It was late in the evening when the Lord had fed the five thousand. The people saw this great miracle and wanted to make our Lord, king. Something of course they couldn’t do because He was born a king. ‘Where is He that is born the infant king of the Jews?’ the wise men had said.
The Lord however dismissed His disciples they got into the boat and He Himself went into the hills to escape the madness of the crowd. And then in the middle of the night, at the third watch, about three in the morning, He walked across the water as we read in the other Gospels, terrifying the disciples and they arrive on the other side. In the morning now the crowds when they have got the wits together, realise that there was only one boat. The disciples had gone in the boat and crossed the sea of Tiberius, and they were certain that our Lord didn’t get in. So, not knowing what to do, they decided the best thing to do was to follow the disciples. So when the other boats came in from Tiberius, then they got into those boats. So it would not have been this vast multitude of some five thousand men for sure, the women and the children as well, who would have been part of that multitude. In these boats we have no idea of the number that crossed over. We are told when they got to Capernaum they set out to look for Jesus. When they found Him, they said ‘Rabbi when did you come here?‘ It is a strange question because the obvious question would be ‘how’, they only saw Him the night before… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.