Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples for a report about what others say about him. He then turns the question directly to the disciples and asks what they believe. Peter speaks for all of them when he announces that they believe Jesus to be the Christ.

Now that the disciples have acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he will be rejected, must suffer and die, and will rise after three days. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely. The image of Christ that Jesus is giving is not the image of the Messiah that Peter was expecting but of the suffering servant accepting what is asked of him by the Father. Jesus then teaches the crowd and the disciples about the path of discipleship: To be Christ’s disciple is to follow the way of the cross. The path that Jesus was inviting his disciples to share meant suffering and death. This is the kind of radical commitment and sacrifice that Jesus calls us to adopt for the sake of the Gospel. Are we ready to join with Peter and the other apostles and take up our cross for the sake of the good news Jesus proclaims to us?

 

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 (pre-existing bookings will now be treated as registrations).
  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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