Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Food for Thought:
The line that speaks to me in this passage is that Jesus had compassion. What do you think it means to have compassion? The word compassion comes from Middle English and it means to bear or to suffer. How do you think that compassion is to bear with or suffer with another person? Is there someone you know who needs compassion extended to them? If so, can you extend it to them?
Compassionate God, we come before you this day thankful for the compassion that you shower upon us. Help us shower others with your love and compassion. Give us strength as we seek to reach out to all those who are lost, who are hurting, and who are hungry. In your name we pray, Amen.