life, the life to which God has called us and live that life in response to God and keeping true to his call to be faithful to the gospel. It is not a sin to enjoy the joys, pleasures and blessings of the world but we do so without losing sight of the goal towards which we are called – being united with the Father in and through his Son Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

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

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

 

Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am today, Wednesday and next Sunday.  We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Wednesday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, July 27th

St. Teilo’s will also be open for Private Prayer from 2pm to 4pm on Friday.

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