Sunday, yesterday, was the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The gospel reading, the controlling element of the Liturgy of the Word, came from Mark’s Gospel, and concludes the story of the disciples being sent on mission. Now they return and all seems to have gone well.
The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat.
So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them.
So as he stepped ashore he saw a large…
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