19 June 2016
12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Cycle C. Green.
Zec 12:10 -11; 13: 1 / Gal 3: 26 – 29 / Lk 9:18 - 24
1st Reading: Zec 12:10-11; 13: 1
I will pour out on the family of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of love and supplication. They will look at the one who was pierced and mourn for him as an only child, weeping bitterly as for a firstborn. The mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning of Haddadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. . . .
On that day a spring will well up for the family of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse themselves of sin and defilement.
From the 2nd Reading: Gal 3: 26 - 29
Now, in Christ Jesus, all of you are sons and daughters of God through faith. All of you who were given to Christ through baptism, have put on Christ. Here there is no longer any difference between Jew or Greek, or between slave or freed, or between man and woman: but all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Christ, you are of Abraham's race and you are to inherit God's promise.
Gospel Reading: Lk 9:18 – 20, 22 - 24
One day when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, he asked them, "What do people say about me?" And they answered, "Some say you are John the Baptist; others say that you are Elijah, and still others that you are one of the former prophets risen from the dead." Again Jesus asked them, "Who then do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Messiah of God."
And he added, "The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and teachers of the Law, and be put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life.
Jesus also said to all the people, "If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it, and if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it."
"What do people say about me?" Jesus asks his disciples what people say of him. Then he asks them what they themselves say of him, "Who then do you say I am?" Peter, the leader among his disciples, replies for them, "The Messiah of God."
All three Synoptic gospels recount this confession of Peter as a key event in Christ's ministry: The Gospel of Mark has the same reply as the Gospel of Luke, "You are the Messiah." (Mk 8:29) In the account of Matthew, Peter's confession ads, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." (Mt 16:16) In the account of Matthew Peter is also promised his leadership and primacy in the Church, "You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church; never will the powers of death overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and what you unbind on earth shall be unbound in heaven." (Mt 16:18 – 19)
Peter's response in his name and for the other apostles came not only from his deep and prolonged experiences with Christ but also, as Christ so clearly says in the account of Matthew, as a special grace and revelation from his Father in heaven: "It is well for you, Simon Barjona, for it is not flesh and blood that has revealed this to you but my Father in heaven." (Mt 16: 17) Faith in Jesus Christ as Son of the Most High and as our Savior is a grace and gift from our heavenly Father,
"Who do you say that I am?" is the recurring question Jesus poses to each one of us today. As we celebrate the Lord's Day and offer the Lord's sacrifice by listening to God's word and partaking of the living Bread he has left us in the Eucharist, we pray for the Father's grace and gift of faith. "Who do you say that I am?" "Who is Christ in our lives?" "How does Christ act in our lives?"
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Aung San Suu Ky
Jun & Shirley Lim
Emelinda Teck Yu
For the healing and speedy recovery of Tony Siy Tan.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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