John 6:1-13 (NRSV)
1 After this Jesus
went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea
2 A large crowd
kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing
for the sick.
3 Jesus went up
the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.
4 Now the Passover,
the festival of the Jews, was near.
5 When he looked
up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip,
‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’
6 He said this
to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered
him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for
each of them to get a little.’
8 One of his disciples,
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,
is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what
are they among so many people?’
10 Jesus said,
‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal
of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in
11 Then Jesus
took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them
to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
12 When they were
satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments
left over, so that nothing may be lost.’
13 So they gathered
them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left
by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.