Monday, July 13, 2009

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 - Lectionary Gospel Lesson for July 19, 2009

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:

And those who’d been sent out gathered before Jesus, and they reported to him everything that they’d done and taught. And he said to them, "Y’all come by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a little while." For many were coming and going, and they didn’t have the opportunity to eat. And they went in the boat to a deserted place. And many saw them going and recognized them, and on foot from all the towns, they ran there and arrived before them. And after Jesus came out, he saw a great crowd, and he was touched by them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.
And after he’d crossed over, he came upon the land of Gennesaret and they anchored in the harbor. And after they’d gotten out of the boat and after they’d immediately recognized him, they ran around that whole district and began to carry upon stretchers those who had illnesses to where they’d heard he was. And wherever he came into a village or a town or a field, in the marketplace they would lay the weak, and they’d beg him so that even the edge of his garment they might touch. And those who touched him were made whole.


  1. If the church is the Body of Christ, then the church is responsible to do what Christ did.

  2. The beauty of the Bible is that so many people can get so many different things from the same passage. For example, in the gospel for Sunday I would see a good lesson on the value of a religious retreat. Spiritual renewal is crucial to our ministry.

    In the last part of the lesson I am tempted to think about relics. Yes the power came from Jesus but to what extent was it communicated through the hem of his garment. Roman Catholics would see this as justification for the collection of relics. Also what is the relationship of faith and healing? I have experienced a miracle in my life and I believe it was helped along by the faith of myself and other believers who prayed for me.

  3. Given the context, I'm inclined to see this as a lesson in apostle. Since this may be the only time Mark uses the word "apostle" (one who is sent out), the passage may offer some direction on what an apostle is suppose to do.

  4. Of course one could use the passage to talk about healing miracles, but I believe that there are so many better passages one could use to do that.