Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time: June 19 - 25, 2005
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Collaborative Ministry Office
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The Twelfth Week of Ordinary TimeJesus said:"Fear no one."On the Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time we can be consoled as Jesus tells us we don't have to fear anyone. God will take care of us, so we can be courageous in proclaiming this Good News to others.The first reading all week is a three week journey through the Book of Genesis and begins with the call of Abram and his wife Sarai. Abraham and Lot split up. God makes a covenant with heirless Abraham, promising a son and that he would be the father of as many people as the stars of the sky.In the gospels this week we read the last part of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. In the same way he has before, Jesus calls us deeper. We are not to judge so that we ourselves won't be judged. We are to be fair in treating others if we want to be treated fairly. We have to get the freedom to recognize our own faults before we try to remove others'. We are to care for others, as we would wish to be cared for. In all we do, the path we are to follow is a "narrow" one - which few seek out. Our security will come from building our lives of the solid rock of God's promises to us, rather than on the shifting sands of what the world might promise us. The week ends with Jesus going forth to heal: He took away our infirmitiesand bore our diseases.Tuesday is the memorial of the great Jesuit saint, Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of youth. Thursday is the Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist. It is a great story to hear and feel the connection between the faith of Abraham and Sarah, and their being given a special child, and then the faith and fidelity of Elizabeth and Mary, in accepting God's fidelity to them.All of this leads us to the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time in which we read the story of Elisha the prophet announcing a miraculous birth to a faithful woman. Jesus calls us to lose our lives for his sake.