Excerpts from the Pope Francis New Testament.

No 1: The Non-Multiplication of the Loaves. (cf Francis, Angelus address, St Peter’s Square, Sunday, 2 June 2013)

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him. 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 are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what would come to pass. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘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.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated beside him; so also the fish. And behold, at this sign of generosity from Jesus, the five thousand, who had selfishly been keeping to themselves the food each had brought – hidden in satchels and up capacious sleeves – shared their provisions also. Each said to other: ‘Come let us share, for here is food enough.’ 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 what his simple gesture had achieved, they began to say, ‘This man is a real inspiration. There was enough food for everybody after all. A man with charisma like that should be elected president.’

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