May 1, 2007
A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and
 understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.

by a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth
May 2007
Jesus' words are rendered in red.  The words "bread" and "loaves" are highlighted in blue for your attention.

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Passages from the Four Gospels

The Temptation of Jesus

Matthew 4

Luke 4

1 Then Jesus was led into the wilderness by the spirit to be tested by the devil.
2 And having fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards hungry.
3 And the [one] testing him having come, he said to him: If you are [the] son of God, speak in order that these stones become bread.
4 But answering he said: It is written:
Not on bread alone does man zoe-live, but [also] on every word proceeding out of the mouth of God.
1 Now Jesus full of [the] Holy Spirit returned from the Jordan, and was led in the spirit in the wilderness,
2 being tested forty days by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days, and upon completing them he was hungry.
3 Now the devil says to him: If you are [the] son of God, tell this stone to become bread.
4 And Jesus answered him: It is written that:
Not upon bread alone will man zoe-live
But upon every word of God.

On Prayer

Matthew 6

Luke 11

5 And when you pray, be not as the hypocrites. For they philia-love to be praying [when] standing in the synagogues and in the street corners, in order that they be manifest to men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward.
6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and having closed the door, pray to your father that [is] in secret, and your father who sees in secret will reward you 
7 But when you pray, do not babble like the nations, for they suppose that by their wordiness they will be heard.
8 Be not as they, for your father knows what needs you have before you ask him.
9 Therefore pray thusly:

Our father in the heavens,
Let your name be holy,
10 Your kingdom come
Your will come to pass
as in heaven, so also on earth.
11 Give us today our bread for the day
12 And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into the test,
but rescue us from [the] wicked [one].

1 And it came to pass when he was in the place where he prayed, as he stopped, one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.
2 So he said to them: When you pray, be saying:
Father, let your name be holy
Your kingdom come
3 Be giving to us each day bread for the day
4 And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive all [those having] come short towards us.
And lead us not into [the] test.

5 And he said to them: Who among you has [a] friend, and he proceeds to him during the night and he says to him: Friend, lend me three loaves
6 since my friend has come from the road to me and I do not have anything to set before him. 
7 And that [one] from inside answering said: Be not causing trouble for me, I have already shut the door, and my children are with me in the bed. I am unable having arisen to give to you. 
8 I say to you, if he will not give to him [the loaves] having arisen because he is his friend, because of his insistence will he having arisen give whatever he needs.

Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Matthew 7
7 Be asking, and it will be given to you; be seeking, and you will find; be knocking, and it will be opened to you.
8 For everyone asking receives, and [everyone] seeking finds, and to [everyone] knocking it is opened.
9 Or what man is among you whose son asks him for bread, he does not give him [a] stone, [does he]?  
10 Or asks for fish, he does not give him [a] snake, [does he]?
11 If therefore you being wicked know good gifts to be giving to your children, how much more your father in the heavens will give good [things] to those asking him.
12 Therefore everything that you wish that men be doing to you, also be doing to them. For this is the law and the prophets.

Lord of the Sabbath

Matthew 12

Mark 2 

Luke 6

1 In that opportune-time Jesus went through [a] corn-field on the Sabbath, and his disciples hungered, and began to be plucking the ears and eating.
2 But the Pharisees having seen [this] said to him: Behold your disciples do that which is not allowed to be doing on the Sabbath.
3 But he said to them: Do you not know what David did, when he and those with him hungered?
4 How he entered into the house of God and they ate the shew- bread, which was not allowed for him nor those with him to eat, but only for the priests alone?
5 Or do you not know in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are blameless?
6 But I say to you that here [is] something2 greater than [the] temple.
7 But if you knew what this is:
I desire mercy and not [a] sacrifice.
you would not have condemned the blameless.
8 For the son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.
23 And it came to pass he in the Sabbaths was passing through the cornfields, and his disciples began to be making [a] path [while] plucking off ears of corn.
24 And the Pharisees were saying to him: See [here], why do they do on the Sabbaths what is not permitted?
25 And he says to them: Have you not read what David did, when he had need, and he himself was hungry and those with him?
26 How he went into the house of God in the time of Abiathar [the] high priest and they ate the `Bread of the Setting Forth' that is not permissible to eat except [for] the priests, and also gave to those being with him?
27 And he was saying to them: The Sabbath came into being because of man, and not man because of the Sabbath,
28 so that the son of man is Lord of the Sabbath also.
1 Now it came to pass on the Sabbath he was going through [a] grain field, and his disciples were plucking and eating the ears of grain rubbing [them] with their hands.
2 But some of the Pharisees said: Why do you do what is not permitted on the Sabbath?
3 And answering them Jesus said to them: Have you not read this that David did, when he was hungry and those being with him?
4 That they entered into the house of God and taking the loaves of the presence he was eating [it] and gave to those with him, which it is not allowed to be eating except the priests only?
5 And he was saying to them: The son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.

