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Baptism is Done to Us

April 3, 2016

Matthew 3:17

 

As  Christians we are baptized.  How were you baptized?  Many churches have a baptismal font where the baby is held over it and  his head doused with water by the priest with the words:  “N., I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”  The Book of Common Prayer – The Episcopal Church

I never thought much about it until listening to Dr. Charles Stanley’s sermon on the:

Reasons to be Baptized

  1. It is commanded by Jesus.
  2. Public confession of your faith.
  3. It is a portrayal of what happened to you at salvation.
  4. You identify yourself with the body of Christ.
  5. It “drives a stake” to declare you are a follower of Jesus.
  6. It affirms your belief in Christ and the promise of a bodily resurrection.

Baptize means to immerse.  John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the water to baptize Him and that’s when The Heavenly Father sent a dove to represent the Holy Spirit and said, “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!”

 

At BibleLessons.com Bob Williams helps us understand baptism from scripture in “A Study Of Baptism”.
 

The word baptize is from the Greek word baptizo, and the word baptism is from the Greek word batisma or baptismos. Together they are found 100 times in the New Testament. Thayer's Lexicon lists three primary meanings of the word baptize:

  1. to dip repeatedly, to immerge, submerge
  2. to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water
  3. metaphorically, to overwhelm

 

And repenting is doing something that God says we must do, and so is baptism. All these are things God says we must do in order to receive His grace. But none of these are meritorious works to earn salvation. Baptism, like faith, is also called a work, but it is the work of God. Colossians 2:12-13 says, "Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions."

In Titus 3:5, Paul said, "He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit."

Baptism is actually the most passive act (or work) of faith required for salvation. Believing is something we must DO; repenting is something we must DO (and often a very hard thing to do); but baptism is something DONE TO US. It is merely submitting in faith to the working of God in our lives.

 

Matthew 3:13-17 records the event of Jesus coming to John to be baptized. While John had been baptizing people for the forgiveness of sins following their confession and repentance (Matthew 3:4ff; Mark 1:4ff), Jesus our Lord had no sins (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22). When John questioned the purpose of Jesus coming to him for baptism, Jesus said, Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Matthew 3:15).

Righteousness is equated with doing what is right, something God and Jesus always do. In particular, we know that Jesus came to this earth for the primary reason of obeying His Father and doing His will (John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38-39). Whatever purpose God had in having His Son baptized, it is evident that Jesus did so to demonstrate the importance and necessity of obeying the will and commands of God.

As I sorted through my Bible holder given to me by my late cousin, Wendy Jones when I became an Eucharistic Minister, there was a piece of paper inside Meditations For Lay Eucharistic Ministers by Beth Maynard ISBN 0-8192-1770-0 inserted at a page about baptism. Now, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts, Reverend Maynard writes, "...the font...is both a tomb, where your old self is buried, and a womb, where a new one is born. Passing through these waters gives us access, whether we consciously use it or not, to god's very life.  As you are brought into Christ, God's words to Him become God's word to you.  And if you have not ever heard them, stop and hear them now, "You are my beloved child. With you I am well pleased."

Obedience-Training

March 5, 2016

"Every revelation of God is a demand and the way to knowledge of God is by obedience." -William Temple

The Reverend John Andrew, D.D., Rector of Saint Thomas Church in New York City used this quote at Festal Evensong of Laetare on March 5, 1989:

He continued, "Get around that if you can.  The point is you can't.  Remember Christ's own baptism by John in the Jordan, and the Divine revelation in those dread words: '"This is my beloved SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED."' The demand is intrinsic in the revelation.  Believe Him.  He will say what he will say because he is what he is: my beloved Son.  What does he say?  He says a lot about obedience, his own; and John, you heard, records it for us: '"I can do nothing on my own authority...I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me"' ((John 5:30)  He says a lot about obedience.  John writes that he is later to say, '"He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him,"' (John 14:21)  And do we not know how he lived his own obedience out, how he '"became, obedient unto death, even death upon a cross'"? (Philippians 2:8)  That life, that suffering, that death, yes, and his resurrection, comprised the obedience the Divine Covenant required.  His is what Paul describes as the '"obedience of the one'" (Romans 5:19) which makes our destiny assured, if we believe on him..."

Reverend Andrew's complete message was very powerful and as relevant today as it was in 1989. Send an SASE business size envelope to me and I will send you a copy.  You can contact me at Marybradshawduncan@gmail.com.

