SECOND MIRACLE OF THE LOAVES (Matthew 15:32-39; Mark 8:1-10)

Now once again a great crowd had gathered, and had nothing to eat. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them off home hungry, or they might collapse on the way; some have come a great distance.” The disciples said to him, “Where in a deserted place could we get sufficient bread for such a large crowd to have enough to eat?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground. He took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks, he broke them and began handing them to the disciples, who gave them to the crowds. They ate as much as they wanted, and they collected what was left of the scraps, seven baskets full. Now four thousand men had eaten to say nothing of women and children. When he had sent the crowds away, he got into the boat and went to the region of Dalmanutha near the territory of Magdala.

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