Grace to you!
Are miracles necessary in religious experience? Do we need a miracle?
I am not certain if you have come across any of the books (there are several), demonstrating that miracles still happen. Often, they have a goal to prove to many who are influenced by the skepticism of post postmodernism that the charisma of healing and miracles still occur in our times.
Many doubt the power of miracles. They say that miracles happened in those days of Christ. Jesus performed them because they were necessary then, but no longer needed now, they would argue.
I will reflect on this very important point today. First, let me state what I believe: Miracles still happen, everyday, in homes, in churches, in the lives of believers. It’s part of the blessings of God to us. Believers cherish it. We rejoice when God blesses us with it.
The Gospels document at least thirty seven miracles in the span of three years of the public ministry of the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s miracles, which themselves were part of the sign of the Messiah, were intended to show at least two things.
1. Elicit faith in the hearts of people so that they can believe in the Christ. For those who have no faith, miracles have the power of stirring their hearts and opening their eyes to see. Many times (not all the time), faith follows miracles.
If you are involved in the work of evangelization, you will realize that often, God’s healing graces and miracles have a way of opening the hearts of people to the Gospel. This is why there seems to be more manifestation of those miracles in places or cultures for people that do not know Christ. Perhaps, the reason is so they will believe.
2. Miracles are to prepare us for mission. They become the unique point in our life so much so we can say—“Yes, I have seen” and now I testify. Many times, miracles are turning points.
In the Gospel of Luke 5:1-11, we see these two principles at work. The people were hungry for God’s word. The Lord fed them, after which he entered Peter’s boat. Many fathers of the Church call that boat the Church. The Church is the boat. From this boat, the word and mission are set forth.
The Lord tells Peter to cast the net in the deep. Peter had done so all night without success —showing that success isn’t so much about how hard and how smart as some say, but how God, how grace. We may work as hard as we could. We may even be as smart as we could. It’s grace that is the most powerful and unseen force of fruitfulness.
Peter obeyed obey the Lord. He welcomed the invitation of grace. The miracle happened. What followed was the commissioning. Peter and a few other apostles were commissioned. From the miracle came a mission—“be fishers of men.”
If you have ever witnessed the miracle of God in your life, I hope you realize that God has done so to increase your faith so you can be an evangelist of God’s love, grace and blessings to others. If you catch fish, make others fishers themselves so they can catch fish too. If (and when) you are blessed, be a channel of blessings to others too.
The miracles you seek are for mission. The miracle you receive is for mission. Always remember this.
May your moments of miracles abound. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.