Jesus ‘bleeds’ in Mumbai church or is it monsoon?

Jesus ‘bleeds’ in Mumbai church or is it monsoon?

Archnishop refuses to title it ‘miracle’ just yet, but people of all faiths turn up to have a look at Christ’s painting in Mumbai Church

Mumbai: Christians, Hindus and Muslims from across Maharashtra continue to descend on St Michael’s Church in Mahim to witness — what they believe — is a miracle.

The dark red patch around the heart on a painting of Jesus Christ has grown since it was discovered on Friday afternoon, and so has the queue around Mahim’s packed streets. Hundreds of people visited the church over the weekend.

Almost euphoric, people queued for up to six hours to spend just two seconds in front of the painting. They were allowed to touch and kiss the protective glass before being moved along.

Many broke down after seeing the ‘miracle’, some wept and several fainted.

However, the Catholic Church in India denied this miracle. “The Church is cautious about declaring something a miracle,” said Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai. “God can work miracles, but it is too early to say that this is a miracle. It’s probably due to climate conditions from the monsoon. People should not get euphoric about this, but if it brings them closer to God, it is a good thing. I’ll visit the church soon to see it for myself.”

Clearly flustered by the unprecedented attention and a sleepless night, Parish Priest Father Raphael, stated that this was no miracle. “People can interpret it as they want to, but the picture is not bleeding and this is no miracle,” he said. Despite early chaos — when a stampede entered the church after the mark was first discovered — volunteers and police controlled the crowd and 500 metres long queue was formed. Ambulance crews were also on hand.

News of the ‘miracle’ spread fast and believers from Goa, Karnataka and Gujarat have made the pilgrimage to see the 3 by 4 foot painting. Several local schools gave children the day off to visit the church.

“It is a sign from God that Jesus has returned in this time of violence, sin and evil to give the message that he is dying for us again,” said David Serrao, a pastor at St Michael’s. “The blood started as a small red drop and was discovered by children playing in the church. It has now spread as Christ’s heart bleeds.” It is not just Christians that are flocking to Mahim. Large numbers of Hindus and Muslims are also coming to witness the image.

Maryam Shah travelled with her husband and three children from Malad. “I cried when I saw the blood,” she said. “We are Muslims but that does not matter when something like this happens.

People of all faiths should appreciate the message.”

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2 Comments

  1. My Dear Beloved Brothers & Sisters In Jesus Christ,
    As a True Christian Believer in Jesus Christ, I want to tell to all my fellow Christians,
    Do not to believe in these miracles. IT IS NOT FROM GOD.
    1) GOD HATES idols
    Word of God (The Bible) in the book of Deuteronomy5:8 God says “You shall not make yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters bellow. You shall not bow down to them; for I am the Lord your God, am jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and forth generation of those who hate me”.

    It means those who worship idols hate GOD; They do not Obey GOD, They Bring Curses upon their generations. GOD does not allow His Glory to go to an idol.
    So to whom the worship goes? To whom do people bow down and To whom the sacrifices are offered?

    2) Word of God (The Bible) says in the book of 1Corinthians 10:20 “No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to GOD and I do not want you to be participants with demons”.

    Who does the sacrifice to the idol ? Bible says the pagans do the sacrifices to idols.
    Are you obeying GOD?

    3) Word of God (The Bible) in the book of Mark13:21-23 Jesus says “At that time if anyone says to you, Look here is the Christ! Or Look there he is! do not believe it.
    For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the
    elect — if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time”.

    Beloved Do Not Be Deceive.
    If God wants to perform miracles He will perform miracles.
    He will not perform miracles through a lifeless idols which He hates.
    He is not in the IDOLS,
    Jesus Christ is The True and Living God.
    Jesus said I am The Way, The Truth and the Life.
    Believe in Jesus Christ and be Saved.
    Read the Bible “You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free”.
    God Bless You
    Bro.Alex Dhanvate.
    Mumbai

  2. Bro Alex Dhanvate posted an email to us for allowing the publishing of this post. Here’s what he said, and my response to him (I would have liked to write a more detailed response to him and to make a post on this blog, but I’m constrained for time availability reasons – even though I will respond soon):

    ———– Bro Alex’s Message ——————-
    Praise The Lord

    My Dear Bro. Rahul Dewan

    Greetings in the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    Thank you for the article published
    One Response to “Jesus ‘bleeds’ in Mumbai church or is it monsoon?”
    Bro.Alex Dhanvate, on June 30th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    God Bless You

    Bro.Alex Dhanvate

    Mumbai
    ———– End of Bro Alex’s Message ——————-

    My response to him:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for your note. Yes, we published your message in response to our post.

    While may not agree completely with the concepts of God as mentioned by you, it is our objective to have a dialogue between religious theologies which will enable spreading tolerance and understanding.

    Our belief is: “There are many ways leading to the same Source”. It is our endeavour to enable acceptance of this philosophy – which will lead to global harmony.

    Thank you.

    With Love,
    Rahul Dewan

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