Some people love crowds. The more the merrier. But for others, a big crowd is a little bit of hell on earth. They’d rather stay home to watch the big game or drive 15 hours instead of boarding one of those flying cattle cars we call an airplane. For some people, a crowd doesn’t produce a feeling of connection. It italicizes their isolation. It underlines their loneliness. Mark tells a story about that in chapter five of his gospel.