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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.

"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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