The Feeding of the Five Thousand

Matthew 14

Mark 6

Luke 9

John 6

13 Now Jesus having heard, he went out from there in [a] boat to [a] deserted place by himself. And when the crowd heard they followed him on foot from their cities.
14 And having come out he saw [a] great crowd, and had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 Now when it became evening, the disciples came to him saying: This place is [a] desert and the hour has already past. Therefore disperse the crowd so having gone into the towns they may buy themselves bread.
16 But Jesus said to them: They have no need to be going. You give to them to be eating.
17 But they say to him: We do not have here but five loaves and two fishes.
18 So he says: Be bringing them here to me.
19 And having ordered the crowd to lay back on the grass, taking the five loaves and the two fishes, looking up to heaven he gave thanks, and having broken [them] he gave to the disciples the loaves, and disciples [gave] [them] to the crowd.
20 And all ate and were fattened. And they took the surplus of the fragments, twelve baskets full.
21 And those eating were about five thousand men apart from women and children.
30 And the disciples are gathered to Jesus, and they report to him everything, whatsoever they did and whatsoever they taught.
31 And he says to them: Come you yourselves, privately to the deserted place and rest [a] little. For those coming and going were many, and they had no opportunity to be eating.
32 And they departed in the boat to the deserted place privately.
33 And they saw them departing and many knew [him] and they ran together by land from all the cities and went before him.
34 And having come out he saw [a] great crowd, and had compassion on them because they were as sheep not having [a] shepherd, and he began to be teaching them many [things].
35 And many hours already having come to pass his disciples having come to him were saying that: This place is deserted and already the hour [is] great. 

36 Disperse them, that having departed into the surrounding fields and villages they may buy for themselves something to eat. 
37 But answering he said to them: You yourselves give them to eat. And they say to him: Having gone shall we buy with two hundred denari loaves, and give to them to eat? 
38 But he says to them: How many loaves have you? Go see. And when they knew they say: Five, and two fish. 
39 And he commanded them to all lie down group by group, upon the green grass. 
40 And they reclined group by group, according to [a] hundred and according to fifty. 
41 And taking the five loaves and two fish, having looked up into heaven he blessed [them] and broke the loaves and was giving to the disciples that they set them before them, and the two fish he divided to all. 
42 And all ate and were filled, 
43 and they took up fragments twelve baskets full, and of the fish. 
44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

10 and the apostles having returned related to him what they had done. And taking them along he withdrew privately to [the] city being called Bethsaida.
11 But the crowds having known followed him. And welcoming them he spoke to them concerning the kingdom of God, and those having need of healing he healed.
12 Now the day began to be spent, so the twelve having come said to him: Disperse the crowd, that having proceeded into the surrounding towns and fields they may rest and find provisions, for here are we in [a] wilderness.
13 But he said to them: [you] give to them to eat. But they said: There is not to us more than five loaves and two fish, unless having gone we buy food for all these people.
14 For they were [about] five hundred men. So he said to his disciples: Have them sit in groups of [about] fifty.
15 And thus they did, and all sat.
16 So having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, having looked up to heaven he blessed them and broke them, and was giving [them] to the disciples to set before the crowd. 

17 And all ate and were filled. And the surplus of fragments gathered by them was twelve baskets.

1 After these [things] Jesus came across the sea of Galilee of Tiberias.
2 Now [a] great crowd followed him, because they were seeing the signs that he did upon the sick.
3 So Jesus went up to the mountain, and sat there with his disciples.
4 Now it was near the passover, the festival of the Jews.
5 So Jesus having lifted up his eyes and having observed that [a] great crowd comes to him, he says to Phillip: Where may we buy bread in order that they eat?
6 But he was saying this testing him. For he knew what he was [about] to be doing.
7 Phillip answered him: Bread from two hundred denarii is not sufficient for them, in order that each receive [a] little.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, says to him:
9 [A] boy is here who has five barley bread [loaves] and two small fishes; but what are these to so many?
10 But Jesus said: Have the people sit. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat whose number [was about] five-thousand. 

11 So Jesus took the loaves, and having blessed [them] distributed [them] to the disciples, and the disciples to those reclining; likewise also of the small fish as much as they wanted. 
12 Now when they were filled, he says to his disciples: Gather the excess fragments, in order that none be lost. 
13 So they gathered, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley bread [loaves] that they had more than enough for those having eaten.

