February 5, 2018
The power of touch is real. Studies have shown how children respond when touched with care and love, and also how those deprived of human contact respond. The differences are alarming! The power of touch is also shown in the Sacred Scriptures, as a sign of blessing and the giving of life and power. Jesus touched the leper and brought him healing. This touch was forbidden by law, and brought even penalties in the Synagogue and Temple. But, for Jesus, healing was more important. Jesus continues to touch us, especially when we fervently and sincerely call upon Him. In many Parishes this weekend the Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated, for the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Jesus continues to touch us profoundly by this Sacrament of healing and forgiveness. Let us turn to Him in our need – whatever it may be – and ask him to touch us, so that we might share more fully in His life.