And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, ” How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said. “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
Were the disciples tired. (“It is late,” they said. So, “Let them go and buy.” And, “It would cost,” they said, “two hundred days’ wages to fetch bread.”) Yes, surrounded by the crowd all day, instead of having a quiet rest, they were tired.
Yes, and surely Yeshu also was tired. But when he called them to do a deed of compassion, he gave both strength to obey, and the miraculous means to do it.
Out of love Yeshu taught the people, and out of love he fed them. And by this miracle he teaches modern disciples also to trust in his power to help.