A Woman's Faith

Matthew 15

Mark 7

21 And when Jesus went out from there he withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And behold [a] Cannanite woman from the region came crying out saying: Have mercy on me, Lord, son of David, my daughter is evil-ly demon possessed.
23 But he did not answer her [a] word. And his disciples came to him asking him saying: Get rid of her, because she cries out after us.
24 But answering he said: I was not sent except to the lost sheep of Israel.
25 But the [one] who came knelt before him saying: Lord, help me.
26 But answering he said: It is not good to take the children's bread and to throw it to the dogs.
27 But she said: Yes, Lord, yet the dogs eat of the crumbs falling from the Lord's table.
28 Then Jesus answering her said: O woman, great is your faith. Let it [now] come to pass for you as you wish.
24 Having gone up from there he departed into the region of Tyre and Sidon. And having entered into [a] house he wished no one to know, and he was unable to escape notice.
25 But straightway [a] woman having heard concerning him, whose daughter was having [an] unclean spirit, having come fell before his feet.
26 But the woman was [a] Greek, in the race Syrophonician, and she asked him that he cast the demon out of her daughter.
27 And he was saying to her: Let the children first be filled, for it is not good to take the bread of the children and throw [it] to the puppies.
28 But she answered and says to him: Yes Lord, and the puppies under the table eat from the children's crumbs.
29 And he said to her: Because of this word, Be going, the demon is come out [of your] daughter.
30 And having departed into her house she found the child thrown upon the bed and the demon gone out.

The Feeding of the Four Thousand

Matthew 15

Mark 8

32 But when Jesus summoned his disciples he said: I have compassion on the crowd, because already three days they remain with me and do not have anything to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they give out in the road.
33 And the disciples said to him: Where in the desert [is] for us so much bread so as to fill such [a] crowd?
34 And Jesus says to them: How many loaves do you have? And they said: Seven, and [a] few little fish.
35 And when he instructed the crowd to recline on the ground,
36 he took the loaves and the fish, and when he gave thanks he broke [them], and gave [them] to the disciples, and the disciples [gave] them to the crowds.
37 And they all ate and were filled and they collected the surplus of the fragments, seven baskets full.
38 But those eating were four thousand men, apart from women and children.
39 And when he sent the crowd away he embarked in [a] boat, and went to the hill country Magadan.
1 In those days again there was [a] great crowd, and [they] not having anything to eat, [Jesus] having called his disciples says to them:
2 I have compassion on the crowd, for already three days they remain with me, and they have not anything they may eat.
3 And if I send them fasting to their house, they will give out in the road, and some of them are from afar.
4 And his disciples answered him that: How will anyone be able to fill them with loaves here in the desert?
5 And he asked1 them: How any loaves have you? And they said: Seven.
6 And he instructs the crowd to recline on the ground; and having taken the seven loaves, having given thanks he broke and was giving [them] to his disciples in order that they set [them] before [them], and they set [them] before the crowd.
7 And they were having [a] few little fish, and having blessed them he said to be setting these also before [them].
8 And they were eating and were filled, and they took up [an] abundance of fragments, seven baskets.

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees /

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod 

Matthew 16

Mark 8

5 And when the disciples came to the other side they forgot to take bread.
6 And Jesus said to them: Be watching and guarding yourself from the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
7 And they reasoned among themselves that: We [may] not take bread.
8 But Jesus knowing [this] said: Why do you reason among yourselves, [You] little-faiths, that you [may] not have bread?
9 Do you not yet understand, or have you forgotten the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took?
10 Or the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many baskets you took?
11 How do you not understand that I spoke to you not concerning bread? Be guarding yourself from the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
12 Then they understood that he did not say to guard oneself from the leaven of bread, but from the teachings of the Pharisees.
14 And they forgot to take loaves and except one loaf they were not having [any] with them in the boat.
15 And he was directing them, saying: See, be looking to the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.
16 And they reasoned with one another that they do not have loaves.
17 And having known he says to them: Why do you reason that you don't have loaves? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? You have hardened your heart.
18 Having eyes they do not see, and having ears they do not hear? And do you not remember,
19 when having broken the five loaves to the five thousands how many baskets full of scraps you took up? They say to him: Twelve.
20 When the seven to the four thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you take up? And they say: Seven.
21 And he was saying to them: Do you not yet understand?

