23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Sep 9th, 2018 by Parish Office | 0

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

When the people in today’s gospel brought a deaf man to Jesus they begged Jesus to “lay his hand on him.” Jesus then, we are told, touched him by first putting his finger into the man’s ear and then touched his tongue. It is rare that Jesus uses only words to heal, more often he touches the person. This touch is not easy, as today it is someone’s tongue and on other occasions he is touching someone with leprosy. Several times we see people wanting to “just touch his clothes” and know they will be healed.

Touching is an important part of healing. We see this in the scriptures, we experience it in life. Who could forget the Romanian orphans who were deprived of touch and what happened to them. Who doesn’t know that our children, and in fact all people need to be touched, hugged, embraced and lifted up.

It is a small gesture with great significance. When you greet someone, extend your hand for a handshake, lay your hand on their shoulder, an appropriate embrace for someone experiencing loss. There are many hungers in our life. For the deaf man, the need to be touched even exceeded the miracle of hearing that would soon follow.

With love,

Fr. Tom

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