Homily :: June 25, 2017
06/25/17: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
06/25/17: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Dave Reeson
06/25/17: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Pat Nields
The first reading from the prophet Jeremiah contains a lament and a declaration of confidence in God who is the source of his strength. As a prophet, Jeremiah experienced pain and suffering for the message that he was charged to deliver to Israel. The first part of today’s reading tells of the struggles he experienced. The last part of the reading expresses his confidant assurance that God “who has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked” is his strength.
The Gospel reading from Matthew follows on this theme of enduring suffering for the sake of the message. It is part of Jesus instruction to the twelve regarding their mission. “Fear no one!” “Do not be afraid!” “Even all the hairs of your head are counted.” These admonitions are to shore up the apostles who in the era when Matthew’s Gospel was written toward the end of the first century were no doubt experiencing opposition and persecution for their persistence in proclaiming the message of Jesus. Those who “acknowledge him” will be acknowledged by God in heaven. This is the promise to the apostles and the promised to us.
The Romans reading immediately follows the selection we heard last week. Paul is reflecting on depth of sin that pervades all humanity, Jew and Gentile alike due to the sin of Adam. Jesus is seen as the new Adam, unstained by sin and giving salvation to all, whether followers of the Law (Jews), or those subject to natural law (Gentiles—everybody else).
By Dale J. Sieverding © 2008, OCP. All rights reserved.