Many thanks to Mark Hart at Lifeteen for the creative and insightful post you will find below.
Time to open the Scriptures and take a look at the Word for the weekend ahead: the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The first reading, from Zechariah, sounds distinctly Lenten in its imaging of a suffering servant. And indeed, this text prepares us well for Jesus' prediction of his suffering in this day's Gospel passage from Luke, leading to the Lord's admonition that those who would follow him must deny themselves and take up their cross, losing their lives for his sake that they might be saved.
In the second reading, from Galatians, Paul reminds that we, the baptized, are all one in Christ: there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female.
Lent in June? I know - it's not the most inviting theme! But the Cross isn't seasonal, it's daily and it deserves my attention - particularly if I'm having difficulty carrying the cross that's mine...