"Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? John 6:5
Jesus didn't need Philip to tell him how they were going to feed the large crowd that had followed them. He already knew what he was going to do. He knew the disciples were skeptical. Rather than just taking care of the situation and performing his miracle, however, Jesus involved his disciples. Philip saw the need; Andrew gathered the meager loaves and fishes from the boy; and the disciples told the people to sit down, and passed the loaves and gathered the leftovers. The disciples were an important part of Jesus' miracle from start to finish. He wanted the twelve to become familiar with the idea of performing miracles themselves.
The disciples gained confidence that day. They learned to look at needs with eyes of compassion. They learned to give Jesus their meager offerings, trusting him. They learned to give thanks to God. They learned to rely on the power of God, and to go forward to build the kingdom with confidence.
What can we learn from this story? Do we realize that we are Jesus' disciples today, and that he wants to do the same thing for us? Are we willing to become vessels of his grace in the world?
There are needy people all around us. God is asking us to pay attention. He is inviting us to join him in doing something about it. If we listen for his direction and are willing to reach out in faith, we will see wonders. We will be part of the miracle.