Gospel of Matthew 12:14-21 Reflection:
This is the day that the Lord officially went on the run form the Pharisees!
Having heard Jesus proclaim the he was master of the Sabbath in the previous few verses the Pharisees now decide to plot to kill Jesus.
This is a turning point in the gospel; up to now the Pharisees were still deciding what to believe about Jesus but now they have made up their minds. In their eyes, Jesus is blaspheming. By claiming to be Lord of the Sabbath he is making himself equal to God.
From now on Jesus goes about secretly, telling his disciples not to make his whereabouts known.
It is always the same when God comes among us; we have to make a choice of whether to accept him or not. The Pharisees made their choice and we make ours.
Strangely there are still many people who choose not to believe in Jesus; yet he calls to us at all times, but somehow some people won't acknowledge his voice.
From Jesuss time until now, the characters have changed but the story and the choices we have to make stay the same!