This is a story about touch and what a powerful force for good it can be in our lives. It was common in pre-pandemic worship services for people to share greetings with one another, to “pass the peace” with a handshake, a hug, or a pat on the shoulder. Such caring touch was a symbol of welcome, of community in Christ. A simple act, but a powerful, non-verbal message. The woman who touched Jesus’ robe was starved of human touch because of her unclean state and the resulting isolation. She somehow knew that if she squeezed through that crowd and touched Jesus, she would be blessed. And she was, in a beautiful and life-changing way.
- Mark 5:21-43