The Last Supper

Matthew 26

Mark 14

Luke 22

26 He says to him: You said [it]. Now while they were eating, Jesus having taken bread and having given thanks [he] broke [it] and having given it to his disciples said: Take, be eating. This is my body.
27 And having taken the cup and having given thanks he gave [it] to them saying: Drink all of it.
28 For this is my blood of the new contract, being poured out for many for [the] forgiveness of sins.
29 For I say to you, I will not drink from now on of this the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in the kingdom of my father.
30 And when they sang [a] hymn they went out to the mount of olives.
22 And while they were eating, taking bread [and] having blessed [it] he broke and gave [it] to them and said: Take, this is my body.
23 And taking the cup [and] having given thanks he gave [it] to them, and they were all drinking of it.
24 And he said to them: This is my blood of the contract being poured out in behalf of many.
25 Truly I say to you that I will NO LONGER drink of the produce of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
26 And having sung they went out to the mount of olives.
14 And when the hour came to pass he reclined, and the apostles with him.
15 And he said to them: With desire have I desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.
16 For I say to you that I will not eat it until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17 And having taken [the] cup, having given thanks he said: Take this and divide [it] among yourselves,
18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the product of the vine from now until the kingdom of God come.
19 And having taken bread, having given thanks he broke and gave [it] to them saying: This is my body given in your behalf; this be doing in my remembrance.
20 And the cup likewise after dining, saying: This cup [is] the new contract in my blood, being poured out in your behalf.

Jesus and John the Baptist

Luke 7

18 And his disciples reported to John concerning all these [things]. And John having called upon [a] certain two of his disciples
19 sent [them] to the Lord saying: Are you the coming [one], or do we expect another?
20 Now having arrived to him the men said: John the baptist sent us to you saying: Are you the coming [one], or do we expect another?
21 In that hour he healed many from diseases and torments and wicked spirits, and to many blind he graced to be seeing.
22 And answering he said to them: Having gone report to John what you saw and heard: Blind see, lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and deaf hear, dead are raised, poor are preached to,
23 and blessed is he who is not stumbled in me.
24 Now when the messengers of John had returned he began to be saying to the crowd concerning John: What did you come out to the wilderness to behold? [a] reed being shaken by the wind? 

25 But what did you come out to see? [a] man dressed in soft garments? Behold those in splendid and luxurious apparel are in the palaces. 
26 But what did you come out to see? [a] prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than [a] prophet. 
27 This is he concerning whom it is written:

Behold I send my messenger before your face
Who will prepare your way before you.

28 I say to you, none born of women is greater than John, but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. 
29 And all the people having heard and the tax gatherers justified God, having been baptized in John's baptism. 
30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers have set aside the intention of God in themselves, not having been baptized by him.
31 To what therefore will I liken the men of this generation, and to what are they like? 
32 They are like children sitting in the market and they call to each other saying:

We piped for you and you did not dance,
We mourned and you did not weep.

33 For John the baptist is come not eating loaves nor drinking wine, and you say: He has [a] demon. 
34 The son of man is come eating and drinking, and you say: Behold [this] man [is a] glutton and [a] wino, friend of tax gatherers and sinners. 
35 And wisdom is justified by all her children.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15

11 But I say to you, a certain man was having two sons.
12 And the younger of them said to the father: Father, give to me the portion of the wealth falling to me. So he divided to them the living.
13 And after not many days having gathered everything the younger son journeyed to [a] far country, and there he squandered his wealth zoe-living loosely.
14 So when he spent all [a] severe famine came to pass against that country, and he began to be in need.
15 And having gone he joined to one of the citizens of that country and he sent him into his fields to be grazing the pigs.
16 And he was desiring to fill his belly with pods that the pigs were eating, and no one was giving [anything] to him.
17 But coming to himself he said: How many servants of my father have abundance of bread, but I am perishing here in [a] famine.
18 Having arisen I will go to my father and will say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
19 no longer am I worthy to be called your son, make me as one [of your] hired-hands.
20 And having arisen he came to his own father. But while he was being distant afar his father saw him and had compassion, and having run fell upon his neck and kissed him.
21 But the son said to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,
22 But the father said to his slaves: Swiftly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and give [a] ring for his hand and sandals for his feet,
23 and be bringing the fatted calf, kill [it], and having eaten let us make merry.
24 For this my son was dead and is alive again, was lost and is found. And he began to be making merry.

25 Now his elder son was in the field, and as he came he drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dance, 
26 and calling upon one of the servants he inquired what this might be. 
27 But he said to him that his brother has arrived, and your father killed the fatted calf, for he had received him back sound. 
28 But he was enraged and did not want to enter. So his father having come out called upon him. 
29 But answering he said to the father: Behold so many years I am slaving to you and never transgressed your commandment, and for me you have never given [a] goat that I may make merry with my friends. 
30 But when this your son who consumed your living with prostitutes came, you killed for him the fatted calf. 
31 But he said to him: Child, you are always with me, and all mine is yours. 
32 But it was necessary to make merry and rejoice, for this your brother was dead and has returned to zoe-life
, and was lost and is found.

