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Readers’ Theatre: The Feeding of the Five Thousand

A Readers’ Theatre Setting of Matthew 14:13-21

Narrator:
When Jesus heard what had happened to John the Baptist,
that he had been put to death by Herod,
He got on a boat and went away to a deserted place by himself.
But the crowds heard where he headed,
and followed him on foot from many towns and villages.
When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd,
He had compassion on them
and healed those who were sick.
When it was evening, the disciples came to him.

One:
This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late.
Send the crowds away
so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.

Narrator:
But Jesus answered:

Jesus:
Don’t send them away.
You feed them!

One:
But that’s impossible!
All we have is five small loaves of bread and two fish.

Jesus:
Bring what you have to Me.

Narrator:
So the disciples brought Him the loaves and fish,
and Jesus told the people to sit down on the grass.
He took the five loaves and two fish,
looked up to heaven,
blessed them,
and broke the bread into pieces.
Then he gave the bread to the disciples,
and the disciples passed them to the crowds.
And everyone ate until they were full.
Afterward, they filled twelve baskets with the leftovers.
In total, about five thousand men had eaten,
not to mention all the women and children.

– Christine Longhurst, for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

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