18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A – 1st and 2nd August, 2020

The death of the Baptist has left Jesus saddened, and he withdraws to be alone with the disciples. But even his personal sorrow is overwhelmed by compassion for the people who had followed him, and he cures their sick. The crowd stays with him, even into the evening. When the disciples ask Jesus to send them away to eat, Jesus’ response is a challenge to the disciples: feed them yourselves.