27. Of all the acts which testify to the power of Jesus, without doubt the cures he performed are the most numerous. He wished to prove by that that true power is that which does good; that his object was to render himself useful, and not to satisfy indifferent curiosity by the performance of extraordinary things.
By alleviating suffering, he touched the hearts of men, and made more proselytes than if he had alone gratified their curiosity. By this means he made himself beloved. Whilst, if he had limited himself to producing surprising material effects, as the Pharisees demanded of him, the greater part of the people would have seen in him only a sorcerer or skillful juggler with whom idlers had been amused.
Thus, when John the Baptist sends to him his disciples to ascertain if he is the Christ, he does not say, “I am he;” for every impostor could have been able to say as much. He does not tell them of the marvelous things he has accomplished, but simply replies, “Go say to John, the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, and the Gospel is preached to the poor.” It was equivalent to saying: “recognize me in my works; judge the tree by its fruit:” for there is found the veritable character of the divine mission.