"Relax Into What You Do Want"

January 14, 2016

Reminds me of the time Jesus said, "Someone has touched me; I know that power has gone out of me."

- New International Version Luke 8:46

How are you flowing your energy? Jesus was always aware of His energy.  You can feel how your energy is flowing. Watch this video and and think:"How am I flowing my energy?"

 

 

"The BREAD... You Do Not Use is the BREAD of The HUNGRY"- St. Basil

January 12, 2016

"The Bread

Which you do not use

Is the Bread of the Hungry;

The garment hanging in the wardrobe is the

Garment of him who is naked;

The shoes you do not wear,

Are the shoes of the one who is barefoot;

The money that you keep locked away is the,

Money of the Poor,

The Acts of Charity that you do not perform,

Are so many injustices that you commit."

-St. Basil

A 23 year old father of two daughters last week took his shirt off and dressed a shivering homeless man in the NYC Subway while others looked on doing nothing to help.  An onlooker put a video of this on You Tube and it went viral.  Jay Gold was on Good Morning New York today and that is how I found out about this good deed.  What would you have done?

Last week when I saw this St. Basil quote my dry spell was over.  I'm back to writing posts here and will be giving everything away. 

To be continued.....Mary Bradshaw Duncan

Rosh Hashanah 5776 is here! Shanah Tovah

September 13, 2015

This 1,500 year old golden necklace was unearthed near the site of the temple at Jerusalem.

Reflect upon these scriptures from the Bible which corresponds to the sound of the shofar (horn) during Rosh Hashanah:

Numbers 10:3, Numbers 10:5, Numbers 10:9 and Exodus 19:16, 19

The Gospel of the Lord- Mark 8:27-35

..."He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
and that of the gospel will save it.”

 

 

A Tribute to 9/11

September 11, 2015

9/11 Tribute by The Navel Academy- Anchormen

Fourteen years ago my junior high school class and I watched the World Trade Center towers fall before we went home to our families in shock.  Later that day my sister, Jayne and I went to the bay and watched the heavy smoke rising from the destruction and tragedy. We had all our children with us- my son, Derek and her daughters, Nicole, Amanda and Erica.  We were together watching with other families on the edge of the water in our little town of College Point.

Then, in 2007 our lives would again forever change- closer this time when my Godchild and Niece, Amanda Thea Weber passed away suddenly from Pulmonary Hypertension.  Today, I said Mass in memory of Amanda and for all those who perished in 9/11/01.  There is a hole in my heart for my dear niece and I will always love her.

Amanda's Aunt Karen Berliner texted the family this message:

"We are all thinking of your magnificent angel Amanda, on this very sad day.  She was a beautiful and brave hero and she walks with heroes.  Rest Peacefully Amanda."

The Gospel according to Luke 6:39-42

...Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye."

Continue to Pray for the Syrian Refugees

September 3, 2015

Our hearts go out to all those displaced by the Syrian refugee crisis.  This exodus is comparable to the Rwandan crisis twenty years ago,  according to Mercycorps.org the UN forbodes the amount of people in search of safety could reach 4.27 millions people by the end of 2015 with 50% children.  [.mercycorps.org/articles/turkey-iraq-jordan-lebanon-syria/quick-facts-what-you-need-know-about-syria-crisis]

In "Forward Day by Day" for Thursday, September 3, 2015 it reads "...Yet, I still feel lost in the knowledge that pain and suffering abound in this world, that there will always be more I should do to help those in need.  In a world of abundant resources, God's children are still dying of hunger, violence, and preventable disease.

And God weeps..."

Continue to pray for the Syrian Refugees, especially the children who are involved.

Today's Gospel

Luke 5: 1-11

10:"...Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men..." Jesus says to His soon to be apostles when they catch an abundance of fish when all night they caught none.

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 3, 2015

Gospel            John 6:24-35

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
you are looking for me not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him,
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to him,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

"One does not live on bread alone, but by every
word that comes forth from the mouth of God."

Matthew 4:4

Happy Birthday to my dear departed Mother- Gloria Davis Bradshaw  1923-1993
 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 26, 2015

Gospel                 John 6:1-15                      

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.

A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes
and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip,
“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves
that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 19, 2015

"Woe to the Shepherds who mislead...THE FLOCK...." Jer 23

Gospel                                     Mark 6:30-34

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 he 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.

