Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 94
Read the Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33

Gospel Summary
There are people who do not yet know the Good News. Jesus assured his disciples and us that we will bring the light of the Kingdom into their darkness by sharing Jesus with them. Even if some people, even our families, ridicule us for our proclamation, God will care for us until the end.

Reflection for Families
As an old saying goes, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." This is not only the message we need to convey to our children, but through our own actions, they will see that we believe this to be true. Sometimes we have to take an unpopular stand with our children when we know that they are being tempted by their peers and culture. You will find among parents of older children, that your children will one day express their gratitude for your courage.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
This Gospel is about giving up something for someone else. What do you have that someone else might need? Good health, material comfort, time, energy? Think of someone or a group of people in your community who are marginalized. What can your family do to help ease their burden? Perhaps you can make a meal, give away some of your possession, visit them or write them a letter or note.

Discussion Starters
1. Sometimes I have known what is right in a situation, but I have stopped short of expressing it because . . .
2. One time I remember feeling lost when someone turned against me. I now know that God was with me then because . . .
3. One person I really admire for standing up for what is right is . . .