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Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

Daily Mass Readings for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

Cycle 1 is used in odd numbered years and Cycle 2 is used in even numbered years. The gospel is the same for both years.

  • First Reading (Cycle 1) – Genesis 18:1-15: Abraham generously hosted three visitors, who promised his wife Sarah, now old and past childbearing age, would have a son. Skeptical, Sarah laughed. But one visitor, the Lord, reaffirmed the promise, despite her disbelief.
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19: Jerusalem is in ruins and her people suffer. The old, young, and infants faint from hunger. The visions of prophets have failed. In response, the plea is to weep and cry out to the Lord relentlessly for salvation.
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Luke 1: My heart praises God, who favors the humble and feeds the hungry. Generations will remember me as blessed. God has shown mercy and fulfilled His promises to Abraham and his descendants.
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 74: God, why have you abandoned us in our time of need? Remember your people, your sanctuary desecrated by enemies. Uphold your covenant, let the humble and poor find solace in praising your name.
  • GospelMatthew 8:5-17: A centurion comes to Jesus, seeking healing for his servant. Impressed by the centurion’s faith, Jesus agrees to heal the servant from a distance. Later, Jesus enters Peter’s house and heals Peter’s mother-in-law. Many others also come to Jesus for healing, and he drives out demons with a word. These acts of healing fulfill the prophecies and demonstrate Jesus’ authority over sickness and spiritual affliction.

Themes for the Daily Mass Readings for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

  • Faith and Humility: The gospel for for Saturday of the 12th week in Ordinary Time highlights the faith and humility of the centurion who approaches Jesus, acknowledging his unworthiness and demonstrating his trust in Jesus’ authority to heal.
  • Authority and Power of Jesus: The healing of the centurion’s servant demonstrates Jesus’ authority and power over sickness and disease, affirming His divine ability to bring about healing.
  • Gentile Inclusion: Jesus commends the faith of the Gentile centurion, underscoring the widening of God’s salvation beyond the Jewish community to include Gentiles.
  • Healing and Restoration: The healings of the centurion’s servant, Peter’s mother-in-law, and others illustrate Jesus’ compassion and ability to bring about physical and spiritual healing and restoration.
  • Bearing Others’ Burdens: Jesus displays His willingness to bear the burdens of others, taking on their infirmities and delivering them from suffering.
  • Messianic Fulfillment: The healing miracles fulfill Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah as the one who would bring healing and deliverance.

Thoughts for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for for Saturday of the 12th week in Ordinary Time, we witness several remarkable healings performed by Jesus. The first encounter involves a centurion, a Roman military officer, who approaches Jesus with deep concern for his paralyzed servant. The centurion’s faith shines through as he acknowledges Jesus’ authority and power, recognizing that Jesus can heal his servant without even being physically present. Jesus commends the centurion’s faith, amazed by his understanding of authority and trust in Jesus’ ability to heal.

Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law and many others, driving out demons and healing the sick, fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy and demonstrating his role as the Suffering Servant. These accounts reveal the compassion, authority, and miraculous power of Jesus. They emphasize the importance of faith and trust in approaching Him for healing. Both the centurion and Peter’s mother-in-law demonstrate unwavering faith, and in response, Jesus extends His healing touch and restores wholeness.

As we reflect on this passage, we are encouraged to approach Jesus with faith and trust, believing in His power to heal and restore. We are reminded that Jesus has authority over sickness, disease, and all forms of oppression. May we seek His healing touch in our lives and in the lives of those around us, acknowledging His power to transform and bring wholeness.

Additionally, this passage invites us to serve and minister to others with gratitude and joy. Just as Peter’s mother-in-law rose and began to serve Jesus after her healing, may we respond to God’s healing in our lives by offering ourselves in service to Him and others. Jesus’s healing is not just for our personal benefit but also equips us to be channels of His love and compassion to those around us.

Furthermore, this passage reminds us that Jesus’s healing ministry is not limited to physical ailments but extends to all areas of our lives. He has the power to free us from spiritual bondage, emotional distress, and the grip of sin. Just as He drove out demons and brought healing to those who were sick, He continues to bring healing and deliverance to our hearts and souls.

As we contemplate these accounts of healing, let us approach Jesus with the faith and trust of the centurion and the gratitude and readiness to serve of Peter’s mother-in-law. Let us bring our brokenness, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, to Him, believing in His power to heal and restore. May we also be agents of His healing, extending love, compassion, and hope to those in need, knowing that Jesus’s healing touch is still available to all who seek Him.

Prayer for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

O Divine Physician, we are reminded of the faith and humility of the centurion. Like him, we come before you, recognizing your authority and power. We ask for your healing touch to be upon those who are sick, suffering, or oppressed, knowing that you have the ability to bring restoration and wholeness. Strengthen our faith, that we may trust in your unfailing love and find comfort in your compassionate care. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

Word on Fire: Trusting in the Unshakable Rock

In his reflection for the Saturday of the 12th week in Ordinary Time, Bishop Robert Barron contemplates the Gospel account where Jesus commends the centurion for his steadfast faith. The bishop underscores the unwavering nature of God, highlighting Him as a dependable and unwavering bedrock. As the very essence of existence, God’s constancy and supreme authority offer a comforting haven and respite. Amidst a world teeming with setbacks and ambiguities, placing our trust in God guarantees a sense of certainty that can bestow internal tranquility and peace.

USCCB Reflection: Growing in Faith, Trusting in God

In this video reflection by the USCCB for Saturday of the 12th week in Ordinary Time, the focus is on exploring the correlation between faith and fear. The reflection emphasizes that faith and fear are incompatible since fear arises when faith is feeble or nonexistent. The absence of fear is reliant on our unwavering certainty in a benevolent God. By maintaining steadfast faith and placing our trust in God, we can triumph over trials and allow God to guide and support us. The reflection encourages the development of a faith that nurtures a profound rapport with God and aligns our lives with His intentions.

Frequently Asked Questions for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

What date is Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time?

The upcoming dates are Saturday June 28, 2025

What are the Mass readings for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time?

The Mass readings for Saturday June 28, 2025 are:
First Reading (Cycle 1) – Genesis 18:1-15: Divine Visit and a Promise
First Reading (Cycle 2) – Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19: Lament for Jerusalem
Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Luke 1: Song of Gratitude
Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 74: Plea for Divine Intervention
Gospel – Matthew 8:5-17: Jesus’ Healing Power
See the readings section of this page for a longer summary of these readings for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time and links to the readings.

What are the themes for the Mass readings for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time?

Some themes include Jesus’ divine authority, His compassion for the suffering, and His ability to bring about healing and restoration. They also highlight the importance of faith, the inclusion of Gentiles in God’s salvation plan, and the fulfillment of Old Testament promises in Jesus’ ministry.
See the themes section of this page for an expansion on these themes for Saturday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time. A reflection, prayer, and homily links are also available.

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