The priest told us recently at Mass that Jesus did not actually multiply the loaves and fishes, he just got people to share, that this is the real miracle. Is this so?
No it is not so. Jesus actually multiplied the loaves and fishes. The “spin” given in the sermon is a rather tired and dated notion that developed in the 1970s. It has a seemingly clever insight with a moral imperative, that if we learn to share, there will always be enough.
But denying that a true and plainly described miracle took place is not respectful of the text. Jesus says plainly, they have no food (cf Matt 15:32). The Apostles observe the same and offer as evidence a mere five loaves and two fish. Further the texts are clear that it is from these five loaves and two fishes that Jesus feeds the multitude miraculously. The Apostles take and distribute the food from these very sources. There is no indication whatsoever that people started taking out other food that they had been hiding and learned to share.
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