When most people hear the word Exodus , they think of the Hebrews journey from Egypt to the promised land. In the New Testament , the holy families journeys away from Herod to escape his vengeance against the Christ and that event also is an exodus. It is written to conjure a comparison with the Exodus that brought Gods people to the Holy Lands. These though are hardly the only Exodus’s that occur in the Good News. When Jesus hears that the Pharisees intend to put him to death, Jesus leaves that place. He withdraws, He makes an Exodus. Many times also when the people approach Him in large numbers, he retreats to pray. In the miraculous healing Jesus on occasion takes the person aside, he removes them from their environment and that relocation is an important component of the healing. Often what surrounds a person is what harms them, they need to retreat and regroup.
When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place.
Many people followed him, and he cured them all,
The retreat is not an avoidance of an issue, but a means of planning an approach. It is to reconnect, to pray, to focus. It is not a running with fear, but a recharging of the spirit. Jesus also retreats with his Apostles ,and Apostles are different from followers or disciples. He retreats with them, so that they might gain the knowledge to guide others. An exodus goes by many names. A retreat, a meditation , a prayer, vacation and recreation. They are not an escape from a problem, or running away, or avoidance but a regrouping and a reproach from a vantage that can bring about a resolution. They are important.
Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time