First Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14

Jesus made the perfect sacrifice that no one else can equal. The Eucharist is a memorial sacrifice where we remember what Jesus did and experience it as a sacrament. We may not have been at Calvary when Jesus died but we can witness His sacrifice through our celebration of the Holy Mass.

2 A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one, in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. 11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, 12 he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, 14 how much more will the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.

Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9

R: God mounts his throne to shouts of joy; a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

2 All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness, 3 for the Lord, the Most High, the awesome, is the great king over all the earth. (R) 6 God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy; the Lord, amid trumpet blasts. 7 Sing praise to God, sing praise; sing praise to our king, sing praise. (R) 8 For the king of all the earth is God; sing hymns of praise. 9 God reigns over the nations, God sits upon his holy throne. (R)

Gospel | Mark 3:20-21

Jesus’ relatives did not understand Him or His mission. They took Him away before a riot broke out. This is the nature of the Gospel. It provokes a negative reaction in places where it is not welcome. May we have the courage to proclaim the Gospel wherever we are and to do so prudently and with love (c.f. 1 Peter 3:14-18).

Gospel Acclamation

Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.

20 Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. 21 When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”