Time to open the scriptures and take a look at the Word for the weekend ahead: the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You'll find the scriptures and commentary on them here and if you're bringing children to church with you, here are hints for helping them prepare to hear the Word.
The first lesson, from Zechariah, sounds distinctly Lenten in its imaging a suffering servant. And indeed, this text prepares us well for Jesus' prediction of his suffering in this day's gospel passage from Luke, leading to the Lord's admonition that those who would follow him must deny themselves and take up their cross, losing their lives for his sake that they might be saved.
In the middle reading, from Galatians, Paul reminds that we, the baptized, are all one in Christ: there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female.
Lent in June? And it's Fathers Day, too! But the Cross isn't seasonal, it's daily and it deserves our attention - particularly if we're having difficulty carrying the cross that's ours...
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