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Gospel for the Saturday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Mark 6:30-34

Summary: After the Apostles' return, Jesus, recognizing their fatigue, sought a quiet place for rest. Despite their attempt to withdraw, crowds anticipated their destination. Jesus, moved by compassion for the people who seemed like lost sheep, set aside his own need for rest and began teaching them extensively.

Compassion Amidst Weariness

The Apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. 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. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. 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.

When Jesus 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.

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