This was one of the worst days in Jesus' life. He had just received the bad news that His friend and relative, John the Baptizer, had been beheaded. It was John who was used by the Father to minister the Spirit to Jesus. He and Jesus had a special bond. Now John was dead, murdered, beheaded.
Jesus had to get away, go off by Himself, and receive healing from His Father. He got in the boat and intended to go to a deserted place (Mt 14:13). However, He couldn't shake the crowds. He "saw the vast throng, His heart was moved with pity, and He cured their sick" (Mt 14:14). Jesus, screaming inside with hurt, "cured their sick." By His wounds, we are healed (1 Pt 2:24).
If this were not enough, Jesus did not dismiss the crowds, even though it was late and He had an excuse that would give Him a chance for a moment's peace. Instead, Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish. This was not only an act of power, but of amazing, sacrificial love. Maybe this is why the Last Supper, or Holy Communion, came to be called "the breaking of the bread." The Last Supper, the supreme act of love, was associated with one of the worst days of Jesus' life and one of the greatest days of His love.
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 26, 2006.