#MyMassTakeaway: The Healing Power of Touch

Today’s the 13thSunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 1, 2018

My takeaway:

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#MyMassTakeaway – She touched me! I betcha the apostles felt a lot like I feel when we drive in the car. Voices from the backseat: "Mooooom, she touched meeee!" Me: "Ohmygoodness you're 2 inches away from each other, she's going to touch you." In a crowded situation, it's a ridiculous thing to say, and I can understand the apostles' frustration. But Jesus was making a point. Sure, everybody was touching Him, but only *her* touch drew out His healing powers. And then He went on to heal Jairus' daughter by the power of touch. Not every touch is a healing touch. My kids do their fair share of bumping and fighting and pushing. But then the baby is crying and a big kid steps in and picks him up. Or someone falls down and scrapes their knee, and brother or sister fix it with a kiss. We can bring the healing power of touch into our lives, like Jesus did. I used to be all "no-touchy" but as a mom of four, I just can't avoid it. So it's time to embrace it and its spiritual connections. It's time to be intentional about hugging the kids, holding their hands, snuggling at bedtime. Time to shake hands with a stranger. Time to reach out to that hurting friend and offer a hug. Time to give my husband a kiss when he gets home from work, rather than saying "hey" from the other room and getting on with my work. How can you bring the healing power of touch into the lives of those around you, like Jesus did in today's Gospel? #mysundaybest with @rosiehill425

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#MyMassTakeaway – Whenever I hear the story of the woman with the hemorrhage, I think of a few retreats that I've been on where, in similar fashion, the priest would expose the Blessed Sacrament and allow us all to approach and touch the humeral veil, which he would drape around the monstrance. The anticipation I would have for that moment when it was finally my turn would be great, and I'd often be moved to tears as I clung to the veil, desperately pouring out my heart to Jesus. And then I realized something – I get to touch Jesus' Body every. single. week. Every time I go to Communion, I not only have Him placed in my hands, but receive Him into myself. And I can't say that I have nearly as much anticipation about that as I do getting to touch the humeral veil. I think for a lot of us, myself definitely included, Mass and even reception of Communion has become routine. Whereas a retreat prayer service is out of the ordinary and calls our attention, I'm so used to receiving Jesus each week that I don't even think about it anymore – and that's really bad. I tried to be more conscious of this at Mass today, but I think it will be a work in progress. Thankfully we have a God who we can always continually strive to be closer to and always learn something new about, even in the routine. #Sunday #SundayFunday #SundayMass #Mass #Gospel #SundayGospel #Eucharist #Adoration #Eucharisticadoration #Jesus #BodyandBlood #CatholicsOnline #zeliecreates #bissisterhood #amdg #gloriam #gloriammarketing #forHisgreaterglory

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#mymasstakeaway with @tojesussincerely 💜 Today’s gospel reading about the hemorrhaging woman touching the cloak of Jesus and then Jesus raising the little girl from the dead were awesome reminders that in Christ, all things are new. Leviticus tells us that the woman would have been ostracized from society because of her affliction. Anything she touched would have been declared unclean. Likewise, the only ones to touch a deceased family member would be immediate family. Any friends (or in this case, Jesus, who did not know the family) who would have touched the dead girl would have been declared unclean. The link between what seems to be two different stories becomes obvious. Jesus heals. His touch brings us new life. The old laws of Leviticus no longer stand once Jesus arrives. Our Healer redeems us! He doesn’t hesitate to touch the “untouchable” – and that’s such a blessing for us. He approaches us with compassion and shows us the love of our merciful Father. Through Christ, we are handed a new covenant, one that promises us life. Through Him, with Him, in Him. Every mass. Every taste of the Eucharist. Every heartfelt prayer. Yes! There He is. He reminds us that He dwells now within us. We just have to reach out and touch Him. 💜 I am overwhelmed every time I think about it. Let Him overwhelm you, too.✝️ #lovethewordtakeaway #catholicwomen #sacredscripture #jesusourredeemer #jesusourhealer #mysundaybest

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I want to know your Mass Takeaway too! Comment with your thoughts on the readings, your pastor’s homily, or anything that struck you during your time at Mass.

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