In the Gospel from Mass for today (Mark 3:7-12), Mark tells of how fervent the crowds were who followed Jesus in Galilee:
 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed; also from Judea  and Jerusalem and Idume’a and from beyond the Jordan and from about Tyre and Sidon a great multitude, hearing all that he did, came to him.  And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they should crush him;  for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him.  And whenever the unclean spirits beheld him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”  And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.
This is a remarkable recounting of how large and frenzied the crowds were that followed Jesus. Consider: (more…)