Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Zechariah doubted an angel’s promise of a son in his old age. He then lost the ability to speak until he named the baby John, as the angel had directed. The son became John the Baptist. At age 12, Jesus stayed behind after the Passover festival in Jerusalem. After three days of anxious searching, Mary and Joseph found Him conversing with teachers in the Temple. After that, Jesus humbly obeyed His parents as He grew up. In His adult ministry, the Lord told a parable about finding a lost sheep, bringing it back, and celebrating with friends and neighbors. He warned of a narrow gate leading to eternal life. Sometimes, we want to explore various avenues, trying to narrow things down but getting lost. What makes it tempting to go our own way, instead of following Jesus to the gate He opens?