The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1 NIV)
Jesus healed the sick by touching them and restoring them to their communities. The priests only wanted money for sacrifices to be made in order for one to be allowed to rejoin one’s family and community. They wanted to be paid in order to make one ritually “pure” again.
Big miracles like the virgin birth and the resurrection just don’t happen in my life with too much frequency. But many miracles Jesus performed every day, like touching someone in need, often those who no one would touch. I’ve seen such love, I know it can happen. I just don’t see it enough. Touch is an incredible miracle. Because without it none of the others would matter. Even one’s weak faith did not disqualify you from receiving Jesus’ touch.
A touch. The compassion of one man willing to break all the rules to touch you at your lowest. It doesn’t have to be physical, it can be spiritually. But both together are so powerful.
Dear Lord, Your Son came to touch and heal us. Let us follow His lead and reach out to those nobody wants to touch. Grant us courage to do so. Amen.