How would you feel if your cousin were beheaded and the head placed on a platter for people to laugh about? The death of John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, must have been a great sadness for Jesus. He wants to go away to a quiet place for silence; however, the crowds won’t let him alone.
The chapter is marked with strong changes. The multiplication of the five loaves and the two fish deeply moves the crowd, not to mention the disciples. I remember a retreat director during my seminary years suggesting that while the disciples were gathering the leftovers into the twelve baskets, they instigated the crowd, starting the chant: “Make him king! Make him king!” Jesus would have none of it. He dismisses the crowd and sends the disciples into a boat. Jesus seeks quiet, this time on a mountain. Then see what happens!
We all need times of sweet silence. Look for silence and rest in the God of silence.
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In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.
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