Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
“Loaves and Fishes”
Skit for June 13, 2004
Written by Joan Y. Edwards
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boy with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish.
5 Thousand people, men, women, and children
Narrator: The apostles had been healing people in an
Jesus turned around and saw five thousand people standing there. He was moved with compassion toward them. He told his apostles.
Jesus: They are like sheep without a shepherd. I cannot turn my back on them. I will heal their sick. I will teach them about my father’s kingdom in heaven.
Narrator: And so he healed their sick. He taught them many things about the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus: May you be healed from all illness, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Jesus: My Father has a kingdom for you. You will live there with him in peace. You will not suffer any pain. You will have a new body.
Peter: Lord, you have healed the people and taught
them about the
Jesus: We should feed them. See if anyone has any food.
Narrator: A young boy heard Jesus, and said,
Young Boy (Coming down the aisle of the church): Lord, I have 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. I will share them with you.
Jesus: (to the boy) Thank you, my son. (to his apostles) Have everyone sit down around me with their families in groups of fifty.
Narrator: The apostles went around arranging people. Soon everyone was seated in a semi-circle in front of Jesus.
Jesus: (looking up to heaven and holding up the loaves and the fish) Father, bless this food to nourish the bodies and minds of your people. May it satisfy their soul’s hunger for you, almighty Father, until you call them to your heavenly kingdom.
Narrator: Then Jesus broke the bread and the fish into pieces and filled a basket for each of the disciples to give out to the crowd. (Apostles hand out the bread and fish, and people eat, rub their bellies, and smile with satisfaction.)
Narrator: After everyone had eaten and was satisfied, the disciples went around and picked up the leftovers and it filled all twelve of their baskets to the brim.
James: With Jesus we have unlimited resources.
Narrator: Then Jesus told his apostles to go out to sea in their fishing boats while he dismissed the crowds.
Jesus: Go in peace. Your faith has saved you.
Narrator: And so the people went away remembering the things that Jesus had taught them. Today in our church at St. John Neumann we still remember that Jesus had compassion for his people. Here are two students and a deacon:
Kenny: Jesus multiplied the gifts that the boy shared with him.
Deacon: Today God does the same thing when we do something for others…to us it may seem like an insignificant thing but to others it is something big.
Sabrina: Do you mean like opening the door for an old man in a wheelchair? It seems small to us but in the eyes of the man in the wheelchair, it was big, very big.
Deacon: Yes, exactly.
Kenny: Sometimes, I feel really bad because I don’t have much money to put in the collection.
Deacon: Oh, but Kenny, God multiplies your gift and makes it do much more than you could imagine. During the Mass the gifts of the people are given to God just like the boy did with the loaves and fishes. Do you see any other things that are similar?
Sabrina: During the Mass I’ve seen the priest look up to heaven and ask God the Father to bless the bread and wine…just like Jesus did with the crowds of people near the desert.
Deacon: Yes, then the priest leads us in praying the “Our Father” asking God the Father for food and forgiveness so that we can enter heaven at the hour of our death. Jesus may have taught the people at the desert this same prayer he taught the Apostles later:
Deacon, Kenny, and Sabrina: “Our Father who art in Heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Kenny: The priest breaks the big round host of bread, then the little hosts of bread are handed to the people during Communion. That’s something else that’s like the loaves and fishes story.
Sabrina: I think there is one more similarity. At the end of Mass, the priest says, “Go in peace.”
Deacon: Yes, you are right.
Narrator: You can see that we are in a different century, but we have the same living God meeting the needs of us, his people, just like he met the needs of the five thousand people with the loaves and fishes of a little boy who didn’t realize what a gift he had given.