Wednesday after Epiphany

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 John 4.11-18

Beloved, if God thus loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God.
If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we remain in him and he in us:
because he has given us of his Spirit.
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world.
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him, and he in God.
We know and have believed in the love which God has for us.

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God, and God remains in them.
In this is love made perfect among us,
that we may have boldness on the day of judgment,
because as he is, even so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment.
The one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

Responsorial – Psalm 72.1-2, 10, 12-13 Resp. 11

R. All nations shall serve the Lord.

God, give the king your justice;
your righteousness to the royal son.
He will judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice.

R. All nations shall serve the Lord.

The kings of Tarshish and the islands will bring tribute.
The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

R. All nations shall serve the Lord.

For he will deliver the needy when he cries;
the poor, who has no helper.
He will have pity on the poor and needy.
He will save the souls of the needy.

R. All nations shall serve the Lord.

Gospel – Mark 6.45-52

After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied,
Jesus immediately made his disciples get into the boat, and go ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away.
After he had taken leave of them, he went up the mountain to pray.
When evening had come, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on the land.
Seeing them distressed in rowing, for the wind was against them,
about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea,
and he would have passed by them,
but they, when they saw him walking on the sea, supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out,
for they all saw him, and were troubled.
But he immediately spoke with them, and said to them, “Take heart! I am. Be not afraid.”
He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased,
and they were very amazed among themselves, and marveled,
for they had not understood about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

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