Why Don’t We See Miracles Today?
Why don’t more miracles happen in our churches today? Jesus came so we might have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10) He is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. (Hebrews 13:8) In Matthew, chapter 8 Jesus healed all who came to Him in faith. Jesus with all His power and divinity is present in every Eucharist. Yet most people never see healings or miracles.
The summer of 2006 I went to St Antonius in Newark for Sunday mass and miracles happened there. There was a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a month to live in July. She was prayed over after mass and given water from Lourdes to drink. A month later she was back in church cancer-free and testifying to God’s goodness. A friend of mine was told he would be on depression medication for life was able to stop the medication. My sister’s fibromyalgia disappeared the next summer after she was prayed over. What made this church different?
Maybe it was the attitude of the people attending. Rather than coming late and rushing off to breakfast right after communion they came for a mass that usually lasted 2 hours. They had 2 entrance songs, 2 Offertory songs and a homily that lasted longer than some masses I’ve attended. Rather than rush out complaining people bought CD’s of the homily to share.
Some of the people there drove 45 minutes in each direction. The collection from maybe 250 people topped $6, 000 one week. The people there were not doing the minimum, giving God as little as possible. They weren’t there fulfilling an obligation or because they had to go to mass. They came out of love, wanting to worship the God who loves them. They came wanting to learn and grow in their faith. They came expecting God to bless them.
Contrast that with your typical parish. At our 5:00 mass we still have people arriving at 5:10. During Communion the extraordinary minister who does the balcony has to fight his or her way through the crowd leaving as soon as they received communion. You can be sure that some of the people at mass were thinking about what they would have for dinner or how long the lines will be at Gino’s. Is it any wonder we don’t see miracles?
Too often we give God as little as possible. We come in late, focus on whose there or not there or what someone is wearing. We take no time to prepare and often complain about the sermon being too long. We get out of the mass what we put into it?