1504) It Depends on What You Mean by a Miracle

The Wanderer, 1935, Josef Sigall (1891-1953)


By Joan Chittister, National Catholic Reporter, vol. 37., #18.

     Once upon a time, a seeker went from land to land to discover an authentic religion.  Finally, the seeker found a group of extraordinary fame.  They were known for the goodness of their lives and for the singleness of their hearts and for the sincerity of their service.

     “I see everything you do,” the seeker said, “and I’m impressed by it.  But, before I become your disciple, I have a question to ask: Does your God work miracles?”

     “Well,” the disciples said to the seeker, “it all depends on what you mean by a miracle.  Some people call it a miracle when God does the will of people.  We call it a miracle when people do the will of God.”


Matthew 12:50  —  (Jesus said), “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew 5:16  —  (Jesus said), “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

John 14:23  —  Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.  My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

John 14:12  —  (Jesus said), “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.”


O God, grant unto me such a knowledge of your will and trust in your grace that I may truly exemplify in my life the faith that I profess, so that others may see the light of Christ shining in what I say and do; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.  Amen.

–adapted from Service Book and Hymnal, Augsburg Publishing House, 1958, pafe 227.