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13.02.10 FOUR THOUSAND

Posted under Reflections on February 12th, 2010 by
 He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. 
Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, 
and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they 
distributed them to the crowd.  They also had a few fish. 
He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also.
They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over
— seven baskets. There were about four thousand people. (Mk 8,4-9)
It is said that the feeding of the five thousand (Mk 6,30-44) with 
twelve baskets left over represents Jesus' ministry among 
the Jewish people ( 12 tribes), while feeding the 4000 with
seven baskets left over represent his ministry among the
gentile world (70 nations)
But it is difficult to know the exact intention of the author.
Jesus ministry of compassion is stressed here too.
He is aware of and sensitive to the needs of the people
and he is willing to meet the needs of the people.
Interestingly in this ministry of compassion Jesus 
involves his disciples. The closer one is to Jesus, the more
 likely it is that he will call him to share his work of compassion.
One should not be worried about the little he has, rather
he should be ready to offer it to Jesus and do as he wishes.
He will multiple the little gifts we have and share it with many

12.02.10 SECRET

Posted under Reflections on February 11th, 2010 by

And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”) And (immediately) the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. He ordered them not to tell anyone. (Mk 7, 32-36)

The man in today’s context is deaf and dumb. He is brought to Jesus. Jesus heals him without any show. He does not want the people to see the miracle. But we wonder why Jesus orders them not to speak about it.

He has given the speech back to the deaf man. If he has received the gift of speech then he has to speak  about it. Why the need for secrets. He could have made everyone dumb and no one would have revealed what has happened. If Jesus did not want to be seen or talked about then why did he do this at all? He could have just preached the word of God and taught the message to the people and carried on with his work. Why only miracles are not to be made known to the others. Why this secrecy?

What Jesus has done cannot remain hidden. The man who was not talking is talking now. That is not a secret for anyone who, sees him talking. Jesus tells the people around not to spread it, but they cannot stop talking.

Probably Jesus needed some more time before he is made known to the wider public. Or he was intending to travel some more, preaching and teaching. He wanted to gather some more support by passing on his message. So he wanted to be alone and wanted to move around unnoticed. But already the crowds were gathering around him and they were reaching the place of his arrival before he could even reach. The officials were already at him to close in on him. Just a couple of miracles more then they will bounce on him.
He couldn’t stop his work for the kingdom. He came for that work only. So also, he could not stop the people talking about it. Kingdom spreads this way also.

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