What is a miracle? It starts with the unlimited power and love of God. Of course, He is always doing amazing things – the weather changes, a baby is born, a bird can fly – all beyond human power, but still things we expect to happen. In contrast, a miracle is something that is completely unexpected.
- First, the purpose of every miracle is to increase someone’s faith (or that of many people).
- To do this, the miracle must be something that can be detected with our senses. A lame man is suddenly healed, 5,000 men eat a lunch made from a few loaves and fishes, etc.
- A miracle is something that happens outside the laws of nature so the only logical explanation is that it was caused by God.
Our activity, which meshes nicely with this month’s classroom lesson on the Eucharist, is to read the booklet describing three Eucharistic miracles. As you go through each of them, apply the criteria above to see how they qualify and ask your kids what they would think if they witnessed something like that in person!