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Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. — Psalm 33:12
Mass Readings: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 / Luke 4:38-44
We’ve all heard about the importance of touch, how babies who are given food but not touch or affection will literally fade and die. Hospitals use therapy dogs to enhance the healing of patients, especially ones with long-term conditions. When recovering from surgery, I was perplexed by how much I craved the gentle touch of another human being — and how physically distant others became. Time and again that well-meaning friend would step back and say, “I don’t want to hurt you.”
Jesus knew how much we crave physical contact, especially when we’re sick. Today’s Gospel emphasizes that, “[Jesus] laid hands on each of them and cured them.” I can’t cure those I love who are sick, but I can look into that person’s eyes with compassion. I can reach out and hold her hand.
Prayer: Let me be Your healing hands today, Lord.
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