Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Evangeliad (18:39-43)


Section 18:39-43 (corresponding to Mk. 6:41-44; Mt. 14:19-21; Lk. 9:15-17; Jn. 6:11-13)

After the multitude settled in place,
Christ stood before them and in his arms raised
The bread and the fish, and looking to heaven,
He blessed the food he was going to give them.

This he divided, and gave some to each
Of his disciples, so that they could feed
The whole multitude; and as they went giving,
The food Christ gave remained undiminishing.

So they gave and they gave, food for each hand,
Enough for each child and woman and man.
When all had eaten and were satisfied,
Christ called his disciples back to his side.

"Now go and collect up all that remains,
So nothing is lost that's done in my name."
They gathered up fragments of fish and of bread,
And filled twelve baskets with what had been left.

That surplus remained after five thousand men,
With women and children, all had been fed,
And it had all come from the smallest of gifts,
Just five barley loaves and two little fish!

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