On This Mountain – Br. David Vryhof

davidv150x150What comes to mind when you listen to Matthew’s introduction to this story of Jesus healing and feeding the multitudes?   We read, “After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down.”  Do those words remind you of anything?

If you recalled the Sermon on the Mount you’d be correct.  Earlier in his gospel story, Matthew tells us that Jesus “went up the mountain” and sat down and began to teach his disciples and the crowds that followed him (5:1).  In that instance, Jesus was revealing God’s will through his words; here, Jesus reveals God’s power through his deeds.[i]    “Great crowds came to him,” the gospel writer tells us, “bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others… and he cured them…”  The story then goes on to tell us of how Jesus – moved with compassion for the crowds – feeds them with loaves and fishes – an abundant feast, with baskets of food left over.  The location – on the mountain – is significant.  It is a place associated with God.  It is a place of revelation, of encounter with God.  It is also a location associated in the minds of the Hebrews with the coming of the Messiah. Read More