12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, 19th June 2016

Who do you say I am?

This Sunday we are invited to consider God’s invitation to each one of us—to repentance, to knowing God as our deepest desire, to oneness with others in faith, to following Jesus by imitating his way of life.  The readings give us much to ponder.

The First Reading speaks of the Lord who will pour out a spirit of kindness and prayer on the people; but they will weep and mourn as for an only son when they “look on the one whom they have pierced”.   On that day, sin and impurity will be washed away.

The Psalm speaks of the depths of our longing for God.  We cling to God even as he holds us fast; our response is one of praise and joy as we see the glory of God.

St. Paul, in the Second Reading, reminds us that we are children of God because we have faith in Christ Jesus: there are no more distinctions between us, for we are all one in Christ.

In today’s Gospel we listen as Jesus speaks of what it means to follow him.  He asks his disciples, “Who do the crowds say I am?”  “But who do you say I am?”  How do I respond to his question?

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