THE READINGS
July 26, 2015
FIRST READING: 2 Kings 4:42-44
42
A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to [Elisha], the
man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said,
"Give it to the people and let them eat."
43
But his servant said, "How can I set this
before a hundred people?" So he repeated, "Give it to the people and let them eat, for
thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'"
44
He set it before them, they
ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.
 
 
PSALM: Psalm 145:10-18 - please read responsively
10
All your works shall praise you, O LORD,
and your faithful ones shall bless you.
11
They shall tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your power,
12
that all people may know of your power
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
your dominion endures throughout all ages.
You, LORD, are faithful in all your words,
and loving in all your works.
14
The Lord upholds all those who fall
and lifts up those who are bowed down.
15
The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD,
and you give them their food in due season.
16
You open wide your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17
You are righteous in all your ways
and loving in all your works.
18
You are near to all who call upon you,
to all who call upon you faithfully.
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Stand
P: The holy gospel according to St. John, the 6th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
 
GOSPEL: John 6:1-21
1
Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.
2
A
large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the
sick.
3
Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.
4
Now the
Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near.
5
When he looked up and saw a large
crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread for these
people to eat?"
6
He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.
7
Philip answered him, "Six months' wages would not buy enough bread for each of
them to get a little."
8
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
9
There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among
so many people?
10
Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was a great deal
of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.
11
Then Jesus took
the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seat-
ed; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
12
When they were satisfied, he told his
disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost."
13
So they
gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who
had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.
14
When the people saw the sign that he had
done, they began to say, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world."
 
15
When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him
king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
 
16
When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
17
got into a boat, and started
across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
18
The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.
19
When they had rowed
about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they were terrified.
20
But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."
21
Then they
wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward
which they were going.
 
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.