Jesus summoned his disciples and said, "My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat." (NAB) Matthew 15:32
People came to fill their hearts and souls with spiritual fare while listening to Jesus. They were so hungry for what Jesus was giving them, that they were neglecting their physical needs. He felt pity for them because they didn't know how to take care of themselves physically. For three days they stayed with Jesus without food, nourishing their souls, being healed of their infirmities. Jesus looked to his disciples for their part in feeding the crowd of people. It was up to them to help provide the means for them to go home without collapsing from lack of food. When you think about this the many Priest who celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist are feeding us as Jesus requested, they are providing our daily meal to sustain us on our journey. While Jesus provides us with the constant spiritual healing through the word of God.