Commentary on the Gospel of
Jesus was not a coward to withdraw from the town where his enemies were plotting against him. Being a reader of hearts, he knew what they were up to; but he also knew that it was not yet “the hour” of confrontation or Passion. When the “appointed time” came, he would go directly to Jerusalem, but not now. So, he left the town, but continued to do fearlessly what he had always done: bringing healing and joy into the lives of the people. Matthew tells us specifically that Jesus cured all who came to him. He did not discriminate or look at the eligibilities of those who came to him. His service was for all. In the midst of suffering and opposition, Christians should take heart from this example: We do not have to add fire to every antagonism; but we must also not cease from our God-given mission to build up the lives of the people. Pastoral prudence is what we need.