A Hug-A-Day

Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched Him

Mark 1:41
Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46; Psalms 32:1-2,5,11; I Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45

Instead of an apple, could a hug-a-day keep the doctor away? According to new research from Carnegie Mellon University, that may not be that far-fetched. In this brand new study, researchers found that “greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed. And this resulted in less severe illness symptoms.” The Carnegie Mellon scientists said their research not only suggests that being hugged by a trusted person may act as an effective means of conveying support, but also that increasing the frequency of hugs might reduce the deleterious effects of stress. -1

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus confronts a man faced with the overwhelming stress of serious illness, and is desperately seeking the healing touch of Jesus. The man was afflicted with leprosy. He says to Jesus, “If you want to, You can cure Me.” Jesus is moved with pity. He stretches His hand out, touches the leper, and says, “Of course I want to.…

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