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That’s kind of what’s happening in this Gospel. A week ago, we heard the story of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. When a nameless, selfless kid gives his 2 loaves and 5 fish and Jesus is able to feed over 5,000. It’s such a spectacular occurrence that there were 12 baskets of left overs when all was said and done. In today’s Gospel, we hear what happened the next day. Why did the crowds go to Jesus? It was breakfast! They were hungry again. It’s understandable – They enjoyed dinner, they probably wanted to see what Jesus was going to whip up for them this time.
It’s similar whenever Jesus healed people who were suffering from physical illnesses. He was speaking deeper truths in those miraculous moments. An important one being that no they were not cursed by God – they weren’t being punished for some sin because they were sick. Rather, Jesus’ point was that all humanity suffers from sin and all humanity needs to be saved from that sin. And the way Jesus’ demonstrates His authority… that He had the power to forgive sin was when he blew their minds and then a paralyzed person could walk; or this horribly disfigured, highly contagious leper was healed. Jesus was saying – the disease of the soul is far more important – and that He desires to heal that, and that He can and does heal that. Those healings of our souls, we tend to dismiss when we’re praying and rooting for someone with a physical illness to be healed… We might think “yeah, yeah, I’ll get to that -just take care of this first.” But those healings of our souls are so much more urgent because they last into eternity.