Today's Gospel has Jesus in "a desert place" with 4,000 people who are growing weak with hunger. He commandeers the disciples' food supply of seven flat loaves of bread and feeds the crowd, sustaining them in life.
Yesterday's news mentioned a small group of people who met death in the desert. At first, it seemed as though this were a case of vigilante justice run amok, and that is how I wrote about it. But today's paper has more information. It seems that there was a group of men in ski masks, armed with assault rifles, who first robbed the immigrants and then shot them. And that a similar modus operandi marked an episode in late January.
And I was thinking it was the immigrant smugglers who were the lowlifes in the story.