Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time – Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate

Today’s gospel comes from the part of St. Luke’s gospel which is often called ‘Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain’. In St. Luke’s Gospel, this teaching is addressed to Jesus’ disciples in contrast to the Sermon on the Mount in St. Matthew’s Gospel, in which Jesus’ words are addressed to both the disciples and to the wider crowds.

 

Today’s words are familiar to us. They constitute the crux and the challenge of what it means to be a disciple: Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, give to those who ask, do unto others, lend without expecting repayment, judge not lest you be judged.

 

In today’s gospel the focus is on the behaviour of those of us who wish to follow Jesus and those who choose to be “sinners.” More than any of the other gospels St. Luke emphasis that following Jesus is not about perfection, but about trying our best. He highlights that God the Father, as depicted by Jesus is a merciful and loving God who understands our failings but calls us back to know God’s mercy and change our lives because of it.

 

So today as we listen to Jesus’ words we are challenged to be more like God. God loves us beyond our expectations, beyond anything we can possibly imagine. In response to God’s love, we are to love God and our fellow humans as God loves, beyond expectations and with a depth beyond imagining. A real challenge, but one in which God helps us as we make our best efforts to follow in is way.

 

No need to book to attend Mass at St. Teilo’s or Our Lady of Lourdes

Now we are at Alert Level 0 in Wales there is no need to book to attend Mass at either of our churches on Sundays or weekdays, nor will a record of attendance be kept.

 

You are, of course, asked to continue to be considerate to others and to remain at a reasonable distance from other attendees where possible. If you are a vulnerable person, printed cards are available at the back of the Church saying, “PLEASE RESPECT THIS SPACE”. You are able to take a number of these cards and place them each side of you to ensure no one encroaches on your safe space.

 

Mass Times this week

Please note the change to the time of Mass on Friday

 

Monday – No Mass

 

Tuesday – 10am at St. Teilo’s Church

 

Wednesday – 10am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

 

Thursday – 10am at St. Teilo’s Church

 

Friday – 9am at St. Teilo’s Church

 

Saturday – 10am at St. Teilo’s Church

 

Saturday Evening – 6pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church

 

Sunday Morning – 10am at St. Teilo’s Church

 

Sunday Evening – 4:30pm Yr Offeren yn Gymraeg – Mass in Welsh

 

Sunday Evening – 6pm at St. Teilo’s Church

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