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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 12
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary
Gospel Reading

Mark 6: 45-52

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.


Reflection on Mark 6: 45-52
by the Rev Tom Harries

It would be interesting to reflect on how our relationship with the environment has changed. Both the Psalm and the Gospel readings reflect the experience of people in biblical times that nature was vastly more powerful than they, out of control, dangerous and frightening. Therefore the ability of God or Jesus to control nature was taken as a sign of their great power.

Although we still experience hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, we find ourselves in a position to greatly affect the life of the natural world.  Biblical people could barely imagine the kind of power we now have.  The instruction to be good stewards is much more important in our day, when we actually have the power to protect or to destroy large parts of the environment.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 12

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
2 Kings 2: 1-15
2 Samuel 11: 1-5
2 Kings 4: 42-44
Psalm 14
Psalm 145: 10-19
New Testament Reading:
Ephesians 4: 1-7,11-16
Ephesians 3: 14-21
Mark 6: 45-52
(this page)
John 6: 1-21

Tom Harries, MEESC Chair 2004-present, was Rector of St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church, Richfield, MN, when he originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Tom and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Tom Harries or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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