The readings today present us with the story of two widows who have something in common. They were both generous in offering their livelihood to God. Absolute trust in God is asked of us.
In the first reading we hear that during famine, the prophet Elijah was directed to go to a widow at Zarephath. Interestingly, she did not practice the same religion with Elijah, but he asked her for a drink and a crust of bread. She had only a handful of flour in her jar and a little oil in her jug. She was about to prepare the last meal in the house for herself and her son. The prophet Elijah begged her to give him something out of these scarce resources, to eat first, before feeding herself and her son. She did as the prophet requested. The prophet assured her that for her act of generosity, “The jar of her flour shall not go empty, or the jug of oil run dry.” The prophecy of the prophet was fulfilled, and she and her son survived the famine (1 Kings 17:10-16). In the Gospel (Mark 12: 38-44) Jesus takes special note of a widow during offertory time. It was not because she put in much, but because she put in all she had to live on – two small copper coins. In the sight of the world, this offering went unnoticed, but in the sight of God, it was a great deal, it was significant and substantial based on her financial status. She gave out the fortune she was saving, her whole livelihood. She did not give in order to earn some praise or applause, but she gave out of her faith that God would supply all her needs according to His riches and glory.
The message is clear to us, that faith in God is not about external and ostentatious expression, but about how much we are ready to give freely of our resources and ourselves to God. A generous gift from the heart is the kind of offering acceptable to God. Let us offer ourselves to the Lord in prayer and praise.
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 Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. On Thursday this week Mass will be at 11am – the Requiem Mass of Mrs Lorraine Casetta.
You are welcome to join us for Mass at the above times face to face or online.
There is no need to register or sign in for Mass. You are asked 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.
In the light of Welsh Government guidance, face coverings/masks are still to be worn in Church and everyone is encouraged to sanitise their hands on arrival and departure from Church.
St. Teilo’s is open daily for private prayer from 8am to early evening each weekday and 8am to 7pm on Wednesday, 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 Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6:55pm and on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.
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