When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them. (Matthew 8:1-4)
I used to do healing with the hands. Sometimes, a person would be healed mentally, sometimes spiritually, sometimes physically. I would feel a power come into me, it would build up in my hands and then flow from me to whoever I touched. The power comes from God, it’s a very positive thing. It’s pure love, love for people. I love people, I’m interested in all kinds of people. I think that’s why God gave me that gift, He loves people, too. Ω
Reflect: Dwell in the gospel story. What makes you feel untouchable? What are your fears? What are your hopes? Now imagine Jesus touches you. What do his hands feel like? Are they warm or cool? Calloused or smooth? Rest with his hands on you.
#Lent2020 © Sanctuary, 2020, quoting Gladys Corunna, as told to Sally Morgan, My Place. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1987. Buy it from your favourite bookseller.
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