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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

The readings for Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year C bring to mind suffering, in particular that suffering comes to all, including Jesus. In the first reading (Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1) foretells the suffering of Christ. The psalm (Psalm 63) sings of our longing for God. In the second reading (Galatians 3:26-29) Paul encourages us to hope, for we belong to Christ. In the gospel (Luke 9:18-24) Jesus says we must all take up our cross, but he promises that we are not alone. He is with us.

Reflect on suffering this weekend. How do I respond to suffering? Do I become bitter or do I turn to God in hope? Here are some ideas:

Prayer for the Grieving

Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a long process. It is natural for many to turn to God in these times. Although it can also be normal to experience anger, disappointment in God, or a general lack of faith. Don’t despair! God is still there. He is waiting for you and patiently allows each of us to grieve in our own way.

Children of God

Through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

The Book of Zechariah

The first reading is a a prophecy stating that a spirit of grace and petition will be poured out, leading to mourning and purification from sin and uncleanness for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They will look upon the one they have pierced. See some background information on the Book of Zechariah.

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