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The Bulletin Insert Sunday 19th July, 2015 Pentecost 8B Come away with me

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert – Sunday 19th July 2015, Pentecost 8

Come away with me 2 Samuel 7:1-14a, Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


As the twelve return from their successful mission they need to be reminded that Jesus is the source of all that they have said and done. When he called them he told them he would make them fishers of people: as he appointed the twelve they were informed that they would be able to do what Jesus had done because they had been called to be with him.

But now they return, after their successes, full of their own importance. Instead of recognizing that their success depended entirely on the one who sent them, they ‘told him all that they had done and taught.’ They are under the false impression that their own authority had empowered their deeds and words.

Mark’s Gospel often reports on the failure of the disciples. But it also reports that Jesus never abandons his failing disciples. For this reason, Jesus asks his failing missionaries to come away by themselves, to rest a while. They have been caught up in the excitement of their missionary success, and they have lost their perspective.

The answer to this problem is not more activity, but a recognition that through all the fuss, God directs the spread of his Kingdom. Crossing the lake, Jesus leads the disciples to a quiet place, but the crowds seek him out. Jesus’ taking pity on the crowds and having compassion for them makes him their Good Shepherd.

Behind the scene of the quiet place where Jesus has led his disciples and the people are the words of the Psalm: ‘The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me besides still waters; he restores my soul.’

Disciples may fail in their ignorance; those searching for an answer to their needs may lose their way in the hustle and bustle of life. Neither the failed disciple nor the hassled searcher is ever abandoned by God whose love is made known to us in Jesus, the Good Shepherd.


(Adapted from This is the Gospel of the Lord – Year B, by Francis J. Moloney, p 166-67).



Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54 When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55 and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

2 Samuel 7:1-14a Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 3 Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.” 4 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 5 Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? 6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. 7 Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” 8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; 9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.