There are fearsome diseases today. Before a medical professional treats someone with Ebola they are double-gloved and gowned. Patients are placed in isolation units. No one actually touches them or any of their bodily fluids.
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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I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.