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Having returned, the apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported to him everything they did and taught.

He said to them, "Come privately yourselves
into a deserted place and rest a little."
For many were coming and going,
and they had no opportunity to eat.

They withdrew in a boat to a deserted place privately.
Many saw them going and recognized them,
and they ran there on foot from all the towns
and came before them.

Jesus went up to a mountain
and sat there with his disciples;
it was near the Passover, the Jewish feast.
Lifting up his eyes
and seeing a large crowd coming toward him,
he welcomed them
and taught them about the sovereignty of God,
and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Already the hour becoming late,
his disciples approached him saying,
"The place is a desert, and the hour has already passed;
release the crowd, so that going into the villages
and farms around they may buy themselves food to eat."

Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away;
you give them something to eat."

Philip answered him,
"Going away we may buy bread for two hundred days' wages,
and shall we give them it to eat?
It is not enough so that
each of them may take a little bit."

He said to him, "How many loaves do you have? Go see."

One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
said to him, "A boy is here
who has five barley loaves and two cooked fish;
but what are these among so many?"

But he said, "Have them sit down
in groups of about fifty each."

There was much grass in the place, and they all sat down.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish,
looking up into heaven he blessed them,
and breaking the loaves
he gave them to the disciples to set before them,
and he distributed the two fish to everyone.
They all ate and were satisfied.

When they were full, he told his disciples,
"Gather the leftover pieces,
so that nothing may be wasted."

They picked up twelve baskets
full of pieces and from the fish,
and about five thousand men were eating,
besides women and children.

So the people seeing the miracle he performed said,
"This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world."

So Jesus knowing that they intended to come and seize him
so that they might make him king,
immediately made his disciples embark in the boat
and go ahead of him to the other side to Bethsaida,
while he released the crowd.
Saying goodby to them
he went up on the mountain privately to pray.
As evening came, he was there alone.

Already it had become dark,
and the boat was in the middle of the sea.
The sea was roused by a great wind blowing against them,
and they were straining in the rowing,
harassed by the waves.

In the fourth watch of the night
he came toward them walking on the sea;
he wished to pass by them.
But the disciples seeing him walking on the sea
were disturbed saying, "It is a phantom,"
and they cried out from fear.

Immediately Jesus spoke to them,
"Have courage, it is I; do not be afraid."

Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you,
command me to come to you on the water."

He said, "Come."

Going down from the boat
Peter walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But looking at the wind he was afraid,
and beginning to sink he shouted, "Lord, save me."

Immediately Jesus holding out his hand caught him
and said to him, "Little faith, why did you doubt?"
As they went up into the boat, the wind ceased.
In themselves they were extremely astounded;
for some did not understand about the loaves,
but their hearts were hardened.
Others in the boat worshipped him
saying, "Truly you are God's son."

Having crossed over to the land
they came to Gennesaret and anchored.
As they came out of the boat,
the men of that place recognizing him
sent throughout that country
and began to carry around on stretchers those who were ill,
wherever they heard that he was.
Wherever he went into villages or into towns or into farms,
in the marketplaces they put the ailing,
and they begged him
that they might only touch the fringe of his robe;
and as many as touched him recovered.

42. Feeding the Five Thousand Harmony 42 * Interpretation 42
43. The Bread of Life Harmony 43 * Synthesis 43 * Interpretation 43

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