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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Mass readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time offer timeless wisdom for our lives today. Jesus urges us to fear no opposition, as truth will prevail. He reminds us of God's care, urging us to boldly proclaim truth in adversity. Jesus shows His power over nature, calming storms and teaching trust in Him. He asks us to acknowledge Him before others, knowing our faithfulness will be acknowledged before God. Jesus reveals His identity and the path of suffering, inviting us to take up our own crosses and follow Him. In losing ourselves for His sake, we find true life.

Click on the appropriate year below to see resources, themes, homilies, and more for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A: Sunday June 21, 2026
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B: Sunday June 23, 2024
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C: Sunday June 25, 2028

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
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Mass Readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

  • Sunday June 21, 2026

See resources, homilies, and more for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A readings here.

  • First ReadingJeremiah 20:10-13: Amidst whispered threats and potential betrayal from friends, the speaker places trust in God, the mighty champion, seeking divine justice and celebrating God's protection of the vulnerable.
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 69: Amid insult and estrangement due to zealous devotion, a plea is made for divine favor, mercy, and help. The lowly and seekers of God are encouraged, for the Lord hears the poor and forsaken.
  • Second ReadingRomans 5:12-15: Sin entered the world through one man, Adam, leading to death for all. However, the gracious gift of God through Jesus Christ bestows grace and life, superseding the transgression of Adam.
  • GospelMatthew 10:26-33: Jesus encourages His disciples not to fear those who oppose them or threaten harm, for everything that is hidden will be revealed. He reminds them of God's care and knowledge, emphasizing the value of boldly proclaiming the truth, even in the face of adversity. Jesus assures them that acknowledging Him before others will lead to their acknowledgment before God, while denying Him will have dire consequences.

Mass Readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

  • Sunday June 23, 2024

See resources, homilies, and more for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B readings here.

  • First ReadingJob 38:1, 8-11: The Lord, speaking from a storm, declares His control over the sea, illustrating His power by describing how He sets its limits and calms its waves.
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 107: Seafarers witness the Lord's works in the ocean's depths, experiencing a storm that He ultimately calms. In their relief, they rejoice, give thanks to the Lord for His kindness, and praise His wonders.
  • Second Reading2 Corinthians 5:14-17: The love of Christ compels us to live for Him who died for all. Being in Christ makes us new creations, leaving our old selves behind and welcoming new life.
  • Gospel Mark 4:35-4: Jesus and His disciples set sail on a boat, and a great storm arises, causing the disciples to fear for their lives. Jesus, asleep in the boat, is awakened by their cries and rebukes the wind and sea, commanding them to be still. The disciples are amazed as the storm immediately subsides, witnessing Jesus' authority over nature and learning to trust in Him even amidst the fiercest storms of life.

Mass Readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

  • Sunday June 25, 2028

See resources, homilies, and more for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C readings here.

  • First ReadingZechariah 12:10-11; 13:1: The LORD promises to pour a spirit of grace and petition onto Jerusalem and the house of David, leading to great mourning for one they've pierced, and a purifying fountain will open.
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 63: An intense longing for God is expressed, akin to a parched earth thirsting for water. God's power and glory are sought, His presence provides joy and satisfaction, and His sustaining strength is relied upon.
  • Second ReadingGalatians 3:26-29: All individuals, regardless of their ethnic, social, or gender backgrounds, become one in Christ through faith and baptism. As followers of Christ, they become descendants of Abraham and heirs to God's promise.
  • Gospel Luke 9:18-24: Jesus asks His disciples about the people's opinions regarding His identity. Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, the chosen one of God. Jesus then reveals that He will suffer, be rejected, killed, and rise again, instructing His followers to take up their cross daily and follow Him. He emphasizes that losing one's life for His sake will lead to finding true life.

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