Updated: Apr 1
March 29, 2021
Have you ever considered which of our five senses is most important? Many of us would agree that losing our sight, hearing, or ability to taste and smell would be tragic, or at the very least, somewhat nondescript. But I ask you to consider the importance of our sense of TOUCH.
It is believed that the sense of touch is the first sense to develop in a fetus. And all of our other senses rely on touch (light touching eyes for sight, air touching ears to create sound, objects/chemicals touching our tongue for taste, and particles touching our nostril enabling smell). Also, studies have shown that infants fail to develop and thrive, and can even die if they are not touched enough. During this Covid-19 season, we have all experienced in some way or another the detrimental effect of limited physical contact with our family and friends. Touch is a fundamental part of our everyday experience, affecting us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
The Bible also reminds us of the importance of touch. The power of Jesus’ touch on nature, sickness, death, our faith, and eternal life is shown throughout the New Testament. Jesus’ ability to walk on water exemplified his power over nature (Mark 6:45-56); examples of Jesus’ power over sickness and death include the woman with the issue of blood who was healed by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment (Mark 3:10), the healing of the blind man (Mark 9:22-25) and the healing of Jairus’ daughter (March 5:41); the apostles’ doubt was overcome by touching the wounds of the resurrected Jesus (John 20-27); and, the scourge and crucifixion that Jesus endured give us the promise of eternal life: "He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds, we are healed" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
As we approach Holy Week, I pray that we take time to consider the importance of TOUCH.
These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.