Daily Catholic Readings – June 16, 2024


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First Reading Ezekiel 17:22-24
Response It is good to give thanks to you, O Lord.
Second Reading 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
GospelMark 4:26-34

R/. It is good to give thanks to you, O Lord.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
To make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your loving mercy in the morning,
and your truth in the watches of the night. R/.

The just will flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a Lebanon cedar.
Planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God. R/.

Still bearing fruit when they are old,
still full of sap, still green,
to proclaim that the Lord is upright.
In him, my rock, there is no wrong. R/.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. The seed is the word of God, the sower is Christ all who come to him will live for ever.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Jesus said to the crowds, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. ”

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