Gospel for the Saturday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

Mark 6:30-34

Summary: Jesus, noting the Apostles' exhaustion, sought a quiet retreat for rest. Despite their efforts for solitude, crowds, anticipating their location, gathered en masse. Jesus, touched by compassion for these people, akin to sheep without a shepherd, devotedly began to teach them on various subjects.

Compassionate Response to the Crowd

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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