AHC B NAB Ordinary 16 - Hebrew Catholics

Association of

Hebrew Catholics

New Zealand Branch


Mark 6: 30 — 34

Ordinary 16          Year B


30   The apostles 14 gathered together with Jesus and
        reported all they had done and taught.

31   15 He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a
       deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming
       and going in great numbers, and they had no
       opportunity even to eat.

32   So they went off in the boat by themselves to a
        deserted place.

33   People saw them leaving and many came to know
       about it. They hastened there on foot from all the
       towns and arrived at the place before them.

34   When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his
       heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like
       sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach
       them many things.


14 [30] 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.

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