Reading from the Hebrew Bible: Exodus 16:1-4,13-21,31
The Good News: John 6:1-21
Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the miracles he was performing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.
When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread for them?”
Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”
One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?”
Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” The place was green and lush, so they sat down, about five thousand men with women and children.
Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks to God, he gave them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.
When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”