Jesus and the disciples are being called upon to respond to so many issues and concerns. Jesus says it is time for them to go away for a while, so they can have time to reflect, to pray, to reorient. They attempt to do so, but when they get to this place, the crowd has beat them there, and are waiting.
Jesus looks out on this scene and Mark writes, "He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd."
The verses which follow are Mark's retelling of the feeding of the 5,000.
Jesus does have compassion. Compassion upon us and for us. We sing as children "Jesus loves me...." and then we enter the adult world and hear messages of God's looming damnation.
Jesus has compassion. Compassion for us and upon us. ".... for the Bible tells me so."