But just prior to that story is the story of a man who had leprosy. He violated the Law of Moses by not keeping his distance and not crying out, "Unclean." Jesus never corrected him for this, by the way. He falls at Jesus' feet. He doesn't question Jesus' ability to heal him. What he questions is Jesus' willingness: "If you are WILLING, you CAN make me clean."
Jesus could have spoken the word, "Be healed" -- and he would have been. But Jesus "reached out his hand and touched the man. "I AM WILLING," he said. "Be clean!"
The touch of Jesus. It was TOTALLY not essential to the miracle. But it WAS so important. There are many things that would keep us from touching people today. BARRIERS. In whatever form they take, those barriers prevent us from being Jesus to the world.
I have too many barriers in my life. I am a daily work in progress. But I want to become more like Jesus, and that means not being satisfied to leave those barriers in place.