Readings: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

First Reading

First Reading: Wisdom   12:13, 16-19

There is no god besides you who have the care of all,
that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.
For your might is the source of justice;
your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all.
For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved;
and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity.
But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,
and with much lenience you govern us;
for power, whenever you will, attends you.
And you taught your people, by these deeds,
that those who are just must be kind;
and you gave your children good ground for hope
that you would permit repentance for their sins.

Responsorial Psalm

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm  86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

R./  Lord, you are good and forgiving.

You, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
Hearken, O Lord, to my prayer
and attend to the sound of my pleading.
R./  Lord, you are good and forgiving.

All the nations you have made shall come
and worship you, O Lord,
and glorify your name.
For you are great, and you do wondrous deeds;
you alone are God.
R./  Lord, you are good and forgiving.

Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.
R./  Lord, you are good and forgiving.

You have crowned the year with your bounty,

and your paths overflow with a rich harvest;
The untilled meadows overflow with it,
and rejoicing clothes the hills.
R./  Lord, you are good and forgiving.

Second Reading

Second Reading:   Romans   8:26-27

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.  
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God's will. 

Holy Gospel

Gospel Reading: Matthew  13:24-43

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
 Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.  
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
"A sower went out to sow.  
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.  
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.  
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.  
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.  
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.  
Whoever has ears ought to hear."
The disciples approached him and said,
"Why do you speak to them in parables?"
He said to them in reply,
"Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.  
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
 they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.  
Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
 You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.