Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me

In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus predict his passion, death, and Resurrection to his disciples. Jesus is acknowledging the danger they will face and is trying to prepare his disciples for it. The gospel tells us that the disciples did not understand what Jesus was saying and were afraid to ask what he meant.

 

Jesus calls the twelve apostles to explain to them that those who would be first in God’s kingdom must be servants of all. This is a call for all of us who wish to follow Jesus to lay down our desires and offer ourselves to Jesus. To join, as it were, with his prayer in Gethsemane – Your Will, not mine be done.

 

In talking about little children Jesus says “Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me”. He is teaching his disciples and us that when we serve the least ones among us, we serve Jesus himself. Who are the people without power or status in our society that Jesus is calling us to serve? Jesus teaches that God’s judgment of us will be based on this criterion alone.

 

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10am and 6pm. With rearranged seating arrangements, there is now no need to book to attend Mass. However, face coverings/masks are still required. You are also welcome to join us online.

 

If you are coming to one of the Sunday Masses, you still need to record your attendance for the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. This can be done in one of three ways:

  1. Registering for Mass via the online system.
  2. Using the NHS Track and Trace app and the QR code at the Church Entrance.
  3. Writing your name and email or contact number on the sheets at the back of the Church.

 

Weekday Mass

Mass this week is celebrated at St. Teilo’s at 10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Wednesday evening at 7pm. There is no need to book to attend weekday Mass.

 

Time for Private Prayer

St. Teilo’s will be open for private prayer on Monday and Friday from Mass time until 5.30pm. You will need either to ‘Check-in’ using the NHS Covid-19 app to log the QR code in the Church porch or to add your name and phone number to the sign in sheet. You are required to sanitise as you enter and leave the Church. You may remove your face covering if you are alone in the Church but if someone else is present you will need to wear your face covering.

 

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

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