It’s been a season of miracles. Over the last six weeks, we’ve been learning the truth about them in our message series called, Expect Miracles. God created the universe and formed it with love to sustain life. He set the laws of physics in motion to ensure order and stability. Yet, every once in a while he violates those laws, setting them aside in order to work a bona fide miracle for the purpose of getting our attention, deepening our faith, or showing us the way back to him.
But the real hope of miracles is not so much the discrete acts God works from time to time; rather it is in the fact that the Creator chooses to relate personally and individually to us by intervening directly in our lives. To be certain, only a small percentage of people will ever experience an extraordinary miracle like an inexplicable healing from a fatal disease or some other strange occurrence that seems to defy both logic and scientific understanding.
But nearly everyone can experience the ordinary, everyday miracle of God’s loving presence when he speaks to us internally and guides us on our spiritual journey. The only prerequisite is remaining open to his involvement by:
In the final installment of our message series today, we look at the last and most important miracle of all. It’s a miracle that the human race almost completely destroyed. Through sin, disobedience, and outright rebellion, the perfect beauty of God’s image imprinted on the human soul from the beginning became marred beyond recognition. Some say that we actually obliterated the glory of God reflected in our own person, such that nothing of it remains. In this view, we have been become “totally depraved.”
The Catholic belief, on the other hand, is different. The divine aspect woven seamlessly into our very being was certainly disfigured, damaged, and diminished, but not destroyed. A tiny vestige of the divine remains within us, a small measure of goodness that God chooses to redeem. As such, “grace builds upon nature,” as the medieval scholastic St. Thomas Aquinas claimed, and the original perfection of the human person infused by the breath of God in creation is ultimately salvageable. In other words, despite our fall we remain a true miracle and the greatest one of all.
Join us this weekend as we learn to harness with faith the one quintessential human quality that no machine could ever replace and no sin could ever fully extinguish.
—Father Roger Gustafson, Pastor
Father Roger Gustafson