First Reading: From the Second Letter of Saint Peter 1:2-7
Vrs2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of our Lord.
Vrs3 By his divine power, he has lavished on us all the things we need for life and for true devotion, through the knowledge of him who has called us by his own glory and goodness.
Vrs4 Through these, the greatest and priceless promises have been lavished on us, that through them you should share the divine nature and escape the corruption rife in the world through disordered passion.
Vrs5 With this in view, do your utmost to support your faith with goodness, goodness with understanding,
Vrs6 understanding with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with devotion,
Vrs7 devotion with kindness to the brothers, and kindness to the brothers with love.
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 91:1-2, 14-15, 15-16
Vrs1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the shelter of Shaddai,
Vrs2 saying to Yahweh, ‘My refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust!’
Vrs14 ‘Since he clings to me I rescue him, I raise him high, since he acknowledges my name.
Vrs15 He calls to me and I answer him: in distress I am at his side, I rescue him and bring him honour.
Vrs16 I shall satisfy him with long life, and grant him to see my salvation.’
Gospel: From the Gospel Account of Saint Mark 12:1-12
Vrs1 He went on to speak to them in parables, ‘A man planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug out a trough for the winepress and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad.
Vrs2 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard.
Vrs3 But they seized the man, thrashed him and sent him away empty handed.
Vrs4 Next he sent another servant to them; him they beat about the head and treated shamefully.
Vrs5 And he sent another and him they killed; then a number of others, and they thrashed some and killed the rest.
Vrs6 He had still someone left: his beloved son. He sent him to them last of all, thinking, “They will respect my son.”
Vrs7 But those tenants said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.”
Vrs8 So they seized him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.
Vrs9 Now what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and make an end of the tenants and give the vineyard to others.
Vrs10 Have you not read this text of scripture: The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
Vrs11 this is the Lord’s doing, and we marvel at it ?’
Vrs12 And they would have liked to arrest him, because they realised that the parable was aimed at them, but they were afraid of the crowds. So they left him alone and went away.