Miracles Create Opposition
Today's reading offers another dramatic story of Jesus feeding a large crowd -- this time, 4000 people -- with just a few loaves of bread. Despite this and other miracles, some of the Jewish leaders known as Pharisees demanded that Jesus produce other proof -- a divine sign -- that he was a legitimate servant of God. From this point, Jesus starts teaching his disciples to be afraid of the questions and arguments of the Jewish and political leaders, worried that they might be led astray.
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