The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Sunday of the Word of God.

Due to the Alert Level Four in place for the whole of Wales with a very high risk of infection by the new variant of Covid-19 and the ‘at risk’ profile of many of our parishioners Mass will be live streamed only from St. Teilo’s until further notice.

 

Pope Francis instituted ‘The Sunday of the Word of God’ to be held every year on the third Sunday of Ordinary Time, with the Motu proprio “Aperuit illis’ issued on September 30th 2019. It is well worth a read, or re-read, to remind ourselves of the importance of the Word of God in our lives as Christians.

 

Recently, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments released a note on the topic of the Sunday of the Word of God, signed by the prefect, Cardinal Robert Sarah. It explains that the Sunday of the Word of God is a means to help people “reawaken an awareness of the importance of Sacred Scripture for our lives as believers, beginning with its resonance in the Liturgy which places us in living and permanent dialogue with God.”

 

The note points out that “through the proclaimed Biblical readings in the Liturgy, God speaks to His people and Christ Himself proclaims His Gospel.” It indicates that “One of the ritual possibilities suitable for this Sunday could be the entrance procession with the Book of the Gospels or simply placing the Book of the Gospels on the altar.”

 

Today, during Mass, Father Dwayne, will bless the Bibles and other books of Scripture we have at home. As Mass is live steamed not in person, you are invited to ensure you have your Bibles or books of Scripture with you at the television, computer, tablet or phone, via which you attend Mass online.

 

Today’s gospel is the beginning of the Gospel of St. Mark from which we shall read for much of Year B. In the gospel we hear Jesus’ pronouncement of the kingdom as a call to repentance. Jesus begins the time of fulfilment; the Kingdom of God is already here. This will be demonstrated again and again, both in Jesus’ words and in the actions that follow. Jesus’ healings and forgiveness of sins are signs of the Kingdom of God that he announces in his teaching. Are we ready to listen to the Word of God and make it our home as we come to know Jesus more fully?

 

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

 

 

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