Readings of 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

First Reading

First Reading: 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

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

R./   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.

Second Reading

Second Reading: 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.

Holy Gospel

Gospel Reading: Mk 4:26-34

 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.