Today’s readings

  • Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
    Reading I Heb 10:11-18 Every priest stands daily at his ministry,  offering frequently those same sacrifices  that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins,  and took his seat forever at the right hand of God;  now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever  those who are being consecrated. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying:     This is the covenant I will establish with them         after those days, says the Lord:     “I will put my laws in their hearts,         and I will write them upon their minds,” he also says:     Their sins and their evildoing         I will remember no more. Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin. Responsorial Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4 R.    (4b)  You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. The LORD said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand     till I make your enemies your footstool.”R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:     “Rule in the midst of your enemies.”R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. “Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;     before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.”R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:     “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. Alleluia R. Alleluia, alleluia. The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower; all who come to him will live for ever.R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mk 4:1-20 On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him  so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables,  and in the course of his instruction he said to them,  “Hear this!  A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,  and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.   Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it  and it produced no grain. And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” And when he was alone,  those present along with the… Read more »