In today’s gospel from Matthew 14:14-22, we hear the story of the multiplication of the five loaves. This story is unique in that it is featured and recorded in all four Gospels. However, the most profound meaning and explanation of this miraculous event in Jesus’ ministry, is that the multitude themselves understood the miracle in the wilderness as a messianic sign, for those gathered around Him were an image of the Messiah feeding His people, just like when God sent manna to satisfy His people when they escaped Egypt.
In today’s Gospel, from Matthew 8:28-9:1, we hear the story of the two men who were possessed by demons in the region of the Gedarenes. We know from the Gospel that the two men entreated Jesus to drive them out and send them into a herd of pigs that was grazing nearby.