June 19, 2016

12th Sun., Ordinary Time

June 19, 2016:  Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • 'Hands' tie, 'phone' tie bar:  Lifting up my hands, I'll 'call' on your name; your right hand upholds me (psalm)
  • 'Silverware' tie bar:  As with the riches of a banquet I'll be satisfied (psalm)
  • Clothes:  You baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ (2nd reading)
  • 'OneLife LA' button:  You are all one in Christ Jesus (2nd reading)
  • '?' tie pin:  “Who do they say the Son of man is?  Who do you say I am?” (gospel)
  • Crucifix:  “The Son must suffer, be rejected, be killed, and be raised”; take up your cross (gospel)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season

For gospel
For 2nd reading
For the psalm

Pope Francis Angelus
“Who is Jesus for you?”  People respected Jesus as a prophet but weren't aware of his identity as the Messiah, the Son of God the Father sent to save us.  When Jesus his disciples, “Who do you say I am?,” Peter replies for them,  “God's Christ.”  Jesus realized the apostles had received faith from God, so he could speak openly about his suffering, death, and resurrection.
Today we ask, “Who is Jesus for the people of our day?,” and more importantly, “Who is Jesus for me?”  We're called to respond like Peter, professing with joy that he's the Son of God, the Word of the Father who became man to redeem humanity and bestow his mercy on us.  Many feel a void, while others live in fear and anxiety because of uncertainty and conflict.  Only in Christ can we find true peace and fulfillment of our aspirations.
Jesus tells his disciples, “If you want to come after me, deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”  This is the cross of our daily lives, the sacrifices we make for others, parents, children, families, friends, even enemies.  It's the cross of solidarity with the poor, of our commitment to justice and peace.  Remember all who practice these words of Jesus, offering their time, work, effort, and lives.  Jesus will give us strength to continue our journey of faith and bear witness to him.
  • Zec 12:10-11; 13:1  "I will pour out a spirit of grace and petition; they'll look on him whom they pierced and mourn as for an only son.  The mourning shall be great.  A fountain shall be open to purify from sin."
  • Ps 63:2-6, 8-9  "My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God."  Your kindness is greater than life.  I'll bless you, call on you, be satisfied, and shout for joy.  You uphold me.
  • Gal 3:26-29  You're are all God's children in Christ.  All you baptized have clothed yourselves with Christ.  If you belong to Christ, you're Abraham’s children, and heirs.
  • Lk 9:18-24  Jesus / disciples, “Who do the crowds say I am?” / “John the Baptist, Elijah, or an ancient prophet come back to life.” / “But who do you say I am?” / Peter:  “God's Christ.”  He told them not to tell anyone.  “The Son must suffer, be rejected, be killed, and be raised.  If you wish to come after me, deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow me.  If you want to save your life, you'll lose it, but if you lose your life for my sake, you'll save it.”
    • Fr. Albert Bahhuth homily podcast:  Who is Jesus to you?  God sent him into our playpen, to walk with us.  Walk with others.  Do I believe I'm God's child and so act?
    • Creighton:  Today's readings are about Jesus' identity.  The 1st reading points to his crucifixion and the resulting mourning; the 2nd and gospel name him as the Christ, anointed one.   Jesus invites us to say and claim who we think he is, to name how we experience him.  Dig into your heart:  who do you know him to be?  Don't give someone else's answer.  And how does he respond to you?  How is he inviting you to be in relationship with him?

    • Passionist:  Mourning connects us at our deepest level.  There's grace in mourning.  The loss of life on earth is to be mourned.  Death touches us every day.  Jesus calls us to mourn for his death, “to look on him they pierced.”  From him will flow “a fountain to purify.”  And our mourning will turn into Easter joy.  May our mourning be sacred, grace-filled, and in communion with our God of Life and the one who died.  Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach us how to love....
    • DailyScripture.net:  "Who do you say that Jesus is?"  What difference does Jesus make in your life? Peter professed he was the "Christ of God"; only God could have revealed that to him.  Hebrew 'Messiah' is translated 'Christ' in Greek; both mean 'Anointed One.'  Why did Jesus command his disciples to be silent?  They were appointed to proclaim the good news to everyone.  Jesus knew they didn't understand his mission or how he'd accomplish it.  "There were things yet unfulfilled that must be included in their preaching about Jesus.  They must proclaim the cross, passion, death, and resurrection....  He abolished death and destruction, robbed hell, and overthrew the enemy's tyranny.  He took away sin, opened heaven's gates to us, and united earth to heaven. These things proved him to be God.  He commanded them to guard the mystery by silence until the whole plan should be concluded."  (Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on Luke, Homily 49, paraphrased)  Jesus told his disciples the Messiah had to suffer and die for God's redemptive work to be accomplished; how startled they were to hear that.  To share the Lord's victory, we must take up our cross and follow him. What is the "cross" I must take up today?...

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