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Book of Kristi: Chapter 16

Dinner for 5,000: Five loaves and two fish

Dinner for 5,000: Five loaves and two fish

Dinner for 5,000: Five loaves and two fish

Kristi’s following grew, and grew, and grew. The hordes wouldn’t leave her alone.

One day, she journeyed to an exclusive, yet austere retreat. She thought no one would be willing to give up their materialistic ways for even a few days to follow her there. And, she thought that, even if they did, they couldn’t get past the guards at the entrance of the elite retreat. But she was wrong.

The proprietors of the retreat tried to bar the followers from the gates of the retreat, but the followers would listen to only Kristi. Filled with the Infinitian spirit, they violently pushed their way inside.

They numbered more than 5,000. This number excluded women and children, who were used to being excluded.

As evening approached, the proprietors came to Kristi and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can travel the two hours needed to get to the closest villages where they can buy themselves some food.”

Kristi replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

Dinner for 5,000

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “That shall not be enough to feed 5,000, let alone their women and children. Not even if they are the most acute of anorexics.”

“Bring them here to me,” she said. The people drew closer and she directed them to sit on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, she pretended to give thanks.

She took four of the five loaves and sliced them with a knife she carried with her for protection. And she sliced again. And again. And again. Eventually, the four loaves became five thousand barely visible slivers of baked wheat. She gave the slivers to the proprietors. And the proprietors gave them to the people.

They all ate and were, not surprisingly, still famished. So they dispersed on their own accord without any encouragement from Kristi, the proprietors or the guards so they could go back to their towns and partake of real foods and beers.

And the proprietors picked up the remaining loaf and the two fishes and they made from them a meal for Kristi and themselves. The guards partook of the meagre leftovers.

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