To decide on why this is, I need to borrow a little from a respected scholar. If you look in a reputable concordance or bible dictionary, you will discover that the word “miracle” does not really exist in the bible! One noted scholar (McKenzie) says that modern theology defines “miracle” as a phenomenon in nature which transcends the laws of nature to such a degree that it must be recognised as the direct intervention of God. However, the original Hebrew and Greek language renditions of the bible do not use it, because they have no concept of “nature” or “laws of nature” as we do now. Instead of this, they talk of “signs and wonders.” My dictionary says that the word “miracle comes from the Ecclesiastic Late Latin mirari, meaning “to wonder at” (Webster). The New Testament normally uses the words “power” (dynameis) and “signs” to describe what we call “miracles.”
What really matters is the deeper meaning that lies within the wonderful event. The very word Saviour gives us a clue: “God Saves.” Jesus healed and cured many people in the stories we read in the bible. But he always expected a sign of faith, either from the person needing the healing or the people who brought him to Jesus for healing. Every healing action was a demonstration of his power and will to “save,” and never an attempt to build a reputation for himself.
We should note that this healing took place in Gentile territory. Nevertheless, the people obviously believed in Jesus’ power to heal, and even begged him to cure the deaf and mute man they had brought to him. Jesus clearly accepted this as sufficient faith, and saved the man from his limiting physical handicaps. With every healing comes “renewal,” and we can be assured that when the man was freed (saved) from his marginalisation hue would have been restored to his proper place in society.
Jesus used “signs” and symbolic gestures of touch to perform healings, illustrating his preaching about the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. In the Sacraments he continues to “touch” us in order to heal us. It was to save us and heal us from our divisions that the Father sent Jesus to us.