This new pope is kind of a braying jackass. (That’s me saying that. I’m not Catholic so I can. Yet even if I was Catholic, I would still say it. In fact, I would probably say it more.) It honestly doesn’t surprise me that he would classify the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes as a mere “parable.” Everything that comes out of the man’s mouth is either wishy-washy or outright heresy.
Recently Pope Francis has said a few things about the miracle of the loaves and the fishes that have concerned a few people.
They’ve thought he might be denying that it was an actual, physical miracle.
What’s more, the press can’t be blamed, because these statements weren’t the subject of media-distorting headlines or news stories.
They’re right there in the pope’s own words!
I much prefer the point made in Benedict’s first volume of his three-volume work Jesus of Nazareth, concerning the temptation in the wilderness to turn stones into bread. This is one that doesn’t seem like much of a temptation at first glance. How is it a sin to turn stones into bread? The idea was that Satan wanted Jesus to get his priorities backwards: First fill everyone’s bellies, then bring them the word of God. But Jesus keeps them in order: Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Now, how does that square with the multiplication of the loaves? These people followed Jesus, and he taught them. But rather than sending them away empty, to go seek bread on their own at night in a desert place (as the disciples suggested he should), Jesus provides them something to eat. The priority was still the word of God, but he wasn’t going to just leave the people starving. I suppose that is the real point. We must take care of giving people the word of God, but if the focus is exclusively on the word, will it be credible? If we care only for the soul and not at all for the body, then we have no credibility, nor are we then rational.