the miracle before multiplication
Jesus "took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks He broke them and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. All ate until they were full." —Matthew 15:36-37
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.
Prayer: Father, give me the miracle of giving You all. Give me faith for the Great Jubilee.
Promise: "On this mountain He will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces." —Is 25:7-8
Praise: Jesus healed Maria of sinus problems.
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 21, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1999