Daily Gospel Reading for March 17, 2023 – Friday in the Third Week of Lent Bible Verse

The 17th of March, 2023 is Friday in the Third Week of Lent. The Holy Bible verses for the mass readings for this day came from the Liturgical Calendar Year 2023.

Reading 1: HOS 14:1-9

The first reading from the Book of Hosea.

Israel, return to Yahweh your God; for you have fallen because of your sin.

Take words with you, and return to Yahweh. Tell him, “Forgive all our sins, and accept that which is good; so we offer bulls as we vowed of our lips.

Assyria can’t save us. We won’t ride on horses; neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, ‘Our gods!’ for in you the fatherless finds mercy.”

“I will heal their waywardness. I will love them freely; for my anger is turned away from them.

I will be like the dew to Israel. He will blossom like the lily, and send down his roots like Lebanon.

His branches will spread, and his beauty will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.

Men will dwell in his shade. They will revive like the grain, and blossom like the vine. Their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon.

Ephraim, what have I to do anymore with idols? I answer, and will take care of him. I am like a green cypress tree; from me your fruit is found.”

Who is wise, that he may understand these things? Who is prudent, that he may know them? For the ways of Yahweh are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

Responsorial Psalm: PS 81:5C-7A, 7BC-8, 9-10AB, 13 and 16

Response: I am Yahweh, your God. Hear, my people.

I heard a language that I didn’t know.

“I removed his shoulder from the burden. His hands were freed from the basket.

You called in trouble, and I delivered you.”

R: I am Yahweh, your God. Hear, my people.

“I answered you in the secret place of thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah.”

“Hear, my people, and I will testify to you, Israel, if you would listen to me!”

R: I am Yahweh, your God. Hear, my people.

“There shall be no strange god in you, neither shall you worship any foreign god.

I am Yahweh, your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”

R: I am Yahweh, your God. Hear, my people.

“Oh that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

But he would have also fed them with the finest of the wheat. I will satisfy you with honey out of the rock.”

R: I am Yahweh, your God. Hear, my people.

Verse Before Gospel: MT 4:17

From the good news according to Matthew.

From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

Gospel of the Day: MK 12:28-34

From the gospel scripture according to Mark.

One of the scribes came and heard them questioning together, and knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the greatest of all?”

Jesus answered, “The greatest is: ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

The second is like this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The scribe said to him, “Truly, teacher, you have said well that he is one, and there is none other but he; and to love him with all the heart, with all the understanding, all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from God’s Kingdom.” No one dared ask him any question after that.

Other Celebration

An optional celebration on this day is the Commemoration of Saint Patrick, Bishop.

Spreaditorial Team

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