[quote=Didi]If God could create the universe out of nothing, why could he not multiply fish and bread?
We don’t have the details of how it happened exactly, we are simply asked to believe that God could provide for all those who came to hear Him preach.
He provided manna in the dessert that just appeared every morning for the Israelites.
He is present in every Catholic Church throughout the world in every tabernacle.
Why is this particular miracle so difficult?
Maybe you’re getting too bogged down in details. Perhaps the phrase “The devil is in the details” is true in this instance?
I think you make some really good points. As for having this discussion at all, I did not take the OP’s question as disbelief or even a challenge, so much as a yearning to know what it would have been like to actually be there when it happened.
If I knew there was a miracle to be performed, I’d want to go see it. Hearing of a miracle that was performed, I imagine myself being there and wonder what it was like. I have wondered about this since for maybe 35 years, since I first learned of it in grade school, but never heard it preached on until a couple years ago.
I was about five years old when Mary Poppins came out. When I first heard of the loaves and fishes my mind conjured an image very similar to Mary unloading her bag – for those who haven’t seen the movie, when she moved into a home as a nanny she amazed the children by opening her bag and withdrawing many things from it, some which were much larger than the bag.
As far as “devil is in the details” I also think you made a good point, with which I fully agree. In the case at hand, I don’t think we will ever know the real answer, as you said. (As you can tell, though, I’m not against speculation.) In many other cases, though, I have been anywhere from confused to amused at many of the “details” that are taken very seriously by many Catholics. Example: if you pray X a certain number of times under Y conditions, then Z days (years, etc) are taken off your time in – or Z souls are released from – purgatory. To me this stuff sounds like pure manufactured information that tries to reduce the Good News to a mathematical formula. I’m not saying it’s wrong, but I can hardly imagine Christ setting up some sort of spiritual obstacle course that if we run through it a certain number of times we get goodies. Hey, I just made the Sign of the Cross twice – can I trade that in for 20 years off in purgatory?