Posted 1 月 25, 2014 by FLL Editorial Team in


馬爾谷福音 16:15-18

Saints Peter and John Healing the Lame Man (1655)
by Nicolas Poussin




Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:15-18

To drive out demons, speak new languages, pick up serpents with their hands, drink poison without being harmed, to heal the sick by the laying of hands; are we then without faith because we cannot do these signs? No, but these things were necessary in the beginning of the Church, for the faith of believers was to be nourished by miracles, that it might increase. Just as when we plant groves, pour water upon them, until we see that they have grown strong in the earth; but when once they have firmly fixed their roots, we leave off irrigating them. These signs and miracles have other things which we ought to consider in greater detail.

For the Holy Church does spiritually every day what the Apostles did physically in their time; for when her Priests by the grace of exorcism lay their hands on believers, and forbid the evil spirits to dwell in their minds, what do they, but cast out devils? And the faithful who have abandoned earthly words for heavenly ones, speak of the Holy Sacraments, speak a new language; they who by their good warnings take away evil from the hearts of others, take up serpents barehanded; and when those who on hearing wicked words, without being tempted to do evil, they drink a deadly poison without being harmed; whenever they see their neighbors growing weak in good works, and by their good example strengthen their life, they lay their hands on the sick, that they may recover. And all these miracles are greater in proportion because they are spiritual, and by them souls and not just bodies are healed and raised.

參考 References:
Catena Aurea (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Homily 29 on the Gospels (St. Gregory the Great)

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