Grade 1, Chapter 14
The Loaves and the Fishes
One day, Jesus was teaching more than 5,000 people.
The people were far from home and did not bring any food with them. It
was late in the day, and they were hungry.
Jesus saw that the people needed something to eat so he called his disciples
over to him. Jesus' disciples looked at each other. They were confused
and very surprised that Jesus would ask them to feed so many people.
Just then a young child came up to Jesus. The boy had five loaves of bread
and two fish in a large basket. He offered the bread and fish to Jesus.
Jesus was very pleased with the child's offering. Jesus blessed the loaves
and the fish and then gave them to his disciples. "Give the people something
to eat," Jesus told them. Jesus' disciples did not understand how so little
food was enough to feed so many people, but they did as Jesus told them.
An amazing thing happened! There was plenty of food for everyone to eat.
When everyone was finished eating, the disciples collected the leftover
food. There was enough food to fill twelve baskets. Everyone was very
surprised and excited. They knew that Jesus had just done something wonderful
for them. They knew that Jesus loved them and cared for them very much.
--Based on Matthew 14: 13-21