In recent times, some preachers have attempted to explain away the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. Contrary to the six texts of this passage and the supporting contexts in the New Testament, these preachers speculate that Jesus did not do a miracle but merely inspired people to share their lunches.
This novel speculation appeals to people who live in the affluent parts of the world and who assume that miracles are impossible since these don't compute in a secular humanistic culture of death. Of course, such speculation appeals to people who have not seen miracles in their lives, especially the miracle of multiplication. We naturally and illogically reason that if something hasn't happened to us, it doesn't happen.
The miracle of the multiplication of loaves, fish, time, money, resources, or energy is based on another miracle: the total giving of ourselves to the Lord. Ninety-nine percent doesn't get multiplied, only 100%. Consequently, our denial of this miracle because we have not experienced it may tell us more about ourselves than about the Bible. Our problem with the miracle of multiplication may be a telltale sign that we have not accepted Jesus as our Lord, our God, and our All. We may be involved in a lukewarm, minimalistic aberration of Christianity.
Be a miracle. Give Jesus all. See miracles. Believe in miracles, especially the miracle of multiplication.
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 26, 2015.