On John 6.15-40HIS IS TODAY'S [reading] which follows yesterdays's reading from the gospel [and] from which today's homily is due. After that miracle was performed, where Jesus fed five thousand men from five loaves, when the crowd had been astonished and said that he was a great prophet who came into the world, this follows: "Jesus therefore, when he knew that they would come to take him by force and make him king, fled again into the mountain, himself alone."
(2) Therefore, it is given to be understood that when the Lord was sitting on the mountain with his disciples and saw the crowds coming to him, he had descended from the mountain and fed the masses near to its lower areas. For, how could he possibly flee there again if he had not descended from the mountain before? Therefore, that the Lord descended from the mountain to feed the crowds signifies nothing. He fed them and ascended.
2. But why did he ascend when he knew that they wanted to take hold of him by force and make him king? Why indeed? Was he not the king, who feared to be made a king? He was in every respect; but he was not such a king as one who would be made by men but as one who would give a kingdom to men. Can it perhaps be that Jesus, whose deeds are words,1 here too, signifies something to us?
(2) Therefore, in the fact that they wanted to take hold of him by force and make him king and for this reason he fled____________________