MULTIPLICATION

Blog 86 May 21, 2018 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

The key to understanding the work of Fr. Rick Thomas and how his services brought healing to the poor is the Bible. He and his assistants believe the Bible’s message is for today, for now. For example, when they read that Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fishes, they concluded that miracles should continue. In fact, they did.

On Christmas Day, 1972, the multiplication happened with burritos along with ham and baloney sandwiches. The occasion began as a surprise for the rag pickers who lived in cardboard shacks in the El Paso – Juarez garbage dump. While Fr. Rick had brought enough food for 150 people, 300 showed up. An even larger number drifted in. Fr. Rick apologized for what he expected to be a shortage and the food began to be distributed. Children lined up for the candy and then got back in line for more. But the supply simply didn’t run out. When it was over, enough was left to take to two orphanages on the way home.

The same experience has happened a number of times since. The response of most folks is, “You got to be kidding!” Fr. Rick’s answer would be, “No, you got to be believing.”

Regardless of doubters, Fr. Rick’s group trusts what the scripture says and continue to expect God to continue to do today what He did 2,000 years ago. As one follows the ministry of Fr. Rick, a definite perspective appears. Many people across the world attend services of Holy Communion every week and know about the Bible stories. They walk away and live the rest of their lives as if none of this really makes a big difference. Fr. Thomas and friends don’t. They take God at His word. The Bible says,

“when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you.” (Luke 14:13-14)  Fr. Rick and friends believed it, lived it, and applied it.

And miracles followed.

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