Homily...the Power of Touch

When my sister gave birth to triplets 24 years ago, they all stayed in the hospital for several weeks since there were only between 2-3 pounds. But their mother was there every day, just touching the babies, which the nurses said they needed as much as the medical care they were being given. 

Jesus knew the importance of touch in his ministry. He touched the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, and in today's gospel, the hand of the little girl who was sick. Even when people touched Jesus, like the woman in the gospel suffering from a hemorrhage, they got well. 

In every sacrament, we touch people: in baptism we make the sign of the cross on the forehead, as we do with oil in Confirmation. People touch the body of Christ in their hands or on their tongues in Holy Communion. In reconciliation, the priest puts his hand on the head of the penitent or at least extends his hands over them. In the anointing of the sick, we anoint the head and hands with oil. In marriage, a couple holds hands during their vows. In Holy Orders, the bishop lays hands on the heads of those being ordained. The act of touching is important in healing & in the whole spiritual life. Let the Body of Christ touch your body so that you may be made whole.