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43. The Miracles of Christ: In General

1. Our Lord performed many miracles to prove his teachingtrue, and especially to manifest the leading truth of all histeaching, namely, that he himself is true God as well as true man.Thus he could say to the people (John 10:37, 38): "If I do notthe works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though youwill not believe me, believe the works: that you may know andbelieve that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."

2. The miracles of Christ, like all miracles, are works ofdivine power. For a miracle is, by definition, a work thatsurpasses all power of creatures. Christ is God, and can directlyexercise the divine power in working miracles; as man, Christ isthe instrument through which the miracles are wrought.

3. St. John says (2:11) that the changing of water to wineat Cana was the first of the miracles wrought by our Lord. Christwas then about thirty years of age, and was about to enter upon hispublic ministry. St. John Chrysostom says that it would not havebeen fitting for Christ to work miracles when he was young, beforehe was ready to begin his public life; for then men would havecrucified him before his time.

4. Our Lord said (John 5:36): "The works which theFather hath given me to perfect . . . give testimony of me, thatthe Father hath sent me." The miracles of Christ are a fullproof of his divinity: (a) by their very nature as miracles wroughtfor the purpose; (b) by their manner, as wrought under Christ'sown authority; (c) by the fact that Christ plainly adduced them inproof of his divinity, calling people's attention to them asirrefutable evidence.

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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