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He called the crowd to him and said to them : "Hear and understand:
Not what goes into the mouth
Defiles the man,
This defiles the man."
The disciples then came to him, and said: “Do you know the ‘Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
Every plant which my Father did not plant," he answered, “will be rooted up. Let them alone. They are blind guides. And if the blind guides the blind, both will fall into a pit."
“Explain to us the parable," Peter said to him.
And he said :
“Are you also even yet without understanding? Do you
not see that Whatever goes into the moạth Passes into the belly
And is thrown out into the sewer ?
They defile the man.
But to eat with unwashed hands
Jesus left there and went into the parts of Tyre and Sidon. And a Canaanitish woman came out from those parts and cried :
“Take pity on me, O Lord, Son of David ! my daughter is badly possessed with a demon.”
But he did not answer her a word, and his disciples came and begged him, and said:
“Send her away, for she is crying after us."
“I was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” he said.
But she came and worshipped him, and said: “Lord help me.” .“ It is not right to take the children's food and throw it to the little dogs.”
“Yes, Lord, for even the little dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their master's table.”
“O woman, great is your faith. Let it be done to you just as you wish.”
Her daughter was cured from that hour,
Jesus left there and came near the sea of Galilee, and he went up into the mountain and sat there. And great crowds came to him with the lame, maimed, blind, mute, and many others, and they put them down at his feet, and he cured them; 'so that the crowd wondered when they saw the mute speaking, the lame walking about, and the blind seeing; and they praised the God of Israel.
Jesus called his disciples to him :
“I pity the crowd," he said, "because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not wish to send them away fasting lest they faint on the road."
"Where could we get enough loaves in a desert place as to fill such a great crowd?”
loaves have you?" “Seven, and a few small fish.”
He passed the word along to the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks and broke, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds.
They all ate and were filled, and they took up what remained over of the broken pieces, seven hampers full. And those who ate were four thousand men beside women and children.
He sent the crowds away, got into the boat, and came into the parts of Magadan.
The Pharisees and Sadducees came and tempted him and asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
But he answered and said to them :
“When it is evening you say, It will be fair weather, for the heaven is red. And in the morning, It will be bad weather to-day, for the heaven is red and lowering.
You know how to discern the face of the heaven, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.
A wicked and faithless generation is seeking after a sign, and there will no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonah.”
He left them and went away.
The disciples came to the other side and forgot to take any bread. And Jesus said to them :
“Take care and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
They discussed among themselves, and said: “We took no bread.” And Jesus seeing it, said: “O you of little faith! Why are you discuss
ing among yourselves because you have no bread? Do you not yet see, nor remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many
took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many hampers you took up? How is it you do not see that I did not speak to you about bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
Then they understood how he bade them beware, not of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Now when Jesus came into the parts of Cæsarea Philippi he asked his disciples :
“ Who do they say the Son of man is ?”
“Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." “ But you, who do
I “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
It was Peter answered.
Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father in Heaven ; and I also say to you, that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hades will not prevail against it.