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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 20 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Galatians 3:26-29
Luke 9:18-24

A reflection on today's Scripture:

There will be many celebrations this weekend -- graduations, and all the parties that follow, and Father's Day breakfasts, too. Children of all ages are happy that the school year has ended, with summer and all its freedom, real or imagined.

During Sunday Masses, we may be tempted to "turn off" the Gospel when we hear Jesus tell us, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me." Yet, Jesus insists on this qualification for being His follower.

As experience of living teaches us over and over, "biting the bullet" and facing the hard things that come our way has rich rewards. Enduring pain from illness, accident, or loss can transform us to a richer level of living.

In today's first reading, Zechariah tells the people of Israel that God will give them a "spirit of grace and petition," especially when they repent of past sin and infidelity and turn their hearts to God. We've heard many times about being clothed in Christ Jesus. Do we proudly wear that clothing? Being patient under trial and enduring humiliation can help others admire and imitate our "clothing."

The Gospel shouts out this message of total acceptance of what following Christ's teaching may get us into. Suffering and discipleship are practically synonymous terms. How can we possibly measure up to this kind of living?

We know the answer very well. It's our decision (inspired by prayer and God's grace) to love Him more and more. Of course, that means we must love our neighbor more and more as well. Often, that in itself qualifies as "suffering."

We all really want to be followers of Jesus, but we often balk at the cost of discipleship. There is no consolation at all in being a half-hearted disciple. There is no freedom in that. Even though we all desire a painless and trouble-free existence, we will never grow by running away from any pain. To do so would mean that, in all honesty, we should part company with Jesus, for we just wouldn't qualify to be called "Christian."

~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29@yahoo.com

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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