loaves and fishes


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loaves and fishes

Tangible benefits or rewards, especially when they serve as one's motivation for action. The phrase refers to the Bible story in which Jesus blesses a small amount of fish and loaves of bread, resulting in the disciples having enough food to distribute to thousands of people. Paul hasn't helped us with this project at all, but you know he'll be there for the loaves and fishes if we win the contest!
See also: and, Fishes

loaves and fishes

personal profit as a motive for religious profession or public service.
This idiom developed from a biblical passage in John 6:26: ‘Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled’.
See also: and, Fishes
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Looking for new events to spice up the year of fundraising, Loaves and Fishes officials turned to one of the services at the core of its mission -- food assistance -- and decided a food-related event would be fun and fitting.
Ballywalter Park, the ancestral home of Lord and Lady Dunleath, is the venue for the Loaves and Fishes, a programme of masterclasses in local seafood cuisine and traditional bread making delivered by chefs of international repute.
The limestone Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, was constructed in the 1980s and is overseen by the Benedictine Order.
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The Loaves and Fishes event in Glasgow was in danger of being cancelled before Naismith stepped in last winter and he is even working towards setting up a trust for them when he retires.
The Loaves and Fishes event in Glasgow was in danger of being cancelled before Naismith stepped in last winter, and the former Kilmarnock player is even working towards setting up a trust when he retires.
Loaves and Fishes has worked to increase service from its initial 17 clients in 1996 to more than 150 households each week in 2012.
IF FAITH AS SMALL SEED CAN LIFT A MOUNTAIN INTO THE SEA IMAGINE WHAT A FEW LOAVES AND FISHES CAN DO
Catholic Charities of Tennessee, which covers the 38 counties of the Nashville diocese, runs the Loaves and Fishes thrice-weekly soup kitchen.
Taking on Derek is a real coup for the city's Loaves And Fishes charity, who have just launched the venture.
FREE food will be given out at a Northumberland church during their annual Loaves and Fishes event.
He multiplied the loaves and fishes and calmed the storm, healed the leper and rose from the dead.
In John 6 we read about Christ's multiplication of the loaves and fishes.
After Jesus performs an exponentially more remarkable multiplication of loaves and fishes, the people compare him to Elisha, marveling, "This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.
REV-VING UP: Steve Morgan, the chaplain at Merthyr's Asda counts his loaves and fishes Picture: David Hurst