Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 4, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
A reflection on today's Scripture:
I have often been baffled when Jesus performed a miracle, only to tell those involved to not tell anyone what had happened! It always seemed to me that the news of the miracles should have been spread far and wide so that the good news of the Lord would spread much faster.
In today's Gospel Jesus performs a great miracle when he multiplies a few loaves and fish in order to feed five thousand and there were even leftovers. The result of this miracle, we learn, is that the people prepared to carry him off and make Him king which prompted Jesus to go alone to the mountains to avoid this.
Had the crowds carried Him off in this fashion and tried to crown Him it is almost a certainty this would have backfired. The authorities would have put this down promptly, possibly resulting in bloodshed and a disruption in His ministry.
I now understand better why Jesus was reluctant to have news of His miracles spread. He knew that the reaction of the people would be contrary to what He was trying to accomplish and that they would further miss the point of His coming, which was to bring God to us, give us eternal salvation and never-ending life.
- Don Claunch, SFO
| email: dlclaunch (at) bresnan (dot) net
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