|A statue of the saint in his hometown|
I know this isn't the first miracle over nature story that I have reported, so you might be wondering why I am suddenly busting poor Sabinus' chops, questioning his power, when I've let all the others slide? Timing is everything. I just happened to be reading Matthew 10 today and picked up on the specific powers delegated to the apostles. Was this a complete list of their powers? What this delegation of powers the last they received? Did they have the power to command natural, elemental forces, or was that just Jesus' power? And if the apostles didn't get the power over natural elements, is it conceivable that later bishops and monks would get this power? So many questions!
|Three boxes in his reliquary -- the dome on the right is his skull|
And now, a final note about the command to the river. Saint Gregory the Great recorded the story, describing the object written upon as paper. Some folks have noted that paper was not introduced to Europe from Damascus during his lifetime. So perhaps it would be more correct to say papyrus or parchment though Romans were accustomed to magic orders being pressed into lead sheets, or perhaps scratched onto pottery shards. Or perhaps it could have been painted onto a thin piece of wood, like an announcement at a temple, or even inscribed in a wax tablet. It doesn't matter what the order was written on IF the power of the Holy Spirit was working through the saint. But that takes me back to Matthew 10 and the question of the powers of the apostles.