Jesus Feeds the Multitude
Jesus and his disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee in a boat, but people saw where they were going and came out of the surrounding cities and were waiting for them on the other side of the sea. When Jesus saw the people, he felt sorry for them. They were like a flock of sheep without a shepherd to lead them. Jesus spoke to them about the kingdom of God and healed those who needed healing.
It was getting late in the day and the disciples came to him and suggested that he send the crowd away so they could go into the neighboring countryside and villages to find a place to eat and spend the night.
Jesus said, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." There were about 5,000 men plus all the women and children!
He asked Philip where they could buy bread.Philip said that it would cost 200 denarii to buy enough bread for each person to have just a little.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, told Jesus that there was a boy in the crowd who had brought a lunch.
Then Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks and started breaking them and passing the bread out to his disciples. The bread began to multiply and make more bread. They broke the bread again and again.
He did the same with the two fish. They kept passing out the food until everyone had eaten until they were full. Then Jesus told the disciples to pick up the remaining food so nothing would be wasted. Do you know how much was left? There were twelve baskets full of leftover bread and fish!