How do miracles happen?
The miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish is recorded in all the Gospels, which tells us that this miracle really made a deep impact in the life of faith of early the Christians. It actually tells us the attitude of Christians in the early times, an attitude reflective of their experience of Jesus. The attitude is called Eucharistic attitude: “He took bread and gave thanks…broke the bread, and gave it to his disciples.”
Moreover, the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish is not just the action of Jesus. We are also invited to participate to make the miracle happen.
One of the details found in the Gospel of John is the nameless boy who becomes a venue for Jesus to do a miracle. Look at the attitude of the boy: he recognized what he had and gave it to Jesus. It simply reminds us that when we recognize what we have, no matter how little they may be, and we give them to Jesus and let him bless them, the little becomes a hundredfold. The miracles of God’s generosity happen in situation of scarcity rather than of plenty.
In Scriptures, a nameless character means that that person is bigger than oneself. It invites us to see ourselves in that character.
Jesus looks at each one of us. He sees that we have something in our frail hands to give rather than to keep. We hand them over to Jesus, wesay a prayer of thanks and blessing, and through our empty hands we receive back what we have given for a miracle of multiplication to happen.
At the end of the Gospel, Jesus said, “collect the left overs.” –We have more than what wehave been given. Such is the Eucharistic attitudeof Jesus and his disciples.