Like yesterday’s story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, this story is full of deep significance.

The Walking on the Water.

45Then he made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.46 And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray.47When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.48Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them.49But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out.50 They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”51He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were [completely] astounded.52They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.

The Healings at Gennesaret.

53 After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there.54As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.55They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.56Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.

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