Ten Reasons Why the Feeding of the 5000 Was Not All About Sharing.
This weekend’s gospel is the story of the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000.
If you hear that lame interpretation, “Wasn’t it wonderful that the real miracle that everybody shared their lunch please try very, very hard not to blow a huge ripe raspberry.
Here is where that interpretation comes from and why it is wrong, wrong, wrong.
The interpretation was first proposed by the 19th c. German, Protestant, rationalist Biblical scholar Heinrich Paulus. It was then popularized by Albert Schweitzer. Rationalists do not allow for any miraculous element, therefore the interpretation is based in a faulty and un Catholic philosophy
Paulus suggested that Jesus