Speaking of miracles today means digging up a past time buried by piles of rubble produced by the most blind rationality, which tolerates nothing if not its self-celebration of its alleged omnipotence of supposedly infallible judgments.
In the name of this rationality we have arrived to the negation of all that one cannot touch or see, and that is not material, in this vision there is no space for feelings, or for what belongs to the immaterial.
Many say that true faith does not need miracles to believe, because in believing it is summarized certainty. And it's true, but the challenge that every creature must overcome is represented by the doubts that.sometimes, beset them. In fact, is it possible to believe in what one does not see? And again, do I have the faith that is truly authentic? The answer is implicit: how much is one willing to do and at what cost?
When asked: "are you the one who is to come?" Jesus replied, "Go and tell John. The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed" (Mt 11:3-5). And again the question: "Are You the Christ? Tell us plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you, and ye believe not: the works that I do in my Father's name, these bear witness of me ... But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works, so that you know and begin to understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father."(Jn 10:25-38)
God the Father gave testimony and credibility to Jesus through the miraculous events which proved His Omnipotence. The words are unfortunately still words, but the facts weigh like stones. It is true that each one can also deny the evidence, but that does not detract from the reality of the facts. Even at that time, the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul, He casts out demons, but through the chief of the demons" (Mk 3:22).Ridiculous Accusations which show what nonsense is the mind is willing to invent in order to deny the obvious.
Today it is exactly as it was then. Various boards of enquiry, composed of scholars from different disciplines declare that there is no scientific explanation of some instantaneous healing. Some argue that the explanations that today are not possible to prove, will be found in the future, others perhaps less rationalists argue that the healing may have occurred with the divine intervention. The believers are certain that miracles are possible and will occur after the prayers of supplication, after the intervention mediated by the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Saints, etc.. As evidenced by the documented cases of Lourdes and other shrines around the world.
St. Thomas says that "a miracle is what is done by God outside the order of the whole created nature" that is, things that are so unusual as to arouse wonder and that the evangelists called powers (dynameis), or miracles, or signs (semeia) as symbols of a deeper reality.
The evaluation of the veracity of an alleged divine intervention is twofold: theological and scientific. The theological tends to study in the Proceedings the occurrence of a miracle, considering whether the intercession has occurred at a time when the healing has had an extraordinary aspect. What is essential is that this happens after the scientific judgment of experts in medicine: the specialists, individually or collectively, are called to declare whether a particular healing is really inexplicable in the light of current medical science. In order for the healing to be considered miraculous,it must' therefore, be scientifically ascertained that it was instantaneous, complete and lasting.
The miracles, or rather the signs Jesus did were firstly to confirm his messianic mission and miracles took place in close connection with the revealing word of God. The miracle is therefore a sign of His presence and His work and is intimately connected with faith. Faith, therefore, precedes the miracle, indeed it is a prerequisite in order for it to happen.
In the Gospels there are several texts, in which the call to faith appears as a prerequisite and systematic condition for the miracles of Christ. Jesus himself points out more than once that the miracles he performs are related to faith: "Your faith has saved you", Tells the woman who suffered from bleeding for twelve years. "Get up and go 'Your faith has saved you" (Lk 17:11-19), tells the leper who had come back to thank him for having been cured. To the blind man of Jericho who begged Jesus to give him his sight, Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight! Your faith has saved you" (Lk 18:35-43). Faith is therefore essential, and when it happens, the love of Jesus is reaching out to meet the demands of the needy who turn to Him for assistance through his divine power.
If the miracle is a sign of the power and love of God, it is at the same time a call to faith because it leads to believe those who have been miraculously healed, and the witnesses of the miracle.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater works than these, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it "(John 14:12). "Many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles ... Meanwhile the number of men and women who believed in the Lord was growing more and more, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets" (Acts 5:12-15).
God performs miracles for two main reasons. First, in order to give certain and unequivocal signs on the sanctity of life of a particular person. Second, to ensure the orthodoxy of doctrine practiced.
"There will always be enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows for those who want to doubt" (Pascal). And "those who believe in miracles do because they have evidence in their favor. Those who deny them do so because they have a theory contrary to them"(Chesterton).
Flipping through the following pages you can learn about the reality of many miracles that occurred in the Gospels or in the various Marian shrines in the world, and more yet, the various miracles worked in the Acts of the Apostles, and Saints, who were operating in the name of Jesus, and lastly some extraordinary conversions which forever changed the lives of those who experienced the touch of God's hand. You too can open the window to the invisible, to give space to those signs of God that can push you towards faith.
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