Sense of Touch
What is the purpose of the sense of touch? From a very young age, we are taught that feeling is a powerful sense, something that helps guide us, helps us tell good from bad, helps us to understand the world around us, what hurts and what feels good. We touch to gesture friendship, love, hate, fear. It is quite the powerful sense, though without proper explanation, it may be misunderstood or pass by unnoticed. During the time of Jesus, people wanted to touch him to be healed, believing more so in a healing touch than spiritual healing from God. Touch can mean so much, but there is so much more that can be expressed through word, through prayer, through faith.
Today's Gospel states: 'And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennes'aret, and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well' (Mark 6:53-56).
Today's reading talks about how the people wanted to physically touch Jesus, acknowledging how great He was in connection with God. Jesus tries to tell the people that it is their faith that makes them well, brings them healing. The sense of touch is important, but not what is the greatest in terms of expressing faith. It has to come from inner belief, prayer, hope, followed by spoken word and then action. The only way we will best be disciples of Christ is through first being rooted in faith, and find healing from there. Are you rooted in faith? Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you be rooted in faith.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to know You at the centre of my life. Help me to be rooted in faith, first focussing on my spiritual belief before taking action as a disciple in the world.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.