CCC 548 The signs worked by Jesus attest that the Father has sent him. They invite belief in him.1 To those who turn to him in faith, he grants what they ask.2 So miracles strengthen faith in the One who does his Father’s works; they bear witness that he is the Son of God.3 But his miracles can also be occasions for “offence”;4 they are not intended to satisfy people’s curiosity or desire for magic Despite his evident miracles some people reject Jesus; he is even accused of acting by the power of demons.5
CCC 549 By freeing some individuals from the earthly evils of hunger, injustice, illness and death,6 Jesus performed messianic signs. Nevertheless he did not come to abolish all evils here below,7 but to free men from the gravest slavery, sin, which thwarts them in their vocation as God’s sons and causes all forms of human bondage.8
CCC 2444 “The Church’s love for the poor. .. is a part of her constant tradition.” This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor.9 Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to “be able to give to those in need.”10 It extends not only to material poverty but also to the many forms of cultural and religious poverty.11
1 cf. Jn 5:36; 10:25, 38.
2 Cf. Mk 5:25-34; 10:52; etc.
3 Cf. Jn 10:31-38.
4 Mt 11:6.
5 Cf. Jn 11:47-48; Mk 3:22.
6 Cf. Jn 6:5-15; Lk 19:8; Mt 11:5.
7 Cf. Lk 12 13-14; Jn 18:36.
8 Cf. Jn 8:34-36.
9 CA 57; cf. Lk 6:20-22, Mt 8:20; Mk 12:41-44.
10 Eph 4:28.
11 Cf. CA 57.