The story of the feeding of the 5000 begins in Capernaum, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd of pilgrims had gathered there, preparing to make the hazardous journey to Jerusalem together for the Passover. They would travel around the land of Samaria through Perea on the east of Jordan. Jesus healed their sick, and the pilgrims gathered around him. To escape the press of the crowds (as indicated in last week's Gospel), Jesus set out across the Sea of Galilee to the lonely area on the north end. When he arrived, he found that the crowds had preceded him, walking around the shore of the lake. They came to hear him and be healed, with little thought and no provisions. Jesus commanded the crowd to sit, blessed a boy's lunch, and patiently broke it into servings enough for 5000 people. It was an amazing miracle because it was hidden. No one in the crowd realized that a miracle was happening until the cleanup began. They picked up twelve baskets of fragments left over. The meaning of the Gospel lies in the final words of the text: "The people saw the sign…(and) said, 'This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!'" The 5000 on the shores of Galilee, finally understanding the miracle, realized what Jesus had done. He had repeated their experience just before their feast of deliverance, the Passover. He had taken them out into the desert and there fed them as God had once fed Israel. A central point of the Gospel is that God is present in our fellowship of food and drink. He is with us in our fellowship, when we are gathered together. The fellowship of the table is His fellowship with us and our fellowship with one another. We pray that our fellowship will be filled with the Holy Spirit. Both the 5000 in Galilee and the people around Sinai are pictures of unity, peace, and acceptance. God's people were filled with the Holy Spirit.