12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Fr. FRINK (Pastor, St. John XXIII) preaching homily for 12th Sunday in Ordinary time on June 21, 2015 in Tamaqua, PA. .

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June 20, 2021 | June 21, 2015 | June 21, 2009

In 2018 and 2012, since the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist replaced the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, these homilies have omitted. In 2015, this Sunday followed the shooting at Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Cardinal Tagle
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Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf

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Being the soil ready to receive the seed


A seed in biological term is a plant’s or animal’s unit of reproduction, capable of developing into another such plant or animal. It biblical parlance, it applies to a person’s offspring or descendants. We understand why the prophecy goes that a seed shall shoot from the stock of Jesse……Jesus Christ is interpreted as the seed of David. In another understanding a seed is the cause or latent beginning of a feeling, process, or condition. There are many other definitions of a seed. Jesus hinges today on the biological understanding to talk about the kingdom of God. In most cases we know that the seen is often smaller than the resultant plant or tree. One wonders if such small seed could give rise to such a large plant.

Scientists today have sought to produce improved seeds that could also improve production. They have developed many strategies too of improving not only the seed but also the soil that receives the seed. The gardener or the farmer caters for the seed so that it produces good results.

The main question in today’s Gospel is this: What can we say the kingdom of God is like? We may be tempted to see and compare this kingdom to one of the most successful and affluent “world powers”. Jesus however takes us back to something very small which has the capacity of growing into bigger things. He compares the kingdom to a see. He even goes far as to compare it with the smallest of the seed, the mustard seed.

The seed of the kingdom has already been prepared by God. It is good seed. It is the best seed. It only needs the soil that is ready to receive the seed. If the kingdom of God is to be planted, then it is planted in us. How do we improve and cater for this soil so that it can receive the best of the seed that can ever exist. The fruits we bear will be tantamount to how we, as the soils have made ourselves ready to receive the seed.

God has wants his kingdom in us to grow into the biggest shrub and biggest branches so that birds of the air can find shelter in its shade. The poor, homeless, sick, marginalized, etc around us are in need of our shelter. We must not think we are too small to do this task. Who will do it if you don’t? At our baptism God sowed this seed of the kingdom into us. We must be the good soil in which the seed of the kingdom will grow.

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Fr. Vincent Hawkswell

“If it is difficult to interpret the natural universe, how much more difficult it is to understand the spiritual world,” writes Father Hawkswell.


B.C. CATHOLIC | 2021

In this Sunday’s First Reading, God asks Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” In the Gospel Reading, after Jesus has calmed the storm, the apostles ask, “Who, then, is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

These readings remind us of last Sunday’s, when God said, “All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord.” The Bible states unequivocally that it is God who is responsible for every thing and every event: the normal or natural as well as the abnormal or miraculous.

Essentially, scientists observe what happens around them and then generalize their observations. In other words, they study the patterns according to which God normally conducts the day-to-day working of the universe.

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Fr. Michael CHUA



Our story begins with an invitation from the Lord: “Let us cross over to the other side!” This shouldn’t be a problem at all if you are convinced that the grass is greener on the other side, or you possess an exploratory spirit and every adventure is a moment of serendipity. But I guess most of us are not wired this way. We would rather stick with the tried and tested. We are not sure if the other side would be rife with danger or the crossing may prove to be perilous too. The familiar, on the other hand, offers no surprises. This may be why change is often resisted, risks avoided and why we would often wait for others to take the initiative.

Today, our Lord is inviting His disciples to cross this barrier of water. The sea itself shouldn’t have been that formidable since a number of His Apostles were themselves seasoned fishermen. They should have been in their element. But there is more to this. The sea or lake of Galilee served as a natural boundary between its Western and Eastern shores. To its East, we have pagan territory, the land of unclean livestock and violent demoniacs. To the West, we have the predominantly, albeit nominally, Jewish territory. Strangely, this so-called Jewish territory was not immune to demonic activity. Demons do not discriminate between Jews and Gentiles, both are fair game for the diabolical. Although both populations shared much in common in terms of language and culture, the Jewish rules of ritual separation ensured that the religious boundaries were meticulously guarded to prevent any casual crossing.

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He is not Asleep (2015)

Fr. Austin Fleming



So, suppose you’re at the check-out at the supermarket and you look up and see that the guy bagging your groceries is none other than – Pope Francis. – and he’s asking you, “Paper or plastic?”

Which would you choose? Well, we found out this week that the pope cares about the environment – a lot! Francis just published an “encyclical” (that’s a major teaching document). titled Laudato Si – which means Praise to you – and it’s subtitled, On the care of our common home. The common home the pope refers to is our planet: Earth.

I’ve not had an opportunity yet to read the whole thing but what I have read (and read about it) tells me that its message comes right out of some ancient texts like the ones we just heard. And what’s that message? God’s the Creator and the world belongs to him. With Job we learned that it was God who set the limits of the oceans and Jesus showed us he had the power, the authority, to rebuke the wind, to quiet a violent storm and to calm an angry sea.

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Let us cross to the other side… (2009)

Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr



There are times and situations where we are in a hurry to see the fruits of our labour. Other times too, we wonder: when will this person change? When don’t see the fruit or when the person doesn’t change as soon as we expect, we are frustrated. How do this Sunday’s readings assure us? What can we learn from the patience of organic farming?.

It’s common to find in some farm shops foodstuffs labelled “organic”. What they want to show is that those products have been produced in the manner that respects the environment: no chemicals and no manipulations. Often, such organic products take relatively long time to grow, involving a prolonged period of work. Then you understand why they are likely to be a bit expensive. Behind the label “organic” isn’t there something godly and evangelic?

Looking at myself, others and the world we live in I can imagine the mark that God has stamped on us: “It’s organic”. His patience for Adam and Eve who distanced themselves from his love, and for Israel who broke the covenant many times just show that those practising organic farming, probably, they copied it from God.

Fr. Chama’s homily is divided into the following sections:

  • It’s Organic
  • Organic farming, the practice of his son too!
  • But not everyone acted like him!
  • Gospel of love and patience
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Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino



When the storm came up, Jesus was asleep in the boat.  It appeared that He was not concerned with their plight.  It seemed that they had to ride out this storm alone.  The fear that the disciples had is the same fear that we all have when we are confronted with a crisis.  We find out that we have a serious illness, and we become fearful for our lives and for our loved ones.   We learn a terrible truth about one of our relatives or friends, and we fear that their lives and even our own reputations will be shattered.  We often have to accept a change in our lives.  Even changes as routine as moving from Middle School to High School, or High School to college, or college to independent life as a young adult can be frightening. We consider marriage and our responsibilities to a person we love, and then we consider our responsibilities to those people that we bring into the world, and we fear that we might not be up to the challenges of life. We fear that we are alone.  But we are not alone.  God sees.  God knows.  He’s there in the boat of life with us as the storms rage. He challenges us as Jesus challenged his disciples, “Why are you afraid? Where is your faith?” Our all loving God is also an all-powerful God.  He will calm the sea for us if we trust in Him.  God does not forget us, even if we think He is sleeping.

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Fr. George Smiga



Kurt Vonnegut once commented, “There is a saying: There are no atheists in foxholes. Most people think this is a good argument against atheists, but (Vonnegut continued) I personally think that it is a much better argument against foxholes.” What Vonnegut’s comments imply is, if our faith is based on protecting ourselves—if we believe because we want to be safe as the bullets fly by and the bombs explode around us—that faith is incomplete and unworthy.

Now don’t get me wrong. God loves us and we believe that God cares for us. God often blesses us with health, family, and security. But if we believe in God only to receive those good things, if our faith becomes a kind of insurance policy to protect us in the foxhole, then that faith is flawed. Moreover, it doesn’t work. That was made painfully clear to us this week by the events in Charleston, South Carolina, when a young man pulled out a gun and killed nine people at a bible study group. The people who were killed were all believers. They had placed their lives in God’s hands and trusted in God’s care. Yet they were all gunned down in their own church building. If faith is an insurance policy against harm, those nine people should get their money back. Faith does not promise us to keep evil away.

So why, then, do we believe? What is faith about? This is the issue in the Book of Job from which today’s first reading comes….

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Speaking to God (2009)




The first question we have to ask ourselves today is… are we doing the will of God? Right now at this part of your life? Because if you are doing your own will or doing your own thing, you are doing what you want to do but God says, “Hey great, you want to be God of your own life, I will let you. I will let you be God. So when the storm comes… ok God take care of it. Don’t come running to me. You are the God of your life. You are doing what you want so when the storms of life come, you take care of the storm because you are God. You are taking care of your own life. You want to run your life, please do. But when problems come, remember who is god of your life. You are, huh?” So the first thing I am going to have to ask you today is are you in charge of your life or is God in charge of your life? If you are in charge of your life, don’t call God when the storms come because you are the god of your own life. So that is the first thing. Are you the god of your life? If not, it is a very simple thing, yeah, it’s a surrender. Lord, I want to do what you command. Because you do realize, God wants you to be happy more than you want to be happy. God wants to take care of you more than you could ever take care of yourself. God has a plan for your life. You can do what you want. He gave you free will. But He wants you to have peace. He wants you to have joy. He wants you to have happiness. And that come from doing what He says not what you say. So that is the first part.

The second part is that when the storms of life do come, and we are in the Lord and we have surrendered and we let him take control of our life; then there is nothing to be afraid of…

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Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ



Job, in the midst of the storm of life, called out for an answer to the chaos he felt. And God replied to Job: “Who shut within doors the sea and clothed the clouds as babies in blankets?” That’s that. Who was Job to question the unnameable and most high? And what do all of our complaints about death amount to?

Strongly as his quarrel with God may still haunt our thoughts, we Christians have a fuller answer to our questions than Job did. We have Jesus, sleeping, yet with us at sea. He sleeps even though the turbulence is close to flooding us. Finally he speaks up, only to chide us—almost as heartlessly as God did Job: “Be still. … Why are you so terrified? Why are you lacking in faith?”

Our faith is not a guarantee that we will not go under. But it is a promise that, even if we nearly drown, Jesus will be with us. Not every storm of ours is miraculously silenced before his command, but all can be transformed by the abiding presence of love that disarms all fear.

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Bishop Robert Barron

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The story of Jesus calming the storm at sea is an archetypal description of the church down through the ages. We find ourselves in the midst of storms, but as long as Christ sails with us, we can find peace.


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Psalm 130 begins with the words, “out of the depths, I have cried to you, O Lord.” Throughout the great tradition, the prayer “”de profundis,”” (out of the depths) has been one of the most powerful expressions of our reliance upon God. When our lives have bottomed out, when we are lost and at the end of our strength, we turn to God. The cry of the apostles in the boat, as the waves crash over the side and threaten to drown them, is a New Testament example of this prayer. Do you need to pray it today?

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Father Frank Pavone
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Job’s life and sufferings raised many questions for him and those around him. What did he do wrong? If he didn’t commit a great sin, why was he experiencing so much misfortune? How can one find strength in the midst of so much loss, and how can one trust God in the midst of so much adversity? Job ponders his fate, and his wife and his friends chime in with their advice. Then, after all the human words are spoken, God himself breaks the silence and speaks to Job in chapter 38, from which today’s first reading is taken. God responds to the puzzlement of human beings by asking a series of questions that highlight the difference between God and his creatures. It would be instructive in this homily to read some of the other questions in Job 38, which give a tremendous sense of perspective that we so easily miss. We find it so easy to question God and to take the role of God. Yet when God asks us if we are really able to take his role or claim to do any of the things he does, the very questions show the absurdity of human pride, and the foolishness of an unwillingness to trust God.

It is trust in the midst of danger that the apostles likewise learned, as Jesus, in the boat, showed himself to be the only one who can answer God’s questions in Job 38 – for he is God.

This lesson of trust and utter humility in the face of God’s infinite Providence is a tremendous antidote to the temptation of individuals and families to resort to abortion and euthanasia. “How will I handle this child I did not anticipate? How will I handle this terminal illness?” When these questions confront us, like stormy waves on the see threatening to sink the boat, we need to hear the questions of Job 38, and to know the power of the one who, though he may seem asleep, is in control.

It has been said that the false god transforms suffering into violence, but the true God transforms violence into suffering. Suffering may tempt us to resort to the violence of abortion and euthanasia. But love, faith, and trust call us to endure suffering while growing in union with God and one another.

This set of readings not only inspires the trust and hope we need to choose life, but ultimately challenges the arrogance displayed by the culture of death. We literally try to be God as we try to control the timing and manner of death through euthanasia and assisted suicide, or try to control the circumstances of conception and birth by contraception, genetic manipulation, and abortion. Yet far beyond anything that human intelligence, in its pride, can accomplish is the “new creation” of which the second reading speaks. The true victory over the evils of this life comes in the transformation already available to us in Christ.


General Intercessions

Celebrant: With our faith nourished by the words of Sacred Scripture, let us voice or needs in prayer to the Lord our God.


That the Church throughout the world may be united in prayer for the ongoing conversion of those who still do not know Christ, we pray to the Lord…

That those who preach and teach the Word of God in our world may boldly proclaim the promise of salvation, we pray to the Lord…

That lawmakers may work to reflect care and compassion for the poor and vulnerable in our society, we pray to the Lord…

In thanksgiving for all creation and for all life, which comes from the Lord of the earth, the sky, and the sea, we pray to the Lord…

For all fathers, that this Father’s Day may encourage and strengthen them to be faithful in their calling to give themselves in love to their families, we pray to the Lord.

That all who have gone before us in death may be welcomed into the heavenly kingdom, we pray to the Lord…


Father, you give us all we need. As you answer these prayers, increase our gratitude and our faith. We pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

SOURCE: Priests for Life

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