The first reading at Mass today comes from the prophet Zechariah.
On this, the 12th Sunday of Ordinary time, the readings direct us to the martyrdom of Christ – and, of course, his Resurrection – and the witness that each disciple is called to give in their lives.
It is the Lord who speaks: ‘Over the House of David and the citizens of Jerusalem I will pour out a spirit of kindness and prayer. They will look on the one whom they have pierced; they will mourn for him as for an only son, and weep for him as people weep for a first-born child. When that day comes, there will be great mourning in Judah, like the mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. When that day comes, a fountain will be opened for the House of David and the citizens of Jerusalem, for sin and impurity.’
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