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What Strange Miracles Are These?

And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children
Matthew 14:13-21

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Sermon Week Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 14:21

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To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle ... To me the sea is a continual miracle -- the fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them.

This excerpt from Walt Whitman's poem, "Miracles," reveals a beautiful sensitivity to the wonder of God's creation and reminds us that we should never take it for granted. Each tree, each branch, each leaf, each blade of grass, in its own individual splendor is a living monument to the bottomless depths of God's creative genius. An artist's rendition of a broad splash of sunlight on the water can inspire countless people over many centuries. But the real miracle of that single moment of beauty can never be duplicated. Every moment in the mysterious lovely life of nature, from dawn to dark, is a miraculous happening. God's creation is an ongoing, everyday miracle. Perhaps that is why so many of us take it for granted. Someone once said, "Miracles take place, not because they are performed but because they are believed." Faith in the creation miracle is the beginning of belief in ourselves as the supremely miraculous masterpieces of creation God made us to be.

As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles, whether I walk the streets of Manhattan ... Or talk by day with any one I love ... Or sit at table at dinner with the rest ... Or look at strangers, opposite me riding in the car ... What strange miracles are these?

Again, this is Walt Whitman writing as one who never ceases to marvel at the beauty and the mystery of God's supreme creative masterpiece. Whether in the intimacy of family life or in a passing encounter with a stranger, we must recognize God's miracle and revere it. In no other way can we understand the secret of what it takes to achieve wholeness of life, to be a fulfilled human person.

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