Third Sunday of Lent – Jesus cleanses the Temple

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.

 

In today’s Gospel we read about Jesus overturning the tables of the merchants and the moneychangers in the Temple at Jerusalem. In St. John’s Gospel this event, which appears in all four of the gospels, occurs at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry, after his first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana. After clearing the Temple of the merchants and the moneychangers. The gospel tells us that the people asked for a sign of Jesus’ authority to do such an audacious act. In response, Jesus predicted his death and Resurrection.

 

Pope Francis says of this gospel event:

 

It is very harmful when the Church goes astray with this manner of making the house of God a house of trade. These words help us to reject the danger of also making our soul, which is God’s dwelling place, a house of trade, by living in constant search of our personal interests instead of generous and supportive love. (…) It is a common temptation to exploit good, sometimes dutiful deeds in order to cultivate private, if not entirely illicit interests. (…) This is why Jesus used “a harsh approach” that time, in order to shake us from this mortal danger.

 

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

 

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