TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish .
12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Theme of the Sunday: Persecution. This is the theme that binds together all three readings. The light of God disturbs those who prefer to live in darkness and they inevitably react by opposition. Persecution often troubled the lives of the prophets. The first reading reminds us of the prophet Jeremiah. In the gospel Jesus says that persecution is a kind of cloak that his disciples will have to wear if they are to be firm in their beliefs. The second reading compares Adam with Christ and confirms that in the struggle between good and evil, good will always triumph.
1st READING: Jeremiah 20:10-13.
Jeremiah said: I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side! “Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” say all my familiar friends, watching for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived, then we can overcome him, and take our revenge on him.” But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonour will never be forgotten. O LORD of hosts, who test the righteous, who see the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause. Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evil doers.
THE WORD OF THE LORD.
Psalm 69:8-10.14 and 17.33-35 (R.14c)
[R]. In your great mercy, answer me, O Lord.
It is for you that I suffer taunts, that shame has covered my face. To my own kin I have become an outcast, a stranger to the children of my mother. Zeal for your house consumes me, and taunts against you fall on me. [R]
But I pray to you, O LORD, for a time of your favour. In your great mercy, answer me, O God, with your salvation that never fails. LORD, answer, for your mercy is kind; in your great compassion, turn towards me. [R]
The poor when they see it will be glad, and God-seeking hearts will revive; for the LORD listens to the needy, and does not spurn his own in their chains. Let the heavens and the earth give him praise, the seas and everything that moves in them. [R]
2nd READING: Romans 5:12-15.
Brethren: As sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned – sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
THE WORD OF THE LORD.
ALLELUIA: John 15:26b.27a
V. The Spirit of truth will bear witness to me, says the Lord; and you also are witnesses.
GOSPEL: Mathew 10:26-33.
At that time: Jesus said to his apostles, “Have no fear of men; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD.
CHRIST LIGHTS EACH DAY OF THE YEAR
THE ORDINARY SEASON
Ordinary season, it’s the longest season in the church with no special attachments; It invites us to reflect on the previous seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter). Catechesis: Ordinary comes from the Latin word ordinalis which refers to members of series, the stem from the word ordo meaning order. The numbers of week in ordinary time 33 or 34, represent the ordered life of the Church. This is the period in which we live our lives neither in fasting – as in Christmas and Easter season – nor penance as in Advent and Lent, but in watchfulness and expectation of the second coming of Christ thus the Parousia (www. Learnerreligions.com). It begins the day after The Solemnity of Pentecost. Liturgical environment: Ordinary season is given color green for: – it is the color of nature, it symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility thus provides security. – It is associated with the time after the Pentecost, and the period in which the church founded by the risen Christ and the enlivened by the Holy Spirit began to grow and to spread the Gospel to all the nations. Spiritual: When a child is born; the family, relatives and community feast and the baby keeps growing and later bears fruits. Our church being the mother invites during the ordinary season to grow by nurturing our faith and bear fruits
•Nurturing the faith:
- Reading and sharing the Word of God individually, family and community as Pope Francis the 1st invited us to read the Word of God in his MotuProprio “ APERUIT ILLIS”.
-Receiving the Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ
- Live sacramental life: there is a Swahili proverb that says “ mtoto wa nyoka ni nyoka” if we have received the Sacraments and live contrary to them, it means we are not living in the truth and truth is not with us.
• Charity: Christ taught us that we are “to love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13: 34). We are reminded to love by serving one another in: -Being responsible in various duties assigned or given to us By God. “Service to man is service to God”, Swami Vivekananda quotes
- Keeping our environment safe: As Christ did while on earth, he made sure that everyone who came to him felt secure and owned a home even where there was no shelter. For a home is not a structure but a place where love and care exists. We are in the times challenged by many difficulties, currently COVID- 19, but nothing ever can separate us from the love of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Gen 1: 26). In this period, let us remember that Christ restored our freedom, let us embrace one another for the one who is in us is far greater than the one who is in the world: COVID-19. (1 Jn 4: 4). Be Blessed.
Catechist NoellaNdayiziga, O.L.G. Parish.
The Holy See
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS
12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Courtesy of the Vatican.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good Morning!
In today’s Gospel (cf. Mt 10:26-33) the Lord Jesus, after having called and sent the disciples on mission, teaches them and prepares them to face the trials and persecutions they will have to endure. Going on mission is not like tourism, and Jesus cautions them: “you will find persecutions”.
So he exhorts them: “have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed…. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light…. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (vv. 26-28). They can only kill the body; they do not have the power to kill souls: do not fear this. Jesus’ dispatch [of the disciples] on mission does not guarantee their success, just as it does not protect them from failure and suffering. They have to take into account both the possibility of rejection and that of persecution. This is somewhat frightening but it is the truth.
The disciple is called to conform his life to Christ who was persecuted by men, knew rejection, abandonment and death on the cross. There is no Christian mission marked by tranquility! Difficulties and tribulations are part of the work of evangelization and we are called to find in them the opportunity to test the authenticity of our faith and of our relationship with Jesus. We must consider these difficulties as the opportunity to be even more missionary and to grow in that trust toward God, our Father who does not abandon his children during the storm.
Amid the difficulties of Christian witness in the world, we are not forgotten but always assisted by the attentive concern of the Father.
For this reason, in today’s Gospel, a good three times Jesus reassures the disciples, saying: “Do not fear!” Even in our day, brothers and sisters, persecution against Christians is present. We pray for our brothers and sisters who are persecuted and we praise God because, in spite of this, they continue to bear witness to their faith with courage and faithfulness. Their example helps us to not hesitate in taking the position in favour of Christ, bearing witness bravely in everyday situations, even in apparently peaceful contexts.
In effect, a form of trial can also be the absence of hostility and tribulation. Besides [sending us out] as “sheep in the midst of wolves”, the Lord even in our times sends us out as sentinels in the midst of people who do not want to be woken from their worldly lethargy which ignores the Gospel’s words of truth, building for themselves their own ephemeral truths.
And if we go to or live in these contexts, and we proclaim the Words of the Gospel, this is bothersome and they will look at us unkindly.
But in all this, the Lord continues to tell us, as he did to the disciples of his time: “Do not fear!”. Let us not forget these words: always, when we experience any tribulation, any persecution, anything that causes us to suffer, let us listen to the voice of Jesus in our hearts:
“Do not fear! Do not fear! Go Forth! I am with you!”. Do not fear those who mock you and mistreat you and do not fear those who ignore you or respect you “to your face”, but fight the Gospel “behind your back”. There are so many who smile to our face, but fight the Gospel behind our backs. We all know them. Jesus does not leave us all alone, because we are precious to him. That is why he does not leave us all alone. Each one of us is precious to Jesus and he accompanies us.
May the Virgin Mary, example of humility and courageous adherence to the Word of God, help us to understand that success does not count in the witness of faith, but rather faithfulness, faithfulness to Christ, recognizing in any circumstance even the most problematic, the inestimable gift of being his missionary disciples.