Lectionary Reflections: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time [c] June 19, 2016

Engaging Faith | Tue, Jun 14, 2016

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

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time [c]

June 19, 2016 


Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1

Galatians 3:26-29

Luke 9:18-24



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 

June 20: World Refugee Day

June 20: Start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere 

June 26: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture



In a world in which a lot is said about rights, how often is human dignity actually trampled upon! In a world in which so much is said about rights, it seems that the only thing that has any rights is money. Dear brothers and sisters, we are living in a world where money commands. We are living in a world, in a culture where the fixation on money holds sway.

-Pope Francis, Address to the Plenary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, 24 May 2013

We must make haste. Too many people are suffering. While some make progress, others stand still or move backwards; and the gap between them is widening.

-Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 29

I believe that we have much to learn about Jesus’ passion from the sufferings of those more accessible to us and that it is profoundly unhealthy to concentrate upon Jesus’ suffering while ignoring the cruelty and torture which are endemic in our world.

-Sheila Cassidy, Good Friday People

Mary, the Mother who cared for Jesus, now cares with maternal affection and pain for this wounded world. Just as her pierced heart mourned the death of Jesus, so now she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by human power.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 241

It is by uniting his own sufferings for the sake of truth and freedom to the sufferings of Christ on the Cross that a human person is able to accomplish the miracle of peace and is in a position to discern the often narrow path between the cowardice which gives in to evil and the violence which, under the illusion of fighting evil, only makes it worse. … A human person is alienated if he refuses to transcend himself and to live the experience of self giving and of the formation of an authentic human community oriented towards his final destiny, which is God.

-John Paul II, Centesium Annus, 25, 41

… we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way, to appropriate the positive and sustainable progress which has been made, but also to recover the values and the great goals swept away by our unrestrained delusions of grandeur.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 114


Thoughts for Your Consideration

In the gospel today, Jesus predicts his rejection, suffering and death. He goes on to say: “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Followers of Jesus can expect some of the same experience. It is a reality in our world today. 

The values and concerns of the world around us are not always those of Jesus.  Sometimes our culture seems to value possessions and wealth over the needs of people, military and political power over nonviolent love, and personal welfare and security before the needs of those who are poor. With Jesus we too may experience some form of rejection and suffering.

The suffering of Jesus is connected with the suffering of the world and its people – people of all times and places – especially the poor and powerless. It is connected with the suffering of the people of the Middle East, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It is connected with the suffering of people in the poorest of nations, places like Haiti, South Sudan, or the Congo. It is connected with the experience of those who are homeless and are refugees. It is connected with all those who are denied human rights. It is connected with the lives of all those who experience racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. It is connected with the suffering of our planet as it deals with overuse and exploitation.

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