When Jesus heard the news of the murder of his friend, John the baptist, he went away by boat to a quiet place to be alone, but when the crowds learnt where he was, they followed him from the towns by land. As evening was approaching the disciples came to him and said, “This place is a wilderness and it’s getting late—send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy themselves food.”
But Jesus told them, “They don’t need to leave- that would be a public relations nighmare. You give them something to eat!”
“All we have here are five loaves and a couple of fish,” they replied.
“Bring them to me,” said Jesus. He told the crowds to sit down on the grass. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven and said:
“This is all we have to feed the faithful. But not far from here there is a village of unbelievers, and they have food in plenty. I ask of you, my disciples, are you not ashamed that the infidels can eat and that these men that follow me should be hungry?12”
And his disciples tore their clothes in shame and they swore:
“By God, we will undo this injustice!”
And the disciples Peter, John and Matthew each gathered a group of faithful and they went to the village of the infidels, and when they were ready they fell upon the village from three sides at once. And after they had punished those that opposed them and killed the adult men, they brought together all the children and women to be sold as slaves33,99, and first they made them carry their food to Jesus.
And when the Saviour saw their bounty, he was pleased and he blessed them.
And they brought before the Lord the village elder and they asked him where he hid their valuables, but he did not answer. Therefore Jesus said:
“Torture him, until he does what is right.14”
Then Luke the apostle took a burning piece of wood and put it on the chest of the infidel, and when the man could no longer bear the pain he revealed the location of the village silver. Then Jesus sent Peter, his most beloved disciple, to collect the other valuables and ordered Luke to decapitate the village elder.
After this he broke the loaves of bread into pieces and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Everybody ate until they were full, and then they collected up the left-overs which filled twelve baskets. Those eating numbered about five thousand men, not counting women (for they do not count for much)127.
When Jesus was about to retire, he saw a crying woman sitting next to the dead body of the village elder, and he asked: “Who is she?”
And his followers did what he commanded, and later Jesus took her into his tent and he was very pleased.