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Sunday, June 23, 2019

A Homily - The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

First Reading – Zechariah 12:10-11,13:1 ©
Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 62(63):2-6,8-9 ©
Second Reading – Galatians 3:26-29 ©
Gospel Acclamation – John 8:12
Alternative Acclamation – John 10:27
The Gospel According to Luke 9:18-24 ©


Be mindful!

Zechariah the false prophet is a nationalist, he is a jingoistic liar.

God, the creator of the universe, God is not a God of war and battle. God does not intervene in human affairs, or conflicts. God does not appoint kings, neither does God show favor to some of God’s children over and against others.

These are the machinations of men, they are fantasies of folly, we must abandon them.

God is loving, God is just, and God is good.


It is right to thank God, the creator of the universe for all the good things that come our way.

It is right and good to give thanks, but do not blame God for the hardships we suffer in this life.

The good and the bad come to us irrespective of who we are, what we do or have done or who we might become.

There is no plan it. God is no respecter of persons, and does not love anyone of God’s children more than God loves any other.

Praise God and give thanks for the good things that come our way, but do not dwell on the bad, allow those to pass.

There is peace to be had in practice of patience, in the comfort of contemplation, meditation and prayer.

Make your life a constant prayer, pray for the grace which comes from God and brings peace to the spirit.

Let the peace of God within you bubble up like a fountain, let it overflow so that other’s may quench their thirst and be nourished by it


We are the children of God simply because we are. God, the creator of the universe is parent to everyone.

Our faith in God, our faith in the way that Jesus preached, the trust we place in the divine, that trust frees us to transcend our place in the world, it erases the distinctions between rich and poor, between male and female, between the priest and the lay person

We are all in the way, and the way does not exclude anyone. We are all moving inexorably toward God, the divine source of all being.

Trust in that, it is God’s plan for creation.

Keep this in your heart.

The sheep do not choose the shepherd, but rather the shepherd chooses the sheep.

God is the shepherd in whom all that is comes to be, it is to God that everything belongs.

There is just the one shepherd; just the one sheepfold, and whether it make sense to us or not, it is to that shepherd that we all belong.

Listen for the voice of the shepherd, and do not trouble yourself with how the shepherd speaks to you, in what language, in what text, through your sister or your brother, from the mouth of your neighbor or the stranger you encounter.

God, the shepherd is speaking to them to, and they are listening as they are able (or willing), God will speak through them to you. Listen as you are able, be willing..

Everyone that is, everyone who has ever been or ever will be, everyone without exception follows the way of God, there is no other way. Do not trouble yourself if you do not understand the journey that another person is on, God is guiding them, as God is guiding you.

If you resist, God will be patient, God will wait for you, as God waits for everyone, be thankful for this and pray that you can emulate the patience of God.

God the shepherd, God is love, and love is patient as love is kind.

Be kind to one another, be kind to yourself.

Have faith. God will not lose a single one of us. Neither will any one of us lose God, no matter what; God is with us.


Jesus lived among us and taught by word and deed. He never wrote a thing.

He gave us the spoken word, the oral command “love one another, as I have loved you.” He told us in the simplest of terms that this is the whole of the law, and the only way to serve God.

He went to his death as an exemplification of this rule.

It is the only rule that really matters.

He spoke in parables, but there was no mystery in them. He spoke plainly, and he spoke true.

This was the source of the power in his teaching. That is why he shook the world.

In the generations that followed him, the message became contorted, and distorted it came to take on the trappings of the false prophet Zechariah whose words we encountered at the beginning of today’s readings.

The story of his life became distorted by myths, tales of power.

It was not enough to tell the truth as Jesus himself told it, they had to make him into a King, the Christ, Kyrios, the anointed one, a prophet like his predecessor John, or the hero Elijah, a mysterious figure pre-figured in arcane literature, in the Books of Enoch; they cast him as the Son of Man, and exalted figure, and more…he became known as the Son of God, and even as God’s own self, dwelling amongst us in the flesh.

That is the trajectory of the propaganda that dogged the story of Jesus of Nazareth, replacing the real with the fantastic and surreal.

Jesus was a man, he taught us about the good and the just, he instructed us in the demands of love.

We should honor the truths that he spoke to so eloquently, we should honor him by seeing him for who he truly was; a human being like the rest of us, a role-model we should aspire to.

First Reading – Zechariah 12:10-11,13:1 ©

They Will Look on the One Whom they Have Pierces

It is the Lord who speaks: ‘Over the House of David and the citizens of Jerusalem I will pour out a spirit of kindness and prayer. They will look on the one whom they have pierced; they will mourn for him as for an only son, and weep for him as people weep for a first-born child. When that day comes, there will be great mourning in Judah, like the mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. When that day comes, a fountain will be opened for the House of David and the citizens of Jerusalem, for sin and impurity.’

Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 62(63):2-6,8-9 ©

For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long;
  for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
  like a dry, weary land without water.

For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
  to see your strength and your glory.
For your love is better than life,
  my lips will speak your praise.

For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

So I will bless you all my life,
  in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
  my mouth shall praise you with joy.

For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

For you have been my help;
  in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you;
  your right hand holds me fast.

For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.

Second Reading – Galatians 3:26-29 ©

All Baptised in Christ, You Have All Clothed Yourselves in Christ

You are, all of you, sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. All baptised in Christ, you have all clothed yourselves in Christ, and there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female, but all of you are one in Christ Jesus. Merely by belonging to Christ you are the posterity of Abraham, the heirs he was promised.

Gospel Acclamation – John 8:12

Alleluia, alleluia!

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.


Alternative Acclamation – John 10:27

Alleluia, alleluia!

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice,
says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.


The Gospel According to Luke 9:18-24 ©

'You Are the Christ of God'

One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples he put this question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ And they answered, ‘John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God’ he said. But he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone anything about this.

‘The Son of Man’ he said ‘is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’

Then to all he said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it.’

 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

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