Fr Stefan reflects in first reading May 10

We read in the first reading from Acts of the Apostles abut two miracles, “As Peter was passing through every region, he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.’ He got up at once.” Then we hear about a woman who died named Tabitha. “Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha…Now during those days she feel sick and died, so after washing her, they laid her out in a room upstairs…Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said, ‘Tabitha, rise up.’ She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up.” (Acts 9:31-41)

We see two remarkable miracles. These miracles are seen as ordinary in the life of the church. In fact, I would argue that miracles are meant to be more the norm in the life of the church today. Jesus intended his disciples to do the very same miracles that he did. This begs the question, ‘How come we think of these type of miracles as rare?’

Cantalamessa in a recent homily said, “The environments in which many children now grow up do not help faith to blossom. The same must often be said of the family, and more so of the child’s school and even more so of our society and culture. This does not mean that in our situation today normal Christian life cannot exist or that there is no holiness or no charisms that accompany holiness. Rather, it means that instead of being the norm, it has become more and more of an exception.

In today’s situation, rarely, or never, do baptized people reach the point of proclaiming “in the Holy Spirit” that “Jesus is Lord!” And because they have not reached that point, everything in their Christian lives remains unfocused and immature. Miracles no longer happen. What happened with the people of Nazareth is being repeated: “Jesus was not able to do many miracles there because of their unbelief” (see Matthew 13:58).”

Come Holy Spirit and move our hearts to believe in miracles. 


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