There seems to be plenty of new-to-me phrases and words during this time of pandemic. Fomite is one. It refers to any inanimate object that can harbor germs and spread illness. A fomite can be anything: a toy, an electronic device, a counter, a door handle or an elevator button, to name a few. The fomite harbors the germs for a time, transmitting disease when we touch that object. There are many creative but impractical ways to avoid directly touching anything. Or one could just be diligent about hand-washing.
There is touch in today’s verse. And although what is touched is not inanimate, it was definitely unclean. Leprosy was thought to be highly contagious and it was required of those who suffered from it to shout out, “unclean” so others would stay away and not get infected. This man knelt in front of Jesus and affirmed his belief that the Lord could make him clean if He were willing. Without any thought of contagion, Jesus reaches out His hand and gives him his healing touch.
I could not live without human touch. And I could not have any kind of spiritual life without His touch. Thankfully, God does not wait for me to “clean up my act” before I approach Him on bended knee. If Jesus were unwilling to touch an unclean heart with His forgiveness, I would be lost. He is pure and holy and yet He was willing to touch this unclean sinner. By His touch He quickened to life what was spiritually dead in me.
Lord, how grateful I am for the power of Your cleansing healing touch!