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.’
The Lord speaks to a people who have been complicit in a great wrong, but calls them to repentance and offers them not punishment for wrongs done, but healing, kindness and prayer.
This offer, this invitation is available still, to all who do wrong to God’s people. his human family.
Shrine at traditional place of the preparation of Jesus’ body for burial. Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. (c) 2007, Allen Morris