Lk 4:38-44 The God Touch
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them. At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
I will never forget what happened to me when I went to Mexico to attend the beatification ceremony of Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio, the young martyr whose life was recently featured in the movie “For Greater Glory”. While I was in Sahuayo, Michoacan, I went to visit the local Church where this child would often serve at Mass. As I was heading back to the bus, a young man asked me for a blessing. I placed my hand over his head and blessed him. Then, another man came up to me and asked for my blessing. Again, I placed my hand over his head and prayed over him. When I looked up, I could not believe what I was seeing. A crowd had gathered around me. Fifty, then sixty, then nearly one hundred people surrounded me and asked me for a blessing.
Never before did I feel so needed and so wanted as in that moment and in that place. Never before did I experience such personal oneness (closeness) with Christ and His priesthood. Never before did I witness so much trust, love and devotion towards Christ.
He laid his hands on each of them. When I saw the crowd gather, I was tempted to give one big blessing, but then I asked myself what the Lord would do. It’s then that I remembered: “He laid his hands on each of them…”
The Lord gave himself; his time and attention, to every single soul that sought Him. It is this extraordinary fact and highly inefficient tactic that made Him so loveable, memorable, personable and believable to others. The Lord had no fears in allowing others to get close to Him; to get to know Him. This should not be taken lightly. After all, most celebrities keep their distances. Stages are set well above the crowd – above our abilities to jump over it. Cameras and microphones allow pop stars to easily communicate with millions of their adoring fans…and get away with it FROM A DISTANCE. Do not even think for a moment that it is for their security. Hah! It is not for their safety, it is for their sake; their image. It’s not to keep them safe and sound but to keep what is hidden from being revealed. Our sins are what make us fearful of getting too close to anyone.
Over time, I have convinced myself that if others only knew me…they would run away from me.
He stood over her. The Lord reaches out to us. And even though He knows us, He continues to love us. Though He was without sin, He does not shy away from us. Instead, He over reaches to get to us so that we can’t help but touch Him, know Him and be saved by Him. His light is what shines all over my heart, mind, body and soul. His light dispels the darkness in my life. Idols are incredibly insecure people. They do not want us to know them for who they really are. They prefer to cover their eyes with sunglasses, even during the night.
When you leave this earth, how many people will have known you intimately, personally and affectionately? Two? Three? A handful? Is this a bad thing? Not at all! Not at all if it was for good, and better yet if it was for worse.
Do you realize that the Lord was known intimately by just a few people? But boy…look at what they did with that knowledge!
Regardless of how long we live: ten years, thirty years, fifty years, even one hundred years, we will only be intimately and personally known by just a few.
Some people may get to know me with blood samples; others by my size, height, width, DNA, look or feel or some weird Freudian measuring stick. Still others may even get to know me by what I wrote, said and did. But only a few will ever know me by heart. And if only a few ever got to know me by heart, then I can truly imagine only One who would have known me better than I knew myself; who would have known what I was capable of before I was ever formed in my mother’s womb. (cf. Jer 1:5)
This is the God touch.