THE READINGS

August 16, 2015

FIRST READING: Mark 4:35-41

35

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other

side.’

36

And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he

was. Other boats were with him.

37

A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat,

so that the boat was already being swamped.

38

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

perishing?’

39

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.

40

He said to them, ‘Why are you

afraid? Have you still no faith?’

41

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

9

Fear the LORD, you saints of the LORD,

for those who fear the LORD lack nothing.

10

The lions are in want and suffer hunger,

but those who seek the LORD lack nothing that is good.

11

Come, children, and listen to me;

I will teach you reverence for the LORD.

12

Who among you takes pleasure in life

and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?

13

Keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from lying words.

14

Turn from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it.

Stand

P: The holy gospel according to St. Mark, the 6th chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord.

GOSPEL: Mark 6:30-56

30

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and

taught.

31

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.

32

And

they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.

33

Now many saw them

going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and

arrived ahead of them.

34

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

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35

When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and

the hour is now very late;

36

send them away so that they may go into the surrounding

country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’

37

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?’

38

And he said to them, ‘How

many loaves have you? Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said, ‘Five, and

two fish.’

39

Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the

green grass.

40

So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.

41

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.

42

And all ate and were filled;

43

and they took up twelve baskets full of

broken pieces and of the fish.

44

Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five

thousand men.

45

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead

to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.

46

After saying farewell to

them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

47

When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the

land.

48

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

them by.

49

But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and

cried out;

50

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.’

51

Then he got into the boat with them and

the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,

52

for they did not understand about

the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

53

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the

boat.

54

When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him,

55

and rushed

about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he

was.

56

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.