For 2 August 2020, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, based on Matthew 14:13â€“21
When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, â€œThis is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.â€ Jesus said to them, â€œThey need not go away; you give them something to eat.â€ They replied, â€œWe have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.â€ And he said, â€œBring them here to me.â€ Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.