I am currently on vacation and attend daily Mass yesterday at St. Michael the Archangel in Siesta Key, FL.
On Monday the gospel reading was Matthew’s version of the story of the hemorrhaging woman touching Jesus’ clothing and ultimately being cured. I preached on this very same story (Mark’s version) just two Sundays ago.
The priest focused on touch – the importance of human touch, the need for human touch. He gave statistics on the negative developmental impact on babies who, for whatever reason, do not receive an adequate amount of contact / touch from a loving adult.
He then drew a parallel to the Eucharist, calling it Jesus’ opportunity to “touch” us on a regular basis. He emphasized how important that is to our spiritual development.
The Eucharist is not simply a part of the Mass “agenda.” The Eucharist is the Real Presence of Christ; it is Jesus reaching out to touch us in a real and powerful way.