Fr Stefan reflects on Morning Gospel Thursday March 27

Jesus said in the Gospel today, “But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Lk 11: 20-21)

Raniero Cantalamessa in his book, ‘Come Creator Spirit’ writes, ” The only proof of the truth of faith that could be convincing is the manifest demonstration of the divine power at work in miracles, signs and wonder. But if these things are meant to concern others besides the immediate eyewitnesses alone, they lose their validity as soon as they are related to others, because for the others who were not eyewitnesses, the miracles themselves become matters of faith. Instead of proving something, they themselves need proving….The Spirit has never stop providing the Church with this proof.”

Cantalamessa writes, “This is a testimony concerning the Spirit who is at work in signs and wonders in the world of today, just as the Spirit was in the days following the first Pentecost: ‘In one parish, some hundreds of people every Wednesday, and in another there was a gathering of about two thousand people in the church every Thursday. Every week there were first-hand reports of extraordinary healing: a man’s numb, stiff hand became normal; a paralyzed woman who had been carried to the meeting for several weeks suddenly, during a time of praise and adoration, jumped up on her own feet, healed; a little later in the week a boy of 15 years, who had been born crippled and never walked, got up and began to walk. But perhaps the greatest miracle if all is that the priest and the bishop actually support this work of the Spirit.”

Cantalamessa concludes with, “It is true, however, that miracles convince us if we see them, not if we hear someone tell about them. The effect of the miracles mentioned in the testimony we have quoted on the people who saw them or who experienced them in their own body was very different than the effect they have on us in another continent who read about them.” 

The catechism says, “Jesus accompanies his words with many ‘mighty works and wonder and signs’ which manifest that the kingdom is present in him and attest that he is the promised Messiah.” (547) The catechism goes on to say, “The coming of God’s Kingdom means the defeat of Satan’s: ‘If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.’ Jesus’ exorcisms free some individuals from the domination of demons. They anticipate Jesus’ great victory over ‘the ruler of this world.”(550)

The catechism says in this section on anointing of the sick, “The risen Lord renews this mission ( “In my name…they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”) and confirm it through the signs that the Church performs by invoking his name. These signs demonstrate in a special way that Jesus truly ‘God who saves.”(1507)

Miracles show us that the Kingdom of God has come upon us. We are not just meant to read about miracles. We are meant to experience miracles. Whats happens in the Acts of the Apostles is meant to happen today. Come Holy Spirit and show us that the Kingdom of God has come upon us.

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