First Reading: Hebrews 10:32-39
32. Brothers and Sisters: But call to mind the former days, in which, after being enlightened, you endured a great struggle of afflictions.
33. And certainly, in one way, by insults and tribulations, you were made a spectacle, but in another way, you became the companions of those who were the object of such behavior.
34. For you even had compassion on those who were imprisoned, and you accepted with gladness being deprived of your goods, knowing that you have a better and more lasting substance.
35. And so, do not lose your confidence, which has a great reward.
36. For it is necessary for you to be patient, so that, by doing the will of God, you may receive the promise.
37. “For, in a little while, and somewhat longer, he who is to come will return, and he will not delay.
38. For my just man lives by faith. But if he were to draw himself back, he would not please my soul.”
39. So then, we are not sons who are drawn away to perdition, but we are sons of faith toward the securing of the soul.
Psalm: Psalms 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40
3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
4: Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5: Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
6: He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and your right as the noonday.
23: The steps of a man are from the LORD, and he establishes him in whose way he delights;
24: though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD is the stay of his hand.
39: The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
40: The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
26 And he said: So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the earth,
27 And should sleep, and rise, night and day, and the seed should spring, and grow up whilst he knoweth not.
28 For the earth of itself bringeth forth fruit, first the blade, then the ear, afterwards the full corn in the ear.
29 And when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
30 And he said: To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? or to what parable shall we compare it?
31 It is as a grain of mustard seed: which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth:
32 And when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches, so that the birds of the air may dwell under the shadow thereof.
33 And with many such parables, he spoke to them the word, according as they were able to hear.
34 And without parable he did not speak unto them; but apart, he explained all things to his disciples.