Hebrews 10:11-18; Psalm 110; Mark 4:1-20
Speaking of the priests of his day, the author of the letter to the Hebrews tells us in today’s reading that the sin offerings they made were insufficient for taking sins away. Christ’s offering of himself on the other hand, is perfect and does redeem us, making us perfect in the eyes of God. No more sin offerings are necessary because all sins have been forgiven. Today’s Gospel text contains the story of the sower whose seed fell in various places. Some of the seed died, more of it produced a great crop. The seed, of course, is the word of God being planted in our hearts – in some people it will take root while in others it will be ignored. We are being challenged in this text to look closely at our own lives and our own response to God and we are asked to make a better effort in order to produce a harvest worthy of the redemption Christ won for us.