Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth…

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Agreed about the feeding in the wilderness, Alex. The Jesus passing by detail is from a different story, of course (Mk. 6:48). Perhaps the point is that he meant to leave them to solve the problem themselves, but they are not in jeopardy, just finding it hard going. He may simply have intended to “come alongside them” (parelthein autous). More relevant is Peter’s attempt to replicate the “miracle” (Matt. 14:28-33). When he fails, Jesus accuses him of being a person of “little faith” (oligopiste). The disciples acclaim Jesus as truly the “Son of God”.