View older posts »

Baptism is Done to Us

April 3, 2016

Matthew 3:17

 

As  Christians we are baptized.  How were you baptized?  Many churches have a baptismal font where the baby is held over it and  his head doused with water by the priest with the words:  “N., I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”  The Book of Common Prayer – The Episcopal Church

I never thought much about it until listening to Dr. Charles Stanley’s sermon on the:

Reasons to be Baptized

  1. It is commanded by Jesus.
  2. Public confession of your faith.
  3. It is a portrayal of what happened to you at salvation.
  4. You identify yourself with the body of Christ.
  5. It “drives a stake” to declare you are a follower of Jesus.
  6. It affirms your belief in Christ and the promise of a bodily resurrection.

Baptize means to immerse.  John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the water to baptize Him and that’s when The Heavenly Father sent a dove to represent the Holy Spirit and said, “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!”

 

At BibleLessons.com Bob Williams helps us understand baptism from scripture in “A Study Of Baptism”.
 

The word baptize is from the Greek word baptizo, and the word baptism is from the Greek word batisma or baptismos. Together they are found 100 times in the New Testament. Thayer's Lexicon lists three primary meanings of the word baptize:

  1. to dip repeatedly, to immerge, submerge
  2. to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water
  3. metaphorically, to overwhelm

 

And repenting is doing something that God says we must do, and so is baptism. All these are things God says we must do in order to receive His grace. But none of these are meritorious works to earn salvation. Baptism, like faith, is also called a work, but it is the work of God. Colossians 2:12-13 says, "Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions."

In Titus 3:5, Paul said, "He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit."

Baptism is actually the most passive act (or work) of faith required for salvation. Believing is something we must DO; repenting is something we must DO (and often a very hard thing to do); but baptism is something DONE TO US. It is merely submitting in faith to the working of God in our lives.

 

Matthew 3:13-17 records the event of Jesus coming to John to be baptized. While John had been baptizing people for the forgiveness of sins following their confession and repentance (Matthew 3:4ff; Mark 1:4ff), Jesus our Lord had no sins (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22). When John questioned the purpose of Jesus coming to him for baptism, Jesus said, Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Matthew 3:15).

Righteousness is equated with doing what is right, something God and Jesus always do. In particular, we know that Jesus came to this earth for the primary reason of obeying His Father and doing His will (John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38-39). Whatever purpose God had in having His Son baptized, it is evident that Jesus did so to demonstrate the importance and necessity of obeying the will and commands of God.

As I sorted through my Bible holder given to me by my late cousin, Wendy Jones when I became an Eucharistic Minister, there was a piece of paper inside Meditations For Lay Eucharistic Ministers by Beth Maynard ISBN 0-8192-1770-0 inserted at a page about baptism. Now, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts, Reverend Maynard writes, "...the font...is both a tomb, where your old self is buried, and a womb, where a new one is born. Passing through these waters gives us access, whether we consciously use it or not, to god's very life.  As you are brought into Christ, God's words to Him become God's word to you.  And if you have not ever heard them, stop and hear them now, "You are my beloved child. With you I am well pleased."

Obedience-Training

March 5, 2016

"Every revelation of God is a demand and the way to knowledge of God is by obedience." -William Temple

The Reverend John Andrew, D.D., Rector of Saint Thomas Church in New York City used this quote at Festal Evensong of Laetare on March 5, 1989:

He continued, "Get around that if you can.  The point is you can't.  Remember Christ's own baptism by John in the Jordan, and the Divine revelation in those dread words: '"This is my beloved SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED."' The demand is intrinsic in the revelation.  Believe Him.  He will say what he will say because he is what he is: my beloved Son.  What does he say?  He says a lot about obedience, his own; and John, you heard, records it for us: '"I can do nothing on my own authority...I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me"' ((John 5:30)  He says a lot about obedience.  John writes that he is later to say, '"He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him,"' (John 14:21)  And do we not know how he lived his own obedience out, how he '"became, obedient unto death, even death upon a cross'"? (Philippians 2:8)  That life, that suffering, that death, yes, and his resurrection, comprised the obedience the Divine Covenant required.  His is what Paul describes as the '"obedience of the one'" (Romans 5:19) which makes our destiny assured, if we believe on him..."

Reverend Andrew's complete message was very powerful and as relevant today as it was in 1989. Send an SASE business size envelope to me and I will send you a copy.  You can contact me at Marybradshawduncan@gmail.com.

