All throughout Scripture, we find extraordinary events revealing the wonder and power of God. The Red Sea is parted; the loaves are multiplied; people are healed; battles are won; a people are set free. For many of us, believing in miracles is somewhat commonplace… Miracles are a pretty foundational part of our faith.
And yet, while we all may have a sense of what it means and what it’s purpose is, trying to actually define a miracle, with sound theological and philosophical logic, serves a bit more difficult a task.
That is the topic of this week’s “Catholicism in Focus.” Looking to three common definitions, what we see is that each has some theological foundation and popular appeal, while at the same time presents some unanswered questions and leaves us searching for more. That, I think, is the definition of a mystery. The more we learn, the closer we get to God, and the more we realize that what we know is not the whole answer. We dive into this question not with the hope of containing all of God’s mystery, to answer the question and move on, but to be a part of the process of entering into God’s very self.
Maybe you have your own definition beyond these three. Feel free to share it in the comments or continue the conversation by posting this in social media with your own theology!