Every Day Miracles
Unable to resist the opportunity to feature not one but two of my very favorite philosophers, Jerry Garcia and Linus, today’s photo and Gospel (Matthew 8:28-34) focuses on the notion of miracles.
Whether it be The Miracle on 34th St, The Miracle on Ice, or even the 1969 Miracle Mets (stay with me here....it’s all us fans of the Amazins have to hang our hats on) the very idea of a miraculous occurrence taking place will always grab our attention and perhaps even ask ourselves “Did that really just happen?”
That’s precisely what we have today, as Jesus encounters two demoniacs who we come to learn are so profoundly possessed that they have essentially shut the road down to would-be passers by. Jesus, per the demoniacs’ precise request, drive the evil spirits from them and directly into a nearby herd of swine, prompting them to rush down a steep bank and into the sea where they would drown.
The heartbreaking waste of pork-chops notwithstanding, Biblical Scholars point out that the Gentiles who witnessed this outlandish scene and subsequently reported back to their village with a detailed account were in fact the first Gentiles to ever witness Jesus perform one of his many miracles.
As people of faith, do we truly believe that miracles can happen? How does one get to that stage in the spiritual maturation process?
The opening words of today’s 1st Reading (Amos 5:14-15) gives us some food for thought (in keeping with the pork theme). In this passage we’re implored to “Seek good and not evil, that you may live; Then truly will the Lord, the God of hosts, be with you as you claim! Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate.”
Seeking good can take the form of a vibrant prayer life, a sincere act of charity, a good confession, and the list goes on and on. In developing these virtues within our soul, we can become the very fertile ground through which miracles sprout and spring forth.
Please feel free to list more examples of how one can “seek good” and thus be transformed into a true believer in the Comments Section below.
Happy 4th of July everyone