Jesus is inviting the disciples into something deeper. He’s inviting the crowds to sit around him and he’s offering them bread and fish- food, sustenance, provision, and love. He’s inviting the disciples into a life of discipleship- he’s teaching them and offering them the true gift of what he’s about. Jesus is offering everyone in this story the gift of compassion. Jesus has compassion on those who are down and out, those who are hungry, those who are in need of something to drink, those who need to be loved, and those whom he already calls to be his followers and to be about his ministry.