Sunday, the 13th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Junipero Serra
Readings for today’s Mass
There are a couple of common threads here that are worthy of note. Obvious is the need and the desire for wholeness, for healing. But the idea that catches my attention is the need for human touch. In the first scenario, Jairus says, Come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live. This seems a very personal and intimate request. Recall another healing when the request doesn’t need Jesus to “come under my roof;” Jesus can do it from a distance, just say the word. Jairus, on the other hand, asks for much more, a personal contact and the laying on of hands.
Quite the opposite is the case of the older woman. She wishes to remain unknown; If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured. Personal contact is still there, but it seems little more than bumping into someone in the subway. But in either case, the human touch was significant.
Human contact is a powerful thing that can have a great and long-lasting impact on a person. Sometimes we touch people with a word or action without even knowing it. Even at great distances, we can touch each other with words, as when something in a text or email touches us deeply. But it can also be a two-edged sword. A hug is touch, but so is a hit. We have the power to heal with a touch; we can also hurt. Our words and deeds can be both helpful and harmful.
Consider the impact you have on others as you make your way around campus. In word or deed, do you offer a healing touch to others? Do you have their best interest in mind when you touch them with what you do or say? Do others ever seek you out because they find comfort and healing in your presence? Who are those whom you seek when you need the same?
In today’s gospel, Jesus is healing by touching and by being touched. He can still do that today thru us. Keep this in mind today as you reach out and touch somebodies hand. Surely you can make life better for someone each time you do.