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The Real Miracle

They all ate as much as they wanted
Matthew 14:13-21

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Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 14:20

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We marvel at the New Testament miracle stories in which Jesus walks on water, changes water into wine, raises a man from the dead, restores sight to the blind, cures a hopeless paralytic and performs many other wondrous works. Today's Gospel Lesson tells the story of Jesus feeding a crowd of more than five thousand hungry persons with just five loaves of bread and a couple of fish. "They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining, twelve baskets full" (Mt. 14:20).

How did He do it? How do we explain such a miracle? Well, we don't know how he did it, and we can't explain. And there may be times when we're tempted to doubt it. After all, no such thing has ever taken place before our eyes. After all, witnessing miracles just isn't part of our real life experience. Or is it? Centuries ago, the question was answered as follows...

If a dead man is raised to life, all men spring up in astonishment. Yet every day one that had no being is born, and no man wonders, though it is plain to all, without doubt, that it is a greater thing for that to be created which was without being than for that which had being to be restored.

All marveled at the sight of water once turned into wine. Yet, every day the earth's moisture, being drawn into the root of the vine, is turned by the grape into wine -- and no man wonders.

Five thousand and more were filled with five loaves and two fish: a wondrous miracle. Yet, every day the grains of seed that are sown are multiplied in a fullness of crops, and no man wonders.

Full of wonder then are all the miracles which men never think to wonder at because by habit they have become dull to the consideration of them.1

Those telling words are meant for us earthly pilgrims now journeying into the twenty-first century every bit as much as they were meant for the author's sixth century contemporaries. And the problem remains [...]

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