Jesus took a different approach. He touched people. Just a couple of examples are Luke 4:40, "laying his hands on each one", and 5:13, "Jesus reached out and touched the man" (the leper). Jesus didn't always touch people; more often he spoke a word of command to them. But it happened often enough that the practice of touching and even anointing with oil was handed on by the disciples as being of importance (James 5:14).
For Reflection: Not many of us are called upon to treat people with contagious diseases. But is there anyone we are treating as if they were contagious? Anyone we don't want to reach out to or extend charity toward? The immigrant? The unemployed? Our next door neighbor?
Let us pray. Jesus, why am I afraid to touch . . .? Would you help me overcome that, please?
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