Readings for Friday Week 3 in Ordinary Time

First Reading
2 Sm 1:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17

You have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah to be your wife (see 2 Samuel 12:10).

A reading from the second Book of Samuel

At the turn of the year, when kings go out on campaign,
   David sent out Joab along with his officers
   and the army of Israel,
   and they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.
David, however, remained in Jerusalem.
One evening David rose from his siesta
   and strolled about on the roof of the palace.
From the roof he saw a woman bathing, who was very beautiful.
David had inquiries made about the woman and was told,
   “She is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam,
   and wife of Joab’s armor bearer Uriah the Hittite.”
Then David sent messengers and took her.
When she came to him, he had relations with her.
She then returned to her house.
But the woman had conceived,
   and sent the information to David, “I am with child.”

David therefore sent a message to Joab,
   “Send me Uriah the Hittite.”
So Joab sent Uriah to David.
When he came, David questioned him about Joab, the soldiers,
   and how the war was going, and Uriah answered that all was well.
David then said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and bathe your feet.”
Uriah left the palace,
   and a portion was sent out after him from the king’s table.
But Uriah slept at the entrance of the royal palace
   with the other officers of his lord, and did not go down
   to his own house.
David was told that Uriah had not gone home.

On the day following, David summoned him,
   and he ate and drank with David, who made him drunk.
But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his bed
   among his lord’s servants, and did not go down to his home.
The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab
   which he sent by Uriah.
In it he directed:
   “Place Uriah up front, where the fighting is fierce.
Then pull back and leave him to be struck down dead.”
So while Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah
   to a place where he knew the defenders were strong.
When the men of the city made a sortie against Joab,
   some officers of David’s army fell,
   and among them Uriah the Hittite died.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 51:3-4, 5-6a, 6bcd-7, 10-11

R. :

R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
   in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
   and of my sin cleanse me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I acknowledge my offense,
   and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
   and done what is evil in your sight.”

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

I have done such evil in your sight
   that you are just in your sentence,
   blameless when you condemn.
True, I was born guilty,
   a sinner, even as my mother conceived me.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;
   the bones you have crushed shall rejoice.
Turn away your face from my sins,
   and blot out all my guilt.

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Gospel Acclamation
See Mt 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mk 4:26-34

A man scatters seed on the land and would sleep and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

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 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.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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