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Miracles.

2014 March 24
by Gordon Reid

C. S. Lewis’s (and my) hero, George MacDonald said “The miracles of Jesus were just the ordinary works of his Father, made small and swift, that we might take them in”.

This is certainly true of his healing miracles, where Jesus did in a moment what it can take doctors, surgeons and nurses months to accomplish.

It is most beautifully seen in his miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee, where  he changed water into wine. This was hailed as miraculous, and so it was. But the Father of Jesus does this every year. The rain comes down and rises into the vines. The grapes appear, are harvested, pressed and fermented, and lo and behold “the wine that maketh glad the heart of man”, as the Psalmist delicately puts it. This is just as miraculous as the miracle of Cana, but we are so used to it that we hardly notice it.

Those strange creature who cannot bring themselves to believe in the supernatural often try to explain miracle away. They  say, for example, that the feeding of the five thousand by Jesus was not a physical multiplying of bread and fishes but a  demonstration of the power of generosity by Jesus, shaming all the others to share with their neighbours the food they had brought with them  Even if that were so, have they never considered that this sudden shamefaced generosity would be a greater miracle than a sudden increase of bread and fishes?

The miracle of miracles  which Jesus produces time after time is when his love conquers hatred or sadness or disappointment or loneliness or hunger or abandonment. And it does, a million times a day. Now THAT is a real miracle!

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  1. Stephen permalink
    March 24, 2014

    Put me in the with those who believe in a literal multiplication of loaves and fishes at Cana. But, as impressive as that was, it was essentially lunch for a hungry crowd and presumably meals for poor people in the surrounding area since Our Lord made a point that all the fragments should be gathered in baskets so that nothing would be wasted. Holy Mass , on the other hand, feeds millions of Souls all over the world with the Bread Of Life, and we Catholics, whether we are of the Roman, Eastern or Anglican traditions often take this miracle of Christ’s presence among us for granted. If we are able to get to a priest to hear a Mass and receive Communion every Sunday, that constitutes an embarrassment of riches that ought to truly humble us. So many of our brothers and sisters in the Catholic faith are on spiritual starvation diets due to lack of access to The Mass. That is truly sad!

  2. Stephen permalink
    April 2, 2014

    Ooops! I stand by my overall point, but I just noticed that I combined loaves and fishes with an abundance of wine by mixing two of Our LOrd’s most famous miracles lol Mea culpa!

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