“Jesus has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.” Every time we seek out health care professionals, we willingly subject our bodies to their healing touches. The sense of “touch” is vital to human interaction and essential for any form of healing, physical, mental, or spiritual.
Notice that Jesus feels compassion for the afflicted man who can neither hear nor speak. Notice how Jesus takes him aside privately, touches his ears and tongue with his finger, then after intense prayer declares: “Be opened!” and another persons’ handicapped life is suddenly treated to a new world of sound and speech. Such good news cannot but be shouted for all to hear.
The sacraments of our church are viewed as the mystical presence of Christ physically touching our lives from birth to death, from baptism through anointing of the sick, to burial rites, to eternal life. Truly, Christ walks with us on our journey of life.
But nowhere more intimate than in the sacrament of the Eucharist, when Jesus is placed in our hands or on our tongues and this bread of life heals and releases our often muted speech to spread far and wide the good news of Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life.
Just as Jesus brings his healing touch to us in holy communion, so likewise, we are each called to be the healing touch of Jesus to other members of the body of Christ, especially those homebound, homeless, loveless, and hopeless people who live all around us.
Can’t we all be healers in our broken world?
Let us Pray:
Lord of all love, as I step out the door, show me my neighbor. On my left, on my right; let me love them in their joy and in their distress, that their delight might be mine and their pain be mine too. Show me my neighbor Lord. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)