The Mystery of Miracles

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For me, the mystery of miracles is not the how or the why of miracles themselves but why they are so ignored.  There are miracles happening all around the world all the time.  How is it that we never hear about genuine miracles like healings at Lourdes or scientifically-tested Eucharistic miracles in the mass media?  We see plenty of people on news reports saying things like “It was a miracle…” but we don’t seem to be expected to believe that God had anything to do with it.  When people hear about miracles they mostly seem to just shrug it off. ‾\_(ツ)_/‾

I know someone who, decades ago, cried out to God in extremis and was answered in abundance.  When our prayers are answered they are often answered with overflowing generosity, as at the wedding at Cana.  I know that this person was relieved and thankful that her prayer had been answered but she didn’t respond in kind.  She did what many people do.  She treated it as a welcome anomaly and then got on with life as usual.  People often only turn to God when they want something.  As Our Lord says in Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel:

Amen, amen I say to you, you seek me, not because you have seen miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you.

Shouldn’t miracles prompt at least a little curiosity or a desire to do something in thanksgiving?  When a hardened heart is granted a miracle or is a witness to one, it is a call and an opportunity for that heart to respond.  God loves us so much, shouldn’t we try to love Him in return?  When we witness or hear about a miracle, we shouldn’t shrug it off, we should get curious.  The Lord is reaching out to us.

I leave you with this link to a beautifully-written, moving story of what happened to a sick little boy after a trip to Lourdes.  The writer (his mother) is not claiming that this is a miracle healing but it certainly sounds like a miraculous transformation to me.  Here are some excerpts:

Before his pilgrimage, at almost eighteen months old, Oscar was functionally stalled at a developmental level between three and nine months…

Within a week of returning home, however, we had appointments with his physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, and neurologist, … I didn’t say anything about the remarkable changes I had noticed in Oscar. I didn’t need to. Every person who knows him well and has spent time with him this month has commented that he is markedly different.

… By the end of the hour, she [the physical therapist] told me, “I’m a little freaked out.”

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Posted on October 21, 2017, in Christianity and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I’m about to read the link but I wanted to just add that you are so right Sarah—we pray, often times those prayers are indeed answered as we had prayed (so often they are answered in different ways that we are a bit clueless to notice) and yet we, as you say, just then go about our business as usual—happy things worked out but not left standing in awe as we should be…rather just in a matter of fact sort of state…as in I prayed, you answered, as you should, and now we move on….but your sentence “God loves us so much, shouldn’t we try to love Him in return.” hit like a ton of bricks….
    so there is much to ruminate over.
    We have been praying like nobody’s business for our son—he has been looking earnestly for a job since April. He has had good lead, several back to back interviews, but they always go with the other guy…he is growing very discouraged and even depressed.
    I have had my moments with God over this—and to say that I am stymied is an understatement…..but there is learning that I know much take place.
    And so your words today resonate in my spirit….
    And so I keep praying!!!
    Thank you Sarah!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this Sarah. How it touched my heart and humbled me so. God Bless, SR

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  3. these miracles
    all a mystery
    to me 🙂

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  4. Thanks for posting on this topic. I love people’s stories of miracle taking place in their lives. Great stories of patience and faith as they pressed forward against circumstantial issues to eventually see a miracle manifest. It is so encouraging to other believers who have similar challenges in their life. I’d like to introduce to you the new trend of common believers, non-professional ministers like myself that do instant miracles as a part of living in their respective communities. God want’s us to believe for the future … yes. But He also wants us to believe Him for instant miracles after 10 second long prayers. The trend is still in it’s infancy but it is growing exponentially. Keep your eyes and ears open for God to do a powerful miracle through you. He wants you to know Him in that capacity as a believer just like the early church experienced.

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    • Thanks for your comment. I would caution anyone approaching miracles in the way that you describe to be very, very careful. God is not the only source of supernatural occurrences. Beware of the prince of deceit and his tricks.

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      • i can only answer your caution in my own experience. The authority that I have from heaven to heal the sick, cast out devils even someday to raise the dead can never never never be circumvented by the devil. The Holy Spirit would never allow that scenario. Now there are some who would allude that the miracles are caused by Satan, but Jesus addressed that so that there is no mistake. IF a man would say that the devil got credit for something that the Holy Spirit did, Jesus called it blasphemy which is the unpardonable sin. So again, you have to know personally where the power comes from to heal the sick. Mine comes directly from heaven where Jesus received 39 whippings that tore his flesh out of his back for our sake.

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      • I don’t know how you know the power comes from heaven. I hope you’re right. God bless you, and your good works.

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      • The answer is 1) trial and error 2) there are others with similar experience that you can compare notes with. 3) the Holy Spirit is God’s Presence on earth. Knowing the Spirits ways is the biggest clue.

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      • Thank you for explaining.

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  5. Christ has been left out of Christmas, – it is all Santa now, – and God is left out of His Miracles. People pray for them, benefit from them, attribute them to Other causes, and repeat the cycle.

    May His Kingdom come. Love and Regards. 🙂

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