Vol: 43, No.37 12TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) June 19 2016  
The Lord is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed. Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage, and govern them for ever. (Ps 27:8-9)

In Christ Jesus there are indeed no distinctions based on class, caste, creed, colour, gender, for all are one in Christ Jesus, says St Paul. Yet this classless society is made possible by paying a tremendous price. The Incarnate Son of God does not have any peaceful outing among his people. From the first reading we get an inkling of what is going to happen to Jesus who has come to restore the lost glory of Israel. The Prophet says that Gods agent will be pierced on his side, and the more compassionate among the people will mourn for him bitterly as if mourning for an only child. Jesus is aware of what is going to happen to him on account of the work he is doing among his people. Jesus is aware of what happened to the holy prophets sent earlier. Jesus predicts that he has to suffer cruelly and be killed mercilessly. Of course, some people who see him in that condition weep bitterly. Do I weep for the atrocities committed against people who cry out against an evil society? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/ through my fault,/through my most
grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(Prophet Zechariah probably refers to an innocent person, a representative of God, who has been killed by piercing. After the merciless killing, the people realize their error and mourn and grieve for him).
A reading from the Book of Zechariah (12:10-11; 13:1)
Thus says the Lord: I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of compassion and supplication so that, when they look on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him as one weeps over a first-born. On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
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