Revelation is an amazing thing. Begin to notice connections in our Sunday Bible readings; you will be amazed at the incredible way the Holy Spirit inspired the holy writers and editors who shaped the Bible. Some who study the scriptures say our first reading from Zechariah is hard to interpret. “Him whom they have pierced” – who was the prophet referring to back then, after all, it was centuries before the time of Jesus? How does this passage fit with the rest of that prophet’s book? Fine questions, but hear this passage in light of the paschal mystery. “They shall look on him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son,…. On that day there shall be open …, a fountain to purify from sin and uncleanness.” Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Zechariah may have penned a message that had much more meaning than even he could see. Namely, one day, this passage would shed light on the paschal mystery. Is it hard to see why those who put together our lectionary (the book that organizes all the Bible readings for Mass) chose this reading to go with the Passion prediction in today’s Gospel? The last sentence about the fountain can serve well for prayer in this Year of Mercy.

Sunday, June 19, 2016