When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” Matthew 8:1-6
A second post is in order for this short passage. Yesterday I referred to the physical touch but today is a little different.
We have the ability to “touch lives” in a lot of different ways.
When you care about people, you touch them.
When you pray over them, you touch them.
When you listen to them spill their guts late at night, you are touching them – even if you said little in response.
We have as many ways of touching others as there are people. While the physical touch is important, in this hyper-vigilant society we find ourselves in, touching others in non-physical ways makes even more sense.
Touching them in your own way is how you love that person.