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?