Question are Miracles meant to be rare?

Somehow we have been trained to believe that miracles are meant to be very rare. Were miracles rare in the ministry of Jesus? Were miracles rare in the Acts of the Apostles?

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

“The Holy Spirit gives to some a special charism of healing, so as to make manifest the power of the grace of the risen Lord. But even the most intense prayers do not always obtain the healing of all illness. Thus St Paul must learn from the Lord that ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ and that the suffering to be endured can mean that ‘in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church.'”(1508)

The line that I want to look at is, “But even the most intense prayers do not always obtain the healing of all illness.” Doesn’t this line imply that healing are the norm and not exception. Can this line be understood this way?… “The most intense prayers are meant to obtain the healing of the (vast) majority of all illness.”

How did we come to believe that miracles are meant to be rare? Question of the day, Did Jesus intend miracles to be the norm or the exception in the ministry of the Church?


One thought on “Question are Miracles meant to be rare?”

  1. I believe Jesus expected these healings and miracles to be the norm. If He did not intend for this to be, why would He have told His disciples to go and do just that? And, if He did not intend for us to do as His disciples, why, then would He have prayed over us when he prayed over them?? Of one thing we can be sure, Jesus did not give commands to do things and then expect inaction. And, if the scriptures are alive, as we believe, then these words are still living today and intended for each of us who calls himself a disciple of Jesus Christ.

    Why do we believe the word of the doctors has more power over us than the Word of God? When did human intelligence surpass the Omniscient God? What has happened, I believe, is that we humans have come to take for granted that which has always been gifted to us by God. We believe that we somehow have more control over our existence and the outcome of our lives than does God. Rather than surrender our lives, our health, our burdens to Him, we step in front of Him and seek to control all. As we have taken over control, we have pushed God aside – and the beauty of His love for us, and His desire to provide for us all that we need. His desire to give us miracles has never ceased, we have stopped recognizing them for what they are and have even stopped believing that they can happen.

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