The Pharisees went out and conspired against Jesus, how to destroy him. When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smouldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope." Matthew 12:14-21
- The discretion of Jesus is hard for us to understand. He didn’t ask the people to forget but he asked them to appreciate the meaning of their experience. We are so quick with our cameras and news reports that we often miss the opportunity to think about what has happened, to reflect on how God is at work in a way that deserves patient appreciation rather than instant analysis and discussion.
- Jesus chose to be among the crowds of the sick instead of pleasing the educated elite. He avoided seeking attention in either confrontation or popularity. I take some time to watch him, to ponder, to speak to him about what moves his heart, asking how I might grow more like him.