First Reading: Job 38:1–11
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:
2"Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3Gird up your loins like a man,
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
4"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its measurements — surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone
7when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?
8"Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb? —
9when I made the clouds its garment,
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed bounds for it,
and set bars and doors,
11and said, 'Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stopped'?\
The Word of the Lord
Psalm 107:1–3, 23–32
1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
and his mercy endures forever.
2Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3He gathered them out of the lands;
from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south
23Some went down to the sea in ships
and plied their trade in deep waters;
24they beheld the works of the LORD
and his wonders in the deep.
25Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose,
which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths;
their hearts melted because of their peril.
27They reeled and staggered like drunkards
and were at their wits' end.
28Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
29He stilled the storm to a whisper
and quieted the waves of the sea.
30Then were they glad because of the calm,
and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy
and the wonders he does for his children.
32Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people
and praise him in the council of the elders.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1–13
As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he says,
"At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you."
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see — we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
11We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return — I speak as to children — open wide your hearts also.
The Word of the Lord
Gospel: Mark 4:35–41
35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"