"Relax Into What You Do Want"

January 14, 2016

Reminds me of the time Jesus said, "Someone has touched me; I know that power has gone out of me."

- New International Version Luke 8:46

How are you flowing your energy? Jesus was always aware of His energy.  You can feel how your energy is flowing. Watch this video and and think:"How am I flowing my energy?"

 

 

"The BREAD... You Do Not Use is the BREAD of The HUNGRY"- St. Basil

January 12, 2016

"The Bread

Which you do not use

Is the Bread of the Hungry;

The garment hanging in the wardrobe is the

Garment of him who is naked;

The shoes you do not wear,

Are the shoes of the one who is barefoot;

The money that you keep locked away is the,

Money of the Poor,

The Acts of Charity that you do not perform,

Are so many injustices that you commit."

-St. Basil

A 23 year old father of two daughters last week took his shirt off and dressed a shivering homeless man in the NYC Subway while others looked on doing nothing to help.  An onlooker put a video of this on You Tube and it went viral.  Jay Gold was on Good Morning New York today and that is how I found out about this good deed.  What would you have done?

Last week when I saw this St. Basil quote my dry spell was over.  I'm back to writing posts here and will be giving everything away. 

To be continued.....Mary Bradshaw Duncan

Rosh Hashanah 5776 is here! Shanah Tovah

September 13, 2015

This 1,500 year old golden necklace was unearthed near the site of the temple at Jerusalem.

Reflect upon these scriptures from the Bible which corresponds to the sound of the shofar (horn) during Rosh Hashanah:

Numbers 10:3, Numbers 10:5, Numbers 10:9 and Exodus 19:16, 19

The Gospel of the Lord- Mark 8:27-35

..."He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
and that of the gospel will save it.”

 

 

A Tribute to 9/11

September 11, 2015

9/11 Tribute by The Navel Academy- Anchormen

Fourteen years ago my junior high school class and I watched the World Trade Center towers fall before we went home to our families in shock.  Later that day my sister, Jayne and I went to the bay and watched the heavy smoke rising from the destruction and tragedy. We had all our children with us- my son, Derek and her daughters, Nicole, Amanda and Erica.  We were together watching with other families on the edge of the water in our little town of College Point.

Then, in 2007 our lives would again forever change- closer this time when my Godchild and Niece, Amanda Thea Weber passed away suddenly from Pulmonary Hypertension.  Today, I said Mass in memory of Amanda and for all those who perished in 9/11/01.  There is a hole in my heart for my dear niece and I will always love her.

Amanda's Aunt Karen Berliner texted the family this message:

"We are all thinking of your magnificent angel Amanda, on this very sad day.  She was a beautiful and brave hero and she walks with heroes.  Rest Peacefully Amanda."

The Gospel according to Luke 6:39-42

...Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye."

Continue to Pray for the Syrian Refugees

September 3, 2015

Our hearts go out to all those displaced by the Syrian refugee crisis.  This exodus is comparable to the Rwandan crisis twenty years ago,  according to Mercycorps.org the UN forbodes the amount of people in search of safety could reach 4.27 millions people by the end of 2015 with 50% children.  [.mercycorps.org/articles/turkey-iraq-jordan-lebanon-syria/quick-facts-what-you-need-know-about-syria-crisis]

In "Forward Day by Day" for Thursday, September 3, 2015 it reads "...Yet, I still feel lost in the knowledge that pain and suffering abound in this world, that there will always be more I should do to help those in need.  In a world of abundant resources, God's children are still dying of hunger, violence, and preventable disease.

And God weeps..."

Continue to pray for the Syrian Refugees, especially the children who are involved.

Today's Gospel

Luke 5: 1-11

10:"...Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men..." Jesus says to His soon to be apostles when they catch an abundance of fish when all night they caught none.

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 3, 2015

Gospel            John 6:24-35

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
you are looking for me not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”
So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
So they said to him,
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to him,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

"One does not live on bread alone, but by every
word that comes forth from the mouth of God."

Matthew 4:4

Happy Birthday to my dear departed Mother- Gloria Davis Bradshaw  1923-1993
 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 26, 2015

Gospel                 John 6:1-15                      

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.

A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes
and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip,
“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves
that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 19, 2015

"Woe to the Shepherds who mislead...THE FLOCK...." Jer 23

Gospel                                     Mark 6:30-34

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 he 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.

View older posts »

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