When I was growing up Hee Haw was one of the more popular shows on television. I've seen a lot of reruns the last couple years, and one of my favorite sketches was also the one where Grandpa Jones would be pretending to wash the windows and a large chorus would ask, "Hey Grandpa, what's for supper?"
He would then go then give a long rambling list with everything from cornbread, to black eyed peas, to peach cobbler, to whatever he could come up with, and the end the chorus would say, "Yum, yum."
We love our food. We all have certain things that we eat, that just make us feel good. We share meals with each other, because there is just something special about gathering around the table and sharing. In our society we are in such a hurry all the time we are grabbing our food and going, and we often miss the connection that comes from being with people and sharing with them.
I think Jesus understood this concept of sharing in a meal. I believe his motivation in John 6 wasn't just to feed hungry people, or to show a miracle to those who gathered. I think Jesus also understood that if feed the crowd that would mean that they would share in a meal, an experience, that would enhance community and engender conversation.
Jesus us wants us to do more than just eat and be filled. He wants us to share in a way that binds us together into his story.