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Readings for The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost       June 23 2024


A Reading from the Book of Job (38:1-11, 16-18).

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth from the womb; when I made clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’? Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.”

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32.  Confitemini Domino

O give thanks unto the Lord, 
for he is gracious, *
   and his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let them give thanks whom the Lord 
   hath redeemed, * 
   and delivered from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, 
   from the east, and from the west;* 
   from the north, and from the south.
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, * 
   and occupy their business in great waters;
24 These men see the works of the Lord, * 
   and his wonders in the deep.
25 For at his word the stormy wind ariseth, * 
   which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They are carried up to the heaven, and down
     again to the deep; * 
   their soul melteth away because 
   of the trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a 
     drunken man, * 
   and are at their wit’s end.
28 So when they cry unto the Lord 
     in their trouble, * 
   he delivereth them out of their distress.
29 For he maketh the storm to cease, * 
   so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad, because they are at rest; * 
   and so he bringeth them unto the haven 
   where they would be.

A Reading from the Second Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (5:14-21).

The love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer.  Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. Mark (4:35-41).

When evening  had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”


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