Lectionary Year B
July 23, 2000
Mark 6:30-34; 53-56

Step I: Initial Acquaintance


30 And the apostles are gathering toward/near Jesus, and they told to him everything, as many as they did [had done] and as many as they [had] taught. 31 And he is saying to them: "Come, y'all yourselves, alone, into a deserted place and rest/relax a little bit!" For there were the coming ones and the going ones, many, and [there was] not even an opportune moment to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat into a deserted place, alone/privately. 33 And many saw them, while going away, and after recognizing [them], even on foot/by land from all the cities they ran together there and they arrived before them. 34 And after going out, he saw a great crowd and he had compassion on them, because they were 'like sheep not having a shepherd,' and he began to teach them many things.

[I find it very odd that the lectionary suggests breaking up the pericope about the feeding of the five-thousand--jumping over ten verses. The Nestle-text suggests to take the pericope through verse 44. Why start a new pericope (vv. 53-56)? Any thoughts on this from you web site users out there? - DH]

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