Mar. 29. Jesus Heals Deaf Man and Feeds Four Thousand Men

Mt. 15:29-39; Mk. 7:31-8:10

After leaving the region of Tyre and Sidon, Jesus and the apostles went to the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. There, they went up on a mountain in the area of Decapolis, which was inhabited mostly by Gentiles.

Great multitudes came and brought the lame, blind, mute, maimed and many others to be healed. When these Gentiles saw the power of Jesus as He healed them, they “glorified the God of Israel.”

Since the multitude had been with Jesus three days, they had run out of food. Jesus did not want to send them away hungry because some were very far from home. Again, He asked the disciples about the amount of food on hand and found only seven loaves and a few fish.

Jesus commanded everyone to sit and after He had given thanks for the loaves and fish, the disciples distributed them to the multitude. Everyone ate until filled and seven large baskets full of scraps were picked up. About four thousand men, besides women and children participated in this feast.