During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, I called my disciples to me and said, 2”I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”
4My disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”
5”How many loaves do you have?” I asked
“Seven,” they replied.
6I told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When I had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, I broke them and gave them to my disciples to set before the people, and they did so. 7They had a few small fish as well; I gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9About four thousand men were present. And having sent them away, 10I got into the boat with my disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
11The Pharisees came and began to question me. To test me, they asked me for a sign from heaven. 12I sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it.” 13Then I left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.
14The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15“Be careful,” I warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”
16They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
17Aware of their discussion, I asked them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.
20“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.”
21I said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
22We came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged me to touch him. 23I took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When I had spit on the man’s eyes and put my hands on him, I asked, “Do you see anything?”
24He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25Once more I put my hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26I sent him home, saying, “Don’t go into the village.”
27My disciples and I went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way I asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29“But what about you?” I asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
30I warned them not to tell anyone about me.
31I then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that I must be killed and after three days rise again. 32I spoke plainly about this, and Peter took me aside and began to rebuke me.
33But when I turned and looked at my disciples, I rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” I said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
34Then I called the crowd to me along with my disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”