We are a people of hope. Our hope is not wishful thinking. We can arrive and will arrive with God’s grace. Sometimes, Jesus healed people who were sick to prove his power to help them, body and soul. Mark tells us: “A leper approached him with a request, kneeling down as he addressed him: ‘If you will to do so, you can cure met’ Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said: ‘I do will it. Be cured.’ The leprosy left him then and there, and he was cured” (Mk 1).
The Lord who leads us does so with a very personal, human touch. Many religions have leaders who are inspiring, who show the way. Our relationship with Jesus is much more intimate. Jesus’ touch of the leper changed the man inside and out because it told him what God is really like—that God is mysteriously human. Only when we have discovered that we are human can we draw close to Jesus and he draw close to us. Jesus makes us human so that he can make us more God-like.
When those draw near to me whom I would rather not touch, Lord, remind me that you have touched me when I was far from worthy of your concern for my distress.