Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B / Sunday, June 20, 2021

This Sunday’s Readings: 

Job 38:1, 8–11

Psalm 107:23–24, 25–26, 28–29, 30–31 (1b or Alleluia)

2 Corinthians 5:14–17

Mark 4:35–41

“LET US CROSS TO THE OTHER SIDE,” Jesus says to his disciples after a long day of teaching the crowds. This wasn’t just for a change of scenery. They were crossing the border into Gentile territory on a mission to bring Jesus’s healing word to the people there.

This mission is no cruise, however. Having Jesus in our boat does not protect us from storms threatening our lives. Jesus’s calming of the seas in response to the disciples’ fear of perishing was not proof of his care for them. It was to verify what he would later say at a crossroads on their mission: “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35).

We are not more fortunate than others or guaranteed an easier life because we have faith. Jesus promises nothing of that. What he does promise is this: he will be with us to the end of the age. Faith in that promise turns terror to awe. Because we have faith, that promise will sustain us on this urgent mission. For what awaits us on the other side of the borders we cross for the sake of the Gospel are multitudes in need of the life-giving promise we bring in Christ.

–Diana Macalintal

Suggested Music

GIA Hymnal Suggestions
WLP Resource Suggestions

Choral Suggestions:

How Can I Keep from Singing?

Arranged by Tony Alonso and Gary Daigle

G-9658 · SAB, cantor, solo, assembly, keyboard, guitar, cello

Anchored in de Lord

Arranged by M. Roger Holland II

G-8540 · SSATB, soprano solo, reduction

Calm Me, Lord

Words by David Adam / Music by Margaret Rizza

G-6210 · Unison or mixed voices, organ, opt. instruments


“Let all the tumult in me cease; enfold me, Lord, in your peace.”

When we think about Jesus calming the storm, we might tend to think of the waves on the water, the thunder and lightning in the sky, the storm “out there.” But, isn’t it the inside storms that can knock us most off-kilter and hurt the most? Anxiety, anger, grief, and fear cause real damage to ourselves and to others, damage as real and far-reaching as stormy weather. May our prayer today and our trust in God still us and keep us from the harm we can’t always see but can feel so deeply.  

– Jennifer Odegard

O for a Faith

Arranged by Nathan Carter

G-5924 · SATB, bass & alto solos, keyboard

How Can I Keep from Singing?

Arranged by John Barnard

G-4507 · SAB, keyboard

More choral suggestions for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time…


El Amor de Dios/God’s Love Is Everlasting: Salmo 136(135)  Lourdes C. Montgomery. Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, guitar, keyboard 012649

El Señor Es Compasivo: Salmo 103(102) (bilingual)  Peter Kolar. Cantor, unison choir, descants 012670

How Can I Keep from Singing  Arr. Gerald Custer SATB divisi G-7227

How Can I Keep from Singing  Arr. Robert LeBlanc SSAATTBB G-3616

Hush the Ocean Wild  Jonathan Campbell  SATB G-9173

The Good Shepherd  M. Roger Holland II SAT, male solo, assembly, guitar, keyboard 001295

The King of Love My Shepherd Is  Arr. James Scavone SATB, sop solo, organ 008723

The Lord Is My Shepherd  James E. Clemens Unison choir or solo, flute, guitar, keyboard 009412

The Lord Is My Shepherd  Terrence Colopy Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, keyboard 006211

The Lord Is My Shepherd: Psalm 23  Aaron Thompson Three-part choir, cantor, assembly, guitar, keyboard 008377