Sunday 14 February 2021

About Today Readings

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46. I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation – Psalm 31(32):1-2, 5, 11. 1 Corinthians 10:31 – 11:1. Mark 1:40-45.

Touch alone can be healing

A leper came to Jesus. A person who was considered to be ritually unclean, being punished for their sin, required to self-isolate, unable to work, reduced to begging in order to survive. Such a person approached Jesus, asking to be made clean. I wonder what was going through their mind. Were they afraid? Were they so desperate they didn’t care anymore what others thought of them transgressing social distancing rules? Were they hopeful Jesus could be the one to restore them to fullness of life? Then Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. I’m sure Jesus could have made him clean without touching him. But he reached out and touched him. Touch alone can be healing. It transmits a powerful message of inclusion, welcome, comfort, which is something that has become more and more apparent during COVID lockdowns and the lack of human touch and interaction. May we always reach out to those who approach us for help, and offer them solace and comfort and community.

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