A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew. Matthew 14:13-21
When Jesus heard the news about the death of John the Baptist, he left in a boat, and went to a quiet place. He wanted to be alone, but people knew where Jesus had gone. They left the town and walked looking for Jesus. Then Jesus arrived at the shore, he saw a large crowd. He felt pity for them and he healed the sick people.
It was getting dark, the disciples came to Jesus and said, “This is a quiet place and it’s very late. Tell the people to go to the villages, there they can buy some food for themselves.” Jesus answered, “The people don’t have to go. You give them some food to eat.” The disciples said, “But we only have five loaves and two fish.” Jesus said, “Bring the bread and the fish to me.”
Then Jesus told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven and gave thanks. He broke the bread and gave the bread to his disciples. The disciples gave the bread to the people. All the people ate and they were full. There was plenty of bread left over. They collected the scraps and filled twelve baskets. There were about 5,000 men, not including women and children.
This is the Gospel of the Lord