+ Our readings today reflect a primal human urge that we all have “to reach out and touch someone” – we find attractive, admirable, lovable, consoling, healing: someone we like to be around.
The crowds that followed Jesus wanted to do the same thing. This crowd was different than other spectators and gawkers. This people were touched at their core already by Jesus – and it is because of their newfound, real, spiritual connectedness to him that they wanted to follow him around and to “touch him back” – by their attentiveness, their adulation, their ohhs and ahhs at what he said and did: especially in his poignant “sermons” or reflections on the true nature of human life, and his miracles of healing and restoration, demonstrating his power over human life and nature.
These people knew that Jesus is the one their hearts had been waiting for for centuries – because he is the one, the only one, who could save them from all they needed saving from who approached God.
By ourselves we cannot “reach God” – in a truly deep and effective way; but through his Son – through Jesus – yes, we can reach him, we can touch hear him, we can see him, we can touch him – and he us.
This we celebrate today – this we thank God for today – this good news we must share with others today.
In a world that reflects the undeniable and real presence of the Evil one – in many ways and venues – we must confidently reach out and grasp the hand of the Lord who desires with all his heart to reach back and save us – from all who would harm us.
Save us, O Lord, our God, our Savior and our FRIEND!