June 23th, 2019

XII Sunday of O.T.

Year C

Looking at the Pierced we let ourselves be drawn into his following, learning from him every day the gestures of love and self-giving.

Zech 12:10-11; 13.1; Ps 62 (63); Gal 3:26-29; Lk 9:18-24

“They will look at me, the one they pierced.” The prophecy of Zechariah will be taken up by John in the scene of the Cross (cf. Jn 19:37). It is the same invitation addressed to Peter and to every disciple: to recognize the Christ of God in the face of the Crucified One. Jesus remembers what the condition is for being able to do it: not limiting oneself to contemplating it from afar, as a spectator not involved, but closely, in a following that involves our life with his destiny. Or rather, with that love in which he offers his life for us and for everyone, even for those who pierce him. Looking at the Pierced One means letting oneself be attracted to him, putting oneself behind him to let oneself be washed “by the gushing spring” that flows from his Passover. This is the cross that the Lord invites us to assume. “Every day,” explains Luca. He therefore thinks of more routine, everyday, hidden crosses. But what is the cross? Looking at the one who was pierced, we understand that it symbolizes a love capable of giving a different meaning to the evil and hatred we can suffer. Follow him every day on this path means becoming capable of small signs of love and self-giving even in situations where we would be tempted to react with completely different attitudes.

Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey

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