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Book of Matthew, Willa Cather, Peggy Noonan, St. Augustine, C. S. Lewis
Only one of Jesus' miracles is recorded by all four of the gospel writers,
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It is the feeding of over 5000 people with
but five loaves of bread and two fish...with food left over. Interestingly, the
miracle occurs just after Jesus finds out that his cousin, John the Baptist,
has been beheaded and his head brought out on a tray at a party - grisly,
devastating news for Jesus, who withdraws to pray. But a crowd follows
him and his heart is touched. Despite his grief, he begins to teach them
and to heal the sick among them.
It's a story of the most tender love,
the Love of God that embraces, heals, feeds, and yes,
is nothing short of Miraculous.
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(Jesus) withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from
their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their
sick. When it was evening, the disciples approached him and
said, "This is a deserted place, and it is already late; dismiss
the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food
for themselves; (Jesus) said to them, "There is no need for
them to go away; give them some food yourselves."
But they said to him, "Five loaves and two fish are all we
have here." Then he said, "Bring them here to me," and
he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking
the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the
disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate
and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left
over -- twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were
about five thousand, not counting women and children.
New American Bible
Where there is great love, there are always miracles.
Willa Cather (1873-1947)
I think miracles exist in part as gifts and in part as clues
that there is something beyond the flat world we see.
Peggy Noonan (1950 - )
American author and columnist
Miracles are not contrary to nature,
but only contrary to what we know about nature.
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Important figure in the development of Western Christianity
The Last Word:
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very
same story which is written across the whole
world in letters too large for some of us to see.
Irish-born British novelist, essayist, critic
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
Whatever a person may be like, we must
still love them because we love God.
John Calvin (1509-1564)
French Protestant theologian
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