There is a marked contrast in today’s Gospel between how the Lord and the disciples respond to the needs for the crowd.
He has gone away for quiet time with the disciples, but when the corwd appears he sends the disciples to a place apart, and he tends to the crowd.
Then, perhaps irritated that their away day with Jesus has been disrupted the disciples reappear and say ‘send them away’. Maybe they are concerned that the group is hungry and want them to receive the best that the situation allows. Maybe they just want rid of them.
But the situation allows more than they have imagined. And it starts with what (relatively) little they have brought along for themselves. Maybe they have been holding on to this all day, going hungry so they could have the meal when they and Jesus were together once more. Maybe.
But in love…
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