4th Sunday of Lent – John 6:1-15
When you start to pay attention to the Gospels, you start to see the details of how things worked among Jesus and His disciples. For example, Jesus and his followers were supported, as the church is supported by donations today, with money. There was one apostle who kept track of the money, Judas Iscariot. And out of that money, they would buy things for the poor, they would be the things they themselves needed. There was also the inner circle, those who were given special graces. Peter, James and John were the only ones invited to the Transfiguration on the mountain. Peter, James and John were the only ones taken further apart at the Mountain of Olives on the night He was betrayed, specifically again to watch and to pray. We also know that outside of the 12, there was the larger group. Actually, they were a part of it, the 72. So there was the 72, the 12, and then the 3.
We see today our Lord, after having worked a really stunning miracle, feeding 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes, He’s in a certain difficult situation. They see such astonishing power that He is the prophet that is foretold in the Scriptures and they want to make him the King. And so our Lord leaves. It says, in fact, he fled – he doesn’t just walk away. He fled himself unto the mountain alone.