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Gospel for the Thursday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 3:7-12

Summary: Jesus, accompanied by His disciples, retreated to the sea, attracting vast crowds from Galilee, Judea, Jerusalem, and surrounding regions. He instructed His disciples to ready a boat to manage the overwhelming crowd. Many sought healing, pressing in to touch Him. Unclean spirits, recognizing Him, proclaimed His divine sonship, which He sternly cautioned them to keep secret.

Multitudes Follow Jesus

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.

A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.

He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.

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