Sunday, June 25, 2023
The readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time are a call to trust in God. Although our circumstances can be unsettling or frightening, God is always caring for us. The first reading (Jeremiah 20:10-13) Jeremiah trusts in the Lord even though he is being plotted against. The psalm (Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35) expresses hope that God will hear our prayers in times of distress. The second reading (Romans 5:12-15) reminds us that Jesus rescued us even though we are sinners. And in the gospel (Matthew 10:26-33) Jesus tells us “Fear no one” and that we are loved and cared for by God.
So trust, bravery, and hope are good themes for this weekend’s readings. Here are some ideas: