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12th Sunday Ordinary Time

Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1
Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9
Galatians 3:26-29
Luke 9:18-24

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body piercings

"They shall look on Him Whom they have" pierced. —Zechariah 12:10; John 19:37

In American culture, most women, as well as a number of men, have their ears pierced. In recent decades, many get other body parts pierced as well. Though people might pierce their bodies for any number of reasons, body piercing is biblically a mark of slavery (Ex 21:6). Slaves had their ear pierced to identify them as lifelong slaves (Ex 21:6).

If you've had your body pierced by a piercing gun or tattoo needles, Jesus identifies with you. He has pierced hands and feet (Ps 22:17). His side was pierced with a sword (Jn 19:34, 37). "He was pierced for our offenses" (Is 53:5). No one has been pierced as painfully as Jesus has been. When people look at your piercings, they might admire them or stare at you, but when people look on Jesus' piercings, their hearts are pierced, and they mourn for their sins (Zec 12:10). Jesus' piercings have the power to change hearts.

Instead of looking at your own piercings or those of others, look on the pierced Jesus. Let your heart be pierced with love for Him. Offer your body to Him as a living sacrifice (Rm 12:1) and a weapon for righteousness (see Rm 6:16, RNAB). Jesus, pierced for our transgressions, make our hearts like Yours.

Prayer:  Father, I will glorify You in my body (1 Cor 6:20).

Promise:  "Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will save it." —Lk 9:24

Praise:  Glory to You, Jesus, pierced for our sins. Alleluia!

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 20, 2016

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