Liberal Catholics have this weird fetish for saying that the miracle of the loaves and fishes/feeding of the multitude was actually a “sharing miracle”. That is, Jesus didn’t actually make food multiply/appear out of nowhere; he just inspired people in the crowd to share what they already had, and it was enough for everybody. (There are variations. I went to college at the University of Illinois, which has a pretty orthodox Newman center, and their line was that there were two miracles: sharing and multiplication of loaves and fishes. Such a convoluted position can only be explained as a compromise between factions. Liberals want their sharing story, and orthodox want what the evangelists actually wrote.)
This is such a bizarre claim to make, it must be a clue into the liberal Catholic mindset. I mean, I understand that if you don’t believe in miracles, you’re not going to believe the gospel story as written. But in that case, shouldn’t you just dismiss the whole thing as legend? Why imagine that the feeding of the crowd happened in any way at all? After all, the thousands gathering to listen to Jesus and get hungry is just a setup for the miracle. And why make up something (the sharing) that’s not in the written narrative at all? There’s a weird residue of inerrancy inside liberal Christians, that they dismiss most biblical narratives as legends fabricated centuries after the supposed events, and yet they insist on believing little details in these same narratives. For example, every priest I’ve ever heard preach on this topic has belabored the point that Jesus had the leftovers collected–so don’t forget to reduce, reuse, recycle kids!
The whole sharing thing doesn’t make sense anyway. We must believe either that most people brought enough for themselves to eat, which would mean very little sharing took place, or that a minority of people brought ridiculously more than they could possibly eat, so that there were leftovers even after sharing with everyone else, which makes no sense at all.
Or actually it does, if you’re a liberal Catholic. These guys are all socialists. They think that sharing makes stuff appear out of nowhere.
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