His Touch is Free
Today I learned in 2009 one could buy a ticket for $1,868 for the opportunity to meet and shake hands with Beyonce. While not trying to be disrespectful I would not bother paying $1.86. It is a matter of priorities. Do you remember the woman who so desperately wanted to touch Jesus she struggled through a throng of pushing shoving people only to be knocked to the ground? When Jesus came by she mustered up her remaining strength to thrust her arm between the legs of those that would trample her and for a microsecond touched Jesus robe. That was all she needed and it was free. It was life transforming.
A leper wandered from village to village trying to catch up to Jesus as he moved about. Finally the opportunity arose. Forgetting to call out “unclean” he stumbled through a retreating crowd and came face to face with Jesus. I love what happened next. The Gospels tell us before Jesus healed him, Jesus touched him. It was free. It was life transforming.
Just like Jesus our task is to reach out and touch those in need. We do it in a variety of supportive ways. Our gifts, our counsel, our care, our presence, our contacts, our love can be exactly what someone was needing. What is so grand about this is we are the giving ones and thus the receivers. Each time we help someone our lives grow richer.
When the leper was made whole Jesus was happy. When the woman was made whole Jesus was rewarded. Jesus is still in the business of touching and being touched. It is still free. The results are still life transforming.