Sunday, February 12, 2012

The touch of Christ

(Cross posted from RevGalBlogPals)

Our homilist talked about incarnation, God walking among us, as us, touching us as we ourselves touch each other, touching us as we cannot or will not. Jesus touched a leper, an unthinkable act.

I love the lines in this song, which we used to as our opening hymn, about Christ's hands and presence:

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe...

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, Your arms to embrace...

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm...

Where are we balm, when do we reach out to touch what the world considers untouchable?


  1. Beautiful! We had a missionary at our Church this morning. From Cross International ... which group of volunteers works for the very, very poor in the Caribbean. His stories were mind-boggling.

    Very much the untouchables in our world today. And yet, he also spoke of their faith. And how strong it is, because they believe so strongly.

    Much like the leper in the gospel this morning.

    Thank you for the beautiful hymn.

  2. I love that hymn - beautiful. We heard about Jesus crossing boundaries, reaching out but were reminded that the leper crossed his own boundary, in coming to Jesus.

    Worth noting that we all have to break out...

  3. One of my favorite hymns. I am reading some blog posts of yours that I've missed for some spiritual solace today. I can't attend Mass this weekend and am in need of inspiration.