Mark 6: 30 — 34
Ordinary 16 Year B
30 The apostles 14 gathered together with Jesus and
31 15 He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a
32 So they went off in the boat by themselves to a
33 People saw them leaving and many came to know
34 When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his
14  Apostles: here, and in some manuscripts at ⇒ Mark 3:14, Mark calls apostles (i.e., those sent forth) the Twelve whom Jesus sends as his emissaries, empowering them to preach, to expel demons, and to cure the sick (⇒ Mark 6:13). Only after Pentecost is the title used in the technical sense.
15 [31-34] The withdrawal of Jesus with his disciples to a desert place to rest attracts a great number of people to follow them. Toward this people of the new exodus Jesus is moved with pity; he satisfies their spiritual hunger by teaching them many things, thus gradually showing himself the faithful shepherd of a new Israel; cf ⇒ Numbers 27:17; ⇒ Ezekiel 34:15.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised