Word To Life June 26

Jeff Hensley

North Texas Catholic

6/19/2013

June 23, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Cycle C. Readings:

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

If we’ve ever thought the phrase “timing is everything” carried a lot of wisdom, this week’s Scriptures confirm that. Whether it’s asking for a raise or correcting a friend, we know that there is a time when an action will bear fruit, but there may be many others when it could cause disaster.

If we think we have mastered this art of timing, think how much more accurately must be the timing of the One who created time and exists outside its realm.

In the Luke reading, Jesus asks his disciples who they say he is. Correctly, “Peter said in reply, ‘The Christ of God.’” Then Jesus rebuked his disciples for their answers, forbidding them from speaking of his identity because the time was not right, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the scribes.”

The time for proclaiming who Jesus was and why he had come had not arrived. This is a very mysterious passage until two books of the Bible later, in the second chapter of Acts, when on the streets of Jerusalem Peter and the disciples make their proclamation of who Jesus is and why he came.

At that point the time was ripe: The proclamation would bear great fruit when 3,000 conversions to this new message of the resurrected Messiah would take place on the very first day Peter and his brothers spoke out on Pentecost.

How often have we wondered about the will of God in our lives, wishing he would simply come out and tell us what to do? Maybe we need to take a lesson from both Luke’s Gospel and the second chapter of Acts. Perhaps we know what God wants us to do and proclaim, but, at the same time, we will only know the proper time of fulfillment by listening for the Spirit of God to speak to our hearts.

June 23Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Cycle C. Readings:

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

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