miracles of Christ

They may be divided into five classes: NATURE MIRACLES

Under this head nine miracles may be enumerated. MIRACLES OF HEALING

These were numerous during the public life of Our Lord. There are references to a great many cures which are not related in detail (Matthew 4; Luke 4, 6; Mark 6), and twenty special cases are recorded. DELIVERANCE OF DEMONIACS

General formulas regarding the driving out of devils (Mark 1) indicate that such acts of deliverance were very numerous during Our Lord's public life. Special cases related are, VICTORIES OVER HOSTILE WILLS

Under this heading Catholic scholars admit a greater or smaller number of miracles; it is not clear in certain cases whether the incidents in which Our Lord wielded extraordinary power over His enemies were cases of supernatural intervention of Divine power, or the natural effects of the ascendancy of His human will over that of other men. Such are the cases mentioned in John (7:30 and 44; 8:20 and 59), where the Jews failed to arrest Him, "because His hour was not yet come," or, in the fourth case, because He hid Himself from them. There are two cases which appear to most Catholic commentators to involve a supernatural display of power over wills: (1) the casting out of the vendors (John 2; Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19); (2) the episode of the escape from the hostile crowd at Nazareth (Luke 4).

CASES OF RESURRECTION

Among the signs of His Messiasship which Our Lord gave to the delegates of John the Baptist, we read: "The dead rise again" (Matthew 11; Luke 7). This general statement has made some commentators think that there were cases of resurrection not described in the Gospels. This is possible, because the Gospels do not aim at completeness, but the expression quoted would be justified by the three following cases of resurrection which are related. The subject of the miracles of Christ has been well dealt with, both from an apologetic and an exegetic point of view, by L. C. Fillion in Les Miracles de Notre Seigneur Jesus Christ (Paris, 1909), and more recently, from an apologetic point of view, by Loonce de Grandmaison in Jesus Christ, Sa Personne, Son Message, See Preuves.

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