Do You Believe in Miracles?
Jesus has been working many miracles. Ordinary people marveled at what He was doing. They saw Jesus as doing God’s work. Religious leaders were enraged at Him because He did not fit their preconceived notions of what a religious leader should be. They saw the miracles as the work of demons. How do two different groups of people see an action taken by Jesus in such different ways?
Miracles happen every day if we have our hearts and minds open to miracles. People receive healing and cure diseases in ways we can’t explain. How do you see these miracles? Like God’s healing hand? With skepticism? Should there be any scientific explanation? Or maybe magic?
If it were magic, then we’d all be running around waving little wands and saying strange phases. Does all that make it believable? I don’t think so. If we seek scientific explanations, we must remember in science, to truly be an experiment that proves a reality, we must be able to turn it off and on. In other words, if we are evaluating someone who had cancer and has now been cured and has no cancer left, to test this scientifically we will have to return the cancer to the healed person and cure them again. That’s turning it off and on. Then we can say that we understand this reality.
But if it is a miracle granted by God, how can we believe? If we look at all the miracles Jesus performed, we will quickly see that they were with people who had faith. Even if it was just a little faith. You know what? We would also see and experience the compassion and forgiveness that Jesus desires to give to all of us. In this situation, we are using reason to understand miracles, to understand faith. It seems very reasonable to me to see miracles through the eyes of faith. It would only be if I hardened my heart to God that I would turn to magic or science. Magic is not the truth. Science can help explain, but not everything. Science supports faith. I know I can trust God.
May the Lord bless you, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.