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<< Sunday, July 30, 2000 >> 17th Sunday Ordinary Time
 
2 Kings 4:42-44
Ephesians 4:1-6

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Psalm 145
John 6:1-15

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BELIEVE IN MIRACLES

 
"Not even with two hundred days' wages could we buy loaves enough to give each of them a mouthful!" —John 6:7
 

In our secular humanistic culture, there is the tendency to deny the miracles of Jesus. For instance, some people maintain that Jesus didn't really multiply the loaves and the fish but just got everybody to share. By looking at the context of Jesus' multiplication of the loaves and the fish in the sixth chapter of John's Gospel, we can determine that Jesus actually did the miracle of multiplication.

In the first half of John's Gospel, the multiplication of the loaves and the fish is the fourth of seven signs. All the signs are clearly miraculous according to the traditional meaning of miracles, that is, a divine intervention in nature. The first three signs are: Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine at Cana (Jn 2:1ff); the instantaneous, long-range healing of a royal official's terminally ill son (Jn 4:46ff); and the immediate healing of a man who had been seriously ill for thirty-eight years (Jn 5:5ff). The last three signs of John's Gospel are: Jesus' walking on water and the apostles' boat going two or three miles in one second (Jn 6:19ff), the healing of the man born blind (Jn 9:1ff), and the raising of Lazarus from the dead (Jn 11:1ff). If the multiplication of the loaves and fish were not miraculous in the traditional sense, it would not fit into John's Gospel, not inspire the people to try and make Jesus their King (Jn 6:15), and not prepare for Jesus'  unashamed proclamation of the miracle of His flesh and blood being given to us as our food and drink (Jn 6:55). Believe in miracles. Believe in Jesus, the Miracle-Worker.

 
Prayer: Father, give me a strong conviction in the historicity of the Gospels.
Promise: "There is but one body and one Spirit, just as there is but one hope given all of you by your call. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is over all, and works through all, and is in all." —Eph 4:4-6
Praise: Praise Jesus, Bread of Life and risen, eucharistic Lord!
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 16, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 18, 1999
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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