Daily Mass Readings

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I Ez 17:22-24

Thus says the Lord GOD: I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,     from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot, and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;     on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it. It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,     and become a majestic cedar. Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,     every winged thing in the shade of its boughs. And all the trees of the field shall know     that I, the LORD, bring low the high tree,     lift high the lowly tree, wither up the green tree,     and make the withered tree bloom. As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.

Responsorial Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16

R. (cf. 2a) Lord, it is good to give thanks to you. It is good to give thanks to the LORD,     to sing praise to your name, Most High, To proclaim your kindness at dawn     and your faithfulness throughout the night. R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you. The just one shall flourish like the palm tree,     like a cedar of Lebanon shall he grow. They that are planted in the house of the LORD     shall flourish in the courts of our God. R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you. They shall bear fruit even in old age;     vigorous and sturdy shall they be, Declaring how just is the LORD,     my rock, in whom there is no wrong. R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.

Reading II 2 Cor 5:6-10

Brothers and sisters: We are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him,  whether we are at home or away. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia. The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower. All who come to him will live forever. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 4:26-34

Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”

He said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it. Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

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Author: USCCB
Posted: June 13, 2021, 8:30 am

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Reading I 2 Cor 5:14-21

Brothers and sisters: The love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer. So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Responsorial Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful. Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. R. The Lord is kind and merciful. He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion. R. The Lord is kind and merciful. He will not always chide, nor does he keep his wrath forever. Not according to our sins does he deal with us, nor does he requite us according to our crimes.  R. The Lord is kind and merciful. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us.  R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Alleluia See Lk 2:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed is the Virgin Mary who kept the word of God and pondered it in her heart. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 2:41-51

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. 

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Author: USCCB
Posted: June 12, 2021, 8:30 am

Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Reading I Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9

    Thus says the LORD: When Israel was a child I loved him,     out of Egypt I called my son. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,     who took them in my arms; I drew them with human cords,     with bands of love; I fostered them like one     who raises an infant to his cheeks; Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,     they did not know that I was their healer.

My heart is overwhelmed,     my pity is stirred. I will not give vent to my blazing anger,     I will not destroy Ephraim again; For I am God and not a man,     the Holy One present among you;     I will not let the flames consume you.

Responsorial Psalm Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6.

R. (3)    You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation. God indeed is my savior;     I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD,     and he has been my savior. With joy you will draw water     at the fountain of salvation. R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation. Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;     among the nations make known his deeds,     proclaim how exalted is his name. R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation. Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;     let this be known throughout all the earth. Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,     for great in your midst     is the Holy One of Israel! R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Reading II Eph 3:8-12, 14-19

Brothers and sisters: To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things, so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the principalities and authorities in the heavens. This was according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness of speech and confidence of access through faith in him.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Alleluia Mt 11:29ab

R. Alleluia, alleluia. Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord; and learn from me, for I am meek and gentle of heart. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

OR:

1 Jn 4:10b R. Alleluia, alleluia. God first loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Jn 19:31-37

Since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,  the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken  and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first  and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,  they did not break his legs,  but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,  and immediately blood and water flowed out. An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;  he knows that he is speaking the truth,  so that you also may come to believe. For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:     Not a bone of it will be broken. And again another passage says:     They will look upon him whom they have pierced.

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Author: USCCB
Posted: June 11, 2021, 8:30 am

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