Letters to Jesus (Perspectives and Perceptions) -13
The story in the gospels of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes comes up at least a couple times in each cycle of the liturgical calendar. I recently heard a homily on this event in which the priest approached it from an interesting slant through which I think You communicated a new insight to me.
The traditional sermon on this gospel is based around its precursory symbolism of the Eucharist – which is true! But the angle this priest took was based on his seminary remembrance of one theology professor’s explanation of the “miracle.” He said this prof offered the possibility that rather than Your directly and miraculously changing a few loaves and fishes into food for thousands, what happened was that all these people, seeing Your intent and example, brought out from under their cloaks or wherever, parcels of food they had brought along for their own sustenance and they began sharing it with those around them. Either way, there is a miraculous aura here, and a precise foreshadowing of the meaning of “eucharist.” It does not demean the miracle if we consider this hypothesis factual. The spirit and example of God can move us to do ordinary things that become miraculous.
The moment we forget ourselves for the sake of others miracles can and do take place, and it can become infectious. It can spread in a most miraculous way. Isn’t this the fundamentally miraculous tenet of Christianity itself? We truly are the witnesses of wonderful miracles each day if only we practice seeing them. Every time one person forgets him/herself for the good of another, a miracle takes place.