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In this passage Jesus goes to a deserted place for rest, in the same time He attracts a great number of people. Jesus then sees the vast crowd and tells his disciples to go to the nearest villages and farms to gather food for the people. The disciples only had two hundred days worth of wage, so Jesus sent them to get as many loaves and fish. They brought back five loaves and two fish. Jesus took the loaves
and looked up tp heaven and blessed them. He then broke the loaves and gave them to His disciples and also divided the two fish among them. The people were satisfied and then picked up the wicker baskets and drank from them. Jesus had shown compassion towards the people and had feed them, after he wanted to rest (Mark6:33-44).
This corresponds with the Last Supper and Eucharist, Jesus is breaking and giving the bread to the disciples and followers. The breaking of the bread refers to the Last Supper when, Jesus says, "this is my body and will be given up to you." Jesus has symbolism in the breaking of the bread as He looks up to heaven and blesses the loaves. Jesus is preparing His people for the Eucharist and the final banquet in heaven. This is proving the point that Jesus' connotation that the breaking is referring the bread and the body he will be giving up. When there is fragments left over and the word fragment, is used in the singular, of the broken bread of the Eucharist (Mark 14:20). It might very well have been regularly retold in a Eucharistic setting, as the way Jesus breaks the bread and gives thanks, would be a good way into teaching about the Eucharistic meal, and Jesus' self-breaking on the
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reason. In Matthew Jesus does the same thing as he did in Mark, He looks up to heaven, bless it, and breaks the loaves. Mark and Matthew are more similar than the other two gospels. Mark and Matthew are discussing the same meaning, that the actions of Jesus are corresponding to the Last Supper and the Eucharist. Both have
the disciples there, have Jesus break the bread and give the bread to the disciples. This is a perfect example of the Last Supper and Eucharist all in one story. This is preparing us for the end of Jesus' mission and Him giving Himself up for our sins.
Matthew is consistently silent about Jesus dividing the fish among the people. By concentrating on the bread, He draws attention to the Eucharistic overtones of Jesus' actions.
In Luke, he discusses how Jesus took them to a town called Bethsaida. This is not in any of the other gospels. As it mentioned in Matthew, "He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured." However, it is still the same in every gospel, "then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd." This is the same action taking place in all four gospels, the words do change a little, and there is the same meaning each time.
In the gospel of John it starts off the same as Matthew, Jesus getting off a boat. John writes about how "a large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick." Luke wrote about the same exact thing in his gospel. John is different on the roles of Phillip and Andrew, the proximity of the Passover, and
the allusion to Elisha (6,1-15). The story in John symbolizes the food that is really available through Jesus. It connotes a new exodus and has Eucharistc overtones (6, 1-15). John pictures Jesus as the new Moses and the prophet. John states, "This is truly the Prophet, the one who is tho come into the world (6, 14)."
In the Old Testament there are many connections to the Feeding of the Five Thousand. In 2 Kings 4:42-43, is the Multiplications of Loaves. This is very similar to The Feeding of the Five Thousand; it is the same setting, yet in a different time. Instead of Jesus and his disciples, it is Elisha and his servant. There is only a hundred people, but has the same meaning that God will give us the body of Christ. In Exodus 18:21-25 relates to The Feeding of the Five Thousand. In doing so, "The people took their places in rows by the hundreds and by fifties." This quote refers to the reminiscent of the
groupings of Israelites encamped in the desert and of the wilderness tradition of the prophets depicting the transformation of the wasteland into pastures where the true shepherd feeds his flock and makes his people beneficiaries of messianic grace(Mark 6:40). In John Jesus is pictured as the new Moses, and refers to Number 11:13. In Numbers it says, "Where can I get meat to give to all these people? For they are
Crying to me, Give us meat for are food." This is like when Jesus asks the disciples to get the food for the people. These passages in the Old Testament are all linked to The Feeding of the Five Thousand, only in a earlier time period but have the same Eucharistic meaning.
In Mark, the footnotes are in 6, 40. They describe the people in rows by the hundreds and give another reference to another story in Exodus 18, 21-25. In Matthew, 14, 13-21, give a analysis of the feeding and tell the reader that it describes the Eucharist and the final banquet in the kingdom. It also describes to the reader that the passage could be related to the messianic age and gives another reference to read. Luke 9, 16 has a meaning of the "taking of the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd." It gives the description that the actions of Jesus recall the institution of the Eucharist. John has footnotes that describe how Jesus is the new Moses and gives reference to Number 11: 13.
The important words in this passage are five loaves, two fish, heaven, blessing, breaking of the bread, disciples. Five loaves have a spiritual connotation to the walking on water. The two fish have the symbolism of Jesus Christ, because fish is symbolic to Jesus. Heaven is where God and his angels area and where the blessed go after death.
Blessing is a favor from God to us. Breaking of the bread is referring the Last Supper or Passover. Disciples are one who continues in the Master's word (Catholic Encyclopedia). These are all important in the passage because it is describing how Jesus did his blessing and refers back to the Last Supper and Eucharist.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand helped me realize that in order to believe that a miracle can happen, that it comes down to your faith. Jesus truly is the Savior of all of u s and it clearly states that through his miracle. The people who were at the scene, had to have faith and believe that Jesus could look up to have and then
break the bread for everyone in the crowd. Today, we must have faith and believe that Jesus is the one who will save us and still brings miracles to us today.
By, this miracle Jesus reminded his disciples, and all of his followers, that they have the ability and responsibility to feed others. Jesus proved through this miracle that he can and will meet all of our needs when we believe he can. We know in life that we will blessed and those who go hungry in life will be rewarded later
in life, you can not give up hope. The why do be rewarded is to have faith that Jesus will save you from every day pressures in life. You must have a strong relationship with God in order to believe you must have faith. The people in the crowd may not have believed, but they obeyed anyway.
This passage is in our every day lives through the Eucharist. In order to receive you must believe that it is Jesus and that you will receive his body. His abundance is sufficient for you when you are receiving the body. The passage fully explains the Last Supper and the Eucharist in many ways. Jesus is breaking and giving himself
up, The Feeding of the Five Thousand is a prelude to the Last Supper and when we receive his Body.