August 16, 2015
FIRST READING: Mark 4:35-41
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other
And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he
was. Other boats were with him.
A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat,
so that the boat was already being swamped.
But he was in the stern, asleep on the
cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are
He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’
Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.
He said to them, ‘Why are you
afraid? Have you still no faith?’
And they were filled with great awe and said to one
another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’
PSALM: Psalm 34:9-14 - please read responsively
Fear the LORD, you saints of the LORD,
for those who fear the LORD lack nothing.
The lions are in want and suffer hunger,
but those who seek the LORD lack nothing that is good.
Come, children, and listen to me;
I will teach you reverence for the LORD.
Who among you takes pleasure in life
and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from lying words.
Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
P: The holy gospel according to St. Mark, the 6th chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
GOSPEL: Mark 6:30-56
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and
He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a
while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
Now many saw them
going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and
arrived ahead of them.
As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had
compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began
to teach them many thing
When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and
the hour is now very late;
send them away so that they may go into the surrounding
country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’
But he answered
them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to him, ‘Are we to go and buy two
hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?’
And he said to them, ‘How
many loaves have you? Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said, ‘Five, and
Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the
So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.
Taking the five
loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves,
and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish
among them all.
And all ate and were filled;
and they took up twelve baskets full of
broken pieces and of the fish.
Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five
Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead
to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
After saying farewell to
them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the
When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he
came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass
But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and
for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them
and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’
Then he got into the boat with them and
the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,
for they did not understand about
the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the
When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him,
about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he
And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the
market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and
all who touched it were healed.
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.