. . . he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them . . . (Matthew 14:14b)
These few words are the turning point in Matthew’s telling of the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus had withdrawn to be alone for a while, the crowds followed him, and when “he saw the people “he had compassion for them” (v. 14b), after which he cured their sick and seemingly miraculously fed over five thousand people with five loaves and two fish.
It is tempting to focus our attention on the miracle of the matter, but maybe we might consider focusing our attention on the turning point of the story. Jesus saw the need of the people and he reacted with compassion. Maybe it’s time for us to open our eyes as well. – rc