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Gospel Reflection

Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd
The Father loves you because you are willing to give your life;
no one takes your life from you;
you give it up of your own free will;
you are the good shepherd.

Gospel Reading - Feeding the Five Thousand

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1After this, Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2-5And a huge crowd, many of them pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem for the annual Passover celebration, were following him wherever he went, to watch him heal the sick. So when Jesus went up into the hills and sat down with his disciples around him, he soon saw a great multitude of people climbing the hill, looking for him.

Turning to Philip he asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6(He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.)

7Philip replied, “It would take a fortunea to begin to do it!”

8-9Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a youngster here with five barley loaves and a couple of fish! But what good is that with all this mob?”

10“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus ordered. And all of them—the approximate count of the men only was five thousand — sat down on the grassy slopes. 11Then Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks to God and passed them out to the people. Afterwards he did the same with the fish. And everyone ate until full!

12“Now gather the scraps,” Jesus told his disciples, “so that nothing is wasted.” 13And twelve baskets were filled with the leftovers!

14When the people realized what a great miracle had happened, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!”

15Jesus saw that they were ready to take him by force and make him their king, so he went higher into the mountains alone.

. . . . .John 6:1-15

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.