Jesus' Discourse About the Bread of Life

John 6

25 And having found him on the other side of the sea they said to him, Rabbi, when did you come [here]?
26 Jesus answered them and said: Truly truly I say to you, you seek me not because you see signs, but because you ate of the bread and were filled.
27 Be working not for the perishing food, but for the food abiding to eternal zoe-life, which the son of man will give to you; for God the father has sealed this [one].
28 So they said to him: What should we be doing, in order that we may be working the works of God? 

29 Jesus answered and said to them: This is the work of God, that you believe in whom that [one] has sent
30 So they said to him: So, what sign do you work, in order that we may see and believe in you? What do you work? 
31 Our fathers ate manna in the wilderness, just as it is written,

He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

32 So Jesus said to them: Truly truly I say to you, Moses did not give you bread from heaven, but my father gives you the true bread from heaven. 
33 For the bread of God is the [one] coming down from heaven and giving zoe-life to the world. 
34 So they said to him: Lord, always give us this bread.
35 Jesus said to them: I am the bread of zoe-life; the [one] coming to me will not hunger, and the [one] believing in me will not thirst ever. 
36 But I said to you that you have seen me and do not believe. 
37 All that the father gives me will come to me, and the [one] coming to me I will not cast out. 
38 For I am come down from heaven not in order that I do my will, but the will of the [one] having sent me. 
39 This is the will of the [one] having sent me, that of all he has given me I not lose [any] of it, but raise it up in the last day. 
40 For this is the will of my father, that everyone beholding the son and believing in him have zoe-life eternal, and I will raise him up in the last day.
41 So the Jews were grumbling concerning him because he said: I am the bread having come down from heaven, 
42 and they were saying: Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say that he is come down from heaven? 
43 Jesus answered and said to them: Be not grumbling with each other. 
44 No one is able to come to me except the father having sent me pull him, and I will raise him up in the last day. 
45 It is written in the prophets,

And they will all be taught by God.

Everyone having heard the father and having learned [from him] comes toward me. 
46 Not that anyone has seen the father, except the [one] being from God, this [one] has seen the father. 
47 Truly truly I say to you, the [one] believing has eternal zoe-life
48 I am the bread of zoe-life
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 
50 This is the bread coming down from heaven, in order that anyone who eat of it also not die. 
51 I am the zoe-living bread having come down out of heaven. If anyone eat of this bread, he will zoe-live to eternity. But the bread that I will give is my flesh in behalf of the zoe-life of the world.
52 So the Jews were arguing with each other saying: How is this [one] able to give to us his flesh to eat? 
53 So Jesus said to them: Truly truly I say to you: unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood you do not have zoe-life in yourselves. 
54 The [one] gnawing my flesh and drinking my blood has zoe-life eternal, and I will raise him up in the last day. 
55 For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 
56 The [one] gnawing my flesh and drinking my blood abides in me and I in him. 
57 Just as the zoe-living father sent me and I zoe-live through the father, also the [one] gnawing me will zoe-live through me. 
58 This is the bread having come down out of heaven, not just as the fathers ate and died. The [one] gnawing this bread will zoe-live to eternity.

Workers for the Harvest

John 4

31 In the meanwhile the disciples were asking him saying: Rabbi, eat.
32 But he said to them: I have bread to eat that you do not know.
33 So the disciples were saying to one another: Did [someone] bring to him [something] to eat?
34 Jesus says to them: My food is that I do the will of the [one] having sent me and accomplish his work.
35 Are you not saying that there is yet four months and [then] the harvest comes? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and behold the fields that they are white already for [the] harvest.
36 Already the [one] harvesting receives wages and gathers fruit for eternal zoe-life, so that the [one] sowing and the [one] harvesting together rejoice.
37 For in this the word is true that one is the [one] sowing and another [is] the [one] harvesting.
38 I sent you to be harvesting what you have not labored [for]; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.

The Announcement of Jesus' Betrayal

John 13

18 Not concerning all [of you] do I speak. I know whom I have chosen; but in order that the scripture be fulfilled:
The [one] gnawing my bread
Lifted up his heel against me .

19 From now [on] I tell you before [it] comes to pass, in order that when it comes to pass you believe that I am [He]. 
20 Truly truly I say to you, the [one] receiving whom I send receives me, and the [one] receiving me receives the [one] having sent me.

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