John has just died, been beheaded and then buried by his disciples.
Jesus is followed by the resultant crowd into the desert.
Presumably they are looking for a response.
Jesus tells them of the Kingdom of God
and some of them are converted to the cause,
but time runs on and the disciples have no food.
"If you have nothing more for them, send them away",
say the disciples, assuming improvidence in the crowd.
So we see this enacted parable of sharing our resources.
Jesus took what he had and offered to share it,
encouraging others to do the same.
It is the same scene that can arise
from any potentially disastrous situation,
where human need brings a human response;
where generosity responds to shortage,
or courage to another's danger.
Jesus just triggers the action,
- as he can today.