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filled, He said unto His disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves and of the fisles which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

9.-Jesus Walks on the Sea, and tries Peter's

St Matt. 14. 22-36 ; ST MARK 6. 45-56 ; ST JOHN 6. 14-24.

The Sea of Galilee-Gennesaret. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, unto Bethsaida, while He sent away the people. When Jesus therefore perceived that they wou d come and take Him by force, to make Him a king, and when He had sent the multitudes away, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone to pray. And when even was now come, His disciples went down unto the sea, and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves : for the wind was contrary; and He alone on the land.

And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. And He saw them toiling in rowing ; for the wind was contrary unto them. So when they had rowed about five-and-twenty or thirty furlongs, and about the fourth watch of the night, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship : and would have passed by them. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit ; and they cried out for fear, for they all saw Him, and were troubled. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer ; it is I ; be not afraid. And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid ; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, ó thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou


doubt? Then they willingly received Him into the ship. And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased, and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, Of a truth Thou art the Son of God. And they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves : for their heart was hardened.

And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. And when they were come out of the ship, and when the men of that place had knowledge of Him, they sent out into all that country, and ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard He was. And whithersoever He entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought Him that they might touch if it were but the border of His garment: and as many as touched Him were made whole.

The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto His disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples were gone away alone ; (howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks :) when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither His disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.

10.-Jesus proclaims Himself the Bread of Life.

ST JOHN 6. 25-71.

Capernaum. And when they had found Him on the other side of the sea, they said unto Him, Rabbi, when camest Thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which er du reth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you : for Him hath God the Father sealed.

Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.


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They said therefore unto Him, What sign shewest Thou then, that we may see, and believe Thee ? what dost Thou work ? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven : but My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life : he that cometh to Me shall never hunger ; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen Me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me, and him that cometh tu Me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life : and I will raise him up at the last day.

The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know ? how is it then that He saith, I canie down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him : and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that bath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He which is of God, He hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven : if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us His flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and


drinketh My blood, hath eternal life ; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father : so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that bread, which came down from heaven : not as your fathers did eat manna, and, are dead : he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

These things said He in the synagogue, as He taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of. His disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying ; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples niurmured at it, He said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before ? It is the spirit that quickeneth ; the flesh, profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him. And He said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto Me, except it were given unto him of My Father.

From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go

Then Şimon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go! Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil ? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon ; for he it was that should betray Him, being one of the twelve.









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11.-Jesus denounces the Pharisees.
St Matt. 15. 1-20 ; Sr Mark 7. 1-23.

Capernaum. Then came together unto Him the Pharisees, and certain of the Scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, and brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and Scribes asked Him, Why do Thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But He answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition: for God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother : and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me, and honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered ; and many such like things do

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