Rarely have I chanced upon a great blog and get a great blog post all in one day.
I chanced upon, by the grace of God, a wonderful new blog, The New Theological Movement. Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, wrote this wonderful reflection about yesterday's Gospel about the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and how he calls out by name, the Modernists, who claim that there was no miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and bread, rather, Christ inspired the people to share their food with each other.
Kind of idiotic, if you ask me. Why? Would thousands of men, not including women and children, go around following Christ and her his lesson, bringing the same provisions, bread and fish?
Here is an excerpt of Fr. Ryan's post.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied.
It is well known how the modernist and rationalist interpreters of Sacred Scripture will attempt to twist the multiplication of the loaves (indeed, we should say “multiplications”, since Jesus did this more than once) from a miracle into an instance of sharing.
“It wasn’t a miracle,” they tell us. “Or, rather, the miracle was that our Lord got the people to share!” Now, I don’t intend here to point out that such “scholars” have little understanding of the Gospels – how the event is clearly related as a miracle, how the crowds (according to St. John) wanted to make Jesus a political King on account of the fact that he could solve all their material problems with his power, how our Savior himself reminds the Apostles that he had fed the multitudes with only some loaves and a few fish (remember, he was with them on the boat and told them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees).
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