And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected
him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him.
But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers
and officers and for the leaders of Galilee.
When his daughter Herodias came in and
danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, â€˜Ask me for
whatever you wish, and I will give it.â€™
And he solemnly swore to her, â€˜Whatever you ask
me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.â€™
She went out and said to her mother,
â€˜What should I ask for?â€™ She replied, â€˜The head of John the baptizer.â€™
rushed back to the king and requested, â€˜I want you to give me at once the head of John
the Baptist on a platter.â€™
The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths
and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.
Immediately the king sent a soldier of
the guard with orders to bring Johnâ€™s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,
brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her moth-
When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.
He said to them, â€˜Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.â€™
For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
And they went
away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
Now many saw them going and
recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of
As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them,
because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many
When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, â€˜This is a deserted place,
and the hour is now very late;
send them away so that they may go into the surrounding
country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.â€™
But he answered them,
â€˜You give them something to eat.â€™ They said to him, â€˜Are we to go and buy two hundred
denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?â€™
And he said to them, â€˜How many
loaves have you? Go and see.â€™ When they had found out, they said, â€˜Five, and two
Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green
So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.
Taking the five loaves
and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave
them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them
And all ate and were filled;
and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces
and of the fish.
Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.
P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.