Please help!!! My parish pastor just gave a homily about the multiplication of the loaves from the gospel of Matthew. He stated that we should not take the story literally; that the “miracle” here was not that Jesus supernaturally fed the entire crowd, but that people shared what they had, so that everyone was fed. In other words, this is not a miracle, just a nice story about the importance of sharing & community.
I just cannot believe this is consistent with Catholic teaching. I have understood this as an actual miracle performed by Jesus, which is an important prefiguring of the Eucharist. Can you please shed some light on this priest’s explanation? Should I speak to him about his teaching? Thank you & God Bless your ministry!