1He cal ed the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, 2and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3He said to them, 'Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; anddo not have a spare tunic. 4Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave let your departure be from there. 5As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet asevidence against them.' 6So they set out and went from village to vil age proclaiming the good news and healing everywhere. 7Meanwhile Herod the tetrarch had heard about al that was going on; and he was puzzled, becausesome people were saying that John had risen from the dead, 8others that Elijah had reappeared, still others that one of the ancient prophets had come back to life. 9But Herod said, 'John? I beheaded him. So who is this I hear such reports about?' And he was anxiousto see him. 10On their return the apostles gave him an account of al they had done. Then he took them with him andwithdrew towards a town called Bethsaida where they could be by themselves. 11But the crowds got to know and they went after him. He made them welcome and talked to them aboutthe kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing. 12It was late afternoon when the Twelve came up to him and said, 'Send the people away, and they cango to the vil ages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.' 13He replied, 'Give them something to eat yourselves.' But they said, 'We have no more than five loavesand two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for al these people.' 14For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, 'Get them to sit down in parties ofabout fifty.' 15They did so and made them al sit down. 16Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing overthem; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. 17They al ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps left over were col ected they fil ed twelvebaskets. 18Now it happened that he was praying alone, and his disciples came to him and he put this question tothem, 'Who do the crowds say I am?' 19And they answered, 'Some say John the Baptist; others Elijah; others again one of the ancientprophets come back to life.' 20'But you,' he said to them, 'who do you say I am?' It was Peter who spoke up. 'The Christ of God,' hesaid. 21But he gave them strict orders and charged them not to say this to anyone. 22He said, 'The Son of man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priestsand scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.' 23Then, speaking to al , he said, 'If anyone wants to be a fol ower of mine, let him renounce himself andtake up his cross every day and fol ow me. 24Anyone who wants to save his life wil lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, wil save it. 25What benefit is it to anyone to win the whole world and forfeit or lose his very self? 26For if anyone is ashamed of me and of my words, of him the Son of man wil be ashamed when hecomes in his own glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. 27'I tel you truly, there are some standing here who wil not taste death before they see the kingdom ofGod.' 28Now about eight days after this had been said, he took with him Peter, John and James and went upthe mountain to pray. 29And it happened that, as he was praying, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing becamesparkling white. 30And suddenly there were two men talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah 31appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. 32Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they woke up and saw his glory and the two menstanding with him. 33As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, 'Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let usmake three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not know what he was saying. 34As he was saying this, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into thecloud the disciples were afraid. 35And a voice came from the cloud saying, 'This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.' 36And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time,told no one what they had seen. 37Now it happened that on the fol owing day when they were coming down from the mountain a largecrowd came to meet him. 38And suddenly a man in the crowd cried out. 'Master,' he said, 'I implore you to look at my son: he is myonly child. 39A spirit wil suddenly take hold of him, and all at once it gives a sudden cry and throws the boy intoconvulsions with foaming at the mouth; it is slow to leave him, but when it does, it leaves the boy worn out. 40I begged your disciples to drive it out, and they could not.' 41In reply Jesus said, 'Faithless and perverse generation! How much longer must I be among you andput up with you? Bring your son here.' 42Even while the boy was coming, the devil threw him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebukedthe unclean spirit and cured the boy and gave him back to his father, 43and everyone was awestruck by the greatness of God. But while everyone was ful of admiration for alhe did, he said to his disciples, 44'For your part, you must have these words constantly in mind: The Son of man is going to be deliveredinto the power of men.' 45But they did not understand what he said; it was hidden from them so that they should not see themeaning of it, and they were afraid to ask him about it. 46An argument started between them about which of them was the greatest. 47Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child whom he set byhis side 48and then he said to them, 'Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; andanyone who welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. The least among you all is the one who is thegreatest.' 49John spoke up. 'Master,' he said, 'we saw someone driving out devils in your name, and because he isnot with us we tried to stop him.' 50But Jesus said to him, 'You must not stop him: anyone who is not against you is for you.' 51Now it happened that as the time drew near for him to be taken up, he resolutely turned his facetowards Jerusalem 52and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan vil age to makepreparations for him, 53but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. 54Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, 'Lord, do you want us to cal down fire from heaven toburn them up?' 55But he turned and rebuked them, 56and they went on to another village. 57As they travel ed along they met a man on the road who said to him, 'I wil fol ow you wherever you go.' 58Jesus answered, 'Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man hasnowhere to lay his head.' 59Another to whom he said, 'Fol ow me,' replied, 'Let me go and bury my father first.' 60But he answered, 'Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of thekingdom of God.' 61Another said, 'I wil fol ow you, sir, but first let me go and say good -- bye to my people at home.' 62Jesus said to him, 'Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom ofGod.'