Explaining the Term Miracle
The word 'miracle' comes from the Latin 'miraculum', which means, 'to
marvel at, to
wonder.' A miracle therefore is a happening which amazes us and
When we say 'miracle' we mean an event which is so mysterious that
cannot be explained by scientific methods; something that we believe
cannot occur naturally. A miracle involves a breach or violation of
the laws of nature. Usually miracles are thought of as something that
has a religious significance. Christians believe that a miracle is a
sign of the power of God.
The essential Catholic hand book has this to say on miracles; 'An
occurrence that alters the laws of nature and is a sign of God's
presence in the world.
St Augustine stated that the traditional understanding of a miracle is
an event that we cannot forecast or expect with our present
understanding of nature. Thomas Aquinas defines miracles which are
done by divine agency beyond the order commonly observed in nature.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say on miracles; "The
signs worked by Jesus to attest that the father had sent him. They
invite belief in him.
Miracles have been occurring throughout history. At the very
beginning, in Genesis, the creation of the world and the start of life
was a miracle. In the Old Testament, the story of Noah's arc, and the
flood that covered the Earth was a miracle. Jesus was infamous for his
miracles, such as the healing of the centurions servant [Lk 7:1-10],
the feeding of the 5000 [LK 9:10-44]] and the calming of the storm [LK
8:22-25]. Even now miracle are occurring, Lourdes is a place famous
for a place where miracles occur , and often you hear stories of
people recovering from an 'incurable' illness after people have prayed
Describe How Jesus was Presented as a Worker of Miracles, giving
Examples from the gospels.
Jesus never, throughout his ministry, performed miracles for his
personal gain. This is shown particularly in 'the temptations in the
desert' [LK 4:1-13], where he was given the decision of performing
miracles to make himself powerful, famous, or happy.
When he first began to perform miracles he simple did so because of
his love of man, and his want to do good, not to prove who he was and
reveal his identity as the Messiah. At that time he actual tried to
hide his real identity to the people, this was known as the messianic
secret. There are many examples of him performing miracles because of
his want to do good, while trying to hide his identity, for example;
'a number of cures'[Lk 4:-4-41, the 'cure of the leper' [Lk 5:12-16],
when he actually told the cured man not to tell of this miracle, and
also the 'cure of the demoniac' [8:26-39], where he told the demon to
be silent when it began telling people of...