Do you believe in miracles?
The Apostle Peter traveled around the villages from Jerusalem and beyond, where the first Christian communities had formed. He supported them and provided spiritual guidance. When he visited Lydda, he met a paralyzed man named Aeneas. Naturally, St. Peter felt compassion for him and sensing Aeneas’ faith, he said to him: “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” Aeneas immediately rose and was healed.
Through the power of Christ, St. Peter was able to perform miracles. But we must not forget how remarkable Aeneas was. As soon as he heard the words “Jesus Christ heals you,” he stood up. He did not question his healing. He did not say “What are you talking about? How can I get up and make my bed?!” He had been in bed for eight long years, not able to move, and yet he had no doubt that his miracle healing had occurred.
Would we have the same faith and belief that Aeneas had if this happened to us? How much faith in Christ is there in our hearts? Would we immediately believe, or would we be skeptical, thinking of the medical science, the impossibility of this healing after so many years?
Right after this miraculous healing, in the nearby town of Joppa, St. Peter heard of a faithful woman named Tabitha who had just passed away. He went to her, knelt down and prayed, then said to her, “Tabitha, rise.” At that time, people had witnessed the resurrection of Lazarus by Jesus Christ, and now of Tabitha. They witnessed and they believed. This astounding event stirred those who had seen or heard about it, and believing in the power of Jesus Christ shown through His Apostle, they became Christians.
If this miracle happened today, would we have faith and belief or would we be blinded by our knowledge of science and impossibilities? We hear of miracles happening every day, some small and some big. Someone was in the right place at the right time to save someone. Or someone woke up from a coma after the doctors gave up. My question to you is: Do we really believe they are miracles, or just coincidences, or that someone just got lucky?
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to believe. Have faith in Christ. Come to church with reverence. Come to Him with love in our hearts, with faith, and with absolute confidence.
Christ is Risen!