When St. Francis of Assisi turned his back on worldly wealth and walked out of his village, he left all his possessions behind. As he left the city he saw a leper standing on the edge of the path. He walked past him…and then walked back and embraced the leper. He then turned and continued on his journey. He looked back one final time, and the leper was gone. For the rest of his life, St. Francis was convinced that leper was Jesus Christ. Who is to say he was wrong?
Let us not forget the power of a touch. Let’s not forget the powerful work of the Holy Spirit that comes from one hand extended in a quiet, unnoticed moment when you as God’s servant reach out and touch someone and say, “Be healed.”
“For whatever you’ve done for the least of these, my brethren, you’ve done also for me” (Matthew 25:40).