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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
June 19, 2016

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Carrying Your Cross

The point of making the convict carry the crossbeam was not so much to induce physical discomfort as to mark him for public shaming. It was the empire's way of saying, “Here is a public enemy! Insult freely and spit at will!”


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Profession of Faith

We imagine that our foremost task in life is somehow to make a difference ... But the only difference we really make in this world, the only thing we can do that no one else can do, is take ownership of our lives and give them away.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Honor and Secrecy

The association of Jesus with the Baptist, Elijah, or other prophets, though incorrect, are, in Jesus’ mind, honorable attributes. Why disturb these misconceptions?


from the
Early Church

Cyril of Alexandria

When [Peter] had made his profession of faith Jesus gave them strict orders to tell this to no one. “The Son of Man” he said, “must suffer greatly, and be rejected and killed, and raised up on the third day.” Yet why was it not rather their duty to preach him everywhere?


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

For Jesus ... to be the Christ was not a dignity to be claimed but a mission to be worked out, a mission that inevitably led him to the cross. And to follow him, to believe that he is the Christ, God present for us in human form.