Monday 23 August

God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 6.45-56
 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
 When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Psalm 101
    I will sing of faithfulness and justice;
   to you, O Lord, will I sing.
    Let me be wise in the way that is perfect:
   when will you come to me?
    I will walk with purity of heart
   within the walls of my house.
    I will not set before my eyes
   a counsel that is evil.
    I abhor the deeds of unfaithfulness;
   they shall not cling to me.
    A crooked heart shall depart from me;
   I will not know a wicked person.
    One who slanders a neighbour in secret
   I will quickly put to silence.
    Haughty eyes and an arrogant heart
   I will not endure.
    My eyes are upon the faithful in the land,
   that they may dwell with me.
      One who walks in the way that is pure
   shall be my servant.
      There shall not dwell in my house
   one that practises deceit.
      One who utters falsehood
   shall not continue in my sight.
      Morning by morning will I put to silence
   all the wicked in the land,
      To cut off from the city of the Lord
   all those who practise evil.