Lectionary Reflections: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time [c] June 12, 2016

Engaging Faith | Mon, Jun 6, 2016

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Center of Concern

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time [c]

June 12, 2016 


2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13

Galatians 2:16, 19-21

Luke 7:36—8:3 or 7:36-50



June 12: World Day Against Child Labor

June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 

June 18: First anniversary of Laudato Si’

June 19: Father’s Day in the USA

June 19: Juneteenth (Commemoration of the end of slavery in the USA)

June 19: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 



History will judge societies and governments - and their institutions - not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.

-Cesar Chavez

Among the actions and attitudes opposed to God's will two are very typical: greed and the thirst for power. Not only individuals sin in that way; so do nations and world-blocs. That is why we spoke of "structures of sin."

-In Social Concern (Donders), 37

God's mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14). ... Let us be renewed by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.

-Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi Message, 31 March 2013

As a Church, we must be people after God's own heart, bonded by the Spirit, sustaining one another in love, setting our hearts on God's kingdom, committing ourselves to solidarity with those who suffer, working for peace and justice, acting as a sign of Christ's love and justice in the world.

-U.S. Bishops, Economic Justice for All, 24

The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone for ever, it is to pour out the balm of God’s mercy. 

-Pope Francis @Pontifex, 12 April 2016


Thoughts for Your Consideration

David was given so much wealth and power, and so many blessings.

He craves more and ends up killing Uriah so he can have his wife.

In the first reading, God condemns David’s sin but, after David repents, God forgives him for his unjust actions. 

In the gospel Jesus does not pretend that the woman who comes to him is sinless, however, Jesus is able to see “her great love” and he forgives her.

In this Jubilee year of Mercy, the scriptures are about “mercy and compassion.” 

God shows us “mercy and compassion.”  We are called to do the same.

“Mercy and compassion” is a response to sins committed, but also a way of responding to others in all kinds of situations.

We are called to reflection on our own self.


How are we like the woman? 

How is our world like the woman in the gospel?


How are we like David?  

How is our world like David?  

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