First Reading: Gen. 18:1-15
The Three Visitors 1
The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2
Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. 3
He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, [a]
do not pass your servant by. 4
Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5
Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant."
"Very well," they answered, "do as you say." 6
So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. "Quick," he said, "get three seahs [b]
of fine flour and knead it and bake some bread." 7
Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8
He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree. 9
"Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him.
"There, in the tent," he said. 10
Then the LORD [c]
said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son."
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11
Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12
So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master [d]
is old, will I now have this pleasure?" 13
Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' 14
Is anything too hard for the LORD ? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son." 15
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh."
But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."Footnotes:
Genesis 18:3 Or O Lord
Genesis 18:6 That is, probably about 20 quarts (about 22 liters)
Genesis 18:10 Hebrew Then he
Genesis 18:12 Or husband
Second Reading: Mk. 6:14-34
John the Baptist Beheaded
14King Herod heard about this, for Jesus' name had become well known. Some were saying,[a] "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him." 15
Others said, "He is Elijah."
And still others claimed, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago." 16
But when Herod heard this, he said, "John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!" 17
For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married. 18
For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." 19
So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20
because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled[b]
; yet he liked to listen to him. 21
Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22
When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.
The king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you want, and I'll give it to you." 23
And he promised her with an oath, "Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom." 24
She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?"
"The head of John the Baptist," she answered. 25
At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: "I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter." 26
The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27
So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28
and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29
On hearing of this, John's disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." 32
So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33
But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.Footnotes:
Mark 6:14 Some early manuscripts He was saying
Mark 6:20 Some early manuscripts he did many things