This week we had the pleasure of welcoming the Rev. J. Manny Santiago in worship with us. He shared with us his message “The Gospel of Abundance” from Mark 6:31-44. Listen to it here!

The Rev. J. Manny Santiago is an American Baptist minister from Puerto Rico. He graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts, and has served ministries in Puerto Rico, Boston, New York City, Seattle, and Madison, WI. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Rainbow Center in Tacoma, WA.

Mark 6:31-44 – Common English Bible (CEB)

31 Many people were coming and going, so there was no time to eat. He said to the apostles, “Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while.” 32 They departed in a boat by themselves for a deserted place.

33 Many people saw them leaving and recognized them, so they ran ahead from all the cities and arrived before them. 34 When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then he began to teach them many things.

35 Late in the day, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place, and it’s already late in the day. 36 Send them away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something to eat for themselves.”

37 He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

But they said to him, “Should we go off and buy bread worth almost eight months’ pay[a] and give it to them to eat?”

38 He said to them, “How much bread do you have? Take a look.”

After checking, they said, “Five loaves of bread and two fish.”

39 He directed the disciples to seat all the people in groups as though they were having a banquet on the green grass. 40 They sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 He took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them, broke the loaves into pieces, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 Everyone ate until they were full. 43 They filled twelve baskets with the leftover pieces of bread and fish. 44 About five thousand had eaten.


Mark 6:37 Or two hundred denaria; a denarion was a typical day’s wage.