Zec 12: 10-11; 13: 1    Is this a reference to Christ – a prophecy of what will happen in the centuries top come? It is hard for us to be sure of the answers to these questions. Suffice it to say that the Fathers of the Church thought it was and have treated it as one in their writings. It is plausible that from time to time God gave hints to the Jews of what was to come in the future. What is even more important is that we recognize Jesus as the Christ and Messiah and so proclaim him as our redeemer.

Jesus, your heart was pierced as you hung on the cross and out flowed water and blood. I pray that as I gaze on you on the cross I will never forget the depth of your love that meant that you hung there for me.

Gal 3: 26-29    Jesus breaks down all barriers between people. Jesus wants us to see one another as brothers and sisters in him without reference to color or ethnic origins. There is nothing wrong with one or other race or ethnic origin but it is not important in comparison to our single ownership of the title of human being. We stand as one under the banner of our humanity before we can be differed by race or any other description.

Jesus, help me to banish all forms of unjust discrimination from my heart. Help me to see all men and women exactly as you see them as my brothers and sisters.

Lk 9: 18-24     The irony and mystery implicit in Jesus’ prediction of his passion is strong. It has the potential to upset a person’s faith if they lose sight of the fact that all Jesus does is done in obedience to his Father’s will. It is crucial that we keep this focus as well particularly when we struggle to accept the trials that confront us as we follow Jesus’ will for our lives. It is the example of Jesus’ suffering that should inspire us to overcome all temptations here.

Father, help me to never lose sight of the goal of eternal life with you. In this way I will be helped in overcoming the distractions and temptations